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Daylight Hour 2.0

Jun 10,2019

We already know saving electricity is not only good economical sense, but also positively impacts the environment by reducing green house gas emissions that would otherwise escape into the atmosphere further adding to the already delicate state of our planet. However, there is another, just as important reason to switch off lights and bask in…

Connecting My Passions and Interests

Jun 03,2019

Climbing the Ladder In 2008 after completing my GCSEs I was, like so many other young people, at a crossroads trying to decide what to do with my future. Whilst I was passionate about graphic design and science at school, I had always been interested in building renovation and architecture. Through my school, I found…

INTEGRAL INSIGHT: Urban Land Institute 2019 Spring Meeting Recap

May 13,2019

Principal Brenden McEneaney was invited to Urban Land Institute’s Spring Meeting in Nashville. Here are some of his key takeaways from the thought leaders in real estate and urban development. The Music Hasn’t Stopped…Yet The US industry has been in “extra innings” this cycle for a while. Leading economists project stable, average growth through 2021 with some contraction…

Renovating a Piece of History with Modern Sustainable Strategies

May 10,2019

The Russell Hotel opened in 1900 to the designs of architect Charles Fitzroy Doll, boasting a restaurant identical in design to the dining room on the RMS Titanic. As one of London’s original “Grande Dame” hotels, the Kimpton Fitzroy – as it is now known – is steeped in history. With deep expertise working with…

“The Corral” Energy Infrastructure of the Future

May 06,2019

The Land Art Generator provides a platform for artists, architects, landscape architects, and other creatives working with engineers and scientists to bring forward solutions for sustainable energy infrastructures that enhance the city as works of public art while cleanly powering thousands of homes. Erica Mak of Integral Group and Jaroslav Dedic of D’Ambrosio Architecture +…

When Buildings Learn from our Bodies

Apr 12,2019

Our high performance future will be “automatic” and “somatic” Many of humanity’s greatest technological advances and unexpected innovations have happened when engineers drew inspiration from related fields or from the natural world. The late Owen Finlay Maclaren helped design the Spitfire’s landing gear – and later invented the folding pram by applying his knowledge of…

Wood You Believe It?

Nov 26,2018

In a continual effort to pursue embodied carbon reductions within buildings, Toronto’s Integral Group are helping to instigate and drive the viability of Mass Timber construction. Advancements in wood product technology and systems are a driving force in producing highly innovative wood buildings that are being developed around the globe. The integration of the most…

The Beauty of Working Together

Aug 10,2018

I had the pleasure of acting as Project Manager on one of Integral Group’s latest Zero Net Energy projects, the San Francisco International Airport’s Consolidated Administration Campus (SFO CAC). The 130,000 ft2 project, which is beginning occupancy, will consolidate several departments currently scattered throughout the airport facilities, and well as provide museum-collections storage for the…

Cast Iron: Leading The Way For Public Health Engineering

Apr 03,2018

Amanda Stanley – Senior Public Health Engineer As a public health engineer, I have often found myself frustrated at the limitations of products and systems. To me, the true job description of an engineer is to problem solve, face challenges and create new, dynamic and innovative ways to overcome these, with lessons learnt as positive…

CARBON CORNER | Demystifying Carbon: Using Visualization to Build Momentum

Mar 22,2018

Burst out of our ‘industry bubble’ by using high-end visualizations and storytelling to explain carbon to wide audiences and create positive change! You go to the same green building conferences every year, hoping to be challenged by the conviction and creativity of the people and their amazing work. Amidst an intense happy-hour conversation with new…

Past, Present, Passive House

Jan 20,2018

When Passive House design entered the marketplace in the 1990s, it was conceived for single-family homes to make them more energy-efficient and comfortable for occupants; the focus was isolated to the confines of that building. As Passive House design has expanded and gained exposure, more and more owners and developers are considering Passive House design…

Visualize This

Jan 18,2018

Most people are familiar with architectural visualization, which is often focused on making the building look as beautiful and attractive as possible. What I do, you might call “engineering visualization for buildings”. It has a different emphasis, focusing on explaining how complex systems actually make a building work, and helping people make better decisions about…

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