ARCHITECTS and ENGINEERS

Designing a Building's Structural Resiliency in a Changing World

Structural is the longest lasting component of a building, designed to meet codes that address geological and environmental risks. Yet as we see with growing research, climate is changing and many codes may not be keeping up with evolving environmental risks.

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency, Engineering, Research

12 Big Ideas about Building Simulation in the Planning Process

10.25.17
Molly Eagen, AIA

As we continue to strive to meet high-performance building goals such as those outlined in the AIA 2030 Commitment and other standards, incorporating environmental simulation and energy analysis into the design process becomes increasingly relevant. However, with a multitude of tools available, fast moving project timelines, and confusion about who is best poised to perform building analysis, integrating this work into design process can seem overwhelming.

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency, Technology

New Questions, Different Thinking, Positive Impact: Start at Zero?

Think about this for a moment. When the kindergarten students of 2017 are college freshmen in 2030, what will the world be like? Will they have a bright, clean energy well and a health-focused world? Will we have done anything substantially different so that they have a better future?

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency

The Challenges of Meeting LEED and WELL Light Standards

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Topics: Corporate, Sustainability & Resiliency

Ariane Laxo Presents at Three National Resiliency Conferences in May

Ariane Laxo, CID, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC is an interior designer and co-chair of HGA’s Sustainability Council. She leads the firm’s resilient design task force, an inter-disciplinary firm-wide group that conducts primary and secondary research in order to deepen the firm’s expertise in the field of resilient design. In this video, Ariane briefly describes the building industry definition of resiliency, upcoming conference presentations (described below), and takeaways for conference attendees. 

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency, Arts & Culture, Community

HGA Presents at Several Conferences in May

05.01.17
HGA News

We are pleased to have several HGA thought leaders on the road presenting at these national and regional conferences through the month of May 2017:

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Topics: Healthcare, Corporate, Sustainability & Resiliency, Education, Arts & Culture, Community, Engineering, Energy & Infrastructure, Research

Planning Resilient Museums

 

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency, Arts & Culture, Community

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

11.16.16
Molly Eagen, AIA

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

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

Ideas

HGA’s team of architecture, engineering, planning and design experts share their knowledge through research, published articles, white papers, and speaking engagements.