Insights

Dive into insights from our talented team of designers and engineers, as they cover topics that matter most to our clients and industry.
August 11, 2022

Daikin, The Largest Tilt-Wall Construction in the World

DBR worked with Powers Brown Architecture and Harvey Builders to complete the Daikin Texas Technology Park (DTTP) in Waller County. With a footprint of 4.23 million square feet under a single roof, the DTTP is the largest tilt-wall structure in the world, the third largest factory in the United States, and the fifth largest in the world.

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July 21, 2022

Q&A with Director of Sustainability, Saheed Imoru

Saheed Imoru joined DBR in March and serves as Director of Sustainability. He manages the firm’s sustainability and net zero initiatives and has over ten years of experience practicing sustainable design in the A/E/C industry.

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July 12, 2022

Project Spotlight: George R. Brown Convention Center

The George R. Brown Convention Center achieves its first-ever LEED Gold certification! DBR’s Sustainability Department partnered with Houston First Corporation for recertification of GRB in Houston, Texas. Due to the commendable performance of the facility staff, administration, and the upgrade in systems, the 2,000,000 square foot project was able to achieve a rating of LEED Gold for Existing Buildings.

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July 6, 2022

Data Driven Design Using Building Modeling Software

With building modeling software, we can now take a lot of the guesswork out of designing sustainable buildings and accurately predict the energy usage, daylighting effectiveness, envelope performance, etc.

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May 3, 2022

Acoustics in Schools

The primary function of a school is to provide an optimum environment where teachers can communicate with students. In fact, up to 60% of classroom activities involve oral communications between teachers and students or between students. Speech intelligibility is critical in schools. But very often acoustic design is overlooked and the result is a poor acoustical environment.

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April 19, 2022

Q&A with Sustainability Professional, Joseph Drewes

Joseph Drewes serves as a Sustainability Professional at DBR, managing the firm’s LEED certified projects, energy models, and answering all questions about sustainable design.

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April 12, 2022

Project Spotlight: Zadok Jewelers Mixed-Use Development

DBR Engineering worked with Michael Hsu Office of Architecture on a five-story mixed-use development in Houston’s Uptown area, near the Galleria. The 112,000 square foot building is now home to Zadok Jewelers’ new showroom, where they moved into a 26,000 square foot space.

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April 5, 2022

Sustainable Solutions for K-12 Operations

Designing a new building or retrofitting equipment with energy or sustainability in mind is often an afterthought. There are many opportunities for long-term improvement of a building’s efficiency and occupant comfort that are overlooked. Both occupant comfort and operating cost can be improved with the implementation of simple low-cost to no-cost sustainable design strategies.

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November 9, 2021

Project Spotlight: 3400 at CityLine

3400 at CityLine is a new LEED Gold commercial office building along US 75 Central Expressway at Renner Road in Richardson, Texas. The five-story 300,000 sf building features 60,000 sf floor plates and a two-story atrium connecting the north and south entrances.

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November 1, 2021

Evaluating Energy Models Using cove.tool and TRACE 700 Simulation Tools | Comparison Study

Getting the energy modeling right starts with choosing the right platform and associated tools. We recently evaluated our energy models and process using cove.tool compared with another common software tool, TRACE 700.

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