Anthony Ries

Basics of LEED Green Associate

by Anthony Ries July 14, 2014

When the LEED system arrived on the scene a number of years ago it was really quite simple to attain the accreditation. As the system has continued to mature so has the system for accrediting individuals. Now it takes a more knowledge, work and dedication […]

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Passive Solar Cooling – Solar Chimneys & Cool Tower

by Anthony Ries July 14, 2014

Passive solar cooling may seem like an oxymoron to many. After all, the sun is hot and we’ve learned that radiant energy heats up everything on earth that it strikes? That is true and we can use it to our advantage. Keeping things cool The […]

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Revit Tip #37 – Import a Pattern File

by Anthony Ries July 14, 2014

Here is a quick tip for Revit if you need to import a pattern file for use as a model material. The standard pattern file will not scale properly or line up with the surface it is on. If you are importing a pattern for […]

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The Components of Solar Hot Water – Collectors and Circulation

by Anthony Ries May 29, 2014

In the world of solar hot water there are many names for systems that are identical or do similar things. It is important to know the basics and general components of any system one is working with. Once the basics are understood and mastered then […]

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Type ‘A’ vs. Type ‘B’ in Residential Design

by Anthony Ries May 29, 2014

Type A dwelling units are those that are required by and defined in the International Building Code. These units are referenced in Chapter 11 of the IBC and have to comprise at least 2% of the units in R-2 occupancies so long as there is […]

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Software as a Design Tool – Cantilevered Stairs

by Anthony Ries May 20, 2014

Here at EVstudio we use a number of different software packages to design and document our work. Our documentation may be done in AutoCAD, Revit or Bently BIM. Our design work is sometimes quickly completed in SketchUp. I even used it to fully document some […]

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The Six Components of Successful Daylighting

by Anthony Ries May 20, 2014

There seems to be a popular misconception that the use of natural light involves large expanses of southern facing windows. I can’t count how many places I have been where the entire south facing window wall has the blinds constantly drawn or unsightly tinting film […]

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Working with your Architect – The Drawn Program

by Anthony Ries April 23, 2014
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I recently had the pleasure of meeting with a gentleman who was getting started on designing and building a new vacation home in Alamosa County, Colorado. He has built a home or three in the past so this isn’t his first rodeo. He is a […]

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A Jacques Benedict Treasure Visualized

by Anthony Ries April 23, 2014
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As a continuation of our floor plan revisions to the Mansion on Olive Street in Denver we also visualized some of the key rooms. As the architect I worked closely with our in-house interior design team and the owner on helping everyone visualize the interior […]

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Green Roofs – Drawbacks and Benefits

by Anthony Ries April 23, 2014

Green roofs are a fairly new occurrence in the United States. Chicago and Portland are the two cities that have the highest number of green roofs.  There are a few disadvantages that can be reasonably offset by careful planning and the inherent benefits to green […]

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The Six Components of Successful Daylighting Part III

by Anthony Ries April 11, 2014

Presented today are the last two components of successful daylighting: Integrate the daylighting scheme into the architecture Integrate the daylighting scheme with building systems These final two points remind us that architecture is synergistic, that is it becomes more than the sum of its parts. […]

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Grades of Solid Clay Masonry – Bricks

by Anthony Ries April 11, 2014

Common building bricks come in three grades which indicate the bricks resistance to weathering. The weathering general refers to how much rain is expected and how low the temperatures get. NW: Negligible Weathering – Typically used for interior applications as well as a backup for […]

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