Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency December 1, 2000

Design Issues in Outdoor Lighting:

Light pollution Light trespass Illumination quality Energy efficiency

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Energy Efficiency December 1, 2000

Value(-free) Engineering

Value engineering: Both the term and the concept are the roots of most evil in building design, I believe. Before you turn the page, please allow me to explain.First of all, "value engineering" is a misleading misnomer. It is rarely undertaken by an actual, licensed engineer, and the fancy-sounding endeavor is often little more than an exercise in cheapening a well-designed project.

By C.C. Sullivan, Editorial Director
Energy Efficiency December 1, 2000

Taking Exterior Illumination to Task

Finding quality design in outdoor lighting has often been a challenge, but a growing recognition of exterior environments is bringing a change in this trend. The standard lighting fixtures around buildings rate-for the most part-poorly when it comes to light pollution, trespass and illlumination quality.

By JEROMIE WINSOR, Web Editor
Energy Efficiency December 1, 2000

Questioning Project Web Sites

Design professionals know the fees that they earn for construction administration rarely compensate them for the time spent and headaches incurred. An exciting, but controversial tool for construction administration is the project Web site.

By MARK C. FRIEDLANDER, Partner, and JAMES D. WEIER, Associate, Construction Group, Schiff Hardin and Waite, Chicago
Energy Efficiency December 1, 2000

IAI Boosts Interoperability with New Release

In an industry effort to add value to the building design and construction process, the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI) has released a new version of software designed to better enable the transfer of information between different building systems, software and products.

By Staff
Energy Efficiency December 1, 2000

Fox Studios’ Good Neighbor Policy

In the design of the new Child Development Center on the Fox Studios lot in Los Angeles, engineers from Syska & Hennessy chose to be good neighbors.Because the 10,000-square-foot facility with seven classrooms and an outdoor playground was to be located at the edge of the 52.9-acre lot, the facility's design had to take into consideration the concerns of a neighboring 20-story hotel.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Energy Efficiency December 1, 2000

Marketing Communications Planning—A Very Short Course

Marketing communications planning is the process of creating a strategy for the content, frequency, reach, budget and desired outcome of advertising and public relations. These are goal-oriented activities, so it is essential that engineering firms start with a goal or outcome that is measurable-otherwise, the firm may never know if it has been attained.

By CHARLES RATHMANN, Rathmann Communications, Union Grove, Wis.
Energy Efficiency November 29, 2000

Government & Research Links

T hese various government and research organizations are directly involved in building construction and design. If you know of others that should be included, send the URL to Geoff Weisenberger at gweisenberger@reedbusiness.com . Government Departments Military National Laboratories Reference Research entities University Programs/Continuing Education Government Departments California Energy Commission Center for Excellence for Sustainable Development Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network DOE Energy Information Administration DOE Federal Energy Management Program DOE Office of Industrial Technologies Energy Information Administration National Center for Photovoltaics National Institute of Standards and Technology National Renewable Energy Laboratory National Science Foundation New York State Energy Research and Development Authority U.S. Bureau of the Census U.S.

By Staff
Energy Efficiency November 29, 2000

Environmental Links

C oncerns over the environment has lead to even larger efficiency and sustainability concerns in building designs. Find below our sorted list of environment- and efficiency-related links. If you know of others that should be included, send the URL to Geoff Weisenberger at gweisenberger@reedbusiness.com . Energy Efficiency Green Building Design Renewable Energy General Resources Indoor Air Quality Ozone Depletion Hazardous Waste Energy Efficiency Alliance to Save Energy American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Center for Energy and the Environment Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies Consortium for Energy Efficiency Energy Foundation Global Change Iowa Energy Center Northeast Energy Efficiency Council Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Northwest Energy Coalition Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Tellus Institute U.S.

By Staff
Energy Efficiency November 29, 2000

Codes & Standards Links

T he following is a list of organizations involved in the development of building codes and standards. If you know of other organizations that should be included, send the URL to Geoff Weisenberger at gweisenberger@reedbusiness.com . To get information on the prevailing codes, standards and authorities-having-jurisdiction in any city around the U.S., visit Buildingteam.com’s exclusive code-information database . Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page American Institute of Architects American National Standards Institute American Society for Testing and Materials American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers American Society of Mechanical Engineers Building Codes Assistance Project Building Officials and Code Administrators International Canadian Standards Association Factory Mutual International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials International Code Council International Conference of Building Code Officials International Fire Code Institute International Organization for Standardization (ISO) National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards National Institute of Standards and Technology National Fire Protection Association National Electrical Manufacturers Association Southern Building Code Congress Standards Engineering Society U.S. DOE Office of Building, Technology, State and Community Programs Underwriters Laboratories.

By Staff