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- Case Studies: Teaming Up with Nature
projects have taken advantage of climate-related and site-specific
characteristics to design and construct high-performance,
environmentally friendly buildings.
- e-News #42: Lost in Translation: Building Commissioning Can Ensure That Builders Get What They Want
best intentions can be a little like "telephone," a favorite
childhood game. The first person in the chain starts with a key
message, such as "I want an energyefficient building."
- Case Studies: Thinking Outside the Box
are looking toward energy efficiency and sustainable design
strategies to provide a competitive edge and increase profitability
across the nation and in California's hard-hitting marketplace.
- Case Studies: High Performance Learning
concept, design, and construction phases of new K-12 school
projects in California impact students, teachers, parents, and the
community for various reasons. For children and teachers, their
daily comfort and performance is affected by the classrooms,
hallways, gymnasiums, and auditoriums where they interact from four
to eight hours each day.
- e-News #41: Creating a Healthy Bottom Line: Hospital Energy Efficiency Opportunities
can be as complicated and take as many plot twists as an episode of
- Design Brief: Integrated Design for Small Commercial HVAC
methods for rooftop heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
(HVAC) systems, significant improvements in operational savings,
energy efficiency, and indoor comfort can be achieved.
- Case Studies: Displacement Ventilation in Classrooms
is an air distribution system designed to simultaneiously improve
indoor air quality and reduce energy use. Cool, rather than cold
supply air is provided through low sidewall diffusers directly to
occupants. The cool air, at about 65 degrees F rather than 55
degrees F, falls to the floor due to gravity and spreads across the
- Design Brief: Underfloor Air Distribution and Access Floors
access floor systems can provide energy savings, improved indoor
air quality, and a technology ready environment for today's
- Case Studies: Police Facility Goes for LEED Silver
and the Energy Design Resources tools have helped the San Mateo
Police Facility design team to design a building that will meet the
City of San Mateo's goals for a LEED Silver rating and will provide
long-term financial benefits to the City.
- Case Studies: Title 24 and Savings By Design
California's Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and
Nonresidential Buildings, commonly known as Title 24, went into
effect October 1, 2005. Building plans submitted after this date
must meet the requirements of these updated Standards, which span
envelope, lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning
(HVAC) and domestic water heating measures.
- Case Studies: Concrete Pipe Manufacturer Increases Production and Saves Energy by Designing New Plant
demand, Piranha Pipe and Precast (Piranha) built a new production
facility in Chowchilla, California. Piranha's management needed a
concrete plant with greater production capacity, but they were
concerned about increased energy consumption.
- Design Brief: Radiant Cooling
more efficient, more comfortable, more attractive, and more
healthful than systems that circulate air. Unlike most cooling
systems in California, which circulate cold air to maintain
comfort, most radiant cooling systems circulate cool water through
ceiling, wall, or floor panels. "Coolth" from that water is then
absorbed by occupants and interior spaces according to the dynamics
of thermal radiation.
- Case Studies: Wastewater Treatment Plant Achieves Energy and Resource Savings with Efficient Design
Services District (DSRSD) redesigned their plant to increase its
capacity and better serve the residents of Dublin and San Ramon.
The plant's engineers worked with PG&E staff under the auspices
of a statewide investor-owned utility sponsored energy efficiency
program, Savings By Design (SBD), to analyze the plant's energy
consumption patterns and design it as efficiently as possible.
- Case Studies: Skylighting in Schools - A Healthy Advantage
were built with few windows, and students complained they felt
"claustrophobic." Based on these comments, as well as concerns
about energy efficiency, the school board decided that natural
light was essential to the learning experience.
- 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
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