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.

Cable Selection and Termination Considerations In A Mission Critical Environment

By Morrison Hershfield|Oct 6, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The reliability of mission critical power systems depends upon not only the quality of power distribution equipment but the overall integrity of the installation.  Incorrect selection of wiring types and the manner in which their terminations are made can embed underlying risks which may not be immediately evident.  As there are many varieties of wiring types, each having properties advantageous for particular applications, there are also many types of wiring termination materials to be considered for system reliability.  Incorrect wiring connections frequently become the weakest element in a critical power path.  However, to select the proper and most effective conductor termination hardware and evaluate its strengths and understand its shortcomings, an awareness of the various types of cables available, their construction, and the particular applications to which they are suited.

High or Low-E? Low-E Coated Glass for Apartment Buildings

By Morrison Hershfield|Aug 1, 2015 1:00:00 PM

The dominant form of apartment building design in major urban areas in Canada is the double-loaded corridor type in which most apartments tend to face in opposite directions and have exposure only on one face of the building, although the plan shape could vary.  Less common are three wing, four wing (cross) and L-shaped plans.  In these buildings, some apartments might have exposure to more than one side of the building and only rarely on opposite sides.

Optimizing Gains while Undergoing Building Envelope Renewals

By Morrison Hershfield|May 31, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Nobody likes spending large sums of money on their assets when one or more building envelope assemblies have reached the end of their service life. Yet, major renewals are inevitable for long-term building assets. 

Design Implications of Glazing Ratio Restrictions

By Morrison Hershfield|Jan 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Recent energy codes set the trend for significant improvements to the thermal performance of the building enclosure.  These new codes challenge building owners who desire large expanses of vision glass to utilize higher performance technologies.  The implication of glazing ratio on glazing system U-values and spandrel panel design will be presented including a comparison of prescriptive versus performance-based approach to code compliance.  

Real R-Value of Exterior Insulated Wall Assemblies

By Morrison Hershfield|Dec 1, 2014 1:00:00 AM

The recent drive towards sustainable building construction has placed new emphasis on the provision of durable wall assemblies that provide a high effective resistance to heat flow (R-Value).

The authors’ practice focuses on large multiresidential, commercial and institutional buildings constructed of concrete, steel, masonry and glazing systems. In these types of buildings thermal performance has not historically been treated as a high priority item. Now, however, the requirements of sustainability programs such as LEED are requiring architects to design wall systems that provide high levels of thermal resistance. Architects are often shocked at the difference between effective R-value of a proposed opaque wall assembly and the nominal R-value of installed insulation materials. The difference is a result of the thermal bridges associated with structural elements and connections that pass through the building thermal envelope.

The Concept of Linear and Point Transmittance and its Value in Dealing with Thermal Bridges in Building Enclosures

By Morrison Hershfield|Dec 1, 2014 1:00:00 AM

Thermal bridging through insulating layers can greatly reduce the thermal performance of building assemblies. As such, determining the effects of thermal bridging is often of immense importance to building engineers, energy modelers and architects in accurately designing a building. This can be very difficult to accomplish, and as a result many building codes and standards do not comprehensively address this problem.

Design Considerations for Open Joint Rainscreen Assemblies

By Morrison Hershfield|Jun 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Recent years have seen an increased trend towards rainscreen cladding system for the benefits they offer in terms of rain water management.  These systems typically consist of an exterior cladding, a drainage cavity and a back-up weather resistive barrier. 

Communications Grounding System: Best Practices

By Morrison Hershfield|Aug 23, 2013 12:00:00 AM
With respect to communications systems, here narrowly defined as computer network system, grounding became a concern when IEEE 802.5 (Token Ring) and 802.3 (10Base-5 and 10Base-2) were being deployed in 1980s. They required shielded cables (STP and coaxial, respectively). However, by the advent and wide spread utilization of Ethernet over twisted pair (802.3i, 802.3u, etc.) in which shielding was not required, grounding was relegated to rack, cabinets, and pathways as matter of routine following the established standards.

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