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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.

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.

WaterHub at Emory University: Atlanta

As water resources grow increasingly taxed and scarce in communities across the U.S., an Atlanta university is turning to an unlikely resource to reduce its drinking water demand: the local sewer. The WaterHub at Emory University turns waste into a resource, recycling wastewater via an ecological treatment facility–the first of its kind in the U.S. Its sustainable treatment process sets an example of how adaptive technology can be used to meet water needs while reducing water costs.

Stevens Library at Sacred Heart Schools: Atherton, Calif.

For schools in drought-stricken areas, net zero energy and water strategies help future-proof against utility rate hikes. But, the price tag for net zero can be too high for school budgets. Fortunately, a library project at Sacred Heart School in northern California illustrates that it is possible to deliver a net zero energy building within a conventional budget while teaching kids about the value of conserving resources.

Web Exclusive Q&A: State of Our Schools

Mike Rowland, facilities director of Georgia’s Education Department, discusses how insufficient funding for school facilities impacts student learning.
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