Prevention Through Design Process Provides Enhances Plan for Safety
Article | Medical Construction & Design Magazine (January 2016)
Much like patient safety, employee safety is paramount to the professionals that design, install and operate healthcare facilities. But despise the highest caution and control, hospitals can be some of the most hazardous places for workers, including the building teams operating around and within the facilities.
Unified Workflow: Better BIM Equals Better Designs
Publication | Engineered Systems (2015)
In the ever-evolving world of building information modeling, putting process before technology solves fundamental issues. Read on as the authors touch on Agile, common roles, and BIM’s fate over the course of a project.
Raising the Bar On High-Performance Buildings: LEEDv4 and ASHRAE 90.1-2010
Article | Building Operating Management (2014)
The U.S. Department Of Energy projects that by the end of 2015, about 25 states, concentrated on the East and West coasts, will have adopted the 2012 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). This latest version of the IECC heavily references ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010, a standard that includes several updates to requirements for mechanical, electrical, and lighting systems. The new standards for these systems will contribute significantly to energy savings, as compared to the 2007 90.1 standard.
As of July 9 of this year, all federal projects must be designed to comply with ASHRAE 90.1-2010. In addition, ASHRAE 90.1 has been the referenced energy standard within all LEED rating systems, including the latest release of LEED v4. For the immediate future, projects can be registered under both LEED 2009 and v4; as of June 1, 2015, however, all new projects will need to be registered under the LEED v4 rating system. Due to this interconnection, it is important to compare and analyze the changes within both LEED v4 and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 simultaneously.