Anthony Ries

Mountain Modern Dried In

by Anthony Ries April 15, 2015
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Our Mountain Modern home is almost dried in. By this time next week the roof should be the rest of the way on. Good timing too. The snow is really going to start to fly soon! Originally posted 2012-12-28 08:44:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Open for Business During Construction

by Anthony Ries April 10, 2015
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One of our recently designed projects was recently permitted with no review comments and is now under construction. The project is a remodel of an existing retail center at a very busy intersection. The owner and tenants where very concerned about the impact the remodel […]

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Terms to Know When Choosing Windows – U-Factor, SHGC & VLT

by Anthony Ries March 28, 2015

There is more to know about windows than casement, double-hung, Low-E, double or triple pane. While Low-E and the number of panes can give a basic idea on the performance characteristics of a window assembly, it is also good to know a couple other key […]

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Denver Highlands Area Remodel

by Anthony Ries March 28, 2015
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Last summer we submitted demo and permit drawings on a remodel project in the Highlands area. The home was originally built in 1927 and was around 906 square feet. The main level was decent and had fairly high ceilings. This is obviously not a Frank Lloyd Wright […]

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Construction Material – Aerated Autoclaved Concrete

by Anthony Ries March 28, 2015

Aerated Autoclaved Concrete, or AAC is a building material that has been around since 1914, mainly in Europe, and available in the United States since the mid 1990s. It is, as the name implies, a masonry product and it consists of aggregate that is no […]

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Progress Update on Modern Home in the Mountains

by Anthony Ries March 18, 2015
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One of the greatest parts of being an architect or engineer is seeing a building come out of the ground. I recently toured a modern home project of ours which is under construction. This view is from the southwest corner of the home. The main […]

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Harvesting Rainwater in Colorado – Can it be Done?

by Anthony Ries March 15, 2015

I recently had a conversation about water usage and rights in Colorado. For years we have known that the water that falls from the sky is off limits. Back in July of 2009 that changed, sort of. It is true that with the passage of […]

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Mount Air Townhomes Steel in Place

by Anthony Ries March 15, 2015
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The Mount Air Town Homes are quickly going up along 10th Avenue just west of Wadsworth Boulevard. These 6 town homes are divided into two buildings of three units. Since the lot is long and narrow we kept the main floor efficient. It only consists […]

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Phase Change Materials

by Anthony Ries March 11, 2015

Anyone who lives in the Denver area is familiar with the large difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures. Designing a home with proper solar orientation and thermal mass can help protect the interior of a home from these severe swings. In the summer thermal mass […]

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PV Systems for Home and Business

by Anthony Ries March 3, 2015
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Most people are probably familiar with photo-voltaic (PV) systems. You see them on plenty of houses and also large arrays on the ground near large campus sites like hospitals and government facilities. If you swing by Denver International Airport you go right past a two megawatt system that will […]

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Constructing Walls in Revit

by Anthony Ries March 2, 2015

Revit Architecture has a fairly robust system for placing and designing walls. The first important step in the process is selecting the type of wall that needs to be placed.  A bunch of typical wall types are included ‘out of the box’. For instance, I […]

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LEED VOC MSDS SCAQMD

by Anthony Ries February 18, 2015

Part of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is to provide better environments for building occupants. Something we do every day but don’t think about much is breathing. Our lungs are very sensitive to contaminants and dust. If you have ever walked into […]

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