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Impact of Design Considerations on the Renewal of Landscaped Podiums

By Morrison Hershfield|Oct 21, 2016 2:09:06 PM

The Landscaped Podium

As part of a building’s exterior element, landscaped podiums or waterproofed plaza decks provide an aesthetically pleasing common space for the enjoyment of their users. In addition to providing much needed green spaces on concrete structures, podiums that incorporate large softscape areas aid in the building’s water management strategy by retaining and slowly releasing storm water during a heavy rain event.

The Reality of Quantifying Curtain Wall Spandrel Thermal Performance: 2D, 3D and Hotbox Testing

By Morrison Hershfield|Jan 1, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Curtain wall assemblies, large expanses of aluminum framing, are not traditionally known for their thermal efficiency. While insulated spandrels within the curtain wall framing have been used in an attempt to improve the thermal performance of the curtain wall system, research and testing has shown that typical insulated backpan systems fall short of expectations for the thermal resistance of opaque walls in many codes and standards.

Highly Insulated, Ventilated, Wood-Framed Attics in Cool Marine Climates

By Morrison Hershfield|Jan 1, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Attic ventilation is a firmly established requirement for residential wood-framed buildings. Attic ventilation is cited to be a benefit for moisture control, reducing cooling loads in hot climates, minimizing ice dams in cold climates, and extending the service life of roof materials by reducing surface temperatures. There is an ongoing debate on the real significance of some of these benefits and mandatory venting requirements. 

Holistic Approach to Achieving Low Energy High-Rise Residential Buildings

By Morrison Hershfield|Jan 1, 2016 1:00:00 PM

As codes and standards evolve towards low or net-zero energy buildings, the practicality of achieving these targets in high-rise concrete construction gets increasingly challenging. High-rise residential buildings are becoming more common as cities redevelop and add density.  Current design and construction practice for high-rise multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) presents a number of constraints with regards to achieving high levels of energy performance. 

Visualizing the Pathway to Low Energy Buildings - The Real Impact of the Building Envelope

By Morrison Hershfield|Jan 1, 2016 1:00:00 AM

Building envelope thermal performance is greatly affected by thermal bridging, or localized areas of increased heat flow through walls and roofs. Mitigating the impact of thermal bridging is not only necessary to reduce energy consumption but is also an important consideration for minimizing the risk of condensation on cold surfaces and for maintaining occupant comfort.

Thermal Bridging: Ignorance Is Not Bliss

By Morrison Hershfield|Jan 1, 2016 1:00:00 AM

Across North America we are seeing more stringent thermal requirements in building codes and designers are responding by increasing the amount of insulation in walls, all in an attempt to increase energy efficiency in buildings. But how effective are these changes on building energy use when we ignore the impacts of 3-dimensional heat flow in transition building components, like exposed concrete slabs, window flashings and un-insulated parapets. What if these building components we neglect have a much greater impact on energy than we realize? And how will that affect the decisions we currently make on the building envelope?

Solutions MH: Floor Slab Edges Count

By Morrison Hershfield|Dec 11, 2015 11:02:00 AM

Leading the way to a sustainable future

Thermal bridges at floor slabs are often overlooked in energy standards and common design practice. The accepted truth seems to be that structural members to support cladding cannot be avoided and the area of the steel or concrete bypassing the insulation is small compared to the total wall area.

Solutions MH: Thermal Bridging in Exterior Insulated Steel Stud Assemblies

By Morrison Hershfield|Dec 11, 2015 1:00:00 AM

With a continued focus of sustainable and energy efficient building design, more attention is being paid to the thermal performance of building enclosure assemblies. Providing a higher level of thermal resistance in the building enclosure may seem as straightforward as just adding insulation, but when building with conductive elements like steel, achieving higher thermal performance levels can be elusive.

Solutions MH: Thermal Performance of Curtain Wall Spandrel Panels

By Morrison Hershfield|Dec 2, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future

Spandrel panels constituent of glazing systems are a widespread architectural element of mid- and high-rise buildings. Designers long for spandrel panel sections to match the requirements of energy standards for opaque elements. Regrettably there is not an available insulation that can be packed into the back-pan of typical spandrel panel sections to meet the requirements of current energy standards for opaque elements for mild and cold climates. This situation often leads designers to consider adding insulation inboard of spandrel sections to improve their performance.

ASHRAE 1365-RP exclusive game-changing research from Morrison Hershfield

By Morrison Hershfield|Nov 25, 2015 3:01:00 PM

Morrison Hershfield was the principal investigator for ASHRAE Research Project 1365 – Thermal Performance of Building Envelope Details for Mid- and High-Rise Buildings.

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