Ultra Energy Efficient Green Building Envelope Kits

Using SIPs wall and roof panels that cam lock together the New Sage Homes ultra energy efficient backyard green buildings assemble in a matter of hours and the home models in a couple days.
Sips panels are 4′ wide or smaller and built to the length required for each wall or roof section.
Once the floor system is complete the panels are raised to a vertical position, set over the sill plates, and connected with our cam lock system.
Optional floor systems may be made of SIPs panels and ordered with the wall and roof panel package.
With all panels assembled you are ready to run electrical wires through supplied chases. The building is now assembled and ready for all exterior and interior treatments.More info at http://newsagehomes.com

Water Intrusion Problems in New Home Construction

During a routine-framing inspection, I noticed a water-intrusion problem that will definitely be a major issue for the builder and new owner. This video shows how builders can get ahead of themselves and allow some subcontractors to complete their portions of the work before the house is really ready.

Home building is really booming in the Houston Texas area. This video shows why it’s very important to have third-party inspections on a house while it’s being constructed.

Integrated Design Strategies For Building Envelope And Facade

What is the impact of building façade on building performance? What are the three modes of heat transfer? And, what is the real importance of developing an integrated approach in envelope and building system design? Arash Guity, P.E., Chief Sustainability Engineer, Mazzetti discusses the impact of building façade on performance, providing an overview of the relation of the façade to building systems. He will also talk about the importance of an integrated design process, noting the importance of engineers and architects working together to provide a more optimized design for the building and its system.

Simulation technology is being used to solve real-world sustainable design challenges. Heath May, director of LINE, HKS, Inc. and his team will focus on simulation: a presentation and discussion on the utility of the feedback loop in the design process. Discussions will include presenting toolsets for analysis and optimization of daylighting and energy in buildings using software including Rhino, Grasshopper, DIVA, Ladybug, Galapagos and Octopus.

Salt water intrusion of bank groundwater from rivers

A substantial percentage of drinking water in the Netherlands is obtained as bank groundwater by pumping stations alongside rivers. Rising sea levels and lower river discharges caused by longer droughts and upstream water and groundwater use causes the salt water wedge to penetrate further upstream salinizing the river from time to time, especially near its bottom, thus causing intrusion of salt into the groundwater and affecting nearby drinking water wells. This situation was simulated in a cross section for a pumping station near Ridderker in the Netherlands to show what may happen. The exercise was carried out by Remko Nijzink, in preparation for his Geo2 exam at TUDelft, June 2011.