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Lessons Learned - Stone34

Performance contracts, where the project team is held to energy and water performance guarantees established during design, are beginning to see more widespread use. The challenge is to align each party’s interests with those of the building, from design through the performance verification period. Here are some helpful suggestions.

Living Building, Georgia Institute of Technology

The Living Building at Georgia Tech will become a living-learning laboratory for hands-on educational and research opportunities that will be a model for the southeast region of the United States.

Soundproofing Hotel Windows, Rather Than Replacing Them, Can Provide Competitive Edge

Keeping external noise from penetrating into what should be the quiet, peaceful sanctuary of the guest room might seem an impossible task.

As Building Energy Codes Become More Efficient, Spray Foam Insulation Offers More

As states and local jurisdictions move toward more efficient building codes, the manufacturers of construction materials have been developing and improving products to meet new standards.

Community Connection

A new public building provides a unique opportunity to reach out into the community. Cincinnati worked with residents to design its Police HQ.

Deep Energy Retrofits Transform Existing Buildings

Deep energy retrofits can be a gold mine for real estate investors. A project in Silicon Valley demonstrates how a net zero energy retrofit led to profit.

Six Myths Surrounding the Building Enclosure

Individual components or a preconfigured system? R-values. Fire safety. Sustainability. These and other issues are topics of debate, and often misinformation, among specifiers. This article parses out facts from commonly held beliefs.

Innovation Fuels AHR Expo

When faced with a multitude of products to see within nine football fields of exhibit space at AHR Expo in January in Las Vegas, how does an attendee find the best sustainable solutions?

LEED v4 Now Fully Active

Beginning Nov. 1, the fourth version of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification program will be its only active certification.

Tuning into Sound Masking

When dealing with poor speech privacy and noise control, “too quiet” are not the words most occupants would choose to describe their workplace. However, a lack of background sound is often what lies at the heart of these issues. Many high-performance facilities exhibit library-like conditions that allow occupants to clearly hear conversations and noises, even those that are relatively low in volume or generated a good distance away from the listener.
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