Green Building

My First Project – The First Solar Decathlon #Architalks

I suspect this Architalks topic was meant to induce nostalgia – shuffle through some old pictures (remark on how young and thin we were back then), dig up fading memories, and reminisce about good times.  Why else would one want to revisit their first project? Well, I would like to talk about my first-ever design project that got built.  It was a competition project that I was involved in when I was in graduate school.  We slogged over it for 4 long semesters, including a sweltering summer of hands-on construction. At the end of that project, I was tanned...

The future is now with high-performance homes

If you were shopping for a new car or computer, you would check it’s specs and ask about it’s performance, wouldn’t you?  What about when you buy a new appliance?  You expect it to not only do what it is supposed to do, but do it at a high speed/power for best fuel/energy/work efficiency.  Oh, and look good while at it. In other words, you expect functionality, performance, and aesthetics. Why not think about your house (or your office, school, any building) in that same way?  Your house is a machine, much like your car and your computer.  You should expect it to perform well.  I...

AIA CRAN Symposium – A professor, an architect, and the green police

I was in Minneapolis last week, attending the 2015 American Institute of Architects Custom Residential Architects Network (AIA CRAN) Symposium, “Elevating the Art of Residential Design and Practice”. I was CRAN last year and have to say that this years talks were well-rounded and very relevant to modern day architectural practice. I particularly enjoyed the following three lectures that discussed sustainability and green building.  A professor, an architect, and the green police presented: How the Collaborative Economy is Transforming Housing, by Thomas Fisher Integrated Green Design: High-Performance Design Strategies for Building Design & Construction, by Peter Pfeiffer A Review of Green Building Products &...