Green building : project planning & cost estimating by RSMeans

By RSMeans

''This 3rd variation has been up to date with the newest in eco-friendly construction applied sciences, layout recommendations, criteria, and prices. The chapters, case reviews, and assets supply readers sensible assistance on eco-friendly development, together with the most recent on eco-friendly construction techniques, fabrics, score platforms, criteria and guidelines''--

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17 Researchers in a field called “biophilia” are studying the correlation between building ecology (specifically more “natural” environments that feature views to nature, daylight, and fresh air) and good health. Their theory is that human evolution predisposed us to thrive in the natural environment, and thus connecting to it at work or at home positively impacts our performance and well-being. There may be other benefits as well. 18 Quality Lighting Daylighting Quality lighting starts with well designed daylighting, which is more than just providing windows.

E SOURCE, Inc. Drivepower Technology Atlas. Chapter 1. 1993. 7. Hobbs, Frank, and Nicole Stoops. “Demographic Trends in the 20th C. Census 2000 Special Reports”. S. S. Census Bureau website: United States and States R1105, Average Household Size: 2004; and National Association of Home Buildings (Housing Facts, Figures and Trends for March 2006). indd 24 Green Building: Project Planning & Cost Estimating 8/25/10 8:50 AM 8. Barnett, Dianna Lopez, and William D. Browning. A Primer on Sustainable Building.

Rather than dropping a set number of footcandles of light into an area, quality lighting is the careful art of directing light onto surfaces where it is specifically needed—primarily on walls and ceilings (not on floors). Fixtures that provide mainly indirect, but also some direct light will create an even, glare-free ambiance, to which task lighting can be added to accommodate specific activities and individual preferences. Accent lighting can be added to create sparkle and to draw people into or through a space.

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