Battery Storage
  • Air Quality

Battery Solution to Peak Energy Prices

Energy Storage Facilities With electricity prices on the rise, consumers are looking for unique ways to reduce their costs of energy. Generally, there are two to three energy rates available on any given day; they…

Stack Effect in Tall Buildings
  • Air Quality

The Stack Effect

The Effects of Air Pressure Imbalances on Tall Buildings What is the Stack Effect? Stack effect is the movement of large volumes of air through the envelope of a building due to temperature differentials between…

Acoustic Details Metal Studs
  • Sound
  • Vibration

The Devil is in the Acoustic Details Part 1: Metal Studs

From my experience resolving noise and privacy issues in buildings I have learned that the cause is usually an oversight of seemingly small but absolutely critical details.  Details that could have been addressed during design…

  • Climate

Master Planning for Wind – Surviving Implementation

Master planning is step one in development.  Sometimes it’s done through secondary plans, or subdivision plans.  Whatever it is labelled, it is intended to be holistic and all encompassing.  In this era where pedestrian usage…

  • Climate

Could your Project Benefit from Site-Specific Climate Modeling?

“Every site is different” is a mantra for design that encompasses the diversity of issues that we all face on projects.  Topography, demographics, infrastructure, and other site-specific information is typically accessible to a design team…

Prevailing Winds
  • Air Quality
  • Climate

Understanding the term “Prevailing Winds”

Many people believe the phrase "prevailing winds" implies that the wind blows from a certain direction, or a limited set of directions, most of the time.  While this interpretation has become commonplace, it can be…