ARCHITECTS and ENGINEERS

Embracing Green

Choosing materials to promote healthy indoor environments

New sustainable building standards are putting a greater emphasis on healthy indoor environments. Healthcare facilities, in particular, are becoming increasingly focused on promoting healthy environments that support the well-being of patients, families and staff –with particular focus on indoor air quality.  

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Topics: Healthcare, Sustainability & Resiliency

Environmental Simulation in the Design Process

In today's era of changing climate, it is becoming increasingly important to make informed decisions related to building performance in order to achieve goals. Reducing energy consumption is tied to many interrelated factors, including mechanical systems, façade, shell, orientation--and climate.

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency

Planning Resilient Museums

By Ariane Laxo, LEED AP ID+C, and Roxanne Nelson, AIA, LEED AP

Planning for resiliency involves identifying and assessing risks that will be unique to the building type and program. The impact of a particular risk, such as a hurricane or power outage, may vary from a hospital to academic building to museum.

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency

Strategic Steps to Sustainability in Healthcare

 

Sustainability and resiliency are common buzzwords today. But for healthcare facilities to make progress in these areas, it's important to take a practical, feasible approach that aligns with budget considerations. Thinking strategically about incorporating sustainability can help hospitals save resources and become more efficient.

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Topics: Healthcare, Sustainability & Resiliency, Engineering

Tracking Climate in Resilient Planning

By Peter Dahl and Ariane Laxo, LEED AP ID+C

Resilient facility planning involves forecasting, assessing and planning for potential risks that can disrupt building operations and/or threaten health and safety of occupants. Successful planning identifies and evaluates the most likely risks and proposes solutions before disruption occurs.

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency

Resilient Design: Planning for Risk

Once building owners have categorized and prioritized risk through forecasting and assessing, they can then plan and implement resilient strategies that will enable them to function during an extreme event and quickly resume normal operations afterward. Planning does not eliminate risk, but rather anticipates risks through adaptation and mitigation.

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency

Resilient Design: Assessing Risk

After forecasting risk based on four factors (natural disaster, climate, security, and infrastructure), the next step in resilient design is to assess the likelihood, severity and impact of those risks. What is the likelihood of a risk becoming a reality, and what would the severity be of that risk? A ½-inch per hour rain event will be far less severe than a 3½-inch per hour rain event. What are the potential impacts, both short-term and long-term? How would those impacts affect operations, health and safety of occupants or building security? What might the cost implications be?

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency

Resilient Design: Forecasting Risk

Planning for resiliency is a multifaceted process that considers building type, business operations, and geographic location. Each building type--whether government, corporate, healthcare, or higher education--requires a targeted approach to forecasting risk. Government buildings requiring high-security measures face challenges different from hospitals that need to be operational 24/7 to deliver life-critical services. Yet each benefits from a strategic process that evaluates potential internal and external risks.

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency

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