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Energy & Atmosphere
Energy and Atmosphere (EA) section is one of the categories within the LEED rating system. This episode Russell goes through the following sections:
Fundamental & Enhanced Commissioning
This involves a thorough commissioning process to ensure that building systems are installed, tested, and operated efficiently. It helps identify and address issues that could impact energy performance.
Minimum Energy Performance
To reduce the environmental and economic harms of excessive energy and achieve minimum level of energy efficiency
Building Level Energy Metering & Advanced Energy Metering
To support energy management and identify oppotunies for energy savings
Fundamental & Advanced Refrigerant Management
To reduce stratospheric ozone depletion and meet compliance to Montreal Protocol while minimizing direct contribution to climate change.
Optimise Energy Performance
To achieve levels of energy performance to reduce environmental and economic harms with excessive energy use.
Increase participation in demand response technologies and programs
Renewable Energy Production
Promoting the use of renewable energy sources like solar, wind, or geothermal to power the building and offset carbon emissions.
Green Power and Carbon Offsets: Encouraging the purchase of green power, which is electricity generated from renewable sources, and the use of carbon offsets to mitigate the environmental impact of the building's energy use.
Water Efficiency in buildings is another key factor in getting ahead with sustainability. In this episode Russell talks bout the 4 main ways you can reduce water in buildings.
1. Outdoor Water Reduction
2. Indoor Water Reduction
3. Building Level Water Metering
4. Cooling Towers
Russell will give you tips covering each of the 4 to reduce water and help you design and more sustainable building according to LEED.
Continuing on the Sustainability and LEED (Leadership Energy Environmental Design) theme, Russell talks about 12 topics that can make a Sustainable Site. You will learn ways and tips to make your project site sustainable, during and after construction.
Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
Environmental Site Assessment
Site Development - Protect and Restore Habitat
Heat Island effect
Light Pollution Reduction
Tenant Design and Construction Guidelines
Places of Respite- (Healthcare only)
Direct Exterior Access - (Healthcare only)
Joint Use of Facilities - (Schools only)
Location & Transportation
Architect Russell talks about how Location & Transportation can help contribute towards a sustainable green building, even before you have actually design any building on the site. This can help gain points towards a sustainable green building rating system such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
The 7 areas discussed are:
1. Sensitive Land Protection
2. High Priority Site
3. Surrounding Density and Diverse Uses
4. Access to Quality Transit
5. Bicycle Facilities
6.Reduced Parking Footprint
7. Green Vehicles.
Sustainability & LEED
Russell gives an overview of sustainability and LEED (Leadership in Energy Environmental Design) rating system including:
1. What is sustainability?
2. Why get a building sustainability rated or certified?
3. What is LEED and why it is used?
4. What is a LEED Green Associate and LEED AP?
5. What are the LEED rating certifications
6. The LEED rating types.
7. Overview of the 8 LEED point system areas:
-Location and Transportation
-Energy & Environment
-Materials and Resources
-Indoor Environmental Quality
Then the key areas above will be discussed in more detail in the next few podcast episodes.
How to Design Buildings
Designing a building can very complicated and long Process. But it does not have to be. Throughout this podcast episode, Russell will teach you a process you can go through to make designing a building more structured and simple, not just for the designers but for everyone working on a project.
By the end of the epidode you will understand the architectural design process in stages, and the core outcomes of each stage, so you can apply that knowledge to a design and construction project to ensure a project moves along fluidly and successfully. When you understand the design stages, designing and constructing a building becomes more clear.
Topics in the episode will cover:
1. Preparation and Briefing
2. Concept Design
3. Spacial Coordination
4. Construction and Manufacturing
5. Building Handover and Use
This is aimed at anyone involved in the design or construction of a building. Could be anyone from a student to a construction professional. It will be broken down simply. Clients, builders, designers, and many other people involved in a project don't quite grasp the design stages and planning a project works. Don't be one of those people