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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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Passive Solar Cooling – Solar Chimneys & Cool Tower

by Anthony Ries February 24, 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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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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The Six Components of Successful Daylighting Part III

by Anthony Ries November 27, 2013

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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Considerations of Fly Ash in Concrete.

by Anthony Ries November 27, 2013

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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Living a Radiant Life – Understanding Radiant Heat Transfer in Buildings

by Dean Dalvit November 14, 2013

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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Welcome

by Sean O'Hara November 13, 2013

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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Solar Hot Water Radiant Heat

by Anthony Ries October 28, 2013

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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Varying Design Wind Speeds for Arvada, Colorado

by evstudio October 25, 2013

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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The Six Components of Successful Daylighting Part II

by Anthony Ries October 22, 2013

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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Basics of Radiant Heating and Cooling with Hydronic Systems

by Anthony Ries October 17, 2013

A radiant system is based on the concept of radiant heat transfer in order to warm and cool a space. Typically we see the floor as the main medium for this system but it can also be incorporated into baseboards, walls and ceilings. There are […]

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What is a LEED Certified Home?

by Dean Dalvit August 26, 2013

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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