11 Sep '17, 10am

Creating a truly green building may be harder than rocket science

The underfloor heating system in the new building was so badly designed that the windows automatically opened to dump heat several times a day even in winter. A camera in the parking lot somehow got wired as if it were a thermal sensor and put out a call for energy anytime anything passed in front of the lens. It was "a catalog of disasters," according to David Coley, a University of Bath specialist who came in to investigate. Many of the disasters were traceable to the building energy model, a software simulation of energy use that is a critical step in designing any building intended to be green. Among other errors, the designers had extrapolated their plan from a simplified model of an isolated classroom set in a flat landscape, with full sun for much of the day. That dictated window tinting and shading to reduce solar gain. Nobody seems to have noticed that the new sch...

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