For its Portland, Oregon, offices, Providence Health & Services—a Catholic healthcare ministry—includes open park space on a tight urban site. However, one of its ‘greenest’ attributes may be its floors.
Unwanted building envelope heat transfer can be a unique problem in commercial construction and retrofit. With the nationwide push for energy conservation and more efficient buildings, architects, engineers, and designers are being asked to come up with viable solutions.
As a complement to our more straight-ahead technical features, Horizons examines still-emerging technologies and new ways of assembling buildings. In this particular case, Ting dealt with the issue of glazed assemblies and their impact on both energy efficiency and indoor air quality (IAQ). He acknowledged … Continue reading A deeper look at ‘breathable’ curtain walls
From a single-family home to a 40-story office building, all structures are made up of a complex array of systems competing for limited space. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in floor assemblies where HVAC ducts, recessed light fixtures, and plumbing are interwoven with joists and beams.