Day: February 14, 2018

Construction Cost per Square Foot for Recreation Facilities: Indoor Swimming Pools

In a continued effort to keep our readers informed of the most current construction cost trends on projects that EVstudio has experience in, below is the 2013 cost data from RSMeans, the industry leader in construction cost estimating. These costs are for the completed, finished  building project and does not include land costs, entitlements costs, …

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Very Narrow Unit Plans for Apartments, Townhomes and Condos

Typically residential units are 20′ wide or wider but on occasion we design units that are much narrower. The example above is only 13′ wide (4 meters) with a total living area of 1,200 square feet or about 120 square meters. This is a townhome unit and would be bordered by other units on both …

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Top 10 Important Rendering Tips in Autodesk Revit Architecture

I’ve been working on a number of Autodesk Revit Architecture renderings, and am coming to find that with the right combination of settings, you can get reasonably good output in relatively little time. 1.) Make sure that you’re running Revit with more memory than the minimum requirements. In today’s computing world, RAM is king and …

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Top Ten Ways to Reduce Energy Demand in a Net Zero Building

A Net Zero Building (NZB) is simply a building with a zero net annual energy consumption from the grid. While the definition of Net Zero Building is quite simple, achieving it is quite the contrary. Understanding Net Zero involves a number of key points. The first is a focus on reducing the energy demands of …

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Architects and Engineers need Errors & Omissions Insurance

When you are making decisions about hiring an architect, engineer or other licensed building professional it is important to verify that they carry Errors & Omissions Insurance (E&O). As a client, errors and omissions insurance protects you from major professional mistakes that cause you financial harm. While it is always better to try to work …

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Resistance Piers for Economical Foundation Repair

EVstudio is asked quite frequently to perform structural evaluations of cracked foundation walls. These cracks are often due to settlement. Modern design philosophy (and most geotechnical reports) calls for the original structural engineer to design foundation walls to clear span ten to fifteen feet to account for soft patches of bearing soil or soils that …

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PV Systems and Net Metering

A great benefit to have a PV system in Colorado is net-metering. Since most modern meters can accurately record electricity flows in both directions the utility company can keep track of a homeowners usage from the grid and the power provided to the grid from the array. According to Senate Bill 51 in Colorado any customer that …

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Iron Horse Subdivision Project In Winter Park, CO

There is a lot of exciting construction going on in Winter Park right now. The town is exploding along Route 40 with the new South Sitzmark development that many in the area have become familiar with. For those that don’t know, we at EVstudio have provided the structural engineering for each building currently on site …

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