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Principles of Sustainable Design: Understanding Transparent Solar Cells

Exciting new research has opened the world to the possibility of a transparent solar cell. Being able to generate renewable solar energy from a transparent, or partially transparent glass-like substance, is quickly changing the way the world thinks about renewable energy. Let's take a look at just some new technologies that are creating a buzz in the renewable energy industries.

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Commercial Building Energy Audit

An energy audit is performed on an existing building to help identify energy saving measures throughout the structure. During an audit, every aspect of energy consumption is examined, ranging from the lighting used, to heat generation, to possible leaks in the duct work. The goal of an energy-efficient building is to reduce operating costs while encouraging environmentally friendly actions from the building’s inhabitants and owners. Let's take a closer look at an energy audit for a typical commercial building.

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Building Sustainable Data Centers

As technology needs continue to grow, bigger and more powerful data centers are needed to keep up with the growing demand. Data centers were once a black hole of energy inefficiency, but new approaches to data center design are quickly making these buildings sustainable. Below, let's examine just a few ways improved design can help create sustainable data centers.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Renewable Energy Sources in Urban Settings

Often, urban settings do not lend themselves to renewable energy sources. Cities typically do not have sprawling land to build a solar panel array, or space to construct a 300-foot-tall wind turbine to generate alternative energy. But this is about to change. Today, with new designs and technology emerging, there are more options than once existed to include renewable energy sources in urban design. Below, let’s examine some new technologies that can bring renewable energy to the urban landscape.

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Understanding Passive Building Design

Engineers and designers focused on sustainable design are constantly looking for ways to reduce energy usage and ultimately the carbon footprint of a building. Passive building design utilizes the building's natural environment to heat and cool the building, which provides an optimum living temperature. Let's explore some components of passive building design below.

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The importance of Forensic Studies

Accidents happen no matter how carefully a building is planned. Designs in practice don't work, mechanical systems fail, or materials do not hold up as predicted. When this happens, unfortunately, there can be heavy financial implications to sort out responsibility for repairs. Performing a forensic study by senior engineers can help determine the cause of the failure. Further, understanding why a material or system did not work can help create an improved design in the future.

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G&M Project Used for University of Minnesota Capstone

Throughout the Fergus Falls Library remodeling project Gausman & Moore worked frequently with The Weidt Group. The result was a more comfortable and energy efficient space for library patrons and staff. For the past few months this project has also helped educate young engineers.

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The Best LEED Designs for Public Buildings

LEED Certification has become the gold standard in public buildings, and many states are implementing tax incentives to help promote sustainable designs. LEED certification can be applied to both new and renovated buildings. Below, we have put together a list of some of the best LEED-certified public buildings.

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Bryan Haider – Employee of the Month for April 2019

Bryan Haider (Mechanical Engineering, Roseville Office) was recognized as Gausman & Moore’s April 2019 Employee of the Month. Possessing engineering wisdom “beyond his years,” Bryan regularly provides engineering excellence on projects throughout the country.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Advances in Large Battery Storage

Renewable energy is quickly sweeping the globe with its overall efficiency, relatively low cost, and low impact on the environment. Renewable energy, though, has had a long-standing issue with the amount of energy provided. Typical applications do not allow excess energy to be stored and reused during high demand times, still forcing people to rely on inefficient systems or fossil fuels. However, recent battery developments have changed the way we think about renewable energy.

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The World View of Renewable Energy

Every day, more advances in renewable energy emerge, and the growing importance of renewable energy becomes evident. Throughout the world, many state and federally issued projects and challenges are underway to promote the use of renewable energy. Below, let's take a look at some recent innovations, advances, and future planned projects to take advantage of renewable energy sources worldwide.

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Reduce Energy Load on Your Building with a Green Roof

As urban areas become more populated, heat islands continue to grow, which worsens the effects of greenhouse gases and energy usage. Green roofs are great ways to combat heat islands and can be used in just about any building application. Below we will examine the various types of green roofs and learn about the benefits associated with this fully adaptable roofing option.

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Adam Beherns – Employee of the Month for March 2019

Adam Beherns (Electrical Engineering, Roseville Office) was recognized as Gausman & Moore’s March 2019 Employee of the Month.

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Greywater Systems in Commercial Buildings

Recycling safe greywater throughout your commercial building can not only save money, but can help create an eco-friendly environment for your building's inhabitants. 

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Title 24 Paves the Way for a Greener Future

California has recently unveiled Title 24, which is an innovated collection of building codes and standards for new construction in California. While engineers, designers, and builders alike will be focused on the regulations, Part 6 to the title has people excited. Focused on reduced energy consumption, Part 6 has the potential to transform the building landscape for the foreseeable future in California.

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