Make Seniors Feel At Home
Attention to interior finishes can make senior-living facilities more pleasant than yesterday’s nursing homes.
Music Room Hits High Note
Fabric wall panels deliver studio-quality sound without sacrificing design.
How Sweet It Is
Modular lighting-control system is feature rich and intuitive.
Building-Management Lessons From Data Centers
Optimizing facility energy use isn’t limited to large, cavernous buildings.
By Kevin Callahan, Alerton
Although the humongous data centers operated by Internet titans such as Facebook seem to have little in common with other commercial facilities, they offer valuable lessons in effectively using building-management systems (BMS).
- Cities Alive and Climate Change Cities Alive Conference, Oct. 5 to 8, New York.
Some items from the opening day of the Cities Alive 13th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference being held in New York, Oct. 5 to 8:
The Cities Alive challenge is to add 1 billion sq. ft. of green (planted) roofs in the U.S. by 2022. If New York does its part it would add 25 million sq. ft., 30% intensive and 70% extensive. To do so would require a $682-million investment that would realize $607 million in benefits. Maintaining those roofs for an unspecified period of time would cost $26 million and realize $75 million in benefits such as stormwater retention and heat-island-effect reduction.
According to Cynthia Rosenzweig, Center for Climate Systems Research, 2014 was the warmest year since 1880, when recording started. The last below-average global temperature was in February 1985. New York City had 62 consecutive days above 80 F and precipitation well below normal. The sea level has risen 1 ft. since 1900. In New York we can expect more precipitation, tripling of heat waves, and a sea-level rise of 11 to 21 in. by 2050.
Mitchell Silver, NYC parks commissioner described how the parks department is using permeable pavement, subsurface retention, bioswales, and green roofs to better control water runoff. By their calculation, 63% of New York’s population is Generation X, Y, and Z and, unlike their predecessors, they are consumers of experiences. The Commission’s goal is to have quality green space within a 10-min. walk for each citizen. “As population density increases, so does the importance of access to green spaces. He also demonstrated how much more accessible and pleasant parks are when fences are torn down and the parks are integrated with the public realm. The park border doesn’t end with a fence, it ends at the street curb.
- Aluminum Panels Top Off Science Building
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- Commercial Conversation #53 Robert Weygant of Sumex Design
This week Gary and Paul speak with Robert Weygant, president of Sumex Design Inc., Nottingham, NH, about BIM technology, it’s role in commercial-facility design and construction, how firms can benefit from the technology, and what lies ahead.
- Building-Management Lessons From Data Centers
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