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Of DOAS, displacement, desiccants and radiance

Most of us think of air conditioning as the equipment that lowers a room’s temperature. It’s more complicated than that. Here’s how engineers for the Living Building at Georgia Tech have heating, ventilation and the particularly the problem of cooling in a humid climate.

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Countdown to construction launch

One week before the construction launch ceremony at the Living Building on their campus, Georgia Tech has organized series of events to celebrate the transition.

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The site, the shade and passive solar

One of first decisions to affect the energy demand of any building is its siting. And an early siting choice on the Georgia Tech building made the task of achieving net positive energy performance a bit more demanding. Part 3 in our series on the Energy Petal.

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From fire to net positive

After millennia of burning fossil fuels inside all kinds of structures, we finally have the technology and maybe the will to occupy buildings without the use of any combustion. Part 2 in our series on the Energy Petal.

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Energy use at Georgia Tech Living Building measured down to a cup of coffee

Espresso was too much to ask. The Living Building at Georgia Tech already had been spitting out energy challenges that members of its experienced design team hadn’t faced before. To meet the Living Building Challenge standard, the project must generate at least 5 percent more power than it uses. And it has to do that in a humid climate that complicates the the air conditioning. Part 1 in our series on the Energy Petal.