eXergy through Intelligent Buildings

Context: eXergy In thermodynamics, exergy is defined as the maximum useful work that can be extracted from a system as it reversibly comes into equilibrium with its environment. Contemplating the built environment, one could define a term “eXergy” as the maximum comfort that can be extracted from an intelligent building as it reaches the optimal […]

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Building Risk

Nearly every building used by humans was made possible by the risk industry. At the pinnacle of the risk industry sits the reinsurance industry, the companies that insure and cover the risks of every insurance company in the world. Every company that works in Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) and builds structures needs Errors and Omissions and General Liability (EO/GL) and other specialized insurance policies to operate. So when the major reinsurers post warnings about performance problems, it would behoove the industry to pay attention.

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Project MetaHome: Opportunities for Collaboration

SponsorshipProduct TestingApproved SupplierProject MetaHome™ offers several opportunities for collaboration: sponsorship, product testing, approved supplier, or … you propose it! What is Project MetaHome? Project MetaHome™1 seeks to harness the most modern technology to create a home that is a joy to live in, is resilient to natural hazards, and uses 95% less energy than a […]

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Project MetaHome

Smart cities of the future will require very different homes and architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) technology from that being used by builders today. How will our current stock meet that need? To find out, we are taking a 1450 sq ft condominium unit in Boulder, Colorado, and are transforming it into a smart MetaHome. […]

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Buildings of the Future

Ideas for the pursuit of excellence are game-changers that push an organization to the next level. Organizations operating in any industry can benefit from expanding their focus from quality assurance—institutionalizing incremental improvements in degrees of excellence—to the overarching pursuit of comprehensive excellence. One way to support excellence is to ensure that the architecture/‌engineering/‌construction (AEC) infrastructure […]

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Alvin’s Dream

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has been closed since the beginning of this year (2012) because of premature degradation of new steam generator tubes installed in 2010 and 2011. The two pressurized water reactors (PWRs) at SONGS provide about 2,200 megawatts of electricity, about 20% of Southern California’s usage. I’ve been reading about […]

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Risonanza™: AATG’s Quantum Monitoring Ushers in the Future of Cyber Information Modeling Systems

Pete’s an avid science fiction fan. He wrote this “Future History” mock Forbes interview with the CEO of the fictitious Advanced Application Technology Group (AATG) at the turn of the 21st century, thinking that by 2026 rule-based cyber information modeling technologies would surely be a reality.

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