I may have passed the exam, but a trip to Greenbuild reveals a lot left to learn.
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.
Designed by Coldham & Hartman Architects, the educational facility passed all criteria for the world's most comprehensive design- and performance-based building standard.
From K-12 schools at the grass roots level to political leaders at the policy level, students and adults involved in the field of education are going to great lengths to go green.
As the building industry recovers, proper education on building science will be key in terms of both business finances and skilled manpower.
Over the centuries, wrought iron has been an important expressive material that reflects refined taste and character. Despite wrought iron’s rigidity and strength, it can be molded into graceful and elegant shapes with beauty that endures. The possibilities for expression in iron are nearly unlimited.
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.
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