Building Orientation and Energy Efficiency, Part 2

Part 1 of Building Orientation and Energy Efficiency examined the role of building siting and passive strategies according to...

Building Orientation and Energy Efficiency, Part 1

Mechanical systems consume a lot of energy in buildings-approximately 35% of a building's total energy use. While HVAC equipm...

Thermal Comfort

What makes the human body thermally comfortable? It's not just temperature alone. A common misconception is that thermal comf...

IIC vs STC

When it comes to sound, there are multiple ways to determine the movement of noise through assemblies. Sound travels in many...

Gross Versus Net Square Feet with Code

There are some instances when gross and net square footage are calculated. Gross square footage generally refers to all of th...

Project Management: Change Orders

One of the most frustrating parts of a construction project can be change orders. They have given a building project a bad re...

Programming and Analysis: Owner's Responsibilities/Surveys

The roles of the parties involved in a construction project are of critical importance. Clear responsibilities contribute to...

AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

A membership in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in any capacity brings with it an expectation for the highest stan...