Green Building De...
Follow
Find
1.6K views | +0 today
Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering
Green building design topics including the fields of Architecture, and the disciplines of Engineering.
Curated by Duane Tilden
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Duane Tilden
Scoop.it!

The Simple Economics of Sustainability

The Simple Economics of Sustainability | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it

by Matthew E. Kahn

I would like to offer a few thoughts about Dan’s recent post where he states;

“The economic formulas assume that people want their children and grandchildren to be as well off as they are, no better and no worse. But people actually want the future to be better than the present, and they’re willing to make sacrifices for this to happen. The economists need to wake up to that fact.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Duane Tilden
Scoop.it!

Achieving Sustainable Site Design through Low Impact Development Practices | Whole Building Design Guide

Achieving Sustainable Site Design through Low Impact Development Practices | Whole Building Design Guide | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it

 

"Low Impact Development (LID) is a sustainable storm water management strategy that is gaining rapid acceptance in the United States to meet regulatory compliance and resource protection goals and is practiced extensively in Europe ..."

 

"The primary benefits of LID are:

To prevent degradation of water quality and natural resources,

To manage storm water more efficiently and cost effectively,

To protect groundwater and drinking water supplies, and

To help communities grow more attractively."

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Duane Tilden from Sustainable Energy
Scoop.it!

NREL Taps HP, Intel for 'World's Most Efficient' Data Center

NREL Taps HP, Intel for 'World's Most Efficient' Data Center | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it

The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has selected Hewlett Packard and Intel to provide what it says will be the world’s most energy efficient data center.

The $10 million HPC data center, to be installed at NREL’s Golden, Colo., campus, is projected to have an annualized average power usage effectiveness rating of 1.06 or better. The average data center operates with a PUE of 1.91, according to 2009 data from the EPA’s Energy Star program.


Via Hans De Keulenaer
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Duane Tilden from Commercial Energy Management
Scoop.it!

Business Utility and Energy management Audit for Retail

Business Utility and Energy management Audit for Retail | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it
Business Utility and Energy management Audit for Retail - Free download as PDF File (.pdf), text file (.txt) or read online for free.

www.burtonenergygroup.com


Via George Plattenburg
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Duane Tilden
Scoop.it!

The HVAC Factor: Energy Recovery Ventilation - Today's Facility Manager | The Source for Facility Solutions

The HVAC Factor: Energy Recovery Ventilation - Today's Facility Manager | The Source for Facility Solutions | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it

By Stephen J. Pargeter
Originally published in the August 2012 issue of Today’s Facility Manager

 

"Studies have proven that outdoor air ventilation creates a healthful work environment. However, as these intake rates increase, so does the size, cost, and operating expense of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.  ..."

 

"During the ventilation process, large amounts of energy are wasted as HVAC systems replace indoor air with fresh outdoor air multiple times per day. ..."

 

"To address this challenge, one option for fms is a site recovered energy technology such as energy recovery ventilation (ERV). Site recovered energy is any energy recovered on-site and reused to reduce the demand for more energy...."

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Duane Tilden
Scoop.it!

Energy Efficient Buildings | Building Optimization | CanmetENERGY

Energy Efficient Buildings | Building Optimization | CanmetENERGY | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it

 

"Optimizing a building’s energy consumption requires an approach that allows devices and systems to function together in an efficient and cost-effective way to meet occupant requirements and expectations. This approach is called “commissioning” for new buildings and “recommissioning” for existing buildings. When it is applied in a permanent manner to an existing building, it is called “ongoing commissioning”."

 

Refer to Links on Website for reference materials.

Date Modified:2011-10-18

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Duane Tilden
Scoop.it!

Two Graduate Students Find a New Way to Reuse More Glass - Building Science, Energy Efficiency, Masonry - Builder Magazine

Two Graduate Students Find a New Way to Reuse More Glass - Building Science, Energy Efficiency, Masonry - Builder Magazine | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it

Envitrum has developed a product that's more environmentally friendly than masonry.

"Marchelli and Renuka Prabhaker, 37, a fellow graduate student, think they’ve come up with a way to recycle more glass, regardless of color or contaminants. Their nascent Seattle-based company Envitrum (Latin for “out of glass”) has developed a manufacturing process that converts crushed 100 percent post-consumer glass into a material called VitroBricks. The process isn’t that different from the way traditional masonry bricks are made, except that the heat needed to fire the form-pressed glass is about 60 percent less than for masonry, although Prabhaker notes that the heating schedule for VitroBricks could have as many as 10 temperature phases."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Duane Tilden
Scoop.it!

BSD-013: Rain Control in Buildings — Building Science Information

BSD-013: Rain Control in Buildings — Building Science Information | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it


Moisture is one of the most important agents leading to building enclosure deterioration.



"2. Drainage/Storage/Exclusion

Siting, building shape, and surface rainwater control rarely provide complete rain control in rainy climates (although deep, wrap around porches may eliminate the need for rain control under them). Hence, some strategy to deal with the rainwater that penetrates the surface of the wall must be employed. There are three fundamental rain control strategies available to the designer [11]. In order of historical priority, they are:

Storage (storage or mass walls),Exclusion (perfect barrier walls), andDrainage (drained and screened walls)."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Duane Tilden
Scoop.it!

Update on PlayPumps Technology

Update on PlayPumps Technology | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it

Water For People helps people in developing countries improve their quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities and hygiene education programs.

"A year of Play Pumps in the fieldBy the time of Water For People’s roll-out in 2010, concerns about Play Pumps had been documented across the development sector in Africa. Water For People welcomed the chance to address these challenges with innovations in functionality and safety, and in approaches to management and maintenance. All of these have been pursued in good faith over the past year.

 

Following are the highlights of that effort:

A Play Pump cannot provide water for an entire community....

....

The Play Pump storage tank was not user-friendly."

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Duane Tilden from Social Media, Crypto-Currency, Security & Finance
Scoop.it!

Geo-Engineering Regulation House of Commons

House of commons-UK  Report on Geo-engineering Chemtrails & Weather Modification...

 

"Geoengineering describes activities specifically and deliberately designed to effect a changein the global climate with the aim of minimising or reversing anthropogenic (that is humancaused) climate change."

"There are three reasons why, we believe, regulation is needed. First, in the future somegeoengineering techniques may allow a single country unilaterally to affect the climate. "

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Duane Tilden
Scoop.it!

Dangerous Speech along the Path to Mass Violence | World Policy Institute

Dangerous Speech along the Path to Mass Violence | World Policy Institute | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it
Susan Benesch, Project Director...

 

"Benesch has been working since 2010 with the United Nations’ Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide (SAPG), Francis Deng, and more recently with the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Edward Luck, to provide them with tools to limit the catastrophic effects of violent speech in pre-genocidal situations, without impeding the right to freedom of expression."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Duane Tilden
Scoop.it!

Copper Pinhole Leaks

Many good reasons why Copper piping should no longer be used in potable or open water systems.  Pinhole leaks are common in recirculated hot water systems and aggravated by water quality and treatments.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Duane Tilden from Social Media, Crypto-Currency, Security & Finance
Scoop.it!

Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing

Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it
The computer is encroaching on the most powerful tool in architecture: drawing.

 

"The computer, of course. With its tremendous ability to organize and present data, the computer is transforming every aspect of how architects work, from sketching their first impressions of an idea to creating complex construction documents for contractors."

 

"Today architects typically use computer-aided design software with names like AutoCAD and Revit, a tool for “building information modeling.” Buildings are no longer just designed visually and spatially; they are “computed” via interconnected databases. "

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Duane Tilden
Scoop.it!

Copper1

Copper1 | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it

Corrosion Processes in Copper Water Piping

 

"Potable Water distributed within a building should be colorless, tasteless, odorless, and aesthetically acceptable to the occupants. It should contain no pathogenic organisms, biological forms, or concentrations of chemicals or metals which may be harmful to human health. In addition, the water should not be corrosive to or leave deposits on the distribution system through which it passes or may be retained."[1]

 

Corrosive Water can electrochemically destroy the potable water system of a building. Heated, high hardness water can produce heavy scale deposits in a system and significantly reduce its carrying capacity. Corrosion also adversely affects taste, color, and aesthetic appeal of water and can increase the concentration of toxic metals. Only when the problem of corrosion in potable water systems of buildings has been properly identified and the factors affecting its occurrence carefully analyzed is it possible to select the most advantageous method for correcting the problem."[2]


The above excerpt was taken from a privately published report: "Corrosion of Copper Water Pipe in the GVRD pH or not pH? This is The Question, Duane M. Tilden, P.Eng. December, 2000

originally published on the web:
Crown Mechanical Consulting, Tuesday, December 10, 2001

Webmaster: d_tilden@attcanada.ca

Home: http://ca.geocities.com/duanetilden/Home.htm

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Duane Tilden
Scoop.it!

Chapter 6 - Water Conservation - The Environmentally Responsible Construction and Renovation Handbook - Real Property - PWGSC

Chapter 6 - Water Conservation - The Environmentally Responsible Construction and Renovation Handbook - Real Property - PWGSC | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it
Canada is in the envious situation of having one-fifth of the world's fresh water supply. Canadian water usage per capita is the second highest in the world at approximately 326 litres per day.

 

"The Guide to Greening Government Operations was signed by all federal Ministers, committing federal government departments to lower the environmental impacts of their operations, policies and programs. The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development will audit the departmental performance."

 

"6.7 The Federal Buildings Initiative

The Federal Building Initiative (FBI) is a comprehensive program created by Natural Resources Canada to provide federal facility managers with an opportunity to realize the benefits of improved energy efficiency. The program also assists in the incorporation of water saving initiatives when considered in conjunction with energy refits."

 

"6.8 Reducing Water Use

Changes in staffing arrangements often require renovations to existing buildings, or sometimes even the construction of a new facility. Most renovations and new construction projects can provide opportunities to reduce water consumption."

Date Modified: 2012-01-03

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Duane Tilden
Scoop.it!

Electrical sub-metering can bring big energy savings

Electrical sub-metering can bring big energy savings | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it
Consultant's report finds savings of individual meters in buildings can trigger energy savings ranging from 27 to 34 per cent.

 

"As for how Navigant came to such conclusions, it relied on data from Natural Resources Canada, Statistics Canada’s 2007 Census data, and hundreds of samples of monthly electricity consumption data from customers of EnerCare that had already switched from bulk billing to sub-metered billing."

 

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Duane Tilden
Scoop.it!

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Efficiency of Buildings Critical to Reducing U.S. Energy Consumption | Business Wire | Rock Hill Herald Online

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Efficiency of Buildings Critical to Reducing U.S. Energy Consumption | Business Wire | Rock Hill Herald Online | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it
Addressing our nation’s existing and future building inventory presents one of the greatest opportunities in the United States for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, according to Ingersoll Rand Chairman and Chief Executive...

 

 

“Making our current and future building infrastructure more intelligent and efficient provides the most immediate and tangible return on investment for business and government,” Lamach said in his remarks to the group. “Doing so allows businesses to manage the rising costs of energy. It gives them more capital to invest in growth, innovate and create new jobs.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Duane Tilden
Scoop.it!

Energy Efficiency in Buildings | Office of Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency in Buildings | Office of Energy Efficiency | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it

"Recommissioning Defined

 

Recommissioning is a holistic, systematic process applied to existing buildings to identify and implement operational and maintenance improvements, and to ensure continued performance over time. ... Recommissioning optimizes how equipment and systems operate as well as how systems function together. .... Recommissioning is not a substitute for major repair work; in fact, repairing major problems must be done prior to recommissioning."

 

 

"Impact on Owners and Operators

 

A direct impact of recommissioning for building owners and operators is the reduction of energy and demand costs due to improved building operation. A 1996 U.S. study of the cost effectiveness of recommissioning 44 existing buildings revealed attractive paybacks, even when the estimates were based solely on energy cost savings. Recommissioning proved to have modest project costs of between $10,000 and $80,000, resulting in whole-building energy savings of between 5 and 15 percent."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Duane Tilden
Scoop.it!

The Loophole and the Ozone Hole

The Loophole and the Ozone Hole | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it

Subtitle:  How the EPA has let us (and the planet) down with its air conditioner regulations Images:  Building Science Holes are generally bad things.

"Even if you don’t believe or care about the ozone hole and skin cancer, this loophole is going to cost people more money when they’re being promised savings."

 

"This whole dry-ship R-22 unit game has been a dirty little secret of the EPA and the HVAC industry with plenty of folks in the industry and government willing to justify jumping through the loophole."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Duane Tilden
Scoop.it!

BSD-005: Green Building and Sustainability — Building Science Information

BSD-005: Green Building and Sustainability — Building Science Information | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it
The construction and operation of buildings consumes over a third of the world’s energy consumption, and 40% of all the mined resources.

 

"In more practical terms, this means that a sustainable building cannot, in construction, operation, or disposal:

 

-consume materials unless they can be easily and harmlessly extracted, used, and returned to nature,

-consume non-renewable energy,

-destroy natural habitat, bio-diversity, or bio-mass, or

-release pollutants of a type or quantity that cannot be harmlessly broken down by natural systems.

 

These are very difficult criteria to meet, and in fact require all aspects of human activity to be changed to meet them. For example, until steel is recycled in a non-polluting manner using renewable energy sources, no steel of any type (including nails or screws) can be included in a truly sustainable building. Clearly we are very far from producing even a single truly sustainable building in the industrialized world. However, to move toward these goals is both possible and practical."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Duane Tilden
Scoop.it!

Sustainability of the Building Envelope | Whole Building Design Guide

Sustainability of the Building Envelope | Whole Building Design Guide | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it

 

"For the design, construction and operation of a facility, there is an especially important interface between the indoor and outdoor environments, that of the building envelope. The building envelope is comprised of the outer elements of a building—foundations, walls, roof, windows, doors and floors. The prime functions of the building envelope are to provide shelter, security, solar and thermal control, moisture control, indoor air quality control, access to daylight, and views to outside, fire resistance, acoustics, cost effectiveness and aesthetics."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Duane Tilden
Scoop.it!

Sustainable Green Buildings - My Earthship in New Brunswick - earthship.com

Sustainable Green Buildings - My Earthship in New Brunswick - earthship.com | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it
This is a 2 story, 2000 sq/ft home being built just outside of Saint John, New Brunswick into a south sloping rock cliff. It is the first home in NB...

 

"Our climate is very cold and moist, for this reason the indoor grey water garden is designed to move water though it quickly rather than to act as a holding cell. The garden is isolated on the west side of the house, along with a bathroom, rather than across the front of the house. This will make it easy to control the humidity levels of that part of the house, whilst allowing the rest of the house to be opened up with a 2 level high ceiling and loft area. The second floor will sit about 8 feet behind the first on a secondary rock shelf that was carved out 9' 6" higher than the bottom platform."

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Duane Tilden from Solar Energy projects & Energy Efficiency
Scoop.it!

Solar geoengineering may be feasible and affordable [But is it a Good Idea? please comment]

Solar geoengineering may be feasible and affordable [But is it a Good Idea? please comment] | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it

A cost analysis of the technologies needed to transport materials into the stratosphere to reduce the amount of sunlight hitting Earth and therefore reduce the effects of global climate change has shown that they are both feasible and affordable.

Put into context, the cost of reducing carbon dioxide emissions is currently estimated to be between 0.2 and 2.5 per cent of GDP in the year 2030, which is equivalent to roughly USD $200 to $2000 billion.

Solar radiation management (SRM) looks to induce the effects similar to those observed after volcanic eruptions; however, the authors state that it is not a preferred strategy and that such a claim could only be made after the thorough investigation of the implications, risks and costs associated with these issues.


Via Pol Bacquet
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Duane Tilden from Sustainable imagination
Scoop.it!

How Energy Shapes the Economy

How Energy Shapes the Economy | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it

"In the beginning, the Master Economist created the Economy.  He created businesses large and small, consumers, governments with their regulation, and financial institutions of all types. And the Master Economist declared that the economy should grow. And it did grow, but only for a while. Then it stalled. Then He declared that stimulus of various types should fix it, and it did, for a while. Then He declared that if humans would just wait for a while, it would fix itself, but it wouldn’t."


Via SustainOurEarth, Laurence Serfaty
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Duane Tilden from Sustainable imagination
Scoop.it!

Democracy and sustainability: a joint cause

Democracy and sustainability: a joint cause | Green Building Design - Architecture & Engineering | Scoop.it

"A new manifesto argues that the advance of democracy and of sustainable development is at heart a shared endeavour. Halina Ward & Clare Shine explain the initiative’s purpose and invite support."


Via Laurence Serfaty
more...
No comment yet.