Center achieves net-zero energy use

Designed by SmithGroupJJR, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF’s) Brock Environmental Center has earned Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). It produces 1.83 times more energy than it used over the past year.
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U of SC: Lessons in net-zero energy use

Creating a net-zero-energy, higher-education facility was at the heart of the design for the University of South Carolina’s new Darla Moore School of Business. The project was initiated after the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hand-selected the university to partner with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).
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Holding back the waters

Retention, detention, and groundwater recharge are at the heart of a stormwater management system installed at a new medical office building that is part of an assisted living facility in Newtown, Connecticut.
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Properly soldering no-lead copper alloys

Last year, new federal guidelines were introduced, reducing the acceptable levels of lead that can be found in various plumbing components used for potable water applications. This change had a major impact on plumbing professionals, as well as the industry as a whole.
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CPVC pipes and fitting

Recent industry trends have enabled several choices of competing plumbing materials to gain greater traction in the market. As a result, plumbing professionals have far more factors to consider when designing a system.
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New Construction vs. Renovation: Sustainability and LEED

Goals such as increasing a facility’s sustainability take a different spin for new construction and renovation projects. Although any building—new or existing—can strive for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the approaches to feasibly achieve that goal change based on the building.
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