High-performance, energy-efficient buildings require a different design approach than conventional buildings. This article discusses relationships between building performance simulations and design, as well as the role of building performance research in architectural practice.
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.
Kathy Velikov (University of Michigan)
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.
Despite the fact that regulations have a significant impact on health, safety and welfare, research into their impact is almost nonexistent. The adoption of new regulations should be tied to basic research and testing. Furthermore, there should be legal mechanisms that monitor the efficacy of the regulations and modify them to align with their original intent.
The Grady Health System Ponce de Leon Center is a comprehensive outpatient clinic for treatment of HIV and AIDS. The Center sought to retain and attract more patients in ongoing care at the Center. The project employed a Lean perspective to identify opportunities to improve operations and the built environment to that end.
Jeff Tyner (Perkins+Will)
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.
Christopher Augustyn (Affiliated Engineers),
Matthew Brugman (Affiliated Engineers)
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.
This article compares the varied types of team-based training offered at simulation centers in educational institutions and healthcare system-based centers in order to identify how this learning style impacts the simulation spaces we design.
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.
Yanel de Angel (Perkins+Will)
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.
Leah [Davies] Ijjas (Gensler),
Jon Penndorf (Perkins+Will),
Haley Russell (Perkins+Will)
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.
Paul Zaferiou (Lam Partners),
Kera Lagios (Lam Partners)