New Study by Green Building Consultant Highlights U.S.-Ready European Green Building Innovations

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Green building consultant Jerry Yudelson unveils new research report highlighting European best green building practices from which the U.S. may benefit.

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and we're pleased that this new study provides easy access to that knowledge.

The Mechanical Contractors Education and Research Foundation recently released an informative new study written by Jerry Yudelson, lead green building consultant with Yudelson Associates, with contributions from Paul Ehrlich of Building Intelligence Group LLC. The report describes green building technologies being implemented in Europe that can be used in the U.S., especially chilled beams and active or dynamic façades.

This major new study focuses on European innovations that American architects, engineers and builders can use to design and develop high-performance green buildings at little or no added cost. "A number of European countries have had years of experience creating energy-efficient structures," explains Jerry Yudelson, the lead author of the study. "The idea was to discover which concepts, technologies, products and systems might be potentially applicable for use in North America."

The research study entitled, "European Green Building Technologies" consisted of a high-level study of European innovations, followed by in-depth research, and finally site visits to selected projects and interviews with European green building experts. The interviews were held in the spring and summer of 2008.

Yudelson's team concluded that several widely used technologies should be considered for use on projects in North America. The featured solutions included radiant heating and cooling systems incorporating either panels and beams or slabs, and what are referred to as active façades - exterior walls in which the optical or thermal properties change dynamically in response to local climate, occupants' preferences, ambient lighting, or utility demand-response programs.

According to the study, however, each of these technologies also pose design and construction challenges. Each requires not only proper design, but needed to be carefully selected based on the project type, cost considerations and the environmental conditions in which they will be used. In many cases, the European systems used familiar components and climate-control mechanisms, but did so in different ways. Taken as a whole, the innovations provide useful conceptual insights and a source of practical ideas for green building projects in North America.

"We believe that architects, mechanical engineers and contractors have much to learn from the European experience," says Yudelson, "and we're pleased that this new study provides easy access to that knowledge."

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About Yudelson Associates
Yudelson Associates is a leading international firm in sustainability planning and green building consulting. The founder, Jerry Yudelson, is widely acknowledged as one of the nation's leading experts on green building and green development. He is the author of eight green building books and serves as Research Scholar for Real Estate Sustainability for the International Council of Shopping Centers, a 70,000-member international trade organization. He is a frequent green building speaker at industry and professional conferences and chairs the industry's largest annual show, Greenbuild.


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