Radiant floor heating is not new, but recent advances in technology and efficiencies have resulted in homeowners and heating contractors taking a close look at these systems. This white paper looks at a few radiant heating options and identifies one that is leading the way in efficiency.
Insulation is a must when combating air, moisture and other potential hazards that can befall an unprotected foundation. This white paper takes a look at some methods for insulating the three most common types of foundations – basements, slabs and crawl spaces.
The owners of STEP Warmfloor were involved in the design of their company-owned building which is now LEED registered. This 35,000 square feet building is a “living laboratory” as proof of the comfort properties and energy efficiency of STEP Warmfloor.
When it came to selecting efficient mechanical systems for a new apartment living complex, Fairmont State University looked at a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric).
Buildings today are more sophisticated than ever — and the same is true for the mechanical equipment that supports building operations. This sophistication has made possible the world of advanced integration, or having a single point of control for many systems. This paper discusses commercial integration and how VRF systems should be used in them.
While DC power operates many modern products in business applications, it powers far fewer products for consumer use. However, some associations are developing standards that will lead to the rapid adoption of DC power distribution. This white paper takes a look at DC power and how some experts believe it is the answer for future energy needs.
Castle Rock, Colorado built a new office building called The Move – a name that symbolized how businesses wouldn’t have to move outside of city limits to expand. The building uses a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems with Hyper-Heating INVERTER® (H2i®) technology from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric).
The new 21,000-square-foot Chicago office for Studio Gang is now cooled and heated by a Hyper-Heating INVERTER® (H2i®) Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric).
Today’s leading decentralized wastewater systems have closed that gap between the capabilities and performance of conventional wastewater treatment systems. Decentralized wastewater systems are pre-designed for collection, treatment, and dispersal/reuse of wastewater at or near the point of waste generation.
Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF), an HVAC technology, is a great solution for almost any K-12 educational facility. It responds to each of this application’s specific challenges, offering industry-leading efficiencies, integration with ventilation systems, advanced filtration systems, whisper-quiet operation and more.
Sustainability drives both the curriculum and building design for The Willow School, so when the school was designing its fourth building – the Health, Wellness and Nutrition Center – the project team selected a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning system from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating.
A 2008 report from the National Research Council discovered that in urban areas runoff from roads carries more pollutants than plazas, courtyards, and similar hardscapes. This white paper identifies five options for an eco-friendly driveway, all of which can satisfy pervious surface requirements where they exist.
Indoor air quality in homes, buildings, and schools is a silent-yet-critical component in the overall health and well-being of the individuals who inhabit them. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that poor indoor air quality is among the top global environmental health risks.
The Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings has worked with builders to assess the most practical cost-effective means to reduce home energy consumption and approach zero energy. Especially in multifamily applications, CARB has seen more developers explore solar domestic hot-water systems as part of the least-cost pathway.
Most older multifamily buildings in Chicago are heated by centrally metered steam or hot water systems. These buildings cannot operate effciently when these systems become imbalanced. The buildings become under and over heated, which causes tenant discomfort and higher energy use intensity.
Rea Ventures Group partnered with Southface Energy Institute, a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Partnership for Home Innovation Building America research team, to develop a prescriptive approach for rehabilitating a portfolio of rural multifamily rental properties in Georgia.
This document helps utilities identify new, untapped datasets that are emerging related to the energy performance of buildings, and how this information can be applied to expand market intelligence and create business value.
This report characterizes the landscape and trends in the global air conditioning market, including discussion of direct and indirect climate impacts and potential global warming impacts from global A/C usage. It also documents solutions that can help achieve international goals for energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
Project Summary In 2014, California entered its third consecutive year of statewide drought conditions, with water and sewer costs in Los Angeles expected to increase by 8 percent annually over the next five years.
Project Summary With preserved land accounting for more than 99 percent of The Resort at Pelican Hill’s total irrigable acres and an ocean view attracting visitors, water conservation goes hand in hand with the resort’s land stewardship efforts and its stake in protecting the area’s most valuable asset—the Pacific Ocean.
Project Summary As San Antonio continues to grow, water conservation has become an important part of the city’s water management planning. Recognizing that conservation is more cost-effective than securing new water sources, in 2007, San Antonio Water System (SAWS) developed its WaterSaver Hotel program
Project Summary Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington, is a 340-bed, 750,000-square-foot patient care facility. The hospital logs approximately 95,000 patient days per year and employs 2,300 staff.
Project Summary On a coastal strip of Olympic National Park in Forks, Washington, Kalaloch Lodge has worked to protect the surrounding ecosystem and reduce water and sewer costs by giving guests and employees a direct role in its water conservation efforts.
Background Ronnie Boston, who works as a consultant for sustainable energy projects with Green Tech Ventures Community Development Corporation in Pasadena, California, contacted Mrs. Jacqueline DuPont-Walker, owner of a 91 unit apartment building in the inner city of Los Angeles about the.
Background Ruben J. Menashe Inc. wanted to create a unique, comfortable development that showcases environmental accountability when building The Albert, a mixeduse building with 72 apartments over retail space in Portland, Oregon.
Background The Oregon Zoo opened its new 15,000 sq ft Veterinary Medical Center in January 2012 following sixteen months of construction. The center includes a climate-controlled intensive care unit and provides medical care to all the zoo’s animals.
Background Opened in 1927, family-owned and managed Moody’s has served over a million travelers in its seasonal vacation cabins, tourist gift shop and year-round diner located along a busy stretch of U.S. Coastal Route 1 in Waldoboro, Maine.
Los Angeles, California Founded in 1984, Poquito Mas Baja Taco Stand restaurants have become a staple of California cuisine – catering to a legion of followers and Hollywood celebrities. With 11 locations throughout the Los Angeles area, the restaurant chain consumes large quantities of hot water for both food preparation,
Study Summary Over the course of a one-year period, a moisture performance comparison study was conducted at an independent test facility. In the study, brick veneer wall assemblies were compared to seven wall assemblies constructed of popular siding materials.
Background The Caroline is one of the most prestigious residential apartment buildings in New York City, located in The Flatiron district on 23rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. The 20-story building features 433 apartments with premium kitchen and bath amenities, 50-foot sky-lit swimming pool, on-site laundry,
The Preserve is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and animals. The core of The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve is comprised of what was once an 8,500- acre cattle ranch situated at the head of the Greater Everglades watershed.
Background The Solaire apartments, located in Brighton, Colorado, just 20 minutes outside Denver, offer residents a variety of lifestyle choices. Incorporating renewable geothermal energy to heat and cool their apartments delivers energy cost savings while reducing demand on the city’s power grid.
Background Opened in 2008, the $13 million Sussex County Emergency Operations Center is an 18,000 sq. ft. facility that processes 911 and other emergency calls and links police, fire and country-state agencies. Built to withstand hurricane force winds, it contains about $4 million worth of electronics equipment.
Background The Kentlands Community Center is a 9,000 sq ft, two-story building with a high glass ratio. The building’s 15-yearold air source cooling system with gas furnace heating had reached the end of its useful life.
Background In 1902, German immigrant Frederick A. Scheel used $300 he earned from his first potato harvest as the down payment on the first SCHEELS, a small hardware and general merchandise store in Sabin, Minnesota.
Background The owners of the Best Western Plus New Englander Hotel located in Woburn, Massachusetts, a suburb located about 10 miles north of Boston, decided to replace an old gasfired boiler and tank serving its 99-room hotel equipped with two commercial washing machines after the existing 500-gallon tank began leaking.