What is building envelope?

The building envelope separates the indoors from the outside of a building. It includes structural aspects, windows and glazing and other physical barriers. It helps control the climate inside the building, and aids in both indoor air quality and thermal envelope.
Courtesy: SmithGroup
Automation, Controls July 28, 2020

How to select a building automation system

Explore the specification of standard, open and proprietary building automation systems

By Kevin Ricart and Melissa Lim
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Energy, Power July 27, 2020

Best practices for zero energy buildings and smart grid integration

Zero energy buildings, renewable energy and the smart grid are key considerations to commercial building design

By Bill Kosik, PE, CEM, Oak Park, Illinois
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Energy Efficiency July 27, 2020

What is a zero energy building?

What does it really mean for an engineer to design a zero energy building?

By Bill Kosik, PE, CEM, Oak Park, Illinois
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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
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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
HVAC May 29, 2019

Performance-based design: HVAC systems

Many consulting engineers base their designs on performance, thus the focus on performance-based design in many specifications for HVAC system design.

By Peter Alspach, PE, LEED AP
HVAC January 17, 2019

Efficient HVAC system design strategies

The integration of high-performance HVAC design strategies can do as much to make systems energy-efficient as specifying high energy efficiency ratings.

By Cory Duggin, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP; TLC Engineering for Architecture, Brentwood, Tenn.