Green Control Building Design

As we start to consider the impact our industries have on the environment one of the most significant contributions comes from the construction, operation and maintenance of our buildings. Indeed some of the facts are staggering:

  • Buildings, including production fuel input, use 38.9% of U.S. primary energy use. Environmental Information Administration (2008). EIA Annual Energy Outlook.
  • Buildings represent 72% of U.S. electrical consumption. Environmental Information Administration (2008). EIA Annual Energy Outlook.
  • Buildings account for 38% of all CO2 emissions. Energy Information Administration (2008). Assumptions to the Annual Energy Outlook.
  • Of the 3 billion tons of raw materials consumed annually, 40% of this is used for buildings. Lenssen and Roodman (1995). Worldwatch Paper 124.
  • Of the 15 trillion gallons of potable water used per year 13.6% of this is used by buildings. U.S. Geological Survey (2000)
  • It is estimated, by the EPA, that building-related construction and demolition debris was 136 million tons in 1996, compared to 209.7 million tons of municipal solid waste.

As government initiatives, social demand and availability of sustainable materials increases it is expected that 82% of corporate America will be greening at least 16% of their real estate. Of these 18% will be greening more than 60%. (McGraw Hill Construction (2007). Greening of Corporate America SmartMarket Report)

Service Description

We will come to your site and put on a two day workshop to review Green Building Best Practices with key personnel on your site. This is an excellent tool to create awareness within your organization as it undertakes a new control building project.
The workshop covers the following topics:

  • What is Green Building?
  • Industry regulations and best practices
  • Building Location
  • Use of Building Resources
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Water Efficiency
  • Interior Environment
  • Building Operation and Maintenance

For additional information or to book a workshop please contact us.

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UCDS has in-depth experience in designing control rooms and modifying existing field shelters. Our process is compliant with the ISO 11064 Ergonomic Design Standard for Control Buildings. We interview management, supervision and a significant group of the operators to understand functional requirements, what works well in the existing environment, and identification and correction of problems with the existing design. To learn more Click Here


Situation Awareness

Abnormal situations encompass a range of events outside the “normal” plant operating modes, e.g. trips, fires, explosions, toxic releases or just not reaching planned targets. In the past incidents such as Piper Alpha, Milford Haven, Flixborough, Texas City and the 2003 northeast electrical blackout have all been attributed, at least in part, to a fundamental lack of good situational awareness. Early work of the Abnormal Situation Management Consortium® included a survey of the US petrochemical industry. Based on their research the consortium estimates industry losses of around $20 billion per year from abnormal situations, approximately equal to the total annual profits of that industry. Furthermore these studies indicate that companies achieving Best Practices in operations can improve productivity by 5-12%. To learn more Click Here


Fatigue Alertness Management

We have many customers looking to enhance their shift handover procedures and follow some of the Recommended Practices identified in the API documents; others are focusing attention on fatigue and fatigue countermeasures. We have great solutions for both these topics. For more details please contact Steve Maddox. To learn more Click Here



User Centered Design Services promotes Behavior – Based Safety which is a process that helps employees identify and choose safe behavior over an unsafe one. Safety in the workplace is a combination of three measurable components – the person their environment, and their behavior. To learn more Click Here

About the Control Room Operator Performance Group

The purpose of this group is to share ideas and solutions that contribute to improving the performance of the control room operator. Abnormal situations can be managed safely and effectively if we provide our operators with the right training, workload, environment, and interfaces.