provide the thermal barrier between the indoor and outdoor
environment, but also play an important role in determining how
effectively the building can utilize natural lighting, ventilation,
and heating and cooling resources.
- Design Brief: Demand-Controlled Ventilation
that varies the amount of ventilation
outside air delivered to a space based on input from a single
carbon dioxide (CO2) sensor or group of sensors.
- 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
- Design Brief: Glazing
influencing glazing selections, whole-building lifecycle analysis
is the best tool for determining the most costeffective solution.
Few decisions that a designer makes have more impact on the
appearance and utility of a building than the glazing
- Design Brief: Building Integrated Photovoltaics
photovoltaic technology, design teams may supply solar energy to
building systems, integrate the technology seamlessly into the
building design, and provide an economical renewable energy source
for building owners.
- 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: Public Agency Demonstrates Resource Efficiency Through Innovative Design
feature dominates both the exterior and interior of the
single-story Victor Valley Water District Administrative Facility.
Located in a high desert climate, this building has 12-inch-thick
exterior walls with solid-grouted concrete masonry.
- Design Brief: Design For Your Climate
conditions that are specific to a project's location, design teams
are able to develop climate responsive building designs. The result
is a building that utilizes less energy and provides a high quality
and comfortable environment for the occupants.
- e-News #32: Button Up That Overcoat: Exterior Insulation and Finishing Systems Offer Improved Thermal Performance for Commercial Buildings
be a long, hot California summer, most people are putting their
thick outerwear into storage. But it's important to remember that
for commercial buildings, an airtight covering of insulation saves
on energy costs by fending off heat transfer from the hot outdoors
and by keeping conditioned air from leaking out.
- e-News #24: Heat on a Cool White Roof: The Energy Efficiency Benefits of Reflective Roofing Materials
Mediterranean have used them for many centuries . . . and in modern
times building researchers are quantifying their benefits. Now
California's new Title 24 standards offer credit for them-It's time
to take another look at cool, reflective roofs that can improve our
communities and the environment in the future.