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Inside the Tallest Residential Building in the Western Hemisphere

Bragging rights for the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere now belong to a luxury skyscraper in New York City that's even taller than the Empire State Building. Construction has topped out on the luxury tower at 432 Park Ave. in Midtown Manhattan. The building stands 1,396 feet, making it even taller than 1 World Trade [...]

By |October 28th, 2014|Industry|0 Comments

Health, Wellbeing & Productivity in Offices

It has long been considered the ultimate yet  seemingly out of reach test of the business  case for green building: if the human benefits  could be reliably quantified this would prove  beyond all doubt the ROI for investing in  building green. This report does not claim to put this argument completely to rest, but it [...]

By |October 27th, 2014|Industry|0 Comments

Design+Build Magazine Issue #2

It can be no surprise to anyone when I say we live in interesting times. The technology that we have at our fingertips on a daily basis has proven to be both evolutionary and revolutionary—connecting us all in ways that previously we never thought possible. A global village that can access information at a moment's [...]

By |October 23rd, 2014|Design+Build Magazine|0 Comments

Tip of the Week: When to use a VFD on a Cooling Tower

In the nineteenth century, condensers were developed for the steam engine—it was from these condensers that cooling towers originated. Today, cooling towers lie at the heart of many industrial processes. Although cooling tower designs change from manufacturer to manufacturer, and vary in size from small rooftop towers to large hyperboloid structures that can be up [...]

By |October 23rd, 2014|Industry|0 Comments

As electricity costs rise, market for heat pumps takes off

Thomas Simon has been trying to cut back on fossil fuels. He weatherized his home and added a wood stove. But in the dead of a Vermont winter, Simon still had to rely on an oil burner to get through those cold nights and days. But now he has found something that suits his environmental [...]

By |October 16th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tip of the Week: Reduce Construction Costs & Energy Use with a VRF System

Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) is an HVAC technology introduced in Japan more than 30 years ago. It was invented to minimize the losses found in conventional HVAC systems and to reduce the footprint of these systems. Think of the VRF as a big ductless split with multiple indoor heads—a VRF system can have up to [...]

By |October 16th, 2014|Industry|0 Comments

Mexico City’s New Airport Will Be The Most Sustainable Airport Ever Built

When Mexico City's new international airport is finished in four years, it will be one of the largest in the world, spanning over half a million square meters. It will also be the most sustainable airport ever built. Instead of a group of average warehouse-like terminals, the airport will use a single giant structure wrapped [...]

By |October 9th, 2014|Industry|0 Comments

Tip of the week: What is Sewage Heat Recovery?

Did you know that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, 350 billion Kw-Hrs worth of hot water is discarded annually through drains in North America, and that the value of energy put into wastewater is a minimum of $10 billion annually? The typical sources for this huge amount of waste down the drain are [...]

By |October 6th, 2014|Industry|0 Comments

Amazon to Recycle Westin Data Center Heat in Seattle Offices

Amazon is planning to use heat generated by data centers in Seattle’s Westin Building – one of west coast’s biggest network hubs – to heat office space on the future corporate campus nearby. Construction of the Seattle-based company’s massive high-rise campus in the city’s Denny Triangle neighborhood is underway.  On Monday, Amazon’s real-estate subsidiary Acorn Development [...]

By |October 2nd, 2014|Industry|0 Comments