Thursday, May 24, 2012

Plug Loads Research Project Seeks Energy Modelers

An ongoing CBE research project, Simulated and Actual Energy Use: The Role of Plug Loads, is seeking experienced energy modelers for a survey to assess modelers' assumptions when simulating plug load energy use. Since design teams are frequently left to estimate the annual receptacle load energy use and peak demand using rules of thumb or other standardized/generalized practice, this research will help to determine the accuracy of these rules of thumb as compared to actual energy use, or a more itemized energy projection.

We invite energy modelers to contribute to the research by taking this brief (9-question) survey by June 29, 2012. Take the survey.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

CBE quoted on the Sunday NY Times front page

On the front page of last Sunday’s New York Times, CBE Researcher John Goins is quoted in John Tierney’s article about noise in open office environments. The article cites findings from CBE’s occupant survey research as evidence of the types of challenges people face with the growing prevalence of shared and collaborative workplaces. The author, who is a frequent contributor to the Times and writes about social sciences and controversies in science and medicine, interviewed researchers, managers and facility professionals about acoustical problems in today’s so called “cubicle culture.” He includes case studies such as Autodesk, and the collaborative “bullpen” created by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Read the entire article, From Cubicles, Cry for Quiet Pierces Office Buzz.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Affiliated Engineers Brings New Perspectives to CBE Consortium

In Spring 2012, Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (AEI) became the newest member of CBE. AEI is a multi-discipline engineering practice providing innovative solutions for complex and large scale projects worldwide. AEI integrates laterally across offices, bringing the best talent to a given project, regardless of location, and brings a fundamental commitment to ensuring that their work reflects the highest standards in sustainable design practices. The firm has over 600  people in 11 offices, with U.S. locations spanning coast to coast, and north to south, as well as an office in Bahrain. We enjoyed the participation of a number of managers and technical staff from AEI at CBE’s April industry advisory board meeting, and look forward to our future collaborations with them.