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Byron G. Rogers Federal Building: Denver, Colo.

Modernizing Denver’s 1960s-era Byron G. Rogers Federal Building capitalized on a decision made in 1850 by the original city planners to lay out the downtown streets at 45 degrees to the four cardinal points. Without considering the solar orientation, the design respected the street orientation and the result placed the main buildings facing southwest. While this is great for watching the sun set over the mountains, the building becomes a giant solar heat collector.

Biosciences Research Building: National University of Ireland, Galway

Natural ventilation is usually not the first technique considered when designing a research lab. But the National University of Ireland, Galway, built a highly energy efficient lab at a low cost using passive strategies as the cornerstone.

Web Exclusive Q&A: Biosciences Research Building, National University of Ireland, Galway

Co-authors of Andrea Love and Kevin Sullivan discuss the natural ventilation, tight budget, and post-occupancy evaluation of the Biosciences Research Building.

Web Exclusive Q&A: The Evolution of Sound Masking

As open plan offices grow increasingly common, so does the need for strategies to lessen noise from office activities. Niklas Moeller discusses advancements in the technology behind sound masking systems and how to achieve acoustic control and occupant comfort.

Eyes on the Prize: Communities Share Lessons from Energy Savings Competition

As communities across the U.S. race to conserve energy in pursuit of a $5 million prize, they are discovering what it takes to motivate energy-saving changes. One of the keys: Know your audience.

Brock Environmental Center: Virginia Beach, Va.

For buildings to withstand sea-level rise, coastline erosion, and hurricanes, they need to be built to work with nature, not against it. The Brock Environmental Center is a living example of how to minimize impact on the environment while being resilient to future challenges. The triple net zero building is the latest to receive Living Building Challenge certification and is the first in the U.S. to receive a permit for drinking rainwater treated to federal standards.

Web Exclusive Q&A: Brock Environmental Center

Resilient design is gaining traction, but costs and predicting future climate change effects pose barriers.

Web Exclusive: Pavement, People and Floods

Houston's recent floods demonstrate the disastrous consequences of putting people, pavement and buildings in vulnerable places.

Web Exclusive: Top Ten AIA Projects Redefine High Performance

AIA COTE jury member Margaret Montgomery shares top trends seen in this year's winners.

Web Exclusive: TWIN Elevator System Coming to U.S.

Phase 2 of midtown Atlanta’s Technology Square project, known as Coda, includes a 21-story collaborative building developed by Portman Holdings for Georgia Tech, and will feature a unique elevator system installed for the first time in the Americas.
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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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HPB Chinese Edition

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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