Consider Geothermal Heating and Cooling for any Project

by Dean Dalvit May 16, 2016

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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Phase Change Materials

by Anthony Ries May 5, 2016

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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Considerations of Fly Ash in Concrete.

by Anthony Ries April 8, 2016

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 Six Components of Successful Daylighting Part II

by Anthony Ries March 24, 2016

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

by EVstudio AEP March 2, 2016

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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Off Grid Home Trends

by Dean Dalvit February 5, 2016

Now completed, the Schuler Residence in Lake George is a log home that is completely off grid due to it’s remote location in the mountains of Colorado. The home has a photovoltaic (PV) array with a full battery storage system as well as a propane […]

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New Cost Effective Ideas for Daylighting at NREL

by Dean Dalvit February 5, 2016

We toured the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Research Support Facility, and were able to see a number of design solutions that were relatively low-cost, but provided a great sustainable approach to many of their design goals. One in particular was with Daylighting. The challenge was […]

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PV Systems for Home and Business

by Anthony Ries January 14, 2016
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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 ID Credits – New LEED Pilot Credit Library

by EVstudio AEP December 15, 2015

Earlier this year, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) introduced a new dimension to their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating Systems for green building certifications known as the Pilot Credit Library (PCL). The PCL currently includes 41 Pilot Credits which can be […]

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“Organic Mountain Modern” Getting Final Touches

by Dean Dalvit December 2, 2015

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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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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