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Buildings and Software Development

posted by Roger Chang, January 30, 2014 at 12:00 am.

How many times do you see the apps on your smartphone update each week? It's typical for an app to be updated several times in a month. When was the last time you saw a building get the equivalent of a firmware upgrade or a software patch to resolve an issue? Probably almost never. What would happen if we used the mindset that we accept for software development and applied it to the built environment?

In the building industry, we don't benefit from mass production. Each project, for the most part, is custom designed. If we want high performance outcomes...

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zEPI: Targeting Energy Performance

posted by Roger Chang, January 23, 2014 at 12:00 am.

Everyday, we see increased urgency for the need to control greehouse gas emissions to mitigate the impacts of climate change. One key element to success to education and how we convey information to different stakeholders. A new energy reporting concept was introduced in the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) in 2012, the zero energy performance index (zEPI). The intent was for this system to allow energy use targets to be set in a consistent manner, while allowing relative performance of building types to be benchmarked against each other. The zEPI concept has faced some confusion more broadly, due to the...

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1%

posted by Roger Chang, August 01, 2013 at 12:00 am.

WRL is pleased to announce its support of the 1% committment. This program connects non-profit organizations with design firms offerring pro bono design services. As one of WRL's first projects, it will be supporting the work of Librii, an initiative to bring technology to developing countries, using a modular library concept.

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One for One

posted by Roger Chang, June 22, 2013 at 12:00 am.

Working in the architectural profession isn’t always easy, but I was reminded of why I love the work I do, after having the honor to attend and present at the 2013 AIA National Meeting in Denver. Architecture does so many things for humanity and that is something to be celebrated. I was fortunate to hear the opening keynote speech by Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS shoes. I had surprisingly never heard of TOMS, but hearing Blake’s story of giving through his company’s One for One program, resonated with me strongly.

I’ve spent the last couple of days wondering...

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