Building Performance

Rich, productive, and inspiring environments promote human well-being, preserve natural resources, and provide flexibility and resilience for the future.

Testing EMBR Labs' New Wave Thermal Bracelet

EMBR Wave Bracelet

Builder Magazine profiles our partnership with Embr Labs, a tech startup founded by four Massachusetts Institute of Technology students, to pilot-test the Embr Wave Thermal Bracelet. Over the course of the five-week study, seventeen employees of EYP’s Boston office will wear the Embr Wave Thermal Bracelet during their workday and provide feedback about their experiences.

Honorable Guests Dedicate New U.S. Embassy in Oslo

US Embassy Oslo

Numerous international guests officially opened The New Embassy Compound in Oslo, Norway with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony. Demonstrating the highest levels of sustainability, safety, and innovative design features and seamlessly integrating with the area’s natural resources, the multi-building, organic complex includes a chancery, underground support annex, three entry pavilions, Marine security guard quarters, and workspace for approximately 200 embassy employees.

Designing Modern Embassies: Integrating Innovative Architecture with Rigorous Security and Efficiency Standards

US Embassy, Oslo

The balance of creating beautiful and innovative embassies that also exceed stringent safety, efficiency, and accessibility requirements is explored in the recent CNN article, “Diplomatic Design: New U.S. Embassies Make an Architectural Statement.” The EYP-designed embassy in Oslo, Norway, is one of only five global facilities selected to demonstrate successfully meeting this challenge.

Buildings are Key for Climate Action Plans

Building energy use is the primary contributor to greenhouse gas emissions for colleges and universities. Benchmarking and monitoring allows institutions to identify which buildings have the greatest savings opportunities, and what technologies and changes are appropriate for those buildings. In our work with colleges and universities, we’ve identified campus wide savings potential between 18% and 56% of their current cost and carbon impacts. We have help our clients achieve these savings with proven cost effective technologies and maintain this savings over time. We have also helped our clients understand their energy use and performance and avoid costly and unnecessary audits and studies by simply tracking and comparing energy and emissions use.

Evaluating Low-Temperature Water-Heating Options

EYP engineer George Marshall authors this article in Consulting Specifying Engineer magazine on how clients can take advantage of HVAC energy savings by having their engineers rethink heating-water temperatures with sustainability in mind. See what George says about how energy efficiency demands impact HVAC design, how various new products and systems help users achieve efficiency in water-heating systems, and the benefits of low-temperature hot water systems.

Exploring the High Demands for Higher Education Facilities

Higher education clients have different requirements and expectations for the design process, and their portfolios include many types of highly specialized buildings. Keeping up with the latest trends and working within prescribed campus standards can be a challenge. And to maximize building performance, campus facilities workers need to learn how to manage complex systems post occupancy. In this article from Consulting Specifying Engineer, EYP engineer James Newman advises that "the best way to ensure the operational success of a building with high-performance design features is for the building facilities team to have a full understanding of their usage and maintenance."

Changing Skyline: Turning Richards Labs into the building Louis Kahn wanted it to be

Architecture Critic Inga Saffron explains how the renovation of this iconic building brought Kahn's original vision to life.

SUNY Maritime’s Academic Center Honored by AIA NY

SUNY Maritime

The New York State chapter of the American Institute of Architects has awarded EYP with a 2016 Excelsior Award for New Construction for the SUNY Maritime’s Academic Center. The design of the Academic Center, which has earned LEED Silver, involved an array of analyses to best optimize its unique location on the Long Island Sound.

dWellbeing: Energy Performance Documentation

by Jason Steinbock

dWellbeing Rendering

dWellbeing is an interactive environment that enables its residents to understand how individual choices and activities influence consumption and performance through technology, while providing opportunities for occupants to give back via their own actions, behaviors and activities.

Upgrading the Mechanical Systems in Louis Kahn’s Richards Building

by Matthew Chalifoux

Considerable functional shortcomings made this design icon the target of much venom for over fifty years. Our modernization brought the technical requirements of laboratories into alignment with Kahn’s plan and spatial design, while vastly improving building functionality and energy performance. In this article, the designer discusses strategies and tactics for invisibly modernizing an iconic but challenging structure.

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Data Centers' Intricate Designs

by Robert Eichelman

Data centers are important structures that hold vital information for businesses, schools, public agencies, and private individuals. If these mission critical facilities aren't properly designed and equipped, the gear inside and the data the servers handle is at risk. Consulting Specifying Engineer asked EYP's Robert Eichelman which trends engineers should be aware of when they're working on data centers or data closets in mixed-use buildings.

Architect Magazine Ranks EYP #1 in Energy & Sustainability for Second Year in Row

For the second year in a row, leading industry publication (and journal of the American Institute of Architects) Architect Magazine named EYP #1 in energy and sustainability on its annual Architect 50 list.