I may have passed the exam, but a trip to Greenbuild reveals a lot left to learn.
This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of ARCHITECT magazine. The ability of a building to change for an occupant’s shifting needs must meet the same three main criteria as green buildings themselves: high performance, sustainability and cost effectiveness. This article examines the growing popularity of underfloor service distribution (UFSD) as a key strategy for green buildings. This is achieved by creating buildings that can be retrofitted when companies or institutions come and go, when they expand and contract, when they rethink, refocus and renovate.
Designed by Coldham & Hartman Architects, the educational facility passed all criteria for the world's most comprehensive design- and performance-based building standard.
Synthetic carpet fibers like Nylon, PET (polyester), and polypropylene are almost exclusively petroleum based. Today, new technology has enabled a bio-based PTT (triexta) commercial carpet fiber that helps reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Understanding the performance benefits, drawbacks, and sustainable attributes of bio-based PTT versus other synthetic carpet fiber types available today is important for architects, commercial builders, and facility managers.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems are a sustainable, affordable, efficient and proven technology. Because the ground absorbs nearly half of the solar energy our planet receives, the earth remains at a constant, moderate temperature just below its surface all year round.
Permeable paving systems, in general, continue to grow in scope and practicality as we search for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, improve water quality, diminish flooding and erosion, reduce the “urban heat island” from reradiated (building and pavement) heat in our cities and environment, and add attractive open space to building sites and neighborhoods. This course will take a closer look at what vegetated permeable pavement is and its benefits. It will look closely at the different types available, and their green properties and overall benefits.
Our future depends on education, training, and wide-spread commitment.
Seventy-eight schools are recognized for environmental and health-focused curricula, as well as their efforts to reduce their environmental impact and costs.
The American Institute of Architects’ Design for Decades initiative showcases the design work of its members, practicing architects nationwide. This slide show features some of the AIA’s members’ designs for educational facilities.
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