Friday, May 21, 2010

Energy Performance of Buildings Recognized by the AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Awards

Nathan brown was the 2009 AIA COTE Summer Research Scholar. His study investigated the energy performance of buildings recognized by the AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects award. Nathan focused on gathering actual energy use data from award winners and comparing them to a benchmark using an ENERGY STAR rating or a national average for a similar building type. Nathan went beyond data gathering by developing a set of interview questions to identify important points in the design and delivery of a building that may have affected the actual energy use. He selected three projects and conducted interviews with various design team members: the Terry Thomas, the International Fund for Animal Welfare Headquarters, and the IRS Kansas City Service Center.

Nathan is completing his fourth year at UC Berkeley. He is interested in design for a human and environmental context, energy use analysis and daylighting. Nathan's M.Arch thesis explored the concept of entropy by employing computational algorithms to diffuse space. He is currently working on his thesis for the MS degree, focusing on occupant response to the luminous environments of library reading rooms. Nathan comes to the profession with an undergraduate degree in economics from Yale and four years of experience teaching middle and high school math and woodworking.


Committee on the Environment Forum: Energy Performance of Buildings Recognized by the AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects

Nathan Brown, 2009 AIA COTE Summer Research Scholar, will present case studies that demonstrate energy performance under the criteria for "green buildings" and explain how design and strategies can affect energy usage.

Time: Noon - 1:30pm

Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland.

Contact: 510/464-3600 or Andrea Powell, Intl. Assoc. AIA

Cost: None; this program open to all. Please RSVP.


For more information: 510/464-3600

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