Category Archives: Literature

Green building standard now available

The 2014 edition of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), contains new requirements on reducing the energy and environmental impacts of buildings. ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High-performance, Green Buildings Except Low-rise Residential Buildings, addresses sustainability, water-use efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and a structure’s impact on the atmosphere, materials, and resources. New elements to this version …

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Marina construction guide available

The 2014 edition of the Southern Forest Products Association’s (SFPA’s) Marine Construction Guide includes information regarding the specifications and use of Southern Pine for assemblies such as docks, piers, bulkheads, pedestrian walkways, and light-vehicular bridges. Specific information for fresh water, brackish, and water environments are also explained. New to this edition is a marine construction terminology glossary and an updated listing of sources for treated wood products. Geared toward design professionals and marine contractors, the …

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Environmental control systems resource published

The updated fourth edition of Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects is now available from Wiley. Written by Norbert Lechner, the text is geared toward architects. It provides guidance on how to minimize mechanical systems and energy use throughout the life of a building. Some of the techniques examined are siting, design, and landscaping for maximizing natural heating, cooling, and lighting. The updated version includes new integrated design strategy information, case studies, checklists, …

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Sustainable development resource released

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released Engineering for Sustainable Human Development. This book explains the important role engineering can have in reducing poverty and its positive impact on community development. The author, Bernard Amadei, suggests engineers need to become more creative in order to understand environments different than those in the developed world. Further, how to deliver projects that perform technically, as well as operate from the proper social, environmental, and economic …

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ConsensusDocs publishes commissioning contract

A new contract for projects using commissioning services is now available through ConsensusDocs Coalition. ConsensusDocs 820, Owner and Commissioning Authority Agreement, provides language for owners to employ when procuring commissioning services verify building system performance. Additionally, the contract establishes rights and obligations for the individual serving as the commission authority. It was developed with the help of AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), an association of certified commissioning authorities, along with input from American Society for Healthcare …

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Updated IECC roofing brochure available

A new brochure explains reroofing clarifications in the upcoming 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Released by Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing (the Center), and the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Associations (PIMA), the resource suggests most commercial reroofing projects involving the removal and replacement of an existing roof covering will need to be upgraded to the current IECC R-value levels. The document established definitions of various major roofing activities, including …

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