The architectural community is at a tipping point. Specifiers and their design teams are moving closer to super-energy-efficient performance across a spectrum of building types and portfolios, including the ‘deep energy retrofits’ of recent years.
The city district of Bahnstadt in Heidelberg, Germany, has passed the test—its monitoring system has confirmed it meets all of the energy efficiency values it strived for. Measurements were carried out by monthly meter readings of the total heat consumption in several blocks.
Buildings have an impact on people and the environment throughout their entire lifecycle, starting with extracting resources from the earth to putting them back in the earth, or burning them, at the end of their lives. To evaluate the effect of buildings in this regard, everything from the energy they consume, the waste they generate, and the carbon dioxide (CO?) they emit must be considered throughout six major cycles.
The combination of wood and energy efficiency in construction can be the result of new wood technologies. Introducing new sustainable forestry management policies and manufacturing with engineered lumber products will lead to alternative building practices using glued-laminated (glulam) and cross-laminated timber (CLT), computer-aided manufacturing, and optimal value-engineered framing.
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