Arup wears multiple hats in pursuit of WELL Gold Certification

Arup is a massive global firm that specializes in complex projects in the built environment. With a team of consultants, engineers and technical specialists covering a myriad of niches, the firm is able to handle all kinds of challenges big and small. The company had a chance to demonstrate that cross-functionality at one of its … Continue reading Arup wears multiple hats in pursuit of WELL Gold Certification

Tracing the history of air conditioning’s impact on occupant health and comfort

Patrick Sisson, writing for Curbed, wrote a wonderful article: How air conditioning shaped modern architecture — and changed our climate. He states: Air conditioning enabled our great modernist buildings to rise, but it’s also fueled today’s energy and environmental crisis. AC helped create a new building typology, one that environmentally conscious architects and designers are … Continue reading Tracing the history of air conditioning’s impact on occupant health and comfort

University of Toronto experiences major Asbestos leak during renovation, fires longtime contractor

University of Toronto's 50-year-old Medical Sciences Building was undergoing major renovation when multiple leaks of asbestos fibers were discovered. According to the CBC: The vice president of university operations, Scott Mabury, told CBC Toronto the contractor, which he refused to name, is no longer continuing its asbestos removal work in the 50-year-old building and will not … Continue reading University of Toronto experiences major Asbestos leak during renovation, fires longtime contractor

Minnesota may require building owners to register cooling towers to combat Legionnaires’ outbreaks

Legionnaires' Disease is a pneumonia-like affliction that affects a minority of people exposed to the Legionella pneumophila bacteria. It was first identified when 221 people attending a reunion for members of the American Legion that took place around the nation's bicentennial in 1976 fell ill. Sadly, 34 of those people lost their lives and it … Continue reading Minnesota may require building owners to register cooling towers to combat Legionnaires’ outbreaks

Improving indoor air quality with a visit the local library?

Many people that know me also know that I am very involved with the San Diego Green Building Council. One of the programs I allocate quite a bit of time to is our highly regarded Green Assistance Program (GAP), which gives our volunteer community an opportunity to work on improving the operations and maintenance of … Continue reading Improving indoor air quality with a visit the local library?