Office buildings need to have the ability to accommodate myriad types of businesses and activities to meet the needs of tenants. Here, engineers with experience on such buildings share their knowledge, lessons learned over the years, and emerging trends.
Future trends in building automation solve many problems with increased flexibility and wireless technology.
Respondents to the 2016 Electrical and Power study share details about these systems in educational facilities.
Advancement in technology, green tech, clean tech, and renewables should be a priority whether climate change is real or not.
The increased use of standby diesel generators to plug gaps in the national electricity supply poses a threat to local air quality.
The many elements of a smart energy system need to act simultaneously to create an optimum outcome.
The effects of game theory can force suppliers to react in a way that restores order to the market, optimizes the amount of energy generated, and produces a rational price for consumers.
3D imaging is also enabling the design team to address potential issues.
Replacement of electrical systems is a study of economics and risk. Factors including age, safety, reliability, efficiency, and energy costs must be weighed in conjunction with replacement costs and liability risk to formulate and prioritize upgrade plans. A comprehensive cost-benefit analysis study for each electrical subsystem will allow facilities to plan short-term and long-term expenditures for maintenance and upgrade programs for prudent facility reinvestments, replacements, and growth.
The design process for higher education facilities has its own set of challenges and requirements. Engineers discuss the current trends, challenges, and experiences with college and university facility projects regarding sustainable buildings/energy efficiency.