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Controlling Western Sun Glare with Electrochromic Windows at NREL

by Dean Dalvit June 10, 2016

We recently had the pleasure of touring the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Research Support Facility and one of the many features we saw that contributed to their net zero building was Electrochromic Windows. To be used in applications where there are great views (and as […]

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Consider Geothermal Heating and Cooling for any Project

by Dean Dalvit June 10, 2016

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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Solar Hot Water Radiant Heat

by EVstudio AEP June 10, 2016

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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Welcome

by Sean O'Hara June 10, 2016

I’m going to begin writing a regular blog for the friends, clients and potential clients of EVstudio. If you’re not already familiar with EVstudio, we’re an architecture and planning firm based in Colorado with our first office in Evergreen and our second office in Denver. […]

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New Cost Effective Ideas for Daylighting at NREL

by Dean Dalvit June 10, 2016

We toured the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Research Support Facility, and were able to see a number of design solutions that were relatively low-cost, but provided a great sustainable approach to many of their design goals. One in particular was with Daylighting. The challenge was […]

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The Six Components of Successful Daylighting Part III

by EVstudio AEP June 10, 2016

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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Off Grid Home Trends

by Dean Dalvit June 10, 2016

Now completed, the Schuler Residence in Lake George is a log home that is completely off grid due to it’s remote location in the mountains of Colorado. The home has a photovoltaic (PV) array with a full battery storage system as well as a propane […]

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ICF vs. SIP…The Debate Continues

by Dean Dalvit June 10, 2016

We are working on a LEED Platinum housing project and have been doing a tremendous amount of research on both SIP and ICF construction. For the uninitiated, SIP construction (Structural Insulated Panels) is a construction method where rigid insulation is sandwiched between sheets of OSB […]

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LEED: A Critique of the Unintended Consequences of Credit 5.2: Maximize Open Space

by EVstudio AEP June 10, 2016

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, has been a product of the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) since 1998.  Since 1998, LEED has grown and is a valued resource for many buildings across the country.  I will provide a series of posts […]

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Understanding Thermal Mass Walls in a Passive Solar Design

by Dean Dalvit June 10, 2016

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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Passive Solar Cooling – Solar Chimneys & Cool Tower

by EVstudio AEP June 3, 2016

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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Living a Radiant Life – Understanding Radiant Heat Transfer in Buildings

by Dean Dalvit May 20, 2016

Radiant Energy. Something that is so widely misunderstood, and yet has such a tremendous impact on our daily comfort. I have been doing some home study and experimentation in the field of radiant heat transfer in the context of a typical home’s heating and cooling […]

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