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  • 3 Tips for Increasing Your Productivity at Work

    Posted by Barbara Roemhild, Intern Architect

    3 Tips for Increasing Your Productivity at Work

    In today’s fast paced world of smart phones, electronic libraries, and social media, we have more access to new and relevant information than we’ve had at any other time in history. The entire Library of Congress can fit ...

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    Category: Business, Culture

  • Means of Egress: The Lifeline of a Building – Part 1

    Posted by Laurissa Jarvis, Sr. Life Safety Engineer

    Means of Egress:  The Lifeline of a Building – Part 1

    Protection of life is the primary purpose of building codes. Paramount to this purpose is the path of egress travel, especially as it relates to mass exit during an emergency.  Unfortunately, many people have needlessly died when they’ve been ...

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    Category: Design

  • Saving Water Saves Energy (and Vice-Versa)

    Posted by Rob McAtee, Vice President, Director of Energy and Sustainability Services

    Saving Water Saves Energy (and Vice-Versa)

    Despite the recent, much-needed rains in the western part of our country, many areas have yet to  fully recover from historic multi-year droughts. Partly as a result of these droughts, and also because of the growing awareness of sustainability, there ...

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  • Microgrids Boost Renewable Energy Roll-Out

    Posted by Rob McAtee, Vice President, Director of Energy and Sustainability Services

    Microgrids Boost Renewable Energy Roll-Out

    It seems every journal I open gives at least a mention to microgrids. Whether in the context of renewable energy, resiliency, or infrastructure, microgrids are hailed as being the solution to our energy concerns. You see promises to implement them ...

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  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in Data Centers

    Posted by Coles Jennings, Building Sciences Studio Manager

    Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in Data Centers

    Since we’re in the digital mood today, here’s a less-than-140-character introduction to computational fluid dynamics (CFD): CFD takes a very complex fluid dynamics problem and breaks it up into tiny chunks that computers can solve.

    We don’t ...

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  • Data Center Energy Consumption

    Posted by Coles Jennings, Building Sciences Studio Manager

    Data Center Energy Consumption

    The digital revolution is here, and data is taking over. Human existence is being condensed, chronicled, and calculated, one bit at a time, in our servers and tapes. From several perspectives this is a good thing, as it allows us ...

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  • The Decreasing Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Systems

    Posted by Rob McAtee, Vice President, Director of Energy and Sustainability Services

    The Decreasing Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Systems

    It's a common belief in some corners that photovoltaic (PV) systems are "incredibly expensive" and "have a payback of more than 25 years." While in many regions of the country, the cost of power produced by PV may still ...

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