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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!

June 1, 2016

Healthcare energy consumption is at all all-time high. The average hospital uses three times the energy of typical commercial building. A study in 2013 demonstrated that healthcare facilities spend $8.8 billion per year on energy consumption.

June 1, 2016

With green rating systems such as LEED®, challenges such as the AIA 2030 Commitment and by extension, the Target 100 program, as well as advances in energy codes, new buildings are being built with a focus on better use of resources

May 4, 2016

The Corporate Responsibility Initiative (CRI) is a group of employees across each Vanderweil department who meet monthly to identify firm-wide strategies for responsible operation and outreach.

April 17, 2016

It is nearly impossible to walk down a street in Boston or Cambridge today without passing a building that is part of a university campus. These campuses are filled with historic and iconic buildings which express the character and strong history of each institution. While many of these buildings house prominent researchers and professors who push the envelope on new technology research, the systems within many of these the buildings are as historic as the buildings themselves.