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Optimizing Building Performance for Specialized Facilities

Optimizing Building Performance for Specialized Facilities

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John Alberico
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May 27, 2020
12:00 PM, Chicago Time (GMT-5)
60 min


Facilities like hospitals and laboratories have unique building-performance needs. As we strive to create the next generation of sustainable, high performance buildings, balancing the specialized requirements of these facilities with the health, well-being and comfort of the occupants is critical. For a building design to be considered high performing, it must create a hyper productive space where occupants feel motivated and inspired to the point where they genuinely enjoy coming to work. This seminar will address some of the key challenges designers face for these types of facilities; including: Air quality and noise; Ventilation and thermal comfort; Effects of vibration on sensitive equipment; and Pedestrian comfort in outdoor spaces. Specific project case studies will be used to illustrate the challenges and provide context on the potential impact on the overall building performance. The seminar will also describe the process to identify, analyze and successfully mitigate these issues.

Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants with learn about specialized numerical modeling concepts will be provided to illustrate preferred methods for evaluation of details regarding ventilation performance and indoor thermal comfort.
    2. Through presentation and discussion of examples, participants will gain insight to the benefit of considering the performance of the building from a holistic perspective to address multiple challenges that are often interconnected (noise, ventilation, air quality, energy use, etc.).
    3. Participants will learn to recognize the relationships between local microclimate conditions and overall building performance.
    4. Participants will gain an understanding of best practices and state of the art modeling approaches to address the effects of vibration on sensitive equipment.

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    • AIA