building energy performance Articles

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Shades of green technologies: identification of significant parameters affecting the performance of green technologies in buildings

    This study developed essential parameters to be employed as tools for supporting decisions regarding the implementation of green technologies (GT) in buildings. This was done by identifying the most significant parameters that affect the performance of GT in buildings, primarily from the perspective of facility managers as well as the present and future facility users, public and the environment. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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

  • Critical need for energy savings and loan performance data remains unmet

    Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets   A vast gap exists between the detailed information financial institutions need to support energy efficiency financing and the limited data they currently have. Several examples suggest these loan programs can succeed, but there are no large datasets supporting investment in energy efficiency. Providing energy efficiency loans could ...

  • AtSite, a sustainable buildings company, uses eSight to manage energy for clients

    AtSite, a Sustainable Buildings Company, delivers smart, cost-effective solutions to create better performing buildings and spaces with lower operating costs. Working with the best partners in the industry, AtSite specializes in managing the delivery of new buildings and interiors, guiding the modernization and retrofit of existing buildings, and providing ongoing performance management and ...


    By eSight Energy

  • One In Three Councils Not Complying With Legal Duties On Monitoring Their Buildings’ Energy Use

      Nearly a third of councils are not complying with their legal duties on monitoring their buildings’ energy use under laws designed to encourage councils to improve their estates. The Energy Performance ...

  • Building Energy Management System - Ford of Europe Daventry - case study

    Use ENER-G's intelligent building controls and take advantage of: Average financial savings of 43% No capital investment 30% reduction in C02 emissions ENER-G's innovative Building Energy Management System (BEMS) offers seamless integration with your buildings' heating, lighting and ventilation. Our high technology solution can reduce your energy consumption and ...


    By ENER-G

  • Solar Chimneys in Buildings - The State of the Art

    Improvement of the energy performance of buildings and achievement of indoor comfort conditions can be attained by passive cooling techniques and energy efficient measures. Natural ventilation is one of the simplest and most widely applied cooling strategies, achieved by permitting air to flow through the building. The solar chimney is a construction on the building's envelope that exploits solar ...

  • Indoor Air Quality, Energy consumption and building performance: leveraging technology to improve all three - Forwood Cloud Wiser III Environmental Dynamics Group, Inc. Princeton, New Jersey USA

    Abstract: Building owners and occupants expect more from their buildings today – both better indoor air quality (IAQ) and less energy consumption. Many facilities strive to design and commission a ‘smart building’ – one that is healthy, environmentally conscious and operating in the most efficient way possible. However, maintaining optimum IAQ often seems to be in ...

  • 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

  • Some buildings are smarter than others

    What's the ideal construction strategy for a sustainable future? John Coutts explores the rising potential of intelligent buildings. Officially known as 30 St Mary Axe, London, Sir Norman Foster's landmark tower for Swiss Re may be better known as the 'Gherkin' because of its eye-catching profile, but it's also a landmark in terms of sustainability. The Gherkin is one of the most ...


  • 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 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 ...

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