building energy performance Articles

  • Green Building Boom – What are the 4 new risks for Green Building Industry?

    New government mandates, long-term cost savings, and an enhanced sensitivity to partnering an environmental outline are the prime reasons for this exponential growth. In the year 2005, green building market was a meagre 2 percent of all non-residential construction initiations. However; this number grew by 28 - 35 percent by 2010 and approximately 40 to 48 percent by the year 2014, - comprising ...


  • 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, ...

  • Building green when times are lean

    In an article entitled “Actions Speak Louder than Greenwash” last December we looked at how some unscrupulous property developers in Thailand preferred to market “greenwash” rather than embrace the concept of sustainable building design and construction. Indeed, it seemed as if the property developers were suddenly falling over themselves in their rush to surf the green wave, with project ...

  • Building a lower carbon construction industry

    Dominic Burbidge, Senior Client Manager Carbon Trust Advisory takes a cradle-to-grave view of the construction sector value chain Carbon reduction is a complex challenge for all organisations, not least those in the construction industry. Taking a cradle-to-grave view of the construction sector value chain means considering all aspects of the design, construction, use and demolition of ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Fine-tuning acoustic isolation in buildings

    ACCIONA Infrastructure is ranked among the leading construction companies in the world - and is recognised for implementing the most advanced and innovative technology.  As research and design is vital to keep the company at the cutting edge in relation to technological developments, ACCIONA Infrastructure created a team to analyse noise and vibration. Where traditional ...

  • Benchmarking: How does your building stack up?

    Energy benchmarking can help you better understand your commercial property’s energy use and monitor performance over time. It allows for comparisons among similar building types and helps identify which ones could operate more efficiently. The Environmental Protection Agency and its ENERGY STAR® Program offers a free online tool called Portfolio Manager that allows users to track and ...

  • 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 ...

  • Effect of the global warming and energy consumption on residential buildings for environmental sustainability: a case study in Turkey

    There are significant evidences that the world is warming. The International Panel of Climate Change stated that there would be a steady increase in the ambient temperature during the end of the 21st century. This increase will impact the built environment, particularly the requirements of energy consumption in residential buildings. In this case, there is a need to measure sustainable planning ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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

  • Choosing Data Loggers for Your Green Building Project

    Environmental Construction and Energy Projects Require High-Accuracy Devices The green building industry is growing quickly, and successful projects benefit from assessment and evaluation from start to finish. From hospitals to industrial operations to single-family homes, measurements of conditions such as temperature, solar radiation, and energy consumption are essential to carrying out ...


    By CAS DATALOGGERS

  • Smart buildings: ten trends to watch in 2012 and beyond

    Buildings are becoming smarter through the deployment of intelligent and energy efficient technologies that reduce energy consumption while making buildings easier to manage and operate. Demand for efficient HVAC and lighting systems, as well as other types of hardware like controls and submeters, is growing as the value proposition for energy efficiency is proven again and again. In addition, ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Reinvent the toilet: the NUS experience of building a decentralized toilet for energy, water and resource recovery

    In conventional activated sludge (CAS) treatment of sewage, the pollutants are mostly dissipated and hardly any reuse is present. This makes wastewater treatment very energy intensive and not sustainable in the future. Instead, sewage should be considered as a renewable resource, from which value can be extracted in the form of water, energy and nutrients (mostly nitrogen, N, phosphorus, P and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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 ...

  • Software for Assessing the Environmental Impact of Buildings (´Envest´)

    This paper introduces and explains the concept behind ENVEST, the first UK software tool for estimating the lifecycle environmental impact of buildings. ENVEST is a tool that allows designers to consider the life cycle environmental impact of commercial buildings at the building inception stage. The tool, which has received an enthusiastic response from building designers, provides a holistic ...


    By BRE

  • HVAC Monitoring Saves Costs for a School Building

    Wireless Technology from CAS DataLoggers Monitors Energy Usage in Real-Time This summer, CAS DataLoggers recently supplied the wireless datalogging solution for a middle school maintenance supervisor who needed to perform power factoring on the building’s HVAC system before winter arrived. The school needed a lightweight ...


    By CAS DATALOGGERS

  • In-situ Thermal Remediation Under an Apartment Building

    This paper presents the implementation and results of ET-DSP, an in-situ electrical soil heating technology, in combination with high vacuum dual phase extraction, to achieve the removal of vapour pressure sensitive BTEX compounds from under an occupied residential apartment building. Operating within several engineering, environmental, and safety constraints, a design was developed in order to ...


    By McMillan-McGee Corp.

  • 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

  • How To Build Consensus for a Climate Change Program

    People who have read Environmental News for You over the last year plus know that I have been providing more solid financial and business reasons to develop a robust program, regardless of whether you call it a “Green”, Climate Change, or Sustainability. There are now many examples of companies that have directly improved their bottom line by implementing such a program. With the ...


  • How To Put Your Building on a Water Diet in 2017

    As you prepare for the new year, why not commit your building to the same resolution as millions of American men and women: a diet! Every year, millions of gallons of water, one of our most precious resources, is wasted through undetected leaks, over irrigation and faulty equipment. Since most building managers and owners only check usage when the bill comes, your water usage is likely to ...


    By WaterSignal

  • Eco-friendly Scalewatcher tackles scale in school building

    A school in Texas is benefiting from reduced salt and chemical usage following the installation of the computerized, electronic, water-conditioner Scalewatcher® from Scalewatcher North America.  The Scalewatcher system has proved so successful that the school authorities are proposing to install units in every building which will save the school authority thousands of dollars a year in ...

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