The University of Florida provided extensive upgrades to mechanical, water, and lighting systems using a energy savings contract and drastically improved efficiencies in its student union. They did so, and added 100,000 square feet of space, while keeping the existing building open to meet student needs.
Nature inspired the transformation of twin World War II-era airplane hangars in Hawaii into a high-performance office headquarters. The hangars, which narrowly escaped destruction in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, have recently been reimagined, stripped to their bones, restored, and linked by a new steel-and-glass pavilion to create a high-tech, environmentally sensitive research, educational and office campus.
Seventhwave, the nonprofit high performance building design think tank, has recently released several energy analysis tools online for free. These tools and resources gauge the impact of design decisions and set realistic energy performance goals
Across the country, former industrial facilities are finding new life as they are repurposed for use as nonindustrial commercial spaces, such as retail, churches and even schools.
Residential demand response programs are growing in popularity. Residents reduce their energy bills while maintaining control over their home’s comfort, and utilities increase reliability by reducing strain on the grid.
College students worldwide are developing their building science knowledge and skills through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Race to Zero Student Design Competition (Race to Zero). They design and present zero-energy-ready buildings in well-defined contest areas
A California city started from scratch for its new library instead of renovating after it outgrew space for its vital community programs. The new, net zero energy library will meet its diverse community’s needs for years to come.
Incorporating TDDs into a building design enhances the value of an LED investment. TDDs deliver this result by reducing electric lighting and HVAC energy expense as well as deferring LED replacement costs.
Given the fact that Americans spend 90% or more of their time in and around buildings, careful design of these environments is increasingly important. As the Living Building at Georgia Tech nears completion of the design development phase, careful attention is being paid to ensure that the project provides a “nourishing, highly productive, and healthy built environment.”
Today’s businesses are rethinking the way they operate their facilities, using IoT and analytics to transform operations from reactive to predictive-based. Forward-thinking facility managers are, in turn, able to optimize comfort, energy spend, and maintenance at the same time via intelligent analytics gleaned from connected building systems.
A pair of recent studies show that building owners want to invest in healthier buildings but face obstacles in finding sufficient health expertise among design and construction professionals. This finding reveals an excellent opportunity for design and construction professionals seeking to distinguish themselves in a crowded “green” marketplace.
The Reginald-J.P.-Dawson Library, located in the heart of the Town of Mount Royal in Montreal, went from being a place to simply borrow books to providing the local community with a cozy venue where it is possible to nourish the mind, get some respite, relax, recharge, revitalize, and be inspired.
A new business model could flip the switch on LED-lighting by enticing companies to become more energy-efficient through retrofitting their existing lighting systems for less.
Designed immediately after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, YKK Headquarters reprioritized its sustainability and resiliency goals to become one of the highest performing office buildings in Tokyo.
In designing the Living Building at Georgia Tech, the architect team recognized that sustainability is not limited to the preservation and conservation of natural resources, but rather incorporates many factors including the aesthetic quality of the built environment.
Architects should anticipate the needs, changes, and challenges not only within their own businesses, but in their communities. Those themes set the course for this year’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference on Architecture held April 27 to 29.
The Architecture Expo during the 2017 American Institute of Architects’ conference April 27 to 29 featured nearly 800 exhibitors in the Orange County Convention Center.
Silhouettes of urban skylines render skyscrapers as simple geometric shapes. Usually the answer to the question “What is the shape of a skyscraper?” is either “a rectangular prism” or “a blocky spire.” The common tubular shape of skyscrapers is not without purpose. The shape helps tall structures resist lateral loads, such as wind and seismic activity. However, modern skyscrapers take on a variety of shapes. Advances in engineering and construction technologies have freed architects to be as creative as they want to be—for functional or purely esoteric purposes.