Yanke S.J.,AEI Affiliated Engineers Inc. |
Long N.R.,AEI Affiliated Engineers Inc.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer | Year: 2010
Several methodologies and processes adopted for a new hospital project type in North Carolina to ensure the energy savings and meeting the legal requirements are presented. The new North Carolina General Statute 143 requires that all new state buildings be 30% more efficient than ASHRAE standard 90.1-2007. The hospital building is being designed to integrate the surrounding conditions of topology, geology, local materials, and local climate/ microclimate. The design considers resource and energy efficiency, healthy buildings, and materials to reduce adverse human impacts on the natural environment, while simultaneously improving the quality of life and well-being of occupants and the community. The heating, cooling, lighting, and other energy-intensive systems can be minimized by effectively using the building envelope itself. The composition of construction elements in the envelope performs functions that can be adjusted to respond predictably to environmental variations and maintain comfort using the least amount of energy.