This course looks at how to assess post-occupancy evaluation of buildings as it affects building performance. How can we verify green building claims? The course discusses the metrics and tools used in post-occupancy evaluations of thermal comfort, and air, acoustic, and visual quality. Use of the National Environmental Assessment Toolkit is proposed as an aid in helping to link building systems to environmental quality and in understanding what should be measured, how it should be measured, and how often it should be measured.
This course looks at key strategies to achieve energy efficiency in high-rise residential buildings. The course covers building integration issues; ventilation system approaches; how tools like Pharos can help make material selections to reduce environmental impacts and improve indoor air quality; and trends in high-performance, high-rise residential building design.
When you ask architects today about some of their biggest challenges; and building enclosure design is usually at, or towards the top of the list. New and more stringent codes are requiring designers to have a deeper understanding of enclosure systems. High performance building designs are becoming essential to meet new code requirements, as well as the expectations of funding entities, owners, and developers. State-of-the-art building designs require high performance building materials and building enclosure systems. High performance materials must be efficient and versatile in use and in operation, as well as durable, resilient, and capable of protecting buildings and building occupants from weather extremes, natural and man-made hazards, and environmental concerns.
Archeological research reveals that insulating our homes using natural, renewable materials like fiber, wool, straw and cork, is actually as old as human history. And with good reason. Insulation is perhaps the most cost effective, straightforward path to peak functionality in the design and construction of buildings. And while many petroleum and chemical-based insulation strategies have risen up over the decades, we may be circling back around in a post-petroleum world to prefer insulation made from renewable, recycled and recyclable materials. This course describes the specification and use of these insulation materials.
Closed-Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation: A Preferred Air Barrier System in Building Envelopes
Expectations for better building performance underscore the importance of air barriers for commercial-building envelopes and code compliance. Use of closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (ccSPF) as a key material in air barrier assemblies can help architects, engineers, contractors and owners/developers meet air barrier requirements more easily. CcSPF provides excellent performance characteristics and construction advantages.
Environmental Benefits of Closed-Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam: A Preferred Insulation for High-Performance and Green Building Design
A focus on green building standards and more stringent code requirements have led to the adoption of best practices in construction materials and methods. Among those is the use of more efficient insulation systems, air barriers and seamless monolithic roofing systems. Use of closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (ccSPF) can help meet the stringent requirements of modern, sustainable building design. ccSPF provides excellent performance and environmental benefits. Read more today.
Do you know the facts about closed-cell spray foam insulation? Turn questions into answers. Watch this webcast today to learn the benefits of using closed-cell spray foam insulation, which you can specify with confidence.
Icynene ProSeal Eco is the world's first fully water-blown spray foam insulation. With no synthetic blowing agent, Icynene ProSeal Eco has significantly expanded the possibilities of commercial wall assembly applications. Watch this video now.
Howard Deck, President of ICYNENE, discusses the benefits of using high performance ICYNENE spray foam insulation in buildings and homes. Watch the video now.
In the design process few decisions have as many long-term implications for the performance and durability of a building as the choice of insulation. For the designer, builder and owner, insulation can and should play a multifaceted role that extends far beyond those noticeable or expected benefits, such as energy savings, comfort and enhanced indoor air quality. Insulation, in combination with good detailing and quality control, can play a preventive role by minimizing the chances that things could go wrong.