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Building technologies that can improve the performance of buildings and communities.

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  |  Channel: Energy, Health, Sustainability, Technology

North House is a prototype of a net-positive energy solar powered residence. It implements a Distributed Responsive System of Skins (DReSS), Central Home Automation Server (CHAS), and an Adaptive Living Interface System (ALIS) to achieve a net-positive energy profile. It is part of a larger interdisciplinary and inter-institutional exploration of responsive envelopes.

By Geoffrey Thün (University of Michigan),
Kathy Velikov (University of Michigan)
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  |  Channel: Energy, Process, Technology

The objective of this paper is to provide some insight into how HVAC systems are changing to meet the drive towards lower energy usage. The paper is primarily focusing on trends, observed by the author in designs which have been highlighted in research journals and project work. A case study is provided which highlights how some of the trends have been implemented on a current design.

By Robert Tazelaar (Arup)
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  |  Channel: Education, Energy, Process, Technology

The Design team for the Tinkham Veale University Center at Case Western Reserve University determined that the west-facing glass wall presented challenges to the usability and conditioning of that space. The team determined that a double-skin wall was the best solution, and performed a series of studies to validate that choice.

By Mark Walsh (Perkins+Will),
Christopher Augustyn (Affiliated Engineers),
Matthew Brugman (Affiliated Engineers)
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  |  Channel: Energy, Healthcare, Technology

This article reviews Waste to Energy (WTE) technologies that are currently available and how the healthcare sector can employ these for waste management and revenue generation.

By Vandana Gupta (Perkins+Will)
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  |  Channel: Education, Energy, Process, Technology

Residence Halls provide a unique educational opportunity for students, since they can engage as active participants in reducing energy use for the building. Perkins+Will, Rist Frost Shumway Engineering and Bond Brothers Constructions worked with the Massachusetts State College Building Authority and Bridgewater State University (BSU) to implement low energy strategies at the Weygand Residence hall at BSU.

By Jordan Zimmermann (Perkins+Will),
Yanel de Angel (Perkins+Will)
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  |  Channel: Energy, Health, Labs, Technology

Task Tuning, variable load shedding and daylight harvesting are three strategies for reducing the energy consumed by lighting systems. This study tested the effectiveness of these three strategies against both the Encelium Lighting Control and Pulse Energy Data energy management systems.

By David Cordell (Perkins+Will),
Leah [Davies] Ijjas (Gensler),
Jon Penndorf (Perkins+Will),
Haley Russell (Perkins+Will)
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  |  Channel: Energy, Technology, Workplace

Using a number of physical and digital tools, the design team for the University Crossing Atrium at the University of Massachussetts at Lowell explored how daylight can be efficiently directed down into a space. This case study documents the team’s research methodology, design strategies and technical concepts for executing the work as well as general conclusions on the benefits of the collaborative process.

By Patrick Cunningham (Perkins+Will),
Paul Zaferiou (Lam Partners),
Kera Lagios (Lam Partners)
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  |  Channel: Education, Intellect, Technology

While online education has brought with it radical transformations to higher education, bringing people together in physical space is and will be essential for student success.

By Christina Long (Perkins+Will)
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  |  Channel: Intellect, Process, Technology

This article reviews performance-driven design methods, parametric design and digital fabrication as some of the emerging design techniques in architectural design

By Ming Tang (University of Cincinnati),
Ajla Aksamija (Perkins+Will),
Michael Hodge (Gensler),
Jonathon Anderson (University of Nevada Las Vegas)