A greater recognition of building lighting and its widespread effect on a building's energy efficiency has led to a closer analysis of where How common are advanced lighting controls ALCARAZ: In our experience with commercial facility lighting design, lighting controls are becoming more accepted by owners, especially when they can be justified with associated energy savings.
Integrated service firms have a number of challenges when trying to combine design-build strategies with utility and maintenance services.To begin with, these firms look to fix energy cost for extended periods of time. Energy being a commodity, it is sometimes a risky venture for the building service provider.
When undertaking projects, especially in a desert or tropical climates, it is important to consider sustainable technologies for water-system design. And anywhere a project is located, energy efficiency should be a key sustainability concern...
Editor's note: Numerous readers objected to C.C. Sullivan's December editorial, "Value(-free) Engineering," while others supported the editor's position. Several letters mentioned the International Society of Value EngineersThe editorial is totally inaccurate and does a gross disservice to the construction industry. Please consider the following facts: DONALD E. PARKER, P.E., CVS McClean, Va.
A greater recognition of building lighting and its widespread effect on a building's energy efficiency has led to a closer analysis of where-and when-light is shining...
The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a call for industry proposals as part of a fast-track power-plant improvement program intended to address the nation's power needs and help reduce future brownouts and blackouts.Syska & Hennessy's OnlinEnvironments details four key issues affecting a facility's ability to stay connected in the event of a power interruption.U.S.
New building-system components from the pages of our February issue
Buildings are constructed to serve the needs of both occupants and businesses. And while occupants need facilities with a comfortable, safe and healthy environment, businesses need reliable communication and technical equipment to perform their work. To meet the demands of both, an integrated building system...
To keep up to date with changing technology, the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Alexandria, Va., is currently studying the need to revise its MasterFormat, a nationally used formatting standard for nonresidential construction. Specifically, CSI is looking to adapt the standard to reflect advances in telecommunications technology.
An extreme example of sustainable design, the new offices of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation just outside of Annapolis, Md., offer a long list of energy-efficient features—at an inflated initial cost.