Historic Preservation and Sustainability – One Strategy Contributing to Both Goals

by EVstudio AEP February 16, 2018

Dean and I had a very interesting meeting with the Heritage Resources Program Leader for the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service last week and during our meeting we began discussing the idea of sustainability and historic preservation. This very topic will be […]

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Top Ten Ways to Reduce Energy Demand in a Net Zero Building

by Dean Dalvit February 14, 2018

A Net Zero Building (NZB) is simply a building with a zero net annual energy consumption from the grid. While the definition of Net Zero Building is quite simple, achieving it is quite the contrary. Understanding Net Zero involves a number of key points. The […]

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Passive Solar Cooling – Solar Chimneys & Cool Tower

by EVstudio AEP February 14, 2018

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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Consider LED Outdoor Lighting to get LEED Points

by Dean Dalvit February 1, 2018

It’s no surprise that LED lighting has made a significant impact on the energy use for lighting applications with it’s extremely low energy use per footcandle. New ground is being broken in all lighting uses and we are seeing LED lighting in everything from decorative […]

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EVstudio and the 2017 Home Builder of the Year

by Kylie Tawney January 19, 2018
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Thrive Home Builders, one of EVstudio’s very own clients, was recently awarded ‘2017 Home Builder of the Year’ by Professional Builder Magazine. This prestigious award is so well deserved by an innovative and responsible company. And, it sure does make things exciting here at EVstudio […]

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Consider Geothermal Heating and Cooling for any Project

by Dean Dalvit January 11, 2018

I have recently been asked by a client about a new heating and cooling concept for their project:  geothermal heating and cooling. There is actually nothing new about this idea, but it is gaining popularity in these days of climate concerns and rising energy prices. A […]

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The Importance of Specifications and MasterFormat

by EVstudio AEP January 11, 2018

According to the Dictionary of Architecture & Construction a specification is “a written document describing in detail the scope of work, materials to be used, methods of installation, and quality of workmanship for a parcel of work to be placed under contract; usually utilized in […]

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Green Roofs – Extensive

by EVstudio AEP January 11, 2018

I recently wrote about intensive green roofs. On the other side of the green roof coin is the extensive green roof. This type provides many of the same benefits of the intensive system but does it with a lot less fuss. These green roof systems […]

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Define Green Architecture? What Makes a Building Sustainable and Green?

by EVstudio AEP December 29, 2017

Terms like ‘Green’, ‘Sustainability’ and ‘LEED’ are being thrown around lately and architects have been a big part of the throwing. In fact, at EVstudio have been discussing these terms a lot lately. So what do these terms really mean and what do they really […]

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First Finished photos of Red Fox Run Home

by Dean Dalvit December 29, 2017
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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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Double Skin Façade

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2017

Most buildings that we see are single skin. In low rise structures the outside will be stucco, siding, some type of masonry etc. In taller buildings the exterior veneer is often more varied and includes glass, metals and other materials. A method of construction that […]

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Do This One Simple Trick to Lower Your Energy Bills for Your Home

by Dean Dalvit December 7, 2017
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We had the pleasure of having an entry in the recent Parade of Luxury Homes in Evergreen Colorado, and our home was by far the largest on the tour. Many people remarked at the size of the home and questioned what it took to heat […]

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