Designing Interior Environments that Support Human Health

The article looks at how designers can create interior environments that promote human health, wellbeing and productivity of the occupants. The article talks the reader through the various aspects of interior design that impact human health and wellbeing, and introduces strategies that can help achieve a healthier indoor environment.

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Vapour diffusion and condensation control in high-performance buildings

The article helps the reader to understand the correct selection and placement of vapour permeable and impermeable materials within the assemblies to increase durability, and improve the thermal and health performance of building envelopes by keeping the wall system dry throughout the service life of the building. The article talks the reader through common wall construction assemblies such as stud cavity insulated walls, split insulated walls and highly insulated walls. It also teaches the reader the causes of and science behind vapour diffusion and condensation accumulation in walls.

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TELUS Garden: Best Practice for Commercial Building Performance Overview

This article looks at the passive and active design strategies that make TELUS garden a benchmark in building performance for private sector commercial developments in Canada.

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An Introduction to Environmental Building Declarations

This article looks at Environmental Building Declarations and the role it plays in a project. Readers will learn what functions are evaluated as part of achieving an EBD, how they are integrated into a project and the future role and importance of EBDs in building's sustainability assessments. This article is for project owners and designers and will provide insight into whole-building life-cycle analysis assessments.

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Thermally Efficient Building Envelopes: Visualizing the Pathway to Low Energy Buildings

Thermally efficient building envelopes have long been recognized as a necessity for low energy buildings in heating dominated climates. This article looks at how architects and designers can improve overall energy performance by looking at thermal efficient building envelopes and interface details and resources available.

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Multi-Trade Prefabrication: Improving Efficiency, Economy and Adaptability in Complex Healthcare Facilities

Multi-trade prefabrication in healthcare facilities can help improve efficiency, provide good economic value, while providing the adaptability needed for changing healthcare practices. Readers will learn about prefabrication, when it make sense, and how it’s it done through the lens of two hospital case studies. This article is for architects, engineers, designers and governments of all levels who are involved in or interested in new healthcare facility design and construction.

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Pushing the Envelope – the Need for Enhanced Commissioning

This article looks at Building Envelope Commissioning and the role it plays in a project. Readers will learn what functions are evaluated, how to integrate it into a project timeline, and the role of the Building Envelope Commissioning Authority. This article is for project Owners, designers, and facility managers and will provide insight into commisioning beyond mechanical and electrical building systems.

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From Gold to Platinum – the Earth Rangers Centre

This article summarizes a 3 year project undertaken at the Eath Rangers Centre (ERC), including a major energy audit, capital planning and construction, followed by LEED EB: O&M certification. Proof of the success of the project is the September 2012 LEED EB: O&M Platinum certification of the ERC with 92 of a possible 110 points, the highest score in Canada to date.

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Designing Buildings for Real Performance

Traditionally design teams have ensured buildings are built as designed, but as we move forward, how buildings are actually performing is becoming more and more important. This article looks at how projects are moving towards guaranteeing energy performance, the tools available, and impacts on the design team. Aimed at designers and building owners, this article will give you insight into the next generation of green building energy performance.

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Advancing sustainable design with life cycle assessment (LCA)

Life cycle thinking in construction is now more important than ever. Changes in LEED and Green Globes are pushing designers to consider life cycle impacts of their design choices, both on a material level and a whole-building level. This course will provide attendees with an understanding of life cycle assessment, an understanding of how to apply LCA to design, touch on how to achieve LCA credits in LEED v4 and Green Globes, and understand the environmental impacts of design choices.

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