"This year’s winning projects act as revolutionary models for a variety of challenging building types."
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"Each year K–12 schools spend more than $8 billion on energy — more than they spend on computers and textbooks combined. Too commonly overlooked is the opportunity to cost-effectively improve our nation’s schools and enhance student performance by tackling the performance of the very buildings in which children, faculty and staff spend more than eight hours each day."
"With a higher efficiency and increased controllability, the VRF system can help achieve a sustainable design. Unfortunately, the design of VRF systems is more complicated and requires additional work compared to designing a conventional direct expansion (DX) system. This course provides an overview of VRF system technology."
Interior thermal mass can sometimes help lower energy costs — but in cold climates, it’s won’t help much.
"As the connection point between the glazing and the perimeter details, curtain wall and window framing can help combat heat transfer."
"Smart blinds cut power use, but workers find them maddening."
"Building Commissioning is the professional practice that ensures buildings are delivered according to the Owner's Project Requirements (OPR). Buildings that are properly commissioned typically have fewer change orders, tend to be more energy efficient, and have lower operation and maintenance cost."
"Building orientation, along with daylighting and thermal mass, are crucial considerations of passive solar construction that can be incorporated into virtually any new home design."
Don't get fooled into buying a more expensive and complex system if what you really need is a dehumidifier.
"By providing a direct link to the dynamic and perpetually evolving patterns of outdoor illumination, daylighting helps create a visually stimulating and productive environment for building occupants, while reducing as much as one-third of total building energy costs."