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Building Envelope

Courtesy: Henderson Engineers
Building Types April 21, 2020

Infection control technologies for building design

Building design and operations need to consider infection control technologies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

By Dustin Schafer
Courtesy: IMEG Corp.
Compressed Air March 30, 2020

Compressed air audit optimizes efficiency

A compressed air system evaluation can provide owners and facilities engineers with the direction they need to ensure their plant is operating efficiently and reliably

By Blake Finch and Luke Streit
Courtesy: Alex Fradkin Photography
HVAC March 23, 2020

Best practices for infiltration and building pressurization

Observe the mechanics of infiltration and pressurization in a building, modeling methodologies and what can be done to better account for them in air handling system design

By Kevin Ricart, PE; Rosemary Hwang, LEED AP; and Connor Harrigan
Courtesy: Generate Architecture and Technologies/MIT
Sustainability March 11, 2020

New approach to sustainable building takes shape in Boston

A five-story mixed-use structure in Roxbury, designed by architects from MIT, represents a new kind of net-zero-energy building, made from wood.

By Rob Matheson
Chicago Rockford International Airport (Rockford, IL) has two, 10-story, 90,000 ft2 hangars and 24,977 ft2 of adjoining maintenance and office space. Sized to accommodate the Boeing 747 and/or Airbus A380 wide-body aircraft. Courtesy: Affiliated Engineers
Fire, Life Safety February 27, 2020

Performance-based approach to protecting a membrane roof aircraft hangar

AEI was retained to provide mechanical, electrical, piping/plumbing (MEP) and fire protection design services for two hangars at Chicago Rockford International Airport in Rockford, Ill. Three design challenges are highlighted.

By Affiliated Engineers
Courtesy: Aaron Lindberg Photography, CRB
Building Types February 21, 2020

Vivarium renovation planning and design

The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), a Tier I Research University, wanted to develop a barrier suite within its existing vivarium facility.

By CRB
Courtesy: Peter Basso Associates, Inc.
HVAC February 20, 2020

Seven ways to fight stack effect in buildings

Stack effect can have a nasty effect on buildings during the winter months. Consider these seven steps to mitigate their effect and keep the occupants comfortable.

By Aaron Frantz, PE
Courtesy: CxEnergy
HVAC February 11, 2020

Video: Fundamentals of Test, Adjust & Balance for Engineers, Cx & Energy Providers

This session explains many of the key test and balance challenges — from practical system design considerations, to the TAB Process, to obtaining meaningful and useful data — that if properly addressed in cooperation with an independent TAB firm can ensure that any project goes smoothly

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Energy Management February 6, 2020

Achievements in Zero Energy

Zero energy, zero carbon at different scales, in different climates.

By Affiliated Engineers
Courtesy: CxEnergy
Commissioning February 4, 2020

Video: Tales of Commissioning a Net Zero Building: Lombardo Center at Millersville University

This case study presentation examines the challenges and rewards associated with making the Lombardo Center at Millersville University a net zero building.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)