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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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  • Transforming Sustainable Designs into Resilient Designs

    Posted by Chet Knaup, Senior Energy Engineer/Sustainability Coordinator

    Transforming Sustainable Designs into Resilient Designs

    It is hard to believe that sustainability has been the focus of innovative designs for nearly 22 years*. The run has been fulfilling and demanding, but it has me thinking what’s the next challenge or the new hurdle to ...

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  • Reality Check, Is BIM Living Up to Its Promises?

    Posted by James Kobus, Senior BIM Coordinator

    Reality Check, Is BIM Living Up to Its Promises?

    What if I told you that over 90% of all Architectural, Engineering, Construction, and Operations (AECO) firms are engaged in BIM? Well, according to McGraw-Hill Construction (MHC), the construction data research arm of McGraw-Hill Publishing, that is the projected 2014 ...

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  • The Major Components of Building Envelope Commissioning

    Posted by Rob Baxter, Chief Engineer - Commissioning and Energy Auditing

    The Major Components of Building Envelope Commissioning

    Some of the most common and costliest sources of building failure involve building envelopes. Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx) can significantly reduce the primary sources of these failures – air and moisture infiltration. It can also significantly reduce the operating costs associated ...

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  • 5 Firsthand Lessons on the Integrated Design Process

    Posted by Maureen Drullard, Sustainability Manager

    5 Firsthand Lessons on the Integrated Design Process

    What is an Integrated Design Process (IDP)? A quick Google search of the term yields numerous definitions that generally describe a collaborative design process requiring multidisciplinary analysis and responsibility to meet sustainable design goals that are environmentally, socially, and financially ...

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    Category: Design