On average, we spend 90% of our time indoors, often exposing us to high pollutant and contaminant levels. As research continues to unveil the link between the built environment and human health, designers are striving to minimize risk and promote occupant well-being.
School renovations can be complex. In addition to existing building conditions, design and construction teams must manage tight schedules and intricate phasing plans to maintain operations for students.
A commercial building is a significant investment with long-term cost implications, and improving performance and lowering energy costs should be key design goals. In Iowa, one way to improve performance is by taking advantage of the Commercial New Construction Program.
Selecting a building site is one of the earliest and most important decisions on a building project. Along with your initial project cost, your choice will likely affect your organization and its operations for years to come.
The built environment accounts for nearly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions, making it one of the biggest obstacles in the fight against climate change. Most buildings rely on non-renewable fuel sources like coal, oil, and natural gas, and in the coming years, we must find ways to switch to carbon-free alternatives.
A mechanical system is a major investment. Initial costs can make up a significant portion of a construction budget, and heating and cooling are some of the greatest long-term expenses of building ownership. Your choice also has a direct impact on occupant comfort and your carbon emissions.
Water scarcity is a serious issue across the globe, with many areas facing severe shortages and compromised quality. Even areas with abundant precipitation are at-risk due to climate change and the continued use of aquifers.
A building project requires extensive planning. Before construction can begin, you will need to secure a contractor, survey the site, and get a permit from your local municipality.