Waiter, There is a Fly in My Concrete!

by Anthony Ries October 22, 2015

The concrete that is used today typically consists of five materials; air, Portland cement, gravel and crushed stone, sand, and water.  Roughly 10-15% of that mixture is cement. Cement is a very energy intensive product to create. The creation of cement requires approximately 6.5 million […]

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Basics of LEED Green Associate

by Anthony Ries October 1, 2015

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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Considerations of Fly Ash in Concrete.

by Anthony Ries August 26, 2015

Fly ash is becoming more popular as a substitute for cement in concrete. The Federal government has been allowing and encouraging its use for quite some time. It was actually used extensively in the construction of the Hoover dam. Another less known fact is that […]

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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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Two at EVstudio quoted in Eco-Structure Magazine

by Anthony Ries July 31, 2015

Our very own Anthony J. Ries, AIA, LEED BD+C and Lisa A. Barter, RA, NCIDQ, LEED AP were recently interviewed for an article on Tubular Daylighting Devices. Their expertise in the area of daylighting coupled with prior articles written for www.EVstudio.com/blog brought the attention of magazine. The […]

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Living a Radiant Life – Understanding Radiant Heat Transfer in Buildings

by Dean Dalvit July 15, 2015

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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What is a LEED Certified Home?

by Dean Dalvit June 1, 2015

This article was provided by Vince Kenney and published recently in Serenity Magazine: What is a LEED Certified Home? The increasingly well-known acronym LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  This third-party certification program run by US Green Building Council ensures high performance and […]

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This or That #1: LEED accreditation vs. certification

by Matt Svoboda May 26, 2015
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LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and was developed by the US Green Building Council as a way to quantify environmentally friendly design in buildings and everywhere you go in our industry you hear about people and their projects becoming either accredited […]

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Construction Material – Aerated Autoclaved Concrete

by Anthony Ries March 28, 2015

Aerated Autoclaved Concrete, or AAC is a building material that has been around since 1914, mainly in Europe, and available in the United States since the mid 1990s. It is, as the name implies, a masonry product and it consists of aggregate that is no […]

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