Energy Efficiency

BuroHappold commits to all new building projects achieving net-zero carbon by 2030

BuroHappold’s work for the new Santa Monica (Calif.) City Services Building will help it become one of the first municipal facilities to meet the cutting-edge criteria for ILFI’s Living Building Challenge.

  

March 09, 2020 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The engineering firm also launched a long-term partnership with ILFI.

Reliable Building Systems Increase Net Operating Income by Retaining Tenants
| February 03, 2020 | Powered by Mitsubishi Electric

Tenants increasingly expect a well-crafted property that feels unique, authentic, and comfortable...

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Tariff whiplash for bifacial solar modules

Image by Jukka Niittymaa from Pixabay

January 07, 2020 | Will Porter, PE, Electrical Engineer

Bifacial solar systems offer many advantages over traditional systems.

Maximize Energy Efficiency in Class A Office Buildings With Modern Building Systems
| January 06, 2020 | Powered by Mitsubishi Electric

Energy-efficient building design starts with the building envelope, but the building systems have...

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Top Building Systems Products for 2019 Flos Architectural 101 Top Products report
December 16, 2019 | BD+C Staff

FabricAir’s ceiling-hung fabric duct and Ellumi Lighting’s bacteria-killing lights are among the...

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Sto StoColor Dryonic, 101 Top Products for 2019
December 12, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Sto's beetle-inspired exterior coating and Dörken Systems' UV-resistant vapor-permeable barrier a...

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At NeoCity Academy, student performance enhancement features include air purification technology, enhanced and natural daylighting, and collaboration laboratories. Image: Little Diversified Architectural Consulting

August 08, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The building is distinguished by its rooftop solar array and its air-tight envelope.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina included dynamic glass when it expanded its Terminal A. Image: Courtesy of View

June 13, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This sector accounts for one-fifth of View Glass’ portfolio.

HouseZero is designed to test systems whose installation would improve the performance of existing buildings that currently account for two-fifths of America's annual energy usage. Image: Michael Grimm

December 05, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Hundreds of embedded sensors will inform energy use reduction research.

The Morningstar solar house is one of the features at Penn State's Sustainability Experience Center, where the university is contemplating a permanent structure for classrooms, research labs, and offices that would be built to Living Building Challenge standards. Image: Patrick Mansell

September 10, 2018 | John Caufield, Senior Editor

The university, encompassing 13 colleges and 24 campuses, adheres to protocols established by the...

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The CSU Northridge Sustainability + Recycling Center

The CSU Northridge Sustainability + Recycling Center includes a rooftop photovoltaic system, which offsets the energy required to support the building's administrative functions. Glazed, north-facing overhead windows bring in natural light that enhances the work environment for staff and creates a daylight autonomous environment. The design eliminates the need for artificial light in the building during daylight hours. Ryan Gobuty, Image © Gensler.

August 06, 2018 | Anthony Brower

The architecture, engineering, and construction industry will have to make major adjustments in t...

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| July 02, 2018 |

There is an efficient system for mounting solar panels to roofs and turning roof real estate into...

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April 23, 2018 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Provides estimates on savings for various policies.

April 13, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The multi-tenant commercial office building is currently under construction.

April 10, 2018 | Pablo la Roche

CallisonRTKL’s Pablo La Roche explains how outdoor thermal comfort could mitigate the effects of...

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April 09, 2018 | Travis Sage

Imagine a future where buildings and infrastructure are 100% utilized and 100% responsive.

April 04, 2018 | Roger Chang

A building with a higher occupant density may have a higher energy use, but expend less energy pe...

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Solar Array at Uh Maui College

Photo courtesy of University of Hawaii

March 20, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project is part of a partnership with Johnson Controls and Pacific Current that will also all...

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Alys Beach, a luxury residential community in western Florida, enforces building standards that protect its houses from high winds. Image: Alys Beach

January 24, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Alys Beach’s in-house GC builds to standards set by the FORTIFIED program.

Aerial rendering of Kihei High School

Rendering courtesy G70

January 24, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

G70 is the architect, planner, and civil engineer of record for the project.

January 12, 2018 | Don Posson

As much as 40 to 50% of a building’s energy literally goes down the drain every day.

January 11, 2018 | Bill Kuck

In the course of providing cost estimating services, educating the client on making prudent choic...

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December 19, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

ASHRAE tool provides more automated approach to receive Building EQ Performance Score.

A rendering of an arctic village, where small reactors produce energy, heat, and steam for residents, is one of six “scenarios” for nuclear power that Gensler illustrated for Third Way, a Washington D.C.-based think tank. Image: Third Way

October 30, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Third Way illustrates the utility of this energy source, at a time when alternatives to fossil fu...

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The design and construction of a 270,000-sf elementary school in Cambridge, Mass., are guided by that city's net zero energy goals. Image: William Rawn Associates.

October 28, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The building’s programming will provide more access to the community at large. 

October 23, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Survey of facility management executives shows onsite renewables, energy storage will spike in 20...

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September 15, 2017 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The number of firms involved in AIA’s voluntary pact to slash energy consumption in buildings gre...

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Inside the winter pavilion in Carlo Ratti's Garden of the Four Seasons

Rendering courtesy Carlo Ratti Associati

July 18, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Carlo Ratti Associati designed the garden with an innovative net-zero energy climate control syst...

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Rendering courtesy of B+H + mcCallumSather

June 28, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project’s net-zero goals led to the development of a new curtain wall system.

Georgia Tech Research Institute has a contract to install tiles embedded with piezoelectric material into the “vapor trail” of the Visitors Center at the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Fla. The activated tiles act as a kind of keyboard that shows the planet and different aspects of NASA’s mission statement. Courtesy Formations Studio.

January 18, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Research on piezoelectricity moves closer to practical applications for infrastructure and buildi...

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