‘Whole Building’ Design | Balancing Security, Safety And Sustainability Objectives


The gateway to up-to-date information on integrated ‘whole building’ design techniques and technologies. The goal of ‘Whole Building’ Design is to create a successful high-performance building by applying an integrated design and team approach to the project during the planning and programming phases.

Seeing Justice in Sustainable Light:

The new Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse in Denver, Colorado serves as a model for designs that balances openness, security, and sustainability. The building showcases innovative sustainable strategies, such as photovoltaic cells and daylighting using light shelves, while also being one of the first U.S. courthouses to meet the new “GSA Security Design Criteria” standards.

The lighting design provides a dramatic improvement in energy conservation and environmental performance over a conventionally designed courthouse. Most importantly, it provides a healthy, safe and productive working environment in courtrooms.

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Coral Walls ‘Mesophotic Reefs’ Reveal New Type of Photosynthesis |

Now, researchers have discovered that the corals that inhabit this “Mesophotic zone” have a never-before-seen adaptation that enables them to eke out enough light energy to survive.

The photosynthetic algae that live on and power these corals have unusual cellular “machinery” that enables them to conduct photosynthesis more efficiently than species that live at shallower depths …             READ MORE

Researchers discover feedback mechanism in photosynthesis that protects plants from damage by light |

This new knowledge could have important repercussions on the
quest to improve photosynthesis for more sustainable agriculture |

Textbook: Bicarbonate is formed when carbon dioxide dissolves in water, so its concentration is related to the amount of carbon dioxide in the local environment. As well as low carbon dioxide levels causing electrons to build up and trigger the release of bicarbonate, the study also suggests the possibility that the level of carbon dioxide itself in the local leaf environment could impact on the bicarbonate binding. “This is such an intuitive feedback mechanism at the heart of biology that I think it will go into school textbooks,” said lead author, Professor Bill
Rutherford FRS from the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial.

“Now that we understand this new mechanism in the lab, the next step is todefine when it kicks in out there in the field – not to mention the forest, greenhouse, plant pot, sea, lake and pond.”

Signs suggest recent dramatic drop in price for solar panels:

Factors that have led to the low price quotes include incentives for work in China and the high number of sunny days typically found in Dubai, but industry analysts have suggested that the lower prices are a signal that prices for solar panels are significantly lower than they have ever been & some have suggested that the drop is likely to continue. 


How warmer seas are changing our planet |

September 20, 2016
Source:University of Sheffield
Summary:Professor Grant Bigg, from the University’s Department of Geography: “Many people may associate warmer seas with the pleasant weather conditions they’re used to experiencing while on holiday, but the fact of the matter is that an increase in sea temperatures is having a huge impact on the world’s weather.

“Our study has shown that severe hurricanes, storm surges, melting ice in the Arctic region and changes to El Niño are all being caused by sea temperatures rising across the planet. These are all things that can have a devastating impact on the way we live our lives.                           Read More: