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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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Basics of LEED Green Associate

by Anthony Ries July 14, 2014

When the LEED system arrived on the scene a number of years ago it was really quite simple to attain the accreditation. As the system has continued to mature so has the system for accrediting individuals. Now it takes a more knowledge, work and dedication […]

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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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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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LEED Certified Buildings and Accredited Professionals

by Sean O'Hara April 23, 2014

There is no shortage of talk about LEED these days so I think it merits a quick explanation. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and it is a green building rating system that has been put in place by the US Green […]

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“Organic Mountain Modern” Getting Final Touches

by Dean Dalvit April 23, 2014

We are wrapping up the sustainable home project for Tomskin LLC known as ”Organic Mountain Modern”. The project has been designed to achieve a LEED Platinum certification and boasts a number of technologies that push sustainable living into a new paradign. Below are some of the images […]

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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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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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Understanding Thermal Mass Walls in a Passive Solar Design

by Dean Dalvit February 4, 2014

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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