Tag: the building envelope

The building envelope is the physical separator between the interior and exterior of a building. Components of the envelope are typically: walls, floors, roofs, fenestrations and doors.

Energy Management Systems

To exemplify the evolving nature of energy management systems, Greg Turner, vice president for Honeywell Business Solutions, recalls a recent conversation in which a hospital facilities manager spoke of how he’d have to come up with budget figures once a year that would either be accepted or rejected.

“Now I get calls almost

Building Envelope Efficiency: Understanding Fenestration

Building Envelope Efficiency: Understanding Fenestration

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

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes,” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

MRF: Safety and Efficiency

MRF: Safety and Efficiency

T he Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) points out on its website that while recycling is good for the environment, it can be dangerous for workers. Certain materials in the wastestream directly pose hazards to workers. Additional hazards include vehicle traffic, moving machine parts, unexpected machine startup, lifting injuries,

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes,” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

The marketplace for products and services that address building energy efficiency is growing rapidly, and that means economic benefits for businesses and institutions. From the building’s entrance, to the roof and the space inside, there’s a wide spectrum of technologies available. We could talk about HVAC, lighting, water efficiency, water

How a Balcony Can Save a Building

How a Balcony Can Save a Building

Look before you leap—when it comes to new construction. When composing my Editor’s Comments for our June issue of Business Energy I touched on the topic of indoor air quality (IAQ), and how poorly functioning buildings will mean compromised IAQ and poor IAQ will degrade the building structure. The operation

Improving Energy Efficiency in Hospitals and Health Care Facilities – Part 2

Improving Energy Efficiency in Hospitals and Health Care Facilities – Part 2

Water System Energy Savings
As noted earlier, the building envelope is an oft-forgotten element of energy savings. Another oft-forgotten savings opportunity relates to how water is treated. Clearwater Systems Corp. offers Dolphin WaterCare, which provides non-chemical water treatment solutions for cooling towers, HVAC and process chillers, ammonia condensers, process heat exchangers,

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