Thursday, March 19, 2009

LEED EQ c8.2

Question: I am looking at your site and, if possible, would like to see the dwgs and/or diagrams for EQ c 8.1 & 8.2.

Answer: Here is a very simple example we did for the Half Moon Outfitters job. There is a plan view showing line-of-sight geometries and a section. Hope this helps.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

NESEA Presentation

On March 11, 2009, Nathan Gauthier was part of the "Best Practices for a Sustainable Campus" session at the NESEA BuildingEnergy 09 conference. Mark Sternick from Dietz and Co. Architects chaired the session and Ellen Watts from Architerra co-presented with Nathan. Ellen presented the results of a survey of higher ed institutions in the Boston Consortium (using absolutely amazing graphics I might add) . Nathan presented on the efforts to green Harvard University. A copy of his presentation, titled Sustainability at Harvard, can be found here.

Monday, March 16, 2009

GHG Reduction Presentation

Nathan Gauthier presented on "Greenhouse Gas Reduction Planning: From Initial Commitment to Implementation" at Tulane University on Thursday, March 12. The talk was well attended and the group discussed what it means for Tulane to have signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A copy of the presentation can be found here.Check Spelling

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Hip Hop Archive Cx

A few weeks ago the Harvard Office for Sustainability and Harvard Facilities Maintenance Operations commissioned the newly renovated Hip Hop Archive in Cambridge, MA. The project is part of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. These pictures show Kevin Sheehan (FMO) and Kevin Bright (OFS) looking at one of the heat pumps and the associated condensate pump (pouring in a cup of water to make sure it starts up correctly). The project is finishing up the LEED for Commercial Interiors certification process and will be submitted soon. The picture on the bottom should include an outside air duct brought into the heat pump (as shown on the "as-builts"), but it isn't there. We added it to our report.

Holyoke Wind Turbines

Early this year, Harvard Real Estate Services installed 6 of the AeroVironment AVX1000 architectural wind turbines. Each of the parapet mounted turbines is rated for 1 kilowatt and can spin in winds as slow as 4 mph. Last week I took some time after a meeting to take a few pictures and they were spinning rapidly. While in the meeting in the building's 10th (top) floor minutes before taking the pictures, I didn't notice any noise or vibration. The turbines' inverter has not been connected to the internet yet, but when it is we will be able to monitor their effectiveness.

More information can be found here.