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Working Outside the Box: Pros, Cons of Open-Plan Offices

The open-plan office spaces now ubiquitous across many industries are a source of annoyance for some people, especially those who prefer freedom from distractions, and for those who want to control their interactions with others. Generally speaking, research suggests that people in open-plan offices are less happy with their workspaces overall, and may be more likely to call in sick.

New Buildings Drawn from Unusual Inspirations

The philosophy of “form follows function” guided architecture for much of the 20th century. Now, even in a time when building performance is being scrutinized as never before, architects and developers are paying a great deal of attention to buildings’ form. Building science often is cloaked in a great deal of art.

Adaptive Reuse Has Gone to the Dogs

Kurgo Dog Products repurposed its existing warehouse, shipping containers, wood logged in the 1800s, and even an old canoe to create its new dog-friendly HQ.

NFL Season Is Sustainability Season

As the 2016-17 season for the National Football League opens, sustainability is increasingly becoming an important player in the on-field experience for the teams and their fans. Implementing and promoting sustainable features in stadiums is also a way for team and stadium ownership to save money and generate goodwill in an environment where stadium-building costs are skyrocketing and often, local taxpayers have to foot a least part of the bill.

IoT is Smart for Buildings

Buildings are increasingly no longer just containers for life. Through technology, buildings are gaining lives of their own. With the amount of data that can be accessed about everything from occupancy, to airflow rates, to energy use, it is almost as if buildings are nearing sentience. And, as in science-fiction accounts of inanimate things achieving sentience, it spreads rapidly.

First Rotatable Lab for the Tropics Opens in Singapore

The Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) SkyLab, the world’s first high-rise rotatable laboratory for the tropics, and the Academic Tower, a dedicated experiential learning facility and living lab for the built environment sector, opened in recent ceremonies at the BCA Academy in Singapore.

Renwick Gallery, 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.

Include Support Services in Your Lighting Control Specifications

Andy Wakefield of Lutron Electronics discusses support services in lighting control specifications to maximize system efficiency, ensure long product life, and minimize risk from design through post-occupancy.

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.

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.
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