Efficiencies

The Benefits of Airflow Studies

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For every project, both architectural and engineering, efficiency is a top priority. For data center clients, airflow studies are an excellent means of achieving maximum efficiency. They provide an accurate evaluation of proposed and actual effectiveness, both during design and post-construction. 

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How Low Can You Go?

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The building industry is moving toward higher energy performance, as codes become increasingly stringent and more owners opt for net-zero solutions. But what is zero energy? And what design considerations need to be taken into account in achieving it?

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Post-Occupancy Evaluation: Learning from the Past

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By verifying predictions with real performance metrics, designs can be iterated and improved upon until a better understanding of is what being measured and how realistic one's virtual model assumptions are can be determined.

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SMMA AIA 2030 Energy Commitment

AIA 2030: Making a Commitment to the Future

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The building industry accounts for somewhere between 40% and 50% of total energy consumption in the U.S. In 2013, SMMA pledged its support of the American Institute of Architects’ 2030 Commitment, vowing to report progress in meeting predicted energy-consumption goals for buildings.

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Target-Value Design

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A Q&A with Josh Rownd on the process and benefits of Target-Value Design (TVD). From budget planning to establishing program requirements, Josh shares his thoughts about the process of designing to cost.

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Embodying the Spirit of Collaboration

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Not all landscape architects and civil engineers are cut from the same cloth; however, the methodologies employed by each profession when tackling design challenges tend to be somewhat consistent. Landscape architects typically approach site design from a visual and experiential perspective, while...

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