The 531 exhibitors on display at the 2016 Greenbuld International Conference & Expo 2016 Oct. 5-7 offered opportunities to see a wide variety of products and services available to professionals within the sustainable building industry.
A recent study investigated case studies from High Performing Buildings magazine and ASHRAE Technology Awards from 2010 to 2015. It evaluated the impact of factors such as location, climate, HVAC and building type.
In the developed world, mechanical systems such as perimeter heating, compensate for shortcomings in envelope performance to provide a thermally comfortable environment. However, with an increased interest in maximizing energy efficiency and façade transparency, as well as providing healthy spaces for occupants, this model is due for reconsideration.
The open-plan office spaces now ubiquitous across many industries are a source of annoyance for some people, especially those who prefer freedom from distractions, and for those who want to control their interactions with others. Generally speaking, research suggests that people in open-plan offices are less happy with their workspaces overall, and may be more likely to call in sick.
Buildings that produce more energy than they consume have moved from concept to increasingly common reality in recent years. But until a few months ago, no general, industry-wide agreement existed as to what exactly defined such a building.
Kent W. Peterson, P.E., Presidential Member/Fellow ASHRAE; and Paul Torcellini, Ph.D., P.E., Member ASHRAE
When designers of the first net zero energy school in the U.S. considered how they would approach the lighting design differently using today’s LED technology, the results extended far beyond just switching out the lightbulbs.
Robert Anthony Hans, P.E., and Kenny Stanfield, AIA