« previous 1
- Design Brief: High-Performance New Homes
in new homes designed to provide comfortable living environments
with lower energy consumption and operating costs.
- Design Brief: Pumping System Troubleshooting
encountered in existing buildings during retro-commissioning
- Design Brief: Understanding Daylight Metrics
it is important to understand the various
daylight terms, calculation methods, and metrics that are used in
the rating systems and by the daylighting community.
- Case Studies: Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences
is a three-story, 45,000 ft2 building on
Sierra Nevada College's Lake Campus that demonstrates how an
ambitious project team can successfully reduce energy usage by
implementing a variety of innovative mechanical designs at minimal
additional first cost.
- e-News #64: Massive Buildings Yield Passive Savings
is a completely passive way of reducing
annual heating and cooling energy use and shifting the summer peak
demand to later in the day. In architectural terms, thermal mass
refers to the incorporation of solid or liquid materials into the
building design to absorb heat or cold and then release it later to
moderate building temperature swings.
- e-News #63: Analyze This!
commercial construction in California to explore ways to create
very low-energy buildings. Meeting the energy use goals defined by
Title 24 or groups such as Architecture 2030 will require bold
steps from building owners and revolutionary thinking from design
that helps building designers determine the optimum
skylighting strategy that will achieve maximum lighting and HVAC
energy savings for a building. This program is a Microsoft Excel™
spreadsheet application that runs on a personal computer.
- e-News #62: How Low Can You Go?
to slow down global warming before it's too late,"
said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in September 2006, when he signed
Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of
2006. This landmark legislation, also known as the California
Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, requires the California Air
Resources Board (CARB) to develop regulations and market mechanisms
that will reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions to 1990
levels by 2020.
- 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.
- e-News #61: Designing Commercial Buildings With Natural Ventilation
on the upswing,
building designers are taking a closer look at natural ventilation
opportunities in California's commercial new construction. To help
designers evaluate whether natural ventilation makes sense for
their projects, this issue of e-News reviews natural ventilation
- Design Brief: Demand Response
that encourages customers to reduce or shift their
electric power usages under certain conditions to help utilities to
overcome temporary constraints in the electricity supply.
- Design Brief: Outdoor Lighting and Title 24
conserve energy and reduce electricity peak demand. The Outdoor
Lighting Standards regulate lighting power, controls, and allowed
lighting fixture types. Illuminated signs are also covered by the
- Green Building Studio®
can help architects and designers perform
whole building analysis, optimize energy efficiency, and work
toward carbon neutrality earlier in the design process. With
faster, more accurate energy analysis of building design proposals,
architects and designers can work with sustainably in mind earlier
in the process, plan proactively, and build better.
- Integrated Energy Design
- Energy Centers
sponsored by your local utility provide outstanding consumer and
professional education opportunities, including new technology
demonstrations, continuing education units, and hands-on
re-training for green jobs. Most courses are available at either no
cost or at a substantial discount.