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The Evolution of Integrated Design: Looking Back to the Future

If you practiced architecture or engineering in the 1990s, you can probably recall hearing the earliest utterances of the words “integrated design” (ID). This is sometimes referred to as integrative design—implying an ongoing process.

Forecasting Trends for 2020

Industry players are fine-tuning solutions to help the green building community address environmental challenges and customer demands. From human-centric lighting to securing the building internet of things (IoT), industry players discuss what they are expecting from 2020.

LEDs & Networked Lighting Controls: Maximizing Adoption, Savings Potential

Commercial and industrial (C&I) lighting technologies play a prominent role within utility-sponsored energy-efficiency (EE) programs throughout the United States.

Preparing Young Engineers for Industry Challenges

Lakeside Senior Apartments, Oakland, Calif.

The Lakeside Senior Apartments in Oakland, Calif., provide 91 permanently affordable homes for low-income and formerly homeless seniors, many of whom had been displaced by rising Bay Area housing costs.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, New York

The recent renovation of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City—a prominent 1870s religious landmark designed by James Renwick Jr. and last modernized in 1949—reflects the vision of its trustees to advance not only ecological and economic value, but also social values held closely by “America’s Parish Church,” as it is known.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Headquarters, Johannesburg, South Africa,

A high-rise tower that gently twists with 30 degrees of rotation between the ground and top floors also keeps South Africa’s environmental challenges of water scarcity and limited electricity supply in mind.

Ithaca’s Example

Imagine an energy code that measurably reduces energy use and carbon emissions in new buildings, without increasing construction cost. Imagine an energy code with a simple point system: six points and you pass.

Five Things to Keep in Mind When Designing Human-Centric Lighting

For some people, human-centric lighting is narrowly defined as circadian lighting—lighting that changes color during the day with our circadian cycles. Others believe in a broader take—lighting that is attuned to our activities, from working in an open-office environment to getting ready for a social occasion in a hotel ballroom.

Efficient Rooftops

Flat roofs represent a significant proportion of urban areas and perform a variety of functions, each of which is responsible for a corresponding variety of effects on the urban environment and its infrastructure.

Mission Possible: ASHRAE's New Global HQ

ASHRAE aims to exceed the provisions set forth in its standards, guidelines and publications for the renovation of its new global headquarters building in Metro Atlanta.

LinkedIn, Sunnyvale, Calif.

In 2015, LinkedIn, the company known for helping people make business connections, began searching for additional office space near their existing offices in Sunnyvale, Calif. After reviewing several candidates, they selected an existing building across the street from their current offices.

Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Amazing space at The Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, uses a biophilic design, which aims to nurture the innate human attraction to natural systems and processes.

Helen Sommers Building (1063 Block), Olympia, Wash.

In March 2014, the State of Washington’s Department of Enterprise Services awarded the design-build team of ZGF Architects and Sellen Construction the contract for the new 225,000 square foot Helen Sommers Building in Olympia, Wash.

Center for Sustainable Landscapes, Pittsburgh

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes is a 24,350-square-foot education, research and administration facility at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh. The design team’s challenge was to meet an unprecedented palette of green standards while creating a facility that would serve a multitude of functions and integrate with the guest experience.

San Francisco Art Institute

Located at the north edge of San Francisco Bay, the historic U.S. Army warehouse Pier 2 at Fort Mason has been transformed into a new campus for San Francisco Art Institute, creating a dynamic new hub for arts education and public engagement.

Ortlieb's Bottling House

When architecture and research firm KieranTimberlake began the search for its own building in 2013, its partners were drawn to a former bottling house in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood. The firm saw an opportunity to both save a piece of neighborhood history and design an imaginative, ambitiously sustainable retrofit.

Georgia Tech Engineered Biosystems Building

The Engineered Biosystems Building was designed to bring together researchers from bioscience and engineering to focus on specific societal problems in a holistic manner. The purposeful and intentional interactions outside of discipline silos at the heart of the EBB are similar to those collaborations necessary to achieve a high performance building.

United States Courthouse, Los Angeles

The design of the new United States Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles is modern in spirit yet rooted in classic principles of federal architecture. It features processional steps, grand public spaces and enduring finish materials that give it a strong civic identity.

Powering an Alaska Village, Sitka, Alaska

A small island village in Alaska wanted to reduce its reliance on expensive imported fuel oil, but simply switching to all oil use electricity would tax the electrical grid. The energy-efficiency approach taken at three major renovations in Sitka eliminated the use of fuel oil and demonstrates how current building stock can continue to move toward a carbon-neutral, energy-efficient future.
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