Category Archives: Commercial Building

BUILDING ENERGY CODES SERIES – PART 2: HOW ARE BUILDING ENERGY CODES DEVELOPED?

Continuing with our 4 part series on Building Codes, we are now going to take a deeper dive into the three main steps in the codes process: how they are developed, adopted, and complied with. This post focuses on the … Continue reading

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SAVING ENERGY & MONEY WITH LEDs

A major factor in the rapid advancements in lighting in recent years has been the development of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) technology. LEDs are quickly replacing incandescent bulbs and are great for saving energy as they are much more efficient and … Continue reading

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WHAT ARE COOL ROOFS?

A cool roof is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. Cool roofs can be made of a highly reflective type of paint, a sheet covering, or highly reflective tiles … Continue reading

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ENERGY RETROFIT OF ORTLIEB’S BOTTLING HOUSE

 The Henry F. Ortlieb Bottling House built in 1948, was once part of the Ortlieb’s Brewing Company complex, a dense residential and commercial district north of Center City Philadelphia. © MICHAEL MORAN/OTTO When architecture and research firm KieranTimberlake began the search … Continue reading

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN COMMERCIAL DEMAND-SIDE MANAGEMENT

Energy efficiency can enhance human health by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving indoor and outdoor air quality, and decreasing acid rain. The energy needed to run commercial and industrial buildings in the United States produces 19 percent of U.S. carbon … Continue reading

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SMOG-EATING BUILDINGS

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), air pollution is responsible for some 6.5 million deaths worldwide, mostly in and around major cities. And while steps are being taken to tackle the pollution at its source, “smog-eating” facades containing compounds … Continue reading

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DAYLIGHTING & SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Daylighting is the controlled admission of natural light, direct sunlight, and diffused-skylight into a building to reduce electric lighting and saving energy. By providing a direct link to the dynamic and perpetually evolving patterns of outdoor illumination, daylighting helps create … Continue reading

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