Effective building envelope and air handling designs took comfort most of the way from theory to reality in ISU’s Hach Hall. An existing in-house deionized water supply and a new fogging system finished the task and saved an estimated 22% in humidification costs.
The building design and construction industry has been guided and encouraged by Federal legislation and private programs to reduce energy consumption in new buildings and major renovations with initiatives such as EPACT 2005 and USGBC’s LEED®. But what about existing buildings not slated for significant capital improvements?
Where do health care facilities looking to up their sustainability profile start? Here, we shine
a light on expected sites and some lesser-known resources. Archived video from conferences,
toolkits for benchmarking, assessing a facility for CHP, general design guides, and even primers for executives looking to get the ball rolling … ideas and tips for good design and operations run a lot deeper than LEED®.
A solar array contributed to putting this insurance headquarters in hot water — in a good way. See how those systems teamed with chiller plant improvements to maintain occupant and computer room productivity.
“Not enough airflow.”
These were just a few of the countless complaints that facilities managers of the Basic Medical Science Building at the University of New Mexico were receiving on a regular basis.
Whether at work or in our personal lives, we all try to be smart shoppers. We’ll go that extra mile to save a few percent on upfront purchase costs but every so often miss the big picture by not taking total cost of ownership (TCO) into account.
Last September, on what would normally have been a mild autumn day, Southern California was blasted by a record-breaking heat wave with temperatures spiraling upwards to 116°F in the Los Angeles basin. The heat was far above the normal highs, which would typically be in the mid-70s.
Many engineers tend to avoid or delegate the nitty gritty of a ground source heat pump system, from soil moisture effects to building system (im) balance. It's time for designers to get in the loop. Learn more about Grounded In Reality in the December issue. Other topics in the December issue include health care HVAC, Boilders, check out the Back2Basics, and more.