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The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

The Renwick Gallery was built in 1859, and in the 1960s Jacqueline Kennedy led a successful campaign to restore the building’s use as a museum. Fast forward to the 21st century and the building’s comprehensive two-year renovation program significantly reconfigured building mechanical space to address improved access for maintenance, while reducing energy and water use.

Tall Timber: Wood Buildings Reaching New Heights

Wood is increasingly being touted as a viable building material for tall towers. In fact, a “race” of sorts is under way as the title of “World’s Tallest Wooden Skyscraper” changes hands among new buildings around the world.

Building Green Helps the Bottom Line

A primary driver of—and deterrent to—green building is “green.” Money. As in most other ventures, costs and benefits are key factors in the decision to build sustainable, high-performance buildings.

More than $1 Billion in Renovations Planned

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s renovation is just one of the many major renovations going on at the Smithsonian Institution.

Forums Explore Frontier of Energy Efficiency

Two major manufacturers gathered diverse groups of leaders in the HVAC&R and building industry during June for lively discussions on the future of energy efficiency and smart-building technologies with government officials, policymakers, researchers and advocacy groups.

Modern Architecture: A Stellar Example

Modern architecture began in the early 20th century and was in direct opposition to the ornately carved and heavily embellished classical buildings of the past. Modern architecture embraced and celebrated new building technologies, materials and construction methods such as precast concrete, aluminum, plastics, and structural steel frames.

Byron Rogers: Building Challenges and Solutions

When the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building project was announced in 2009, this 1965 building had never undergone a major upgrade of its systems or finishes. Over the years there were maintenance projects for MEP systems and large tenant improvement; however, the "bones" of the building had never been touched.
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Finding Common Ground: Defining Zero Energy Buildings

Buildings that produce more energy than they consume have moved from concept to increasingly common reality in recent years. But until a few months ago, no general, industry-wide agreement existed as to what exactly defined such a building.

Resiliency: From Surviving to Thriving

When disasters strike, buildings can turn into traps as they did in Hurricane Katrina, or they can provide places of refuge.

LED Lighting

When designers of the first net zero energy school in the U.S. considered how they would approach the lighting design differently using today’s LED technology, the results extended far beyond just switching out the lightbulbs.

IAQ in HPB Case Studies

Good indoor environmental quality is a key goal of high performing buildings, but often is not factored into sustainable building discussions and programs.

Rainwater: The Untapped Resource

Energy and water are inextricably linked. Roughly one quad of energy per year could be saved in the United States if we reduced water consumption by 10%.
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ASHRAE is pleased to announce publication of its first Chinese Edition of High Performing Buildings magazine!

Visit www.hpbmagazine.org/china to learn about reducing environmental impacts of buildings in Asia and elsewhere.

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Ten Tips for Operating and Maintaining High Performance Buildings

High performance is a journey, not a destination, and for most building operators and managers, it comes in incremental steps.

More than $1 Billion in Renovations Planned

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s renovation is just one of the many major renovations going on at the Smithsonian Institution.

Tall Timber: Wood Buildings Reaching New Heights

Wood is increasingly being touted as a viable building material for tall towers. In fact, a “race” of sorts is under way as the title of “World’s Tallest Wooden Skyscraper” changes hands among new buildings around the world.

EP100 Seeks Businesses to Double Energy Productivity

EP100 (Energy Productivity 100) is a campaign for the world’s most influential businesses to commit to doubling their energy productivity by 2030. The campaign, developed and administered by The Climate Group, is an action of the We Mean Business Coalition. The campaign is in collaboration and alignment with The Global Alliance for Energy Productivity and the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative, who also call for doubling energy productivity and efficiency.

Modern Architecture: A Stellar Example

Modern architecture began in the early 20th century and was in direct opposition to the ornately carved and heavily embellished classical buildings of the past. Modern architecture embraced and celebrated new building technologies, materials and construction methods such as precast concrete, aluminum, plastics, and structural steel frames.

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