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Dark Horse, Wozhai, grabs First place at 2016 GIGA's Material Challenge - Beijing!

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Dark Horse, Wozhai, grabs First place at 2016 GIGA's Material Challenge - Beijing!


Above: Participants phots of "GIGA Material Chellenge 2016 Beijing Session"


On July 16th, GIGA Material Challenge - Beijing was successfully held at the Yang Gallery in Beijing's 798 Art District.


After 4 hours of intense competition, designers from ‘Wozhai’ won first prize and walked away with a bunch of Apple Watches. Wozhai is a young design company, but their designers should not be underestimated. Designers...

Real-Time IAQ Monitoring: Key Lessons Learned

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We had the opportunity to share our work with a select group of corporate tenants, developers, hospitality and healthcare companies in Seattle. Graciously hosted by B+H Architects’ Seattle office, Glumac Engineers and OpenSquare the event gave us an opportunity to share what we’ve learned from tracking IAQ in projects around the world. The ensuing discussion provided insights into the needs, value, and barriers to IAQ measurement and reporting for stakeholders throughout the building supply...

优办和GIGA循绿联手提升中国办公室空气质量,推出办公楼“健康空气认证”标志

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优办和GIGA循绿联手提升中国办公室空气质量,推出办公楼“健康空气认证”标志


优办网(uban.com)联合GIGA循绿推出国内首个办公楼“健康空气认证”绿色标志并正式上线。作为中国最大的互联网O2O办公租赁服务平台,此举不仅有利于提升办公人群对室内空气质量的关注,也将推动商业地产开发商在设计和建造办公楼时规范健康建筑标准,促进行业持续健康发展。


办公室空气质量真相:办公族健康备受威胁


据权威机构调查显示:平均75%的室外PM2.5会通过不同途径进入室内;在北京,室外空气1年中有1/3的时间属于重度污染;在上海,室内的PM2.5值一般是室外的60-80%,室外空气的PM2.5值超过国内标准1.5倍,超过国际标准3倍;人们大约有93%的时间在室内度过,室内空气质量对人体健康影响更为长久和显著。


办公一族每天呆在封闭办公环境中的时间往往长达10小时甚至更多,办公室时间几乎占据了办公族1/3的生命时光。再加上办公室装修产生的甲醛、二氯苯、甲苯和办公设备挥发的臭氧,以及通风带来的大量粉尘,往往让办公室成为比户外更严重的污染重灾区。尤其在每年季节转换期间,对那些长期在密封型写字楼里工作的人来说,...

GIGA Material Chellenge 2016 Shenzhen Session, GDEDA wins the Competition!

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"GIGA Material Chellenge 2016 Shenzhen Session", GDEDA wins the Competition!


Above: Participants phots of "GIGA Material Chellenge 2016 Shenzhen Session"


On the 16th of April, GIGA’s first Material Challenge in Shenzhen was successfully held at Jucheng Art Space in OCT-LOFT. 18 teams from top frims in Shenzhen, filled the Jucheng Art Space for a day of fun and friendly competition. Participant companies include SADI, Grandland Decoration, YUY&Associates, CCD, GDEDA, TERREdesign, Kenneth Ko...

UBAN and GIGA collaborate to raise the air quality of offices in China

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China’s largest search engine for office space and China’s largest source of data on commercial indoor air quality - UBAN and GIGA - are collaborating to help tenants find and create healthy offices in China - starting with clean air.


UBAN is adopting GIGA’s RESET Certification standard in order to help compare the health performance of buildings across China. “Many property owners are starting to report the air quality of their buildings in real-time,” says Gavin Lu, CEO of UBAN. “However, it...

Offering longer life to employees

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Our health analytics for 2015 are out and the results are nothing short of staggering. They will forever change where you choose to work.

The largest health gains are with the likes of Lendlease, Haworth, Tishman Speyer, Glumac and Perkins + Will - having been some of the first to implement healthy building standards and track results. In 2015, staff working within these offices have gained an average of 6.3, 5.3, 4.9, 4.2 and 3.5 days of life respectively.

These numbers are even more...

If Buildings Could Talk To Us

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Humans are hard-wired for feedback from our environment. It is what has defined our evolution ever since life appeared on earth. We literally live and die on environmental response.

Yet today we spend over 90% of our time in environments that are completely unresponsive: buildings. Within these dead environments we make up for the lack of feedback by focusing on other sources. Cell-phones for example, are addictive largely because they are so feedback rich.

10 years ago we began adding IAQ...

Which IAQ Monitor should I buy? (Part 2)

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This is the second part of a simplified post on indoor air quality (IAQ) monitors.

Rather than go through the long list of now defunct monitors we’ve tested, I’ll simply focus on the best we’ve found within each class. For now, we’ll also only focus on PM2.5, which is less than ideal (more on that below) but will simplify the subject.

Grade C: Normally, we advise people to avoid this class of monitors. However, there is one Grade C unit that stands above the rest: The Laser Egg.
The Laser Egg is...

Which IAQ Monitor Should I Buy? Part 1

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Lately, it seems there isn’t a day that goes by without having someone ask which IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) monitor they should buy.

As with all good questions, the answer is “it depends”. It depends on what that someone needs: a consumer toy, a precision instrument or something in between?

10 years ago it was simple: there was virtually only one option to choose from. Today, a new option appears every week. Here is a simplified version of what to look out for:

"The general rule of thumb is that...

2016 Schedule of GIGA Material Challenge is Released!

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  • Date November 27th, 2015 17:24
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GIGA's Material Challenge has won the unanimous support of Material Providers and Designers who have participated since the inaugural event in 2013. Now GIGA is happy to release the 2016 Schedule of GIGA Material Challenge:


* Dates may differ slightly depending on the availability of venues.


Introduction: GIGA & GIGA Material Challenge

GIGA is a building and material think tank with locations in Shanghai, Beijing, Montreal, Quebec and Chicago. One of GIGA's aims is toresearch cutting-edge...

JOIN CANADA’S DRIVE FOR COMPREHENSIVE MATERIAL INFORMATION.

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  • Date November 19th, 2015 15:01
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Building high performing healthy buildings requires vast material information. To support LEEDv4 and LBC projects, ORIGIN and CaGBC (LEED Canada) have launched an initiative to collect material information from material providers nationwide. The Canadian Material Data Drive targets varied geographicalcontent from local, national and international suppliers to support Canadian Green Building. Rich materialinformation is sought, including EPDs, HPDs, Declare labels, VOC test reports,...

GIGA releases RESET™ Standards for Indoor Air Quality Monitors v1.0.

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Following the explosion in awareness to outdoor and indoor air pollution, there has been an almost equal explosion in air quality monitors appearing on the market. Although each of these monitors display readings with confidence, there is a disturbingly large range in quality, as often reflected by an equally large range in price. For example, PM2.5 monitors can be purchased for anything between 50 and 50,000 RMB.


At a 1000x price difference, it's clear that not all monitors are created...

GIGA Material Challenge 2015 Fall Session: Returning Champions HPP Win Again

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GIGA hosted the final session of it’s third annual Material Challenge series at the Yang Museum of Design in Shanghai on the 25th of October.


Architects and designers learn more about products when they experience them first-hand. By pairing the design community with participating suppliers, GIGA Material Challenges offer a day of intensive play-based learning with materials and finishes. There isn't a more interactive, materials-focused competition that is this much fun anywhere!


Architects...

China Accord

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International and Chinese Firms Sign Historic Accord to Tackle Climate Change


Firms pledge to design cities, towns, urban developments, new buildings, and major renovations in China to low carbon/carbon neutral standards


Extraordinary times surely give rise to extraordinary events.

One such event took place in Shenyang, China on Thursday 22nd October: an unprecedented meeting initiated by 52 key Chinese and international architecture and planning firms responsible for designing thousands of...

First Generation of RESET™ APs

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First Generation of RESET APs


After having run pilot training sessions in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, we are proud to welcome the first generation of RESET Accredited Professionals: 26 individuals committed to delivering performance based buildings designed to keep us healthy. Several have already undertaken their first RESET projects.

Over the course of the next few years our relationship with buildings will fundamentally change. Building data and social data will merge. Interior spaces...

Chemical Footprinting: Companies Take Stock of Their Toxic Impact

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Harmful chemicals are more difficult to quantify thancarbon emissions but are equally destructive. Now you can track manufacturers’chemical footprints.


By AlanaFichman and Candace Pearson

Carbon emissions and water use have giant-sized foot iconsto represent their impact, but hazardous chemicals haven’t, until now. TheChemical Footprinting Project (CFP) is one effort to help manufacturers measuretheir toxic impacts and make this information available to the public.

Clean Production Action...

UN: Manufacturers Turn Blind Eye to Hazardous Chemicals At Their Peril

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Knowing the chemical ingredients in a product’s supplychain just makes good business sense, according to a United Nationsreport.


By CandacePearson

Companies that know more about the chemicals in theirproducts and in their supply chains avoid big financial losses and are betterable to stay ahead of market demands, finds a report from the United NationsEnvironment Programme (UNEP).

The report warns of some of the potential consequences forcompanies that don’t take it upon themselves to identify...

LEED Helps Hotels Book Quickly and Charge More

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Continuing its series of investigations into the outcomesof greening hotels, Cornell finds LEED hotels benefit from higher revenues.


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Contrary to an earlier study on consumer behaviorsuggesting that sustainability certifications do not increase booking revenues,a second Cornell report identifies the opposite trend by directly analyzingfinancial performance and narrowing its study sample to LEED-certified hotels.


“The Impact of LEED Certification on Hotel Performance”compares the...

GIGA Material Challenge 2015 Beijing Session (August 22nd): Keller are Masters of the Competition

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Saturday August 22nd is a great day for GIGA Material Challenge 2015 Beijing Session hosted by the the Anglican Church (now the CBC site) in Tonglinge road, Beijing.


The GIGA Material Challenge centers around the premise that architects and designers learn more about building materials and finishes when they experience them first-hand. By pairing the design community with participating suppliers, the GIGA Material Challenge offers a day of intensive learning and detailed demonstrations...

World's First Public Mobile App for Indoor Air Quality

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GIGA has released RESET Certified, the world's first public mobile App that tracks air quality of indoor spaces. The App is free and is part of RESET Certification for healthy interiors.

Similar to well known Apps that track outdoor air quality, the RESET Certified App allows users to follow the healthiest and safest offices and schools in Shanghai, Beijing and Suzhou. The App and certification are also expanding to include shopping malls, restaurants, cafes, hotels and other public /...

GIGA Material Challenge 2015 Shanghai Session (April 18th): Perkins+Will wins the Competition!

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Saturday April 18th is a great day for another GIGA Material Challenge hosted by the Yang Design Museum in Shanghai.


The GIGA Material Challenge centers around the premise that architects and designers learn more about building materials and finishes when they experience them first-hand. By pairing the design community with participating suppliers, the GIGA Material Challenge offers a day of intensive learning and detailed demonstrations covering the technical aspects of different products...

Glumac Airship Takes Off

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Sitting atop the old Rockerfeller compound in downtown Shanghai is one of the city's most progressive office spaces. It is also one of the healthiest. Step inside for fifteen minutes and you won't want to leave.

The office is home to Glumac, the well-known MEP engineers originally from the US. It is a showcase of their capabilities as well as their commitment to improving the built environment.



Once it is fully operational the project will be the first net-zero water and net-zero energy office...

Pro Sports in China target RESET

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In the world of air quality, 2014 will be remembered as the year in which the leaders in professional sports began to emerge. Those leaders have included the Rolex Masters Cup and the World Golf Championship - HSBC Champions, part of the PGA Tour.

Despite being outdoor sporting events, players, media and staff of these week-long tournaments spend most of their time indoors: between the hotel, lounge areas and conference zones. This collection of spaces is rarely owned by the organizers and...

The Cost 'a' Coffee is Bad Air.

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Recently, a client asked to meet in a Costa Coffee. I accepted. It wasn't until the morning of the meeting that I realized it was a bad idea. Outdoor PM2.5 was 105 ug/m3 (3 times above maximum allowable health limits), which meant that inside would also be 105 ug/m3.

Over the past 10 years we've tested hundreds of spaces for PM (Particulate Matter), TVOC (Chemical Off-gassing), CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), CO (Carbon Monoxide) and several other parameters. Recently, the starlet of all these has...

Carbon Neutral Wood Construction: Creating Diversity in China

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GIGA is catalyzing research for the construction of a carbon neutral, multistory wood building in China. The project brings together two of the most influential research institutes in China and North America - SRIBS and FP Innovation - to accelerate the adoption of wood construction in China through testing and building code development. The building is to be constructed on the eco-campus of the Shanghai Research Institute of Building Sciences.


Signing Ceremony in Shanghai. Back: Mr. Jacques...

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