LEED

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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Waiter, There is a Fly in My Concrete!

by Anthony Ries May 20, 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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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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Phase Change Materials

by Anthony Ries March 11, 2015

Anyone who lives in the Denver area is familiar with the large difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures. Designing a home with proper solar orientation and thermal mass can help protect the interior of a home from these severe swings. In the summer thermal mass […]

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Sustainable Communities Should Consider Car Sharing

by Dean Dalvit March 4, 2015

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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PV Systems for Home and Business

by Anthony Ries March 3, 2015
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Most people are probably familiar with photo-voltaic (PV) systems. You see them on plenty of houses and also large arrays on the ground near large campus sites like hospitals and government facilities. If you swing by Denver International Airport you go right past a two megawatt system that will […]

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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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Two at EVstudio quoted in Eco-Structure Magazine

by Anthony Ries January 24, 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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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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Define Green Architecture? What Makes a Building Sustainable and Green?

by EVstudio AEP October 4, 2014

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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Green Roofs – Extensive

by Anthony Ries September 20, 2014

I recently wrote about intensive green roofs. On the other side of the green roof coin is the extensive green roof. This type provides many of the same benefits of the intensive system but does it with a lot less fuss. These green roof systems […]

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