Innovative Energy Engineering

Better Buildings by Design

Many modern buildings leak water, vapor, air and energy and requiring premature repairs. How do we prevent that?

Design Priority Number 1: Function

The reason to build is to provide a function. This function can be storage, workspace, living or any other reason to have a building in the first place.

Design Priority Number 2: Comfort and Protection

If the building is not comfortable "inside" and protects people, stored material and industrial processes from the "outside" we may as well just stay outside. Comfort is the reason humans first used caves and fire, and later homes and office buildings. Not meeting this objective won't save money - it will lead to reduced productivity, lower sale price, lower rents received and expensive vacancies. Comfort requires to consider:

Design Priority Number 3: Reduce overall Life Cycle Cost

If you won the lottery and don't care about cost, stop reading. For everyone else the goal is to provide the required usability at the lowest overall life cycle cost. There is a price to pay to build and operate a building. The financial cost is development, material, energy consumption, maintenance, repair, and replacement. The environmental cost is the impact of the mining, production and use of resources.

How do we get a good Building?

  1. Design an efficient layout and building shape
  2. Build a good Enclosure
  3. Install good Lighting
  4. Select and Design a good HVAC System
  5. Add Solar Technology
  6. Commission the Building

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