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The goal of the Building Performance Knowledge Community (BPKC) is to promote architects as leaders in the application of technical design for building performance; in the use of high-performance design criteria, codes, and standards; and in programming, designing and managing building performance. To advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the architecture profession, AIA members, building owners, the construction industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that create buildings that are healthy, energy efficient, and durable.

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How have trends in energy codes impacted your practice?

  • 1.  How have trends in energy codes impacted your practice?

    Posted 12-11-2019 17:55
    In recent years, we've seen an increased focus on existing buildings in energy codes. Has your practice been working more with existing buildings?

    Maggie Brown
    Washington DC

  • 2.  RE: How have trends in energy codes impacted your practice?

    Posted 01-13-2020 11:24
    I'm currently working on the LaGuardia Airport project, before I commence on my finding(s), I'd like to flag this is an operating airport during every stage of construction and to also bring to light the largest North American infrastructure project. Since I've been on this project, the following is a short list of some of the ongoing existing building focus to improve in the new development:
    1. Focus in bringing more natural light into each building to minimize the use to electrical lighting.
    2. Focus in introducing solar power to minimize in energy consumption.
    3. introducing automated window shades to roll down when there's too much sunlight and glare.
    4. Introducing unique and durable architectural finishes to compliment the project as well as initiating sustainability and energy consumption.
    5. Implementing new ideas to provide airport-friendly use for all, including passengers with less mobility (i.e.; wheelchair, ambulant and others if any), vision impaired and the elderly.
    6. There's heaps of other new features and perks, yet to come!

    Shaghayegh Maleki Assoc. AIA
    New Rochelle NY

  • 3.  RE: How have trends in energy codes impacted your practice?

    Posted 01-15-2020 10:11


    I am wondering if there is any building enclosure performance verification testing being performed for the air, moisture, and thermal barriers of the building enclosures.  It can be a problem for buildings with ongoing operations.  Air barriers testing can be especially difficult.  I have been involved with QA/QC inspections and water intrusion testing for all of the DFW terminals being remodeled and expanded. 




    George M. Blackburn, III

    M. Arch. + AIA + BCxA


    972-416-4195 - Home/Office & 469-401-0794 - Cell

    2529 Quail Glen Road, Carrollton, Texas  75006-2012


    Building Envelope Performance Design Consulting, Façade Condition Assessments, Restoration, Commissioning, Damage & Defect Analysis, Air Barrier Audits

    Forensic & Diagnostic Architecture



  • 4.  RE: How have trends in energy codes impacted your practice?

    Posted 01-21-2020 15:27
    Hi George -

    Thank you for your note.

    Agreed there are many obstacles and challenges along the way with an operating airport project that's u/construction. Yes, we have multiple consultants executing the tests and verification for air, moisture and thermal barriers.

    (aka) Sherry Maleki

    Shaghayegh Maleki Assoc. AIA
    Tuckahoe NY