environmental design building Articles

  • How Seismic Use Group Classification affects your Water Storage Tank

    When purchasing a bolted steel tank or a welded steel water storage tank, one of the key criteria determining the design parameters of the tank is the Seismic Use Group (SUG) classification. The term Seismic Use Group is essentially the same as the terms Occupancy Category and Risk Category used by the International Building Code (IBC) and the ...


    By Superior Tank Co., Inc.

  • UV Minimises Risks for Major Food Retailers

    For many years, one of the UK’s largest food manufacturers has made it their business to be the best at producing all manner of bespoke cooked and raw, ready-to-eat vegetables and carbohydrates for their customers, who include chilled food manufacturers, food-to-go operators and, of course, major supermarkets. Being the best means not only complying with food quality standards set by ...


    By atg UV Technology

  • Environmentally Sustainable Design Building in York - Biomass Boiler case study

    This is an architectural practice that specialises in environmentally sustainable design for existing and new build projects. The practice is run by the husband and wife team of Sally and Chris Walker who recently took the step of building a dedicated office adjacent to their house to accommodate the expanding business and designing it to have as small a carbon footprint as possible. The office ...


    By Vortex Energy Saver

  • Sustainable tall buildings: toward a comprehensive design approach

    This paper presents a comprehensive design approach to sustainable tall buildings development. It argues that the true efficiency and success of tall buildings are heightened by their overall relationship with their urban setting and infrastructure. Tall and supertall buildings are mini–cities and their social, economic, and environmental impacts extend throughout the neighbourhood and the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Green Building

    Project of the Month   Sonnenbaum choice of project for September is total green concept which focuses on sustainability for a manufacturing factory located in Klang. The green and sustainability concept involves creating a structure and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout a building life cycle, taking into a count all phases ...


  • Building Experience: Energy Efficient Buildings

    Issue: The development of large commercial, governmental and even residential buildings which take advantage of energy efficient design and incorporate on-site renewable energy sources could have a major impact on achieving and maintaining Kyoto targets on reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the future. Although demonstration sites across Europe have been built, the lessons learnt in their ...


  • 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

  • Renovating vs. Building New: The Environmental Merits

    This presentation focuses on the environmental implications of two case study projects involving extensive renovation and rehabilitation of older Canadian buildings to serve new functions. Both of the case study projects were submitted as ...

  • A collaborative platform for sustainable building design based on model integration over the internet

    Considerable potential exists for reducing life cycle environmental impacts of buildings in Japan. While energy consumption during the operation stage of a building's lifetime is usually dominant, indirect energy use and pollutant emissions associated with production and disposal of building materials during construction and demolition are significant. For sustainable building design, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental design in domestic ancient Greek architecture

    The objective of this paper is to show that the subtle climatic differences should lead to different environmental strategies in building construction. Domestic architecture is investigated since housing is the most energy demanding building type. The study aims to demonstrate that the architectural subtleties developed between different house types have direct relevance to the different ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The The `Design for Autonomous Net-Zero Water Buildings` Project Funded By NSF

    The students at the University of Miami will know firsthand the importance of rethinking the way we handle wastewater and water with a Net-Zero water treatment system on site.   The project showed the viability and feasibility to take buildings off the water grid to provide water recycling and how it can be achieved without raising the cost of high quality water. The research team ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Building Resilient Cities

    A new dimension is taking root in the world of municipal infrastructure planning – the concept of resiliency. It’s not simply a case of hardening infrastructure to cope with infrequent shocks to the urban landscape wrought by extreme weather, flooding or widespread power outages. Some use the term ‘future proofing’. I prefer the concept of resiliency, because designing ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Building a shared Environmental Information System with the Eastern Partnership countries

    Since 2010, the European Union (EU) has been engaging the countries of the Eastern Partnership — Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine — in regional cooperation in order to improve national capacities for managing and sharing environmental data and information. This cooperation was funded by the European Commission and implemented by the European Environment ...

  • What makes a building green?

    The terms "sustainable architecture", "green building" and "ecological design" have emerged, along with a host of similar permutations, in recent practice as environmentally friendly modes of design, construction and operation geared towards producing healthy enduring communities. However, the terms are still vague and lead to much ambiguity in their implementation. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Mold, Mold Growth and Buildings

    Concern about mold exposures in buildings continues to be a significant issue. The bottom line is that mold has been around for eons and is not going away.  It will grow whenever and wherever buildings get wet and materials suitable for mold growth are present.  The following paragraphs are meant to shed light on mold issues related to microbiology, health and safety, moisture control, ...

  • What Are Solar Buildings Technologies?

    Solar buildings technologies use the non-polluting power of the sun to help heat, cool, and power our buildings. Because buildings now use one-third of the energy currently consumed in this country, the potential markets for using solar buildings technologies in place of conventional ones is substantial. Whether you're a home owner, architect, builder, business owner, or industry or utility ...

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