Sustainable

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

by EVstudio AEP December 29, 2017

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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First Finished photos of Red Fox Run Home

by Dean Dalvit December 29, 2017
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While we haven’t yet had a chance to get professional photos of this project yet, I wanted to share with our followers of the mountain modern home series of posts the Red Fox Run project that was recently completed in Evergreen.     The Materials palette for […]

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Double Skin Façade

by EVstudio AEP December 14, 2017

Most buildings that we see are single skin. In low rise structures the outside will be stucco, siding, some type of masonry etc. In taller buildings the exterior veneer is often more varied and includes glass, metals and other materials. A method of construction that […]

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Do This One Simple Trick to Lower Your Energy Bills for Your Home

by Dean Dalvit December 7, 2017
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We had the pleasure of having an entry in the recent Parade of Luxury Homes in Evergreen Colorado, and our home was by far the largest on the tour. Many people remarked at the size of the home and questioned what it took to heat […]

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Top 10 “Alternative” Construction Methods

by Dean Dalvit November 30, 2017

There is a lot of conventional wisdom out there about what is “typical” for building construction practices. While the collective experience of available labor and availability of materials tends to drive how things get designed and built, it is important not to get stymied by routine practices. […]

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Great Resource for Solar PV and Hydronic Information

by Dean Dalvit August 28, 2017

In a time where it seems like everybody and their brother is now installing solar PV and hot water systems, and companies are coming and going like the dot-com flashes of the 90′s, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to find reputable companies for Solar […]

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LEED VOC MSDS SCAQMD

by EVstudio AEP August 25, 2017

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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The Six Components of Successful Daylighting Part III

by EVstudio AEP August 25, 2017

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 Geothermal Heating and Cooling for any Project

by Dean Dalvit August 25, 2017

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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Green Roofs – Extensive

by EVstudio AEP August 25, 2017

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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Living a Radiant Life – Understanding Radiant Heat Transfer in Buildings

by Dean Dalvit August 23, 2017

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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Historic Preservation and Sustainability – One Strategy Contributing to Both Goals

by EVstudio AEP May 15, 2017

Dean and I had a very interesting meeting with the Heritage Resources Program Leader for the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service last week and during our meeting we began discussing the idea of sustainability and historic preservation. This very topic will be […]

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