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Ranthambore Visitor Center - Net-zero design competition by TESA

FOREWORD Ranthambore National Park is located 140 km southeast of Jaipur, which is also the nearest airport for the flyers. It lies at the edge of a plateau and is bounded by the Banas River in the north, and to the south by the Chambal River. It is named after the historic Ranthambore...

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Meet 3rd prize winners (2018): Team MARKAL

High performance design competition "Ranthambore Visitor Center" 3rd prize winners - Team MARKAL Jasvinder Lal (left), Executive Architect, Design2Occupancy Services LLP Jasvinder has been practicing professional architecture for more than 2 years and is extremely passionate about...

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Meet 1st prize winners (2018) - Team SHUNYA

High performance design competition "Ranthambore Visitor Center" 1st prize winners - Team SHUNYA ARKADE sign studio Established in 2014 by Mr Ramakrishna Shenoy, ARKADE has a team of around 6 members with 2 Associate Architects and Junior Architects. The firm, aspires to create...

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Why is Design Heating load so much higher than typical heating load?

Questions from the mailbag: Can you explain why the heating load changes so much when going from the design reports to hourly loads, while the cooling load does not change nearly as much? Is this normal?My Answer: Yes! It's very normal. First thing: the heating design simulation yields a big...

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How Much Energy Do Buildings Use?

Have you ever wondered how much energy buildings use? Did you ever think that it would account for 70% of the electricity load consumption in the U.S.? Well, according to the U.S. Green Building Council this is exactly the case. In fact, it is said that commercial and residential buildings...

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Energy Modeling Software comparison as cars

eQUEST Chevy Cruze Reliable, low cost, and partially funded by the United States Tax Payers. [Edit: currently funded by the country of California] The Chevy Cruze isn't the most impressive looking vehicle, nor does it have the most features, but it's simple to drive and it gets the job done....

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WTH is Energy Modeling

When asked to put a price to a service offering, we want to know what we're pricing. Nowadays as technology marches ever onward, we are faced with the myriad of terminology in the AEC industry when it comes to "Energy Modeling". Maybe we as modelers haven't been good enough at translating the...

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