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March 22, 2017

In May of 2016, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) was certified LEED Silver for Existing Building Operations and Maintenance by the U.S. Green Building Council. This award distinguishes the facility as one of the largest buildings in New England and among a handful of convention centers in the world to be awarded LEED certification. Vanderweil successfully led the project team through this certification, returning to the BCEC years after completing the MEP design for the building.

February 24, 2017

Incorporating energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable design features into all building designs has become a top priority for building owners, facilities managers, architects, designers and others in new buildings.  As states and local jurisdictions increasingly move toward more efficient building codes in regards to energy use, how can you guarantee that the design of your project will be a high performance building design?  Is it the building energy model developed in design?  Why doesn’t my expensive Building Management System (BMS) do it for me?  

October 25, 2016

This article discusses some of the key technology trends and emerging technology products that are facilitating life sciences education and research activities.  While new technologies and approaches are constantly marketed as “must-have” solutions by manufacturers and integrators, prudent selection of educational and business technologies should be made with a clear and focused understanding of how they support and/or enhance business and educational goals. 

July 26, 2016

Exterior Shading, when used correctly, can be extremely effective in optimizing the use of natural daylight, mitigating potential heat gain, and increasing occupant comfort. The usefulness of exterior shading depends on several factors; such as building size and orientation, function, location, and site conditions. Even in conditions that appeal to occupants’ comfort at points during the year, it is important to understand how energy is used to condition the thermal load brought in through glazing, and how at times it can cause more energy to be used to operate the building.

June 28, 2016

The building you work in, manage, and / or own could currently be unhealthy. With occupant production levels staggering, unnecessary personnel turnover, and general discomfort in the indoor environment.

Hope your building gets WELL soon!