Tag: BuildingEnergy

12. March 2015

Around the Corner Balcony

from Alexander Krenczik

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Condominiums and apartment buildings can be designed with corner, wrap around balconies to provide dramatic views. These corner balconies are most commonly cantilevered concrete balconies which are a slab extension from the building’s interior slab surface.

Corner balconies provide heightened aesthetics designs as well as ensure optimal sun exposure on the balcony. This is especially important when your balcony faces east, to allow a corner section on the south to provide additional sun exposure during the day. In dormitories, balconies are often used as loggia walkways around the building as an evacuation scenario for a fast and secure escape.

Building with Wrap around Corner Balconies.
Building with Wrap around Corner Balconies.

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03. September 2014

NYC Energy Code Crackdown

from Matt Capone

Can you believe 9 out of 10 projects which submit for building permits in New York City fail to meet the baseline energy code?

Seems difficult to imagine, considering the code requirements have not even changed recently.

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Photo by Tyrone Turner/National Geographic – infrared showing heat loss from NYC buildings

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13. February 2014

Install Update at the Tower at PNC Plaza

from Matt Capone

We must give the crew working the Tower at PNC Plaza some well deserved credit. The downtown Pittsburgh structure is climbing steady at 30% total progress, with completion of the structural steel more than half way done. See the progress on the Tower at PNC Plaza project website.

The installation of Isokorb® type CM in the concrete slab edges continues to progress  as rebar and slab installation nears the 30th floor. The live construction camera shows the crew steady at work.

Schock Isokorb® structural thermal breaks connecting the cantilever.
Schock Isokorb® structural thermal breaks connecting the cantilever.
Schock Isokorb® installed at the concrete rebar placement.
Schock Isokorb® installed at the concrete rebar placement.
Schock Isokorb® installed at the cantilever as the building curves.
Schock Isokorb® installed at the cantilever as the building curves.

 

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08. July 2013

Morrison Hershfield Research on Concrete Balcony Connections.

from Adam Kimble

During last month’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) tradeshow, a noteworthy study was released, which compares the thermal performance and whole energy impact of concrete balconies. The research was completed by Morrison Hershfield, a leader in building physics, who also completed the ASHRAE  1365-RP, Thermal Performance of Building Envelope Details.

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Thermal Profiles for Modeled 3D Sections are included in the Report. Source: Morrison Hershfield

 Morrison Hershfield had the opportunity to determine the impact of Isokorb® structural thermal breaks compared to conventional balconies and balconies with intermittent insulation. … read more

27. June 2013

Leadership at the AIA National Convention

from Angie Tennyson

Last week, we attended and exhibited at the 2013 AIA National Convention and Expo in Denver, Colorado.  The Mile High city, located 5,280 feet above sea level is a vibrant metropolis, full of excitement in the streets, culture and art, sunny skies, and an assortment of locally crafted beer.

Entrance to AIA Convention 2013
Entrance to AIA Convention 2013
Artwork at the convention center. Steel-and-fiberglass big blue bear, titled “I See What You Mean,”
Artwork at the convention center. Steel-and-fiberglass big blue bear, titled “I See What You Mean,”

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13. May 2013

Myths and Realities of Thermal Bridging

from Angie Tennyson

As part of the Building, Ecology, Science and Technology (B.E.S.T.) Lecture Series, Mark Lawton, Vice President and Senior Building Science Specialist at Morrison Hershfield presented “Myths and Realities of Thermal Bridging” at the University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and on February 28, 2013.

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In this lecture, Mark speaks about his latest ASHRAE sponsored research project entitled “Thermal Performance of Building Envelope Details for Mid- and High-Rise Buildings” (1365-RP). It is worth your time.

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14. March 2013

NESEA’s Renewal Energy and High-Performance Building Conference

from Alexander Krenczik

On March 5-7, Schӧck discovered what is known as the “Northeast’s most established, most cross-disciplinary renewable energy and high-performance building conference and trade show,” NESEA’s BuildingEnergy 2013.

With over 80 learning sessions and workshops on renewable energy and green buildings, thermal bridging was at center stage at the Boston, MA event.

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18. January 2013

Thermal Bridging at NESEA BuildingEnergy: At Last!

from Jim D Aloisio

At the 2013 BuildingEnergy Conference in Boston on March 5th, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is hosting a workshop entitled Structural Detailing for Energy Efficient Building Envelopes. Russ Miller-Johnson and I will be co-facilitating.

This will be a three-hour, hands-on opportunity to learn strategies to mitigate thermal bridging of structural elements in buildings. We’ll also give participants a chance to bring their favorite (or worst) details of thermal bridging to the workshop, to get help with developing a way to modify the detail to reduce thermal bridging, or to bring a detail showing their favorite solution to a thermal bridging problem that they have developed.

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