Dangerous bacteria is showing up in school water systems, reminding all buildings reopening amid COVID-19 to check the pipes

When water stagnates in pipes, harmful metals and bacteria can accumulate and make people sick. Buildings that were shut down for weeks during the pandemic may be at risk.

Andrew J. Whelton, Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental & Ecological Engineering, Purdue University • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health children public-health bacteria covid-19 coronavirus schools pandemic water coronavirus-2020 viruses buildings legionella legionnaires-disease plumbing

Several schools find harmful bacteria in water systems, reminding all reopening buildings to check the pipes

When water stagnates in pipes, harmful metals and bacteria can accumulate and make people sick. Buildings that were shut down for weeks during the pandemic may be at risk.

Andrew J. Whelton, Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental & Ecological Engineering, Purdue University • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health children public-health bacteria covid-19 coronavirus schools pandemic water coronavirus-2020 viruses buildings legionella legionnaires-disease plumbing

Clear solar cells hit an all-time efficiency record

Rather than having skyscraper windows reflect light and waste energy, transparent solar cells could turn them into power sources for buildings.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability solar-cells buildings renewable-energy glass featured earth-and-environment transparency

6 ways architecture can put vets with PTSD at ease

The design of the places veterans with PTSD live and work can provide some relief, according to new research that digs into what works best for vets.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Aug. 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: housing buildings health-and-medicine veterans post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd

Clever chemistry turns ordinary bricks into electricity storage devices

Bricks turn out to be useful for storing electricity thanks to their porousness and red pigment.

Julio M. D'Arcy, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Washington University in St Louis • conversation
Aug. 11, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: chemistry innovation energy nanotechnology electricity research-brief buildings energy-storage

System monitors faces to adjust the room’s temp

A new system uses cameras to gauge the facial temperature of people in a room and adjust the temperature accordingly.

Gabe Cherry-Michigan • futurity
June 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cameras surveillance temperature buildings faces science-and-technology

Algorithms are designing better buildings

Algorithms can now work out the best ways to lay out rooms, construct buildings and even change them over time to meet user needs.

Silvio Carta, Head of Art and Design, University of Hertfordshire • conversation
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: algorithm buildings design construction-industry building-design architeture

Team finds the biggest, oldest Maya monument

A monumental building is the oldest and largest in known Maya history, far larger than their later pyramids and palaces.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
June 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: archaeology maya buildings mexico society-and-culture social-lives monuments

Buildings consume lots of energy – here's how to design whole communities that give back as much as they take

Net zero energy buildings produce at least as much energy as they use. Designing whole net zero campuses and communities takes the energy and climate benefits to a higher level.

Charles F. Kutscher, Fellow and Senior Research Associate, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change heating cooling energy-efficiency energy-use buildings renewable-energy sustainable-cities geothermal-energy district-heating net-zero

The coronavirus pandemic might make buildings sick, too

Office buildings have been left mostly empty for weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic, leaving standing water in pipes where harmful organisms can grow. What happens when those buildings reopen?

William Rhoads, Research Scientist, Virginia Tech • conversation
April 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health public-health bacteria covid-19 coronavirus water coronavirus-2020 viruses buildings legionella legionnaires-disease plumbing

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