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CREATING BUY-IN BEFORE THE MOVE

Creating Buy-In Before the Move

Creating Buy-In Before the Move

Picture this. Your organization is nearing a real estate transition. A move to a new or renovated location, perhaps a majo...
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Creating Buy-In Before the Move

ENERGY LABORATORY DESIGN

Energy Laboratory Design

Energy Laboratory Design

As the demands of a growing population continue to impact the environment, today’s generation is responsible to rese...
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Energy Laboratory Design

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure

We are used to thinking of infrastructure as built public works systems, such as roads, sewers, and utilities. “Gree...
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Green Infrastructure

GREEN WORKPLACE INTERIORS

Green Workplace Interiors

Green Workplace Interiors

Green is good-including in the workplace. While green is good for obvious environmental reasons, sustainable design is als...
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Green Workplace Interiors

HEALTH PRODUCT DECLARATION: A BUILDING PRODUCT 'NUTRITION LABEL'

Health Product Declaration: a building product 'nutrition label'

Health Product Declaration: a building product 'nutrition label'

SmithGroupJJR is encouraged by the increasing trend toward transparency in the building products industry.  For the l...
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Health Product Declaration: a building product 'nutrition label'

HIGHER EDUCATION'S TOP ENGINEERING FACILITY DESIGN TRENDS

Higher Education's Top Engineering Facility Design Trends

Higher Education's Top Engineering Facility Design Trends

Over the past decade, SmithGroupJJR has planned, designed and engineered 13 engineering facilities for clients like the Un...
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Higher Education's Top Engineering Facility Design Trends

KNOW YOUR WATERSCORE

Know Your WaterScore

Know Your WaterScore

SmithGroupJJR's landscape architects and environmental scientists were tasked with developing a new metric for site su...
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Know Your WaterScore

LANDSCAPE OVER STRUCTURE

Landscape over Structure

Landscape over Structure

 Maximize our site’s capacity. Lower our energy costs. Provide the community with a positive environmental impa...
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Landscape over Structure

MATERIAL TRANSPARENCY, PART ONE

Material Transparency, part one

Material Transparency, part one

As the days go by, the global movement towards transparency gains steady momentum. In the design and construction world, t...
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Material Transparency, part one

MATERIAL TRANSPARENCY, PART TWO

Material Transparency, part two

Material Transparency, part two

SmithGroupJJR is working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) on a new facility, the Brock Environmental Center in Vir...
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Material Transparency, part two

NET-ZERO ENERGY

Net-Zero Energy

Net-Zero Energy

With programs like the 2030 Commitment, designers are pursuing incrementally stringent energy reduction targets following ...
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Net-Zero Energy

PERFORMANCE METRICS FOR SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPES

Performance Metrics for Sustainable Landscapes

Performance Metrics for Sustainable Landscapes

Landscape is often viewed as the warm and fuzzy side of sustainable design. While nearly everyone agrees that enhancing a ...
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Performance Metrics for Sustainable Landscapes

PHOTOVOLTAICS – NO LONGER THE UGLY DUCKLINGS OF DESIGN

Photovoltaics – No longer the Ugly Ducklings of Design

Photovoltaics – No longer the Ugly Ducklings of Design

Solar power is now cost competitive with fossil fuel energy and gaining widespread adoption. But can architects imple...
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Photovoltaics – No longer the Ugly Ducklings of Design

RECREATION-SUSTAINABILITY

Recreation-Sustainability

Recreation-Sustainability

As architects and engineers, we have an opportunity to design recreation facilities that promote awareness about sustainab...
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Recreation-Sustainability

SUSTAINABILITY: LOOKING FORWARD

Sustainability: Looking Forward

Sustainability: Looking Forward

Few will disagree that this is an exciting time for sustainable design. Significant trends emerging include the push towar...
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Sustainability: Looking Forward

SUSTAINABLE, SECURE RECONSTRUCTION

Sustainable, Secure Reconstruction

Sustainable, Secure Reconstruction

Reconstruction and modernization of older and often historically significant buildings present many opportunities-and like...
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Sustainable, Secure Reconstruction

THE JUST LABEL: ADDING SOCIAL JUSTICE TO THE TRANSPARENCY MOVEMENT

The JUST label: Adding social justice to the transparency movement

The JUST label: Adding social justice to the transparency movement

True sustainability must include the trifecta of environmental stewardship, economic prosperity and social responsibility....
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The JUST label: Adding social justice to the transparency movement

WASTE HEAT RECOVERY IN DATA CENTERS

Waste Heat Recovery in Data Centers

Waste Heat Recovery in Data Centers

The information technology arena is at a crossroads. While technologies can make the world a more efficient place, the fac...
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Waste Heat Recovery in Data Centers