Most people in our industry have heard of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Washington D.C. based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is "committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings".
Morrissey Engineering provided the mechanical and electrical design, commissioning services, and LEED consulting services for this Class A office building renovation. See the outstanding results in the ASHRAE Journal April 2012.
Continuing Education is always a good thing. It seems like the older we get, the more we think acquiring additional education on subjects we feel we have an expertise in provides marginal returns on the time invested. However, I have found that even if a continuing education effort doesn’t provide groundbreaking information on the latest trends in subject matter, a beneficial experience can still be had.
There is no shortage of requirements dictating our day to day tasks as consulting engineers. Adding to the specific conditions of individual jobs and client needs are an ever-changing congregation of codes and standards that have significant impact on how we design mechanical and electrical systems for buildings. And even just the topic of ‘energy codes’ is quite vast, but this post sets out to lay the groundwork for where we’re at now and where the industry is headed.
Consulting Engineers have often considered themselves generalists with a good basic knowledge of the systems that they specify. More and more though, our clients need a deeper understanding from us in order to create the best buildings possible.
The U.S. Green Building Council is calling for nominations for the 2010 USGBC Leadership Awards. Award nominees should embody the attributes expected of a green building leader and achievements that demonstrate excellence, exemplify the intent and spirit of the green building movement, and have made a significant impact in advancing the green building movement within their sector. Nominate a peer.
The U.S. Green Building Council's mission of environmentally, economically and socially sustainable buildings for all within a generation depends on highly trained professionals in every sector. The USGBC is requesting your input in a brief survey that will help us identify and understand your green building education needs. The information you provide will drive both the content and format of tomorrow's green building education - from USGBC or the green building education marketplace at large - so that it is accessible and relevant for everyone. Take the survey.
Morrissey Engineering has begun commissioning of a 5.5 kW solar electric system on the roof of its 4940 Building. The system converts sunlight to electric power using Sanyo photovoltaic modules.