building energy performance Articles

  • Incorporating energy performance, sustainability of buildings into environmental due diligence

    This article examines recent trends related to climate change and sustainability and their impacts on environmental due diligence. The authors say quantifying a building's energy and sustainability condition, performance, and potential will become commonplace and now is being incorporated into routine commercial real estate transactions. They believe commercial property sellers should consider ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Do certified sustainable buildings perform better than similar conventional buildings?

    The aim of this study is to assess the performance of sustainable buildings. Its objective is to compare certified green buildings with similar in location, size, age and function conventional buildings by testing hypotheses that green buildings perform better than conventional ones. Objective data including building costs, energy and water consumption, material recycling, indoor pollution ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Proper Design of `Green Building` is the precursor of performance and efficiency

    EPC World Magazine, had a Q&A with Mr. Juzer S Kothari, Managing Director of Conserve Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Founded in 2005, Conserve is a global consulting firm based in India  with expertise in high ...

  • Optimizing Baghouse Performance in Waste-to- Energy Incinerator

    An end user with many years experience, operating3 different Municipal Waste Incineration plants, decided to build a new “state of the art” plant. After fully investigating the performance of different types of filter media, he decided upon GORE-TEX® membrane on GORE-TEX® felt, as he was convinced that is was the “best available ...


    By W. L. Gore & Associates

  • Climate Adapted Buildings

    Acknowledging our power-hungry practices and demanding a proper understanding of the fundamental laws of physics within the context of a building. The single-greatest environmental impact of buildings today is their ongoing energy usage, which accounts for almost half of global energy usage. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) requirements of conventional buildings represent more ...


    By Actual Media

  • Automatic building controls - intelligent building solutions in partnership with eSight

    Automatic Building Controls, LLC (ABC) has remained true to a single mission: deliver customers a holistic approach to intelligent building optimization at a sensible price. They have been delivering that promise to customers in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana since 1976. ABC supports a full range of programs that ensure buildings operate at peak performance and reliability, including partnering ...


    By eSight Energy Ltd

  • Methodology for calculating the energy consumption of air-conditioner in residential Building of China

    Increasing energy demand for building has made it imperative that energy conservation is an emergency in China. In this paper, calculation methodology on energy performance of residential building envelopes is studied by the Evaluation of Envelope Thermal Performance (EETP) index, the parameters related to EETP indexes are calculated from the eQUEST software. The formulae about energy performance ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Questions and answers on sustainable buildings

    Why is this initiative necessary? Almost one half of the EU's final energy consumption and extracted materials, and about one third of water consumption, is related to the construction and occupancy of buildings. The sector also generates about one third of all waste. This results in major environmental impacts. These impacts are the combined result of the different life-cycle ...

  • Building Safety Redefined

    Buildings today can meet societal and personal needs like never before, and standards are part of the picture. Robert A. Ivy, CEO of the American Institute of Architects, explains. How do you think building safety will be redefined in this century? Along with the sorts of natural and man-made hazards that have always been at issue, such as fires and ...


    By ASTM International

  • From “Light Green” to Sustainable Buildings

    As more people move to urban areas in search of economic opportunities, the number of buildings that are needed to house them continues to rise. It is estimated that by 2030, an additional 1.4 billion people will live in cities, of which 1.3 billion will dwell in cities of developing countries. The increasing number of buildings has long-term impacts on both the environment and natural resources. ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Green Buildings: Economics and Policies

    Introduction Green building has received increased attention over the past decade from both environmental economists and policymakers. While there is no single definition of “green buildings” or its related policy, researchers and organizations tend to emphasize resource efficiency in building and reducing the impacts of buildings on human health and the environment. ...


    By Oxford Journals

  • Sick-building syndrome and building-related illness

    Significant health problems linked to very poor indoor air qualityIndoor Air Quality (IAQ) deals with the content of interior air that could affect health and comfort of building occupants. The IAQ may be compromised by microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), chemicals (such as carbon monoxide, radon), allergens, or any mass or energy stressor are more prevalent than anyone could have predicted. ...

  • Life Cycle Assessment applications in the building sector

    A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool has been developed to evaluate environmental impacts of building projects, from construction until demolition. The operation phase is essential, particularly energy processes: therefore LCA is linked to thermal simulation. Several alternatives can be studied. The results, in the form of environmental indicators (e.g., energy and water consumption, contribution ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Stocking Your Green Building Toolkit

    1. Introduction Designing, constructing and operating environmentally friendly buildings can be a lot more complex than it seems, especially when it comes to materials selection. We would all like simple measures or rules of thumb that would make the selection process easy, but they are hard to come by, if they exist at all. The reality is that we are constantly forced into a balancing act, ...

  • Hybrid buildings: a pathway to carbon neutral housing

    In the residential sector, there is growing interest in the concept of carbon neutral and net zero energy housing within the context of emerging climate change mitigation and energy security strategies. A hybrid building represents a new class of dwelling capable of achieving net zero energy, carbon neutral or zero carbon status. This article reports on the carbon footprints of alternative ...

  • Building Science Issue (Attic)

    Client: Upscale Custom Home Builder  Location: Florida Gulf Coast  Completion: Sept thru Oct 2007  Corrections Cost: ~$25,000 Key Project Team: Timothy Toburen Indoor Environmental Technologies (IET) was retained by the builder to determine the cause of excessive sweating ...

  • Building on a legacy of PID development

    Summary From the 1970s to the present day, photo-ionisation detectors (PIDs) have been at the front line of efforts to detect volatile organic compounds. As industrial hygiene has become ever more important and exposure limits for VOCs have reduced, PID technology has continued to develop, providing reliable detection under challenging environmental conditions at concentrations right down to ...


    By Ion Science Ltd.

  • Green Roofs in Buildings: Thermal and Environmental Behaviour

    Although in many countries green roofs still appear to be a novelty, they are in fact a technology that has been known for centuries. During the past decade, urban policies and building regulations in many countries worldwide have led to an increase in the popularity of this technique, mostly due to the belief that green roofs play a key role in environmental restoration in areas where city ...

  • Energy, IAQ, and the Environment

    Rely on Dynamic Air Quality Solutions to help make your building energy efficient and environmentally responsible. Dynamic can help you reduce risk and make the most of your investment by creating and sustaining high performance buildings. Indoor Air Quality Temperature, humidity, cleanliness, odors and noise are all aspects of Indoor Air Quality that impact ...

  • The reference environment: utilising exergy and anergy for buildings

    The utilisation of exergy and anergy concepts for low exergy system design extends the potential of performance optimisation of buildings. We propose a new perspective for buildings and their external environment. It recognises exergy as the utilisable potential that maintains comfort inside relative to outside ambient conditions. It considers environmental heat sources as a form of transiting ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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