Green

Interesting Insights on Architecture That Can Repair Itself

by Dean Dalvit March 11, 2014

Most people  don’t realize that there is a growing  body of research in the world of architecture based on biologic solutions to our built environment. This particular video by Rachel Armstrong from TED.com discusses technologies that are currently being researched that would actually use living […]

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LEED VOC MSDS SCAQMD

by Anthony Ries February 28, 2014

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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Passive Solar Cooling – Solar Chimneys & Cool Tower

by Anthony Ries February 24, 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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Understanding Thermal Mass Walls in a Passive Solar Design

by Dean Dalvit February 4, 2014

Let me first say that while I studied thermodynamics and heat transfer in school, it’s been many years since I’ve had to look up a specific heat capacity coefficient. With that said, there are some fundamental things that have stuck and I can’t help but […]

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Another LEED Silver Office Building

by Anthony Ries January 15, 2014
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We starting the design process on a new Company Headquarters building a nearly three years ago. The drawings were permitted and construction began in early 2011. We have now received word that all of our hard work paid off in the Silver Certification of this […]

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Top 10 “Alternative” Construction Methods

by Dean Dalvit December 17, 2013

There is a lot of conventional wisdom out there about what is “typical” for building construction practices. While the collective experience of available labor and availability of materials tends to drive how things get designed and built, it is important not to get stymied by routine practices. […]

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The Six Components of Successful Daylighting Part III

by Anthony Ries November 27, 2013

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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Solar Hot Water Radiant Heat

by Anthony Ries October 28, 2013

I was recently asked about heating a home with a radiant floor heating system that utilized solar hot water. This seems a counterintuitive at first since the sun only shines during the day and it shines for less than 12 hours during some of the […]

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Three Wood Framing Methods – Balloon, Platform & Advanced

by Anthony Ries October 27, 2013

We recently talked about a variety of building methods. Within each method are different ways to build. Here we talk briefly about three wood framing methods.   Balloon Framing -This method of framing was fairly popular on the east coast and parts of the Midwest […]

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Varying Design Wind Speeds for Arvada, Colorado

by evstudio October 25, 2013

Contractors, Owners and Designers should be aware that the City of Arvada has five different wind zones of varying intensity. This could mean a difference of up to 20-25 pounds per square foot of wind pressure on the components and cladding of roofs. For a […]

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The Six Components of Successful Daylighting Part II

by Anthony Ries October 22, 2013

Last week we talked about the first two components of successful daylighting. This week we follow up with the next two: Assess lighting needs for typical visual needs Use of apertures to create focus and mood These two components are somewhat advanced strategies the breathe […]

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First Finished photos of Red Fox Run Home

by Dean Dalvit April 28, 2013
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While we haven’t yet had a chance to get professional photos of this project yet, I wanted to share with our followers of the mountain modern home series of posts the Red Fox Run project that was recently completed in Evergreen.     The Materials palette for […]

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