to demonstrate energy efficiency design strategies in a place that
is a literal and symbolic gateway to knowledge in the community.
Public assembly buildings such as auditoriums and arenas have very
specific and oftentimes intensive energy requirements tied closely
to time of use.
- e-News #88: Outdoor Lighting
for safety, security, productivity, and enjoyment. Guidelines and
technologies available today can help meet these lighting needs
while providing good quality lighting that minimizes light
pollution, conserves energy, and enhances community ambience,
including the effect on wildlife and our view of the starry night
- e-News #76: Vertical Transportation
are faster and more comfortable than their counterparts decades
ago. But even when you are standing inside an innovative looking
elevator cab, it is hard to identify the green features in the
elevator and recognize their energy savings. This issue of e-News
details major sustainable features in elevators and escalators and
some design considerations.
- Design Brief: Cool Roofs
can reach temperatures that are nearly
100°F above the ambient temperature. A cool roof, by contrast,
stays at or near the ambient temperature due to the characteristics
of its outer layer.
- Design Brief: Integrated Building Design
design approach, designers can cost-effectively lower building
operating costs while improving workers' comfort and boosting
- Case Studies: Multi-Agency Library Benefits from Daylighting Strategies
typically consumes more energy than any other end use.
Consequently, the design team for the Multi-Agency Library at the
College of the Desert decided to take advantage of the abundant
natural light available in this desert climate to reduce energy
use. This strategy directly resulted in strong architectural
elements that delineate the building, making it a readily
identifiable icon for the college campus and the surrounding
- Design Brief: Skylights with Suspended Ceilings
in large, low-rise commercial buildings have been custom designed
and site built, an expensive and labor-intensive process. This
design brief explores the benefits of a better alternative: splayed
modular skylight wells specifically designed for use with suspended
- Case Studies: An Integrated Campus Benefits From Its Desert Environment
desert above the Mojave River, the new Learning Resource Center at
Victor Valley Community College provides more reading and study
areas, book stacks, conference rooms and offices to the college's
existing library. The building's form (including its central
skylight, roof monitors, and angled shading devices) provides
dramatic natural lighting in the addition's reading areas.
- Design Brief: Daylighting
the Daylighting Designer's Toolkit, designers can improve the
visual environment, create a higher-quality space, and lower energy
costs for buildings.
- Design Brief: Options & Opportunities
are appropriate for all building types, but some
are especially useful for particular buildings. This Design Brief
reminds designers and builders of opportunities they should
consider in each of their projects.
- Design Brief: Building Simulation
early in a project can lead to design solutions that, though they
appear simple, significantly improve building energy
- e-News #3: Energy-Efficient Libraries Serve as Demonstration Showcases for the Community
Ventura, Calif., integrates state-of-the-art energy-conserving
design into a new joint-use public and high school library. The
project demonstrates how to create buildings that are comfortable,
environmentally responsible, and economical to operate.