Net-zero energy design is a reality, reports Consulting-Specifying Engineer. The term, as defined by the NREL, is a building that generates enough renewable energy on-site to equal or exceed its annual energy use. With this technology well within reach, engineers and architects must evaluate how the pursuit of net-zero design impacts overall building performance.
Versatility is key when it comes to outfitting facilities on a busy campus. Just ask McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Home to approximately 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the university sought out a way to keep campus facilities intact for years to come. And with more than 50 buildings on campus, the task was not taken lightly.
When Willamette University officials sought to double the size of the campus fitness center, they turned to sustainable flooring as a building solution. Learn how the university met the challenge of expansion while maintaining LEED certified standards.
Architects at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital spent a day in wheelchairs to consider the needs of disabled patients at the center of the design experience. The result “…moves beyond compliance with the accommodation requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” said Paula Hereau, vice president of operations.