Green

Double Skin Façade

by Anthony Ries August 20, 2014

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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Varying Design Wind Speeds for Arvada, Colorado

by evstudio July 15, 2014

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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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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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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First Finished photos of Red Fox Run Home

by Dean Dalvit May 20, 2014
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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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Modern Mountain Home in Evergreen Colorado Nearing Completion

by Dean Dalvit May 20, 2014

We’re very excited to be seeing the completion of a modern mountain home we designed in Evergreen Colorado near completion. The Certificate of Occupancy was recently released and the owners are moving in. EVstudio provided all of the Architecture, Structural and Civil Engineering on this […]

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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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Consider LED Outdoor Lighting to get LEED Points

by Dean Dalvit May 20, 2014

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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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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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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