The buildingSMART alliance® was created to spearhead technical, political, and financial support for use of advanced digital technology in the real property industry—from concept, design and construction through operations and management. By leading the development and promotion of open data standards, the Alliance helps facilitate the most effective capture and ongoing management of information for facilities and infrastructure, from inception to demolition.
Post date: 27 Nov 2017
The renewable energy sector is growing fast. Its strength lies in its diversity and its numerous tangible benefits. This infographic highlights the top energy efficient sources and ways wind, geothermal, solar, hydro and nuclear energy can provide more sustainable solutions for society and reduce our carbon footprint. Our goal is to create awareness around the detrimental impacts of current energy sources while providing materials that offer insights on more sustainable methods.
Post date: 21 Nov 2017
Official US climate report attributes 92% of climate change to human activity
The US Government has released a special report which concludes that it is “extremely likely” human activities have been the main driver of global warming since the 1950s, contrary to what officials from the Trump Administration have argued so far.
Post date: 8 Nov 2017
On Friday, Manitoba’s Government published its proposed Climate and Green Plan outlining its 2018-2022 strategy to fight climate change, including a contentious carbon pricing policy at $25 per tonne. Premier Brian Pallister said: "Our vision is to make Manitoba the cleanest, greenest and most climate-resilient province in Canada”. "We are charting that course with a comprehensive plan based on Manitoba needs and focused on Manitoba priorities”. The plan has set out 4 main pillars as its integrated focus, i.e.
Post date: 2 Nov 2017
Building for Health. The nexus of green buildings, global health, and the U.N. sustainable development goals
The United Nations (UN) have developed a framework, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to encourage sustainable, equitable, and environmentally-conscious development by governments, private sector, and society over the subsequent 15 years. This report explores how green buildings intersect with 11 of the 17 goals, namely:
Post date: 1 Nov 2017
ATLANTA – The 2017 edition of ASHRAE’s major thermal comfort standard has been published to incorporate seven published addenda to the 2013 edition.
ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2017, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy
, simplifies the language of the 2013 standard and clarifies the three comfort calculation approaches in Section 5.3.3, "Elevated Air Speed." The 2017 edition includes a new requirement to calculate the change in occupants' thermal comfort from direct solar radiation.
Post date: 31 Ott 2017
Now that the summer holidays are over and we’re all back at work, it’s a great opportunity to integrate new energy efficient habits into our daily routines. Nearly every type of business relies on some sort of equipment to help it run effectively, and every company could use this equipment more efficiently. Each and every person can contribute to saving energy and money on office equipment, by introducing small changes to how they use equipment at work.
Take part in the START2ACT autumn challenge for a chance to win an Amazon Fire tablet.
Post date: 26 Ott 2017
The Daylighting Pattern Guide illustrates how to create successful daylighting designs and presents information in a visual manner that appeals to designers as well as those with limited background in lighting design. Detailed case studies are presented for a wide range of spatial scales and uses. Project types include offices, schools, libraries, laboratories, museums, industrial facilities, and recreational facilities and represent a diversity of regional climates.
Post date: 5 Ott 2017
This report is part of Task 5 within the California Energy Commission (CEC) EPIC project (EPIC-14- 009) Optimizing Radiant Systems for Energy Efficiency and Comfort
managed through the Centre for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley. The main goal of this research was to determine the building characteristics of projects with radiant heating and cooling and assess their real world energy use compared to standard benchmarks for building energy performance.
Post date: 5 Ott 2017
This report by the U.S Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) shows that the United States can help curb climate change and cut its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050 with an ambitious, but realistic, increase in clean energy. This reduction can be achieved relying on four key emission reduction strategies:
Post date: 5 Ott 2017