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Wind tower. Wind tower is a tra­di­tional ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ment used to pre-cool the air and di­rect it into in­te­ri­ors of a build­ing.

MERV fil­ters. Min­i­mum ef­fi­ciency re­port­ing value (MERV) is a num­ber from 1 to 16 that is rel­a­tive to an air fil­ter’s ef­fi­ciency. The higher the MERV, the more ef­fi­cient the air fil­ter is at re­mov­ing par­ti­cles from the out­side air.

Geo­ther­mal sys­tems. A geo­ther­mal sys­tem is a non-con­ven­tional heat­ing and/ or cool­ing sys­tem that pumps heat to or from the ground crust. This sys­tem takes ad­van­tage of the mod­er­ate tem­per­a­tures in the ground to boost ef­fi­ciency and re­duce the op­er­a­tional costs of heat­ing and cool­ing sys­tems.

High-per­for­mance glass. High-per­for­mance glass re­duces the en­try of heat while al­low­ing the pen­e­tra­tion of sun­light si­mul­ta­ne­ously. The glass comes in three types: in­su­lated (dou­ble- or triple-glazed) glass, in­ert-gas-filled glaz­ing and low-emis­siv­ity glass.

Wall and roof in­su­la­tion. The heat bal­ance of a build­ing re­veals that at least 15 to 20 per cent of the heat ingress into a build­ing can be through walls and roof. Hence in­su­lat­ing walls and roof is ex­tremely crit­i­cal in the en­ergy per­for­mance of a build­ing.

Bam­boo-based fur­ni­ture. Bam­boo is in­creas­ing in pop­u­lar­ity as an al­ter­na­tive to con­ven­tional wood such as tim­ber and teak. It is re­garded as a rapidly re­new­able re­source be­cause of its faster har­vest­ing cy­cle.

In­tel­li­gent build­ing man­age­ment

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