The effects of thermal bridging can be very significant. A typical steel-studded wall construction with R-13 batt insulation only translates to a composite R-6 insulation value.
Many simple things done upfront add up to a complex building. Effective use of simulations lets the designers go after as many points as possible during the early stages of design.
It seems as if we have been hearing about LED lighting as the “next best thing” without actually seeing it used where we most commonly need it — in our homes and workplaces.
It’s no secret that the sun provides an immense amount of energy to the earth each and every day and also has the potential to provide a seemingly infinite amount of renewable energy.
Going for LEED certification with all the design bells and whistles? Be sure to verify with the energy modeler that any energy recovery is making a substantial positive impact–or save a bunch of money for construction.
Incorporating renewable energy into your LEED® design can raise your facility to the next level or beyond. This Brief focuses on commercial LEED® building design incorporating renewable energy.