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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Class of 1966 Environmental Center at Williams College in northwest Massachusetts marries a 225-year-old building with a contemporary addition. It is the first project in the nation seeking Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification to include a historic preservation component.
Designing a building is a tough business. Months or years can be spent on one project, and then it is on to the next one. Often, designers know how the building performed during the first year of occupancy. But how do designers capture the lessons learned over time?
Solar energy and water savings are just two areas on which the Levi’s® Stadium operations team has focused. They continually use operations and maintenance to create a more energy-efficient stadium and set an example for other venues.
Developing and designing ultra-low energy mechanical systems and integrating them into innovative architecture was the challenge for the design team of Canada’s Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. The building sits on the foundation of a former museum and uses the university’s existing central heating and cooling plant.
In need of a new facility to educate future chemists, doctors and dentists, Bristol Community College tasked the design team with creating a cutting-edge teaching laboratory. However, while the project was paused due to funding questions, the design team seized the opportunity to reassess their initial approach.
What happens when a building scientist and his family design and build their own house?
Engineers and researchers innovating and collaborating at Daikin was difficult because they were spread out over three locations. So, back in 2004 company leaders started thinking of ways to bring together its 700 engineers to generate a new model for technology development. The new Technology and Innovation Center (TIC) in Osaka, Japan, is now the core of the company’s collaboration and technology development.