Set Your SITES: What to know about the new rating system

SITES is a globally sustainable rating system used by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, and policy-makers to align land development and management with innovative sustainable design. After several years of beta testing, version SITES v2 was released last year. Ever since then, projects throughout the United States, Canada,...
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Navigating energy code compliance for roofing

The roof assembly is an important aspect in achieving energy code compliance because it often accounts for a large portion of the building envelope. It becomes even more critical in single-story non-residential projects such as manufacturing plants, warehouses, distribution centers, retail stores, and offices.
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Specifying the right privacy and shading

When specifying glazing solutions for vision, sound, light, and heat control, design actions often come down to a choice between integrated louvers and integrated blinds. Knowing the difference between the two—and which option may be more suitable for an application—
is critical.
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Advanced heating technologies for VRF

Cold temperatures and disruptive precipitation create problems every year. When it comes to heating spaces, the challenge tends to be how to do 
it effectively and efficiently. Historically, maintaining a desirable indoor environment in cold climates has put industry professionals to the test.
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Bright lights in smart cities

Lighting accounts for about 10 percent of the country’s energy usage, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Choosing the right lighting system is crucial when it comes to saving energy and reducing the carbon footprint of a building or campus. Thus, there has been a shift in...
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Integrated contract administration and acoustics

Buildings are a combination of design and construction. On paper, it may all seem to flow and make sense, but a small change in the former can have major impacts on the latter. Similarly, alterations that happen during the construction phase can end up causing significant design problems, affecting...
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Thermal efficiency in glazed curtain wall systems

With glazed façades dominating urban landscapes, the strides made to improve the energy efficiency of glass are well-documented and generally well-understood. However, much more quietly, the framing members of wall and window systems have also been re-engineered. The performance improvements in these less-discussed components are poised to add up...
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