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BSUG Blog

  • Residential Indoor Air Quality

    MAY 2022

    Across the past decade we have made great strides to increase the air quality across the United States. Through environmental regulations and better technologies air quality is rarely a concern for many states. However, this trend of increasingly healthy air does not extend to the North-Western states. The primary cause for this is a natural disaster unique to the dry and mountainous region: wildfires. Between the months of July and September wildfires burn millions of acres of land. While these fires are dangerous, they are often remote and can be contained with effort. However, the smoke produced by these fires can spread freely affect much larger areas than the fire alone.

     

  • Organic Insulation

    AUGUST 2021

    Organic insulation is the use of bio-based materials to create insulation for the built environment. While working with Hempitecture, a company focused on producing hemp-based building materials, I began to research organic insulation, especially hemp. Before getting into the details of organic insulation and its presence in today’s built environment, here is a brief overview of the history of insulation.

     

  • Tips and Tricks for using Insight's Daylighting Analysis

    JUNE 2021

    Before we get started, I would like to provide some background on daylighting. Daylighting is the “controlled” admission of natural light into a building for the purpose of illuminating a space. Whereas, daylight harvesting is the “controlled” admission of natural light, into a building for the purpose of reducing electric lighting and energy (kWh). For either purpose, daylighting design is defined in a range.

     

  • Parametric Modeling and Analysis

    APRIL 2021

    The biggest bi-product of the 21st century is not plastic, CO2, or precious metals but rather meta-data. Meta-data provides information about other data, or “data about data.” Meta-data is being created every second in today’s built environment. Not just through an occupant’s phone or computer, but also from the buildings themselves via control systems or information portals that assist managers. This meta-data can be analyzed and utilized in parametric modeling within the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry.