Over the past decade, the number of radiant cooling systems designed, installed and commissioned has increased dramatically. More widely adopted in Europe, radiant solutions have seen steady growth in North America and more recently in Asia with projects in India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. These cooling systems are gaining exposure and popularity for a variety of reasons.
There is a lot of talk around sustainability and improved building practices. The pressure from the public, regulators and building owners is shaping the way buildings are designed, their function within society and their impact on the environment. Many believe that Zero Net Energy (ZNE) is the future and across the U.S, Europe and Asia are targeting ZNE certification.
Traditionally, interior conditioning strategies have only ever placed importance on the management of indoor temperature and humidity conditions with the use of mechanical conditioning systems to provide thermal comfort. Owners and designer may not have known the alternatives available to them or the impact thermal comfort has on the building and its occupants.
Environmentally sustainable design can be defined as the philosophy of designing physical objects, the built environment and services to adhere to social, economic and ecologically sustainable principles. These environmentally-friendly designs carry significant weight when determining the value of a building due to its future impact on society and the environment. Continue reading
The debate between radiant cooling and forced air is one that has been going on for some time. In fact, at various points in human history, people have had to weigh up the pros and cons of both systems in order to survive scorching summer temperatures.
In order to successfully deliver any project, architects must scrutinize every detail of their projects, from concept to completion. Keeping the client informed and up-to-date on every aspect of the project and asking the right questions to keep the project on track is crucial. Continue reading
The traditional way in which architects and engineers work together is changing. It is becoming widely understood that interdisciplinary collaboration is critical early in the design process if maximum sustainability is to be achieved. Continue reading
The building sector is one of the largest consumers of energy globally. In South East Asia it accounts for around 30% of the primary energy demand and 41% – 51% of the operational energy used in a building is attributed to air conditioning and ventilation. Continue reading
It is easy for architects to get drawn into a fantastical daydream when thinking about future. Visions of a Star Wars-esk future with robots, space ships and holograms push creativity and design into the next dimension never mind the next level.
Technology is certainly a very important factor when designing and creating the future office but more fundamentally important than that is connection. The future office must enhance occupants experience, improve productivity and facilitate collaboration. The office of tomorrow must become an extension of the people who use and occupy it, its form must ultimately enhance its function.
Here are a few top tips for architects they should consider when designing the office space of the future.
The frequency and severity of natural disasters is a subject much studied by scientists, as we struggle to understand the condition of our fragile planet. Now, experts in risk management are making their own conclusions based on scientific evidence.