Ventilation

Ventilation System Designs

This blog will look at ventilation system design and its applications. Here are a few definitions that will be used quite often in this blog post:

    • Fresh air duct – supplies fresh air to the ventilation unit.
    • Supply air ducts – distribute the fresh air from the unit to the rooms.
  • Exhaust air ducts – conduct indoor air to the ventilation unit, which uses the thermal capacity to warm incoming fresh air, as necessary.
  • Waste air duct – removes exhaust air by conveying it from the ventilation unit to the exhaust pipe on the roofs.
  • Mineral wool – refers to both glass wool and rock wool. Mineral wool does not burn or rot.

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Sustainable Design

How Singapore is Leading The Way in Green Building Design

In this blog series, we’ll be taking a look at some of the top-rated cities for green building design projects in Asia. In this edition, we’re highlighting Singapore, which is also arguably one of the top-rated cities in the world for its sustainable design efforts, and energy saving in buildings, according to the report of the Top 10 Global Cities for Green Buildings.

We’ll investigate Singapore’s position in the green building industry in Asia, and some of the things it’s doing right – and the statistics that back it up – to keep it at the top of the sustainable-and-energy-saving game in the region. Continue reading

Comfort Panels, Thermal Comfort

Using Comfort Panels In Commercial Spaces

Improving comfort, working conditions and motivation is an important consideration for owners and users of commercial structures. Whether it be multi-storey buildings, office, industrial or commercial space, buildings need to provide a healthy and productive working environment.

To help designers and engineers meet this need, high performance ceiling cooling and heating systemsshould be used. Continue reading

Radiant Cooling, Renewable Energy

The Versatile Uses Of Ground Energy

Governments across most of the world, and especially Asia have the ambitious goal of reducing the energy consumption in order to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels such as oil and gas. Renewable energy sources like solar energy and ground energy increasingly gain importance with respect to the future energy demand in buildings. Therefore various legislative initiatives and green incentives have been started all over Asia to promote the use of renewable energy sources. The versatile uses of ground energymake it an important renewable energy source.

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Sustainable Building

How Asia is Leading the Way in the Green Building Revolution

In what was only a short blip-on-the-timescale ago, the Industrial Revolution changed everything about the built environment and resulted in a global tidal wave of heightened building activity.

Only a short time later and we are now seeing another revolution in the built environment, albeit a more important one for the times we are living in.

The sustainable building revolution now has the means and power to remedy the negative environmental impacts that came with the onslaught of Industrial Revolution building activity.

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Sustainable Building

Green Building Principles Your Architect Should Tell You About

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.

Managing the client’s expectations while also driving the project vision and achieving the desired result is no small feat. Clients need to understand the green building principles that will influence their building and how the projects will ultimately achieve its sustainability goals. This article explores the green building principles that architects need to tell their clients about when building a green building. Continue reading

Sustainable Building

Green Building Design and Green Building Activity in South East Asia

Over the last decade South East Asia has seen significant acceleration in the adoption of sustainable construction and green building design practices. Concerns around environmental degradation and notional energy security have provided countries like Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia with enough incentive to establish their own set of sustainability principles.

This is evident when looking back to 2002, the World Green Business Council (WGBC), was established with 8 members none of which were from Asia. By 2014, a total of 100 nations has signed up, 18 of which are from the Asia Pacific region.

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HVAC Systems, TABS, Thermal Comfort

The Benefits of Thermally Active Building Systems

The use of thermally active building systems (TABS) started in Switzerland in the early 1990’s. Mostly used in new office buildings, TABS have been installed in offices across Europe, North America and Asia.

TABS are water-based heating/cooling systems in which pipes are embedded in concrete slabs of buildings. The main advantage of using this system is that it reduces the peak load by activating the thermal storage capacity of the buildings concrete slabs.

In this blog, we will take a simple look at how TABS work and the main benefits of using this system in new construction projects. Continue reading

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