A Building Like a Smartphone?
What if a building were like a smartphone?
For those of us who travel a lot, we usually have a pretty good handle on the battery life left on our smartphones. I can struggle to make it through an entire day without plugging my phone into an outlet, especially with heavy use of the internet or the installation of an app not quite optimized for battery life. Thanks to great discussion boards, as well as information within the Android OS that allows you to see what is drawing battery life, adjustments can be made to squeeze out a day’s worth of...
Performing Arts: The Energy Story
Last week, I picked up my latest copy of Architect Magazine, flipped to the table of contents, and was excited to see an article titled: Performing Arts. Our firm works on many performing arts centers across the country and I thought the article would be about the building type, when in fact it was an article about building energy performance that I had been interviewed for last year! The pull-out quote at the beginning of the article was from me and I was admittedly initially shocked by the quote, especially if taken out of context from Elizabeth Evitts...
2015: Innovation in Design
2015 is set to be an exciting year at WRL, with the completion of several major projects. More broadly, Architecture 2030 challenge targets for energy use intensity ratchet up to 70%, inching closer to a target for carbon neutral design by the year 2030. As we continue to follow-up on projects recently completed, we've observed how critical equipment performance and control systems are to overall building performance. Over the coming year, we will offer insights on how the industry could innovate to better ensure both short-term and long-term energy performance, without compromising other environmental requirements, such as thermal comfort and...
I recently returned from the annual American Alliance of Museums conference in Seattle, Washington and had a chance to celebrate many of the accomplisments of PIC-Green, AAM's sustainability leadership group. The first year of Sustainability Excellence Awards was presented to the Cincinatti Zoo, Phipps Conservatory, Field Museum, and the Museo Economa in Mexico City. These institutions demonstrated comprehensive approaches to sustainability in the areas of facility management, programming, and exhibit design.
Another great milestone was the publishing of a formal AAM whitepaper on Sustainability Standards for Museums. Sarah Sutton, co-author of the Green Museums series, Shengyin Xu, and myself worked with...