Category: Green Building

From Engineer to Owner – How Important Are the Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR)?

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How do I stop acting like an engineer and transition to thinking like an Owner? I find myself in a very strange position – I’m building a house, which is great for all the reasons you’d be excited about building a house. But it’s also a little unsettling, because I’m used to being the engineer or consultant, not the Owner. So how do I stop thinking like an engineer and…

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Start Project Commissioning In 2015

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This year, resolve to Commission all of your projects I hope your 2015 is off to a great start. Instead of asking you about your personal to-do list for 2015 (or worse, share mine), I thought I’d share an idea for a New Year’s Resolution that can help your projects move along. Project commissioning can help improve project performance. You may have seen past blog posts on how Building Commissioning…

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What if The Emperor Built the Second Death Star Using Building Commissioning?

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The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer gives me another chance to write a blog post about Star Wars and Building Commissioning! The first trailer for the upcoming Star Wars movie has me really fired up. Star Wars Episode IV is far and away my favorite all time movie. So I’m really excited for the new movie release, but good grief we have to wait until December 2015! The new…

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Understanding the Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR)

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Design and construction professionals must understand the Owner’s goals for each project. Determining the Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR) is critical. What does the term “Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR) mean? Simply put, the Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR) are the Owner’s goals for the project – it’s what they want to achieve by performing the project. How will our clients measure success? What result at the end of the project will make our…

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Is Brick Bad For Your Building

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Brick leaks! Why Brick is a relatively new building material. It’s only been in use for about 9,000 years. We’ve graduated from full brick walls to brick veneer walls—and started the bulk of our brick problems. Having said that, brick is really good stuff. So why do some new brick buildings have problems now Well, it seems that we’ve forgotten what our grandfathers knew. We changed how we installed brick…

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Stucco Repairs For New Buildings–Why?

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Why does stucco leak water into buildings? We get many calls about stucco and water intrusion. I have one friend (he develops buildings) who hates stucco.  Why  Stucco has been around for a long time. Think of the beautiful stucco structures that are over 100 years old. The stucco was used initially on full masonry walls. It helps shed water and in some cases provided a sacrificial protective service.  Really…

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What if The Emperor & Darth Vader Built the Death Star Using Building Commissioning?

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The storyline of the greatest movie saga of all time could have changed completely if the Empire had engaged a Building Commissioning professional. That’s a pretty bold statement, but it’s true. I don’t know if my level of nerd-ness is impressive or sad, but since the Star Wars movies have been showing this week, (Episode IV is my all time favorite movie) I got to thinking of the many places…

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Blog Roundup: Shady Mold Inspectors, Building Commissioning, and Helping Others

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Periodically we bring you a roundup of posts from our blog that we think you’ll find interesting, informative, and entertaining–even if they’re written by an engineer. Post Sandy Mold Inspectors and Remediators – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels? (Free Download) “ABC News issued a Consumer report about mold inspectors who are ripping off building owners along the east coast. During the interviews, Dr. Richard Shaughnessy, Ph.D. gave great tips on what to…

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Building Commissioning – Making Sure Buildings Perform as Intended

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Building Commissioning (Cx) is an extremely interesting (at least to those who design, build, own, test and operate buildings and building systems) and relatively new field in the not-so-new age of enhanced building performance. So, what is building commissioning? What is it? In short, Building Commissioning is a way of measuring and verifying that a building (or just one building system) performs as the Owner intended. Or put another couple…

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Florida Could Loosen Up LEED Reliance–Does it Matter?

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A pair of Florida lawmakers is attempting to broaden green building compliance by loosening up reliance on LEED. If the bills are successful, state buildings could rely on lesser-known green certification programs such as Green Globes. Most people are unaware that there is more than one certification program. The United States Green Building Council, which came up with LEED and issues points for certification is not the only player in…

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