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Managing Enclosure Heat Flows
While the control of moisture is practically a universal requirement for buildings, the importance of the control of heat transfer tends to become more critical as the severity of climate, either hot or cold, increases. Managing heat flows is critical to occupant thermal comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and increasingly, thermal resilience during periods of extended power outages.
 Detail showing thermal breaks for cantilevered reinforced concrete balcony slabs.

Case Studies

Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The $30 million major renovation of The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum preserves and respects the historic character and building envelope of the National Historic Landmark, while modernizing infrastructure with state-of-the-art sustainable and energy-efficient technologies.
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Continuing Education

Operations and Maintenance for Optimal Photovoltaic System Performance
This eTraining outlines the necessary steps for directing on-going or new operation of photovoltaic (PV) systems for the life of the project across a variety of system types, sizes, and environments.
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