Environmental

WEDG® Sets New Standard for Ecologically Sound Shoreline Design

Click here to download PDF version by Jackson Wandres, RLA, Director of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, NV5 Leonardo da Vinci once described water as “the driving force of all nature.” People are drawn to lakes, rivers, seas and oceans because water has historically facilitated commerce, industry, travel, recreation and habitation. In short, the history … Continue reading WEDG® Sets New Standard for Ecologically Sound Shoreline Design

Beyond the Smart Technology Buzz: Five Top Tips for Investing in Smart Sensors

A MarketsandMarkets report1 predicted the global smart building market will grow from $5.73 billion in 2016 to $24.73 billion by 2021, increasing at a compounded annual growth rate of 34% over this period. Today’s technology advances—from energy management and lighting control to sensors that measure structural damage and stress after a seismic event—incorporate a host … Continue reading Beyond the Smart Technology Buzz: Five Top Tips for Investing in Smart Sensors

As Owner Representatives, Commissioning Authorities Enhance Integrated Project Delivery and Lifecycle Operations

By Alex Gonzales, PE, CxA, LEED AP In today’s world of ever more complex “intelligent buildings,” owners increasingly rely on collaborative project delivery methods to achieve greater efficiency and meet schedule requirements while minimizing risk. That’s also why progressive owners are looking to their commissioning authority (CxA) as third-party owner representatives/subject matter experts. With specialized … Continue reading As Owner Representatives, Commissioning Authorities Enhance Integrated Project Delivery and Lifecycle Operations

Utility-Sponsored Solar Gardens Heat Up … but There’s a Price

By Barrett Buechler New community solar programs, combined with utility- scale and rooftop solar projects, are expected to drive the growth of solar energy in 2016 by 119%, according to a quarterly report published by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association.1 GTM Research backs its forecast numbers by noting that 25 U.S. states … Continue reading Utility-Sponsored Solar Gardens Heat Up … but There’s a Price