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What Will Energy and Sustainability Mean Now?
Rob McAtee, Director of Energy and Sustainability Services at Mason & Hanger. In the face of a new administration following the U.S. Presidential election, I’ve seen letters and posts from many ...
Achieving LEED Platinum at the Innovation Center
This project is a shining example of how eco-diplomacy is also cost effective design. The $20.9 million Innovation Center renovation was completed on budget while also meeting an aggressive 14-month ...
Achieving Energy Savings by Improving Fan and Ductwork Performance
The amount of energy used to move air in buildings ranges between 5% and 10% of total building energy in a typical office building and can approach 30% in a building with extensive filtration in a ...
Saving Water Saves Energy (and Vice-Versa)
Despite the recent, much-needed rains in the western part of our country, many areas have yet to fully recover from historic multi-year droughts. Partly as a result of these droughts, and also ...
Microgrids Boost Renewable Energy Roll-Out
It seems every journal I open gives at least a mention to microgrids. Whether in the context of renewable energy, resiliency, or infrastructure, microgrids are hailed as being the solution to our ...
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in Data Centers
Since we’re in the digital mood today, here’s a less-than-140-character introduction to computational fluid dynamics (CFD): CFD takes a very complex fluid dynamics problem and breaks it up into tiny ...
Data Center Energy Consumption
The digital revolution is here, and data is taking over. Human existence is being condensed, chronicled, and calculated, one bit at a time, in our servers and tapes. From several perspectives this is ...
Transforming Sustainable Designs into Resilient Designs
It is hard to believe that sustainability has been the focus of innovative designs for nearly 22 years*. The run has been fulfilling and demanding, but it has me thinking what’s the next challenge or ...
Reality Check, Is BIM Living Up to Its Promises?
What if I told you that over 90% of all Architectural, Engineering, Construction, and Operations (AECO) firms are engaged in BIM? Well, according to McGraw-Hill Construction (MHC), the construction ...
The Major Components of Building Envelope Commissioning
Some of the most common and costliest sources of building failure involve building envelopes. Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx) can significantly reduce the primary sources of these failures – ...
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