Building Envelope

Building Envelope August 24, 2016

Arup Thoughts: Urban climate change resilience is vital

Rather than focusing on single threats, UCCR recognizes that climate change may result in a wide range of hazards, which are impossible to predict. It addresses risk as part of a wider agenda emphasizing the importance of inclusive governance and integrated planning.

By Jo da Silva, Arup
Building Envelope August 15, 2016

Design and assessment of daylit spaces—the best way to use daylighting metrics

The end goal of daylighting is often better defined than the path to success. Correctly applying daylighting design in major retrofits and new buildings can be challenging.

By Craig Casey, Lutron Electronics
Building Envelope July 14, 2016

Changing environment: Higher adoption of multi-criteria detectors and the future of fire detectors

The introduction of multi-criteria detectors has given purchasers increased flexibility and functionality in their fire-detection systems.

By Justin Siller, IHS Technology
Building Envelope July 8, 2016

Top MEP considerations when designing for elevator systems

Designing multistory buildings requires architectural teams to carefully plan elevator systems that meet current safety standards as well as address the unique needs of the space. This whitepaper will discuss mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection considerations for designing a safe and efficient elevator system.

By RTM Engineering
Building Envelope July 7, 2016

Designing healthier spaces

From the materials we choose to the way the space is configured, buildings can be more than functional. They can promote better health of inhabitants, too.

By David W. Morison, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WD Partners
Building Envelope June 24, 2016

Lighting control basics: occupancy and vacancy sensors explained

Occupancy sensors have been around for decades and, when used correctly, can be a highly efficient means for saving energy, reducing light trespass, increasing security and lamp life, and decreasing fixture maintenance.

By Christine Culver, Glumac
Building Envelope June 24, 2016

Noise and vibration control in building design

The acoustical environment in a building—good or bad—is the result of design. For optimal occupant comfort and facility functionality, attention to noise and vibration issues should be included early and throughout the building design and construction process.

By Timothy Cape, CTS-D, JBA Consulting Engineers, Atlanta; and Michael Schwob, PE,
Assets, such as buildings, don’t work in isolation; people use and operate them. So people need to be considered and engaged upfront in their design, and throughout the operations process. Courtesy: Arup
Building Envelope May 16, 2016

Arup Thoughts: Consider ‘people factors’ early

Assets, such as buildings, don’t work in isolation; people use and operate them. So people need to be considered and engaged upfront in their design, and throughout the operations process.

By Kate Fairhall, Arup
Building Envelope May 2, 2016

Arup Thoughts: Design buildings for the future

Cities across the globe are facing increasing demand on the resources they need to function.

By Martin Shouler, Arup
Building Envelope April 22, 2016

A comprehensive look at the intelligent building

Technology is changing what’s possible for buildings. With the advent of smart building technology, heating, cooling, electrical, lighting, fire/life safety, and other systems need monitoring and intercommunication for optimized efficiency and operation.

By Steve Brown, CAP; Kurt Karnatz, PE, CEM, LEED AP, HBDP, HFDP; Rob Knight, CCS,CD