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Pumps Operations in the Building Envelope

Pumps Operations in the Building Envelope

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Water flows downhill. Nothing could be more simple. Getting water to the top floor of an urban skyscraper is a bit more difficult. Mere gravity flow or even accumulated static pressure head aren’t sufficient to accomplish this task. Pumps are obviously needed. But what kinds of pumps are used in  … Read More

Variables for Energy-Efficient Roofs

Variables for Energy-Efficient Roofs

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Roof material choice is one area of building envelope design where significant efficiency can be found. Energy-efficient roofs have come a long way in recent years. Cost savings can be realized, and service life can be greatly extended with careful selection of a modern energy efficient roof.  … Read More

Building Envelope Efficiency: Understanding Fenestration

Building Envelope Efficiency: Understanding Fenestration

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Fenestration is defined as the arrangement of windows and doors on the elevations of a building, and can have a significant impact on building envelope efficiency.

Ulrike Passe, associate professor of architecture, and director of Iowa State’s Center for Building Energy Research lists a building’s fenestration components as doors, windows, and  … Read More

The Threat of Legionnaire’s Disease

The Threat of Legionnaire’s Disease

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In 1976 a pneumonia outbreak sickened 221 people and killed 34. The cause was a mystery that puzzled scientists for months. It was eventually traced to a bacterium that researchers named Legionella pneumophila because many of the affected individuals were members of the American Legion, exposed at a convention.

Legionella is  … Read More

FREE Webinar! Designing Permeable Pavements for Heavy Loads & Lower Costs

FREE Webinar! Designing Permeable Pavements for Heavy Loads & Lower Costs

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Permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICP) have been performing in North Americafor well over 25 years. And when designed right…can support your heavy traffic loads, mitigate your stormwater, AND keep your costs low.

Join Charles Taylor and Kevin Earley for a FREE webinar exploringPermeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement systems (e.g., components, design principles,  … Read More

20 Pacifica – Irvine Co / AMS Hybrid-Electric Building

20 Pacifica – Irvine Co / AMS Hybrid-Electric Building

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Irvine Company recently announced plans to have energy-storing battery systems – about the size of a few parking spaces – installed at many of its office properties, starting with 20 Pacifica, a 15-story office tower along I-405 in Irvine. The company is partnering with San Francisco-based Advanced Microgrid Solutions to  … Read More



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