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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.

Class of 1966 Environmental Center, Williamstown, Massachusetts

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.

Where are They Now?

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?

Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.

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.

Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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.

John J. Sbrega Health and Science Building, Fall River, Mass.

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.

Torcellini Residence, Eastford, Conn.

What happens when a building scientist and his family design and build their own house?

Daikin Technology and Innovation Center, Osaka, Japan

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.

AHR Expo: To Be Bigger, More Innovative

Scheduled for Jan. 22 to 24 at McCormick Place in Chicago, the Show will be the biggest yet square footage-wise. At least 70,000 people are expected to attend the expo as visitors and exhibitors, a slight increase from the 68,000 people who participated in the 2017 AHR Expo in Las Vegas

J. Wayne Reitz Union, Gainesville, Fla.

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.

NOAA Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center, Honolulu

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 Offers Free Energy Analysis Tools

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

Vapor Intrusion Best Practices for Brownfield Redevelopers

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.

Five Questions to Ask When Considering Automated Demand Response for Facility

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.

Embracing Change with the Living Building Challenge at Georgia Tech

Next-Generation Professionals Designing the Future of Buildings

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

West Branch Library

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.

Enhancing Value of LED Commercial Lighting Investment with Tubular Daylighting Devices

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.

Measuring Water Conservation Against Performance

Living Building at Georgia Tech: Designing and Operating for Health and Happiness

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.”
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