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.
Learn how to better assess existing sheet metal flashings and properly design new joints.
A year in development, the course is separated into three distinct segments:
Energy modeling maps a building’s end-use energy consumption based on key building systems to best inform building owners and design teams how to save money and time while still meeting project energy and sustainability goals.
Hassalo on Eighth has won a 2016 Best Projects Award from Engineering News-Record in the Residential/Hospitality category for ENR’s Northwest Region.
ETFE, Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene, a highly resistant, multi-purpose plastic compound used as a clear “foil” roofing system, is quickly gaining popularity in large-scale projects
Morrison Hershfield is excited to announce that Robinson Place has been awarded a 2016 Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence in the Buildings category for its LEED EB: O&M project.
While LEED v4 brings with it a variety of new and updated requirements, the largest changes are within the Materials and Resources credit category.
Morrison Hershfield’s Rick Ziegler has recently received RCI, Inc.’s 2016 Richard M. Horowitz Memorial Award for his article titled Achieving Building Enclosure Performance Through Energy Modeling and Commissioning. RCI, Inc. is an international association of building envelope consultants. Members specialize in design, investigation, repair, and management of roofing, exterior wall, and waterproofing systems.
The award is presented for the best technical article of the year published in RCI’s technical journal, Interface.
On Saturday, April 16th, 2016 Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) presented Morrison Hershfield with an Award of Excellence for Robinson Place Ontario Government Building. The CEO Awards are given to firms whose projects have contributed to improving Ontario’s social, economic and environmental well-being. Robinson Place was the first government building in Canada to achieve LEED® EB:O&M Platinum (LEED EBOM).