The DJC Oregon TopProjects of 2018 were recently released! DJC TopProjects is an annual awards program that honors the best building and construction projects in Oregon and SW Washington. Morrison Hershfield is grateful to local owners, architects and contractors who have trusted Morrison Hershfield’s Portland Building Science team to support them on a number of the winning projects that made the list!
The City of Toronto has updated the Toronto Green Standard (TGS) to include stepped performance targets to approach zero emissions for all new buildings by 2030. This update represents a critical step toward achieving City Council's low-carbon goals established in TransformTO, Toronto's Climate Action Strategy, with the overall City-wide goal of achieving an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (relative to 1990 levels). Additionally, the updated performance measures directly support the forthcoming changes to the Ontario Building Code and the Province of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan.
On Thursday, April 19th, 2018, Living Future Vancouver produced a sold out event that focused on bringing healthy and regenerative buildings to the city. Held in a historic former Bank of Canada building now called The Permanent, the event showcased an all-star lineup of speakers and panelists, including:
The new Guide to Low Thermal Energy Demand for Large Buildings aims to broaden the understanding of how high-rise residential buildings can meet stricter levels of performance, such as Passive House, BC Energy Step Code, City of Vancouver Zero Emission Building Plan and City of Toronto Zero Emissions Building Framework.
111 South Main, Salt Lake City’s 24-story high rise office tower, is being recognized by Engineering News-Record for the Global Best Projects 2017 Award of Merit in the Office category.
The Seattle Energy Code is one of the more stringent codes in the country, and continues down that path with its 2018 revisions.
Stevan Vinci, Building Science Consultant and Sustainability Specialist, has been selected as a 2017 LEED Fellow by the Green Business Certification Institute (GBCI). This honor is granted for his outstanding work as LEED Professional and the significance of his contributions to the green building community.
The BC Step Code, British Columbia’s stretch Energy Code, is a performance-based standard that establishes a set of voluntary, incremental and measurable requirements for energy efficiency in New Construction.
When considering sustainability certification, the Building Envelope both constitutes a significant quantity of the materials, and is a challenging part of the certification process due to the building envelope’s chemical nature. All key sustainability programs (LEED, Living Building Challenge, Passive House, Green Globes) include a materials component and often include an exclusions list.
We’re proud local architects and building owners have choosen Morrison Hershfield's Seattle Building Science team to provide engineering solutions on 9 of the 20 largest buildings in development in the Puget Sound area!
The Puget Sound Business Journal recently released the list of the region’s largest construction projects by total estimated cost of construction.
In our last post, Whole Building Air Leakage Testing, we discussed the importance of designing a continuous air barrier. While proper design and installation are critical to passing the Air Leakage test, the work that goes into performing the actual test should not be overlooked. With this in mind, we want to reiterate the importance of thinking through the testing process early in project design.
With increasingly stringent codes and standards, new construction projects are progressively becoming more energy efficient. In order to remain competitive with new facilities, existing buildings are faced with the challenge of balancing retrofit design goals, energy savings and capital investment. Renovating an existing structure can often be a more cost-effective and sustainable option - but how is this determined?
Standards and codes across North America are becoming more stringent with regards to accepted air leakage rates in completed construction. As a result, air leakage testing is increasingly becoming a code requirement.