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The Components of Solar Hot Water – Collectors and Circulation

by Anthony Ries August 15, 2015

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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The Six Components of Successful Daylighting Part III

by Anthony Ries August 14, 2015

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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Consider LED Outdoor Lighting to get LEED Points

by Dean Dalvit August 6, 2015

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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LEED Project Team Formation is an Important First Step in any LEED Certification Project

by EVstudio AEP August 6, 2015

The first step in preparing for the LEED Certification process on a building project is the formation of the LEED Project Team. Integrated design is one of the most important sustainability strategies and a good project team will become the key to an integrated, efficient, […]

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

by Dean Dalvit July 1, 2015
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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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Modern Mountain Home in Evergreen Colorado Nearing Completion

by Dean Dalvit April 20, 2015

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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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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Interesting Insights on Architecture That Can Repair Itself

by Dean Dalvit February 13, 2015

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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Ipe Wood vs. Composite Decking

by evstudio February 9, 2015

We recently designed a house in which the homeowner is considering both Ipe wood and composite decking for the exterior decks.  Ipe is one of the strongest and most durable wood decking materials available due to its extremely dense grain.  When left untreated, Ipe wood decking can […]

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Another LEED Silver Office Building

by Anthony Ries February 5, 2015
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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 January 31, 2015

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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Solar Hot Water Radiant Heat

by Anthony Ries October 8, 2014

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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