Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx) is becoming more frequent, helping to achieve both sustainable rating system credits and performance goals – but ever wonder what it actually entails?
We’re pleased to announce that Yvon Chiasson has been named to the Board of Directors for the Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council (AGMCC). The board was selected at the organization’s first-ever annual general meeting in Chicago on November 7 and 8.
The 2018 Urban Development Institute (UDI) Awards for Excellence celebrate the work of development teams in the Pacific Region, recognizing projects that help shape communities and have a significant impact on the urban landscape.
Morrison Hershfield had the pleasure of teaming up with Page/ (PSP) and Linbeck Group, LLC (LG) for the 32nd annual AIA Sandcastle competition. Over the last few months, staff from our Houston office worked together with team members from PSP and LG to plan for the event - sharing ideas and developing a design concept – and it was exciting to finally see the team’s creative design come to life!
Morrison Hershfield is very pleased to announce that Jeremy Haberler has joined our growing Houston office.
There is a common misconception that security and safety conflict when applied to a building’s design. However, experience shows that security and safety can be compatible when the two disciplines are integrated early in the design stage.
We design building envelopes to be efficient, but do we know how they’ll actually perform?
This is one of the many questions we get as the building industry’s focus moves towards more aggressive energy efficiency targets including Net Zero Energy and Passive House. With these new targets the attention is starting to now shift to one of the often overlooked energy systems of a building – the Passive Energy system – also known as the building envelope.
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.