LEED: A Critique of the Unintended Consequences of Credit 5.2: Maximize Open Space

by EVstudio AEP July 26, 2019

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, has been a product of the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) since 1998.  Since 1998, LEED has grown and is a valued resource for many buildings across the country.  I will provide a series of posts […]

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This or That #1: LEED accreditation vs. certification

by Matt Svoboda, AIA July 26, 2019
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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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Consider LED Outdoor Lighting to get LEED Points

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE July 12, 2019

It’s no surprise that LED lighting has made a significant impact on the energy use for lighting applications with it’s extremely low energy use per footcandle. New ground is being broken in all lighting uses and we are seeing LED lighting in everything from decorative […]

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LEED Certified Buildings and Accredited Professionals

by Sean O'Hara, AIA, LEED AP July 11, 2019

There is no shortage of talk about LEED these days so I think it merits a quick explanation. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and it is a green building rating system that has been put in place by the US Green […]

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Climate Change and an Architects Role

by Michael Hammond June 6, 2019
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In this day and age, it’s hard to not hear about the state of our environment. Whether you call it “Global Warming” or “Climate Change,” the word is increasingly getting out about how we as humans are directly affecting our planet, and it isn’t for […]

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Understanding R-Value and Insulation

by evstudio May 30, 2019

This post is provided by Earthcore SIPs. There are many conditions that determine the effectiveness of any building material to provide comfort and energy efficient performance. R-Value is only one of these factors or measurement tools. R-Value is the measure of resistance to heat flow […]

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The Components of Solar Hot Water – Collectors and Circulation

by EVstudio AEP May 30, 2019

In the world of solar hot water there are many names for systems that are identical or do similar things. It is important to know the basics and general components of any system one is working with. Once the basics are understood and mastered then […]

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Controlling Western Sun Glare with Electrochromic Windows at NREL

by Dean Dalvit, AIA, PE May 21, 2019

We recently had the pleasure of touring the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Research Support Facility and one of the many features we saw that contributed to their net zero building was Electrochromic Windows. To be used in applications where there are great views (and as […]

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LEED ID Credits – New LEED Pilot Credit Library

by EVstudio AEP March 8, 2019

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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The Six Components of Successful Daylighting Part II

by EVstudio AEP January 7, 2019

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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Considerations of Fly Ash in Concrete.

by EVstudio AEP September 29, 2018

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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by EVstudio AEP September 28, 2018

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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