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Living a Radiant Life – Understanding Radiant Heat Transfer in Buildings

by Dean Dalvit September 28, 2018

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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Consider Geothermal Heating and Cooling for any Project

by Dean Dalvit September 28, 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 Six Components of Successful Daylighting Part II

by EVstudio AEP July 18, 2018

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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Consider LED Outdoor Lighting to get LEED Points

by Dean Dalvit July 11, 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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The Components of Solar Hot Water – Collectors and Circulation

by EVstudio AEP June 19, 2018

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

by EVstudio AEP May 11, 2018

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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The Six Components of Successful Daylighting Part III

by EVstudio AEP March 29, 2018

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

by EVstudio AEP March 27, 2018

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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ICF vs. SIP…The Debate Continues

by Dean Dalvit March 27, 2018

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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Sustainable Communities Should Consider Car Sharing

by Dean Dalvit March 27, 2018

It’s not a new idea, but it’s an idea whose time has come. In our urban environments, it is getting increasingly more difficult, not to mention expensive, to own a car. In cities such as New York and Boston, people have left their vehicles long […]

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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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