It always brings me pleasure to highlight the accomplishments of my undergraduate alma mater, UC Irvine. The UCI Anteaters recently completed their newest building, the $40.2 million Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. As reported in “Legal Eagles Save Energy” in the September 2007 edition of Energy & Power Management Magazine (now Sustainable Facility Magazine), this facility exceeds the energy saving specifications of California’s strict Title 24 by 20 percent.
UCI mandated aggressive efficiency requirements as part of the initial bidding process. However, exceeding Title 24 is particularly impressive because the six-story 160,000 square-foot building originally began its life as two buildings, but it had to be scaled down to meet UCI’s budget. The down-sized building was left with electrical rooms smaller than 114 square feet. Tiny electrical rooms demanded development of a custom-built miniature transformer because a traditional transformer and Integrated Facility System could not fit inside the available space. The building contractor, Andersen & Howard, selected Eaton to perform the transformer design and installation.
This Anteater is pleased to see that the dedication to energy technology and the environment UC Irvine has pioneered in its research is carried through to practice in the specification of UCI’s new buildings.
A recent example of a major CAE revamp is MSC Apex, released last month by MSC Software Corp. In a discussion with Design News, MSC executives noted that its next-generation platform is designed to substantially reduce CAE modeling and process time, “in some cases from weeks down to hours.”
The Thames Deckway would run for eight miles close to the river’s edge, rising and falling slightly with the tidal cycle. It will generate its own energy from a series of devices that will line the pathway and use a combination of sources to make the path self-sustaining.
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