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Topic in Depth - Building Technology (10)

From residential houses to hundred-story skyscrapers, many different technologies come together to make a building safe and comfortable. Building design is a continually changing industry, and new advances are being made possible as research progresses.


 
High Performance Buildings
 
The US Department of Energy High Performance Building Initiative is investigating new technologies to make commercial buildings more comfortable and cost effective. Several interesting technical papers and introductory reports are given on the initiative's homepage, including a technology road map for high performance...

 
Center for Resourceful Building Technology
 
The Center for Resourceful Building Technology maintains an online guide that describes building practices that are resource-efficient. Some information on the center's research projects is also available, including reports on small-diameter timber, construction and demolition waste, biobased building materials, and...

 
The Acoustical Design of Conventional Open Plan OfficesPDF
 
Office buildings have a number of design issues that need to be considered to make a productive work environment. One such issue is the acoustics in a cubicle workspace. The Canadian Institute for Research in Construction discusses some design factors that can improve privacy even in the very open atmosphere of...

 
Immune Building Technology and Bioterrorism DefensePDF
 
In the wake of the 2001 anthrax scare, a research project at Pennsylvania State University has garnered significant attention. This paper introduces immune buildings, which have advanced ventilation and air filtration systems that can mitigate the danger caused by airborne pathogens. Experimental results from the...

 
Technology Versus Nature
 
This article, written by a member of the Partnership for Advanced Technology in Housing, discusses building materials and practices that can improve residential installation's resistance to major storms and natural disasters. An example of an area that is using these weather resistant designs is in Florida; the...

 
Building Science Corporation
 
Internationally recognized firm and valuable website for expertise in moisture dynamics, indoor air quality, and forensic (building failure) investigations. Also on the leading edge of the design of sustainable communities and buildings, this website promotes energy efficiency and environmental responsibility within...

 
Association for Environment Conscious BuildingPDF
 
The Association for Environment Conscious Building is a nonprofit trade organization that promotes green building in Great Britain. Their web site includes news, information on conferences, answers to common questions, expert advice, and an online data base to locate members and green building products.

 
Ecological Building Network
 
A nonprofit organization that promotes a multitude of techniques and materials that conserve the Earth's resources required for residential construction in more developed countries. It also seeks ways to create safe, affordable, healthy structures using indigenous materials in less developed countries. This site lists...

 
Building Big
 
Building Big is a very informative site about the engineering principles required to build large structures, including bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams, and tunnels. The interactive labs presented on the site discuss the various factors (e.g. forces, materials, loads, shapes) that need to be considered when designing...

 
Fundamentals of Energy in Buildings
 
Part of MIT\'s innovative OpenCourseWare Project, that provides materials from MIT classes to the public on the web, this site provides materials from a undergraduate introductory course on energy issues in buildings. Topics covered include heating and cooling systems, heat transfer of building materials, air and...


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