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Rating Systems Third-party certification is a great way to add credibility to any green building. Aiming for a third-party certification is not the only way to achieve a healthy and high performance space, but it is certainly one of the most efficient ways to guarantee you get one. Let’s explore some of the most common [...]
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Mind Of all things known in the universe, the human brain is by far the most complex. It holds the power of imagination, recognition, and appreciation, and is responsible for processing feelings and emotions, resulting in attitudes and actions. You don't have to know it all, but the more you understand about the human mind, [...]
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Nutrition Typical American diets exceed the recommended intake levels in four categories: calories from fats and sugars, refined grains, sodium, and saturated fats. Diets high in fast food and low in whole foods such as fruits and vegetables are leading to unhealthy habits passed from generation to generation, not to mention the numerous health risks. [...]
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Fitness How much exercise do you get on an average day? Did you know that less than 5% of American adults participate in the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day? This has led to some wide-ranging societal issues, including obesity and the health problems that come with it. More than two-thirds of adults [...]
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Building Materials An often-overlooked aspect to a building construction project is the selection of materials that will be used to complete the design. Materials and resources are the foundation of the buildings in which we live and work, as well as that with which we fill them, the infrastructure that carries people to and from [...]
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Daylighting Daylighting is the controlled admission of natural direct sunlight and diffused skylight into a building in order to reduce electric lighting and save energy. Outdoor illumination is varied and dynamic, and daylighting captures this, providing a visually stimulating and productive environment for building occupants which reducing as much as one third of total building [...]
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Smoking By now, everyone knows that smoking poses a significant risk to one’s own health, but you may be surprised to learn how smoke can affect others around you. Secondhand smoke poses serious health hazards, even if it travels indirectly from one room to another. It contains the same harmful chemicals that smokers inhale, and [...]
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Indoor Air Indoor air quality, or IAQ, refers to the air quality within and around buildings, especially as it related to the health and comfort of building occupants. Understanding and controlling common pollutants indoors can help reduce the risk of indoor health concerns. Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure [...]
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Bim BIM stands for Building Information Modeling. In short, it is a comprehensive, 3D file that incorporates all the components that make up a building. BIM allows for an integrative design process that allows all parties – including client, architects, designers, engineers, etc. to contribute to the project from inception. Traditionally, the design process follows [...]
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Energy modeling Building energy modeling (sometimes abbreviated as BEM) is a dynamic, physics-based calculation of building energy consumption. It is typically a computerized simulation focusing on utility bill data and life-cycle costs of various energy-related items such as air conditioning, lights, and hot water. The simulation involves reproducing the weather conditions of an entire year [...]
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