Hot water is the lifeblood for many commercial applications. A restaurant lacking hot water will be forced to shut down for lack of hygiene. Hotel room showers that cannot reach the set-point temperature leave clients dirty and disappointed.
Balloons evoke childhood memories of a trip to the circus or a day spent at a local amusement park—the air that fills them is fundamental to life itself. Ironically, the same air that brings ‘life’ to a balloon (and us) causes headaches or worse for building owners, architects, and specifiers.
Advances in light-emitting diode (LED) technology mean facilities no longer need to accept lighting elements that are difficult or expensive to maintain. LED fixtures have become increasingly affordable on the front end, especially when combined with utility rebates.
As a child in the early 1980s, this article’s author had a clubhouse he called the ‘Millennium Falcon’—standing 2 m (6 ft) off the ground, it was a simple A-frame held in place by four old telephone posts, complete with a fireman’s pole and pully system for escape when under attack by the Imperial Starfleet.
Given their extensive use of energy-hungry medical equipment and around-the-clock service to the community, hospitals consume huge amounts of power. These buildings rank as Canada’s most intensive energy-consumers, second only to food and beverage stores.
Hospitals are inherently noisy for two primary reasons. First, there is the abundance of noise sources, from paging systems and patient monitoring equipment to staff conversations and the bustle of visitors.
The construction industry has seen a tremendous influx of new building materials over the past 10 years. Many of these products serve a real value, but with new offerings come new questions. Sometimes, innovation and evolution need to slow down and allow for proper training and education to catch up.
The sheer number of acoustic metrics, criteria, and associated abbreviations can be overwhelming, confusing, or sometimes misleading. This article provides an overview of key acoustic metrics and criteria commonly referred to in various building codes, design guidelines, and standards.
Whether building a new facility or retrofitting an existing one, downtime can be a construction manager’s worst nightmare. It can interfere with the project’s overall productivity, creating delays that hold up multiple service providers from performing their duties.