Gaines Group Architects

2019 New Year’s Resolution: Save The Environment!

As a Junior at James Madison University studying Architectural Design, I’ve heard my share (and more!) about sustainable design and how our environment is worsening each year. But as a college-level architect, I know my sustainable designs and ideas won’t be...
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Chesapeake and Western Depot

The Gaines Group Harrisonburg Office Is Taking Shape

Our new office is open and getting into shape. The interior brick walls along the stair that were once covered in black char from the 80’s fire have been scraped. The stairs have been rebuilt leading to the second floor. Heading into the second floor, the window and door...
caulk electrical outlets

Green Terms Defined Summary 2015

 Green Terms Defined Summary 2015 2012 International Energy Conservation Code: Minimum energy code standards adopted by the Commonwealth of Virginia Air Changes per Hour (ACH): the measure how many times the air within a defined space is replaced. ASHRAE 90.1: a standard in the...
Custom Home Harrisonburg

Green Term Defined: Vapor Barrier

A vapor barrier is a barrier that reduces the rate that water vapor can move through a material.  There is discussion in the industry if a true vapor barrier is even possible. This has led to the use of the term Vapor Retarder. Vapor retarders limits moisture from passing through...
Harrisonburg Office

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Facade Enhancement Grant

Our first office in Harrisonburg opened in 2009 and the only place we looked for space was downtown. We knew it was the place for us with a vibrant and growing community. We opened an office above Oasis Art Gallery in a very unique, although mostly hidden by ugly metal panels,...
solar chimney

Green Term Defined: Natural Ventilation

Natural Ventilation is the process of supplying and removing air by natural means from building spaces by using windows, doors, solar chimneys, and non-powered ventilators. Most of us spend about 90% of our time inside of a building. As a result, the indoor air quality is...
University of Tennessee School of Architecture

75. UT Art and Architecture Building #105architecturalinspirations

75. UT Art and Architecture Building #105architecturalinspirations    Designed by Douglas McCarty the Art and Architecture Building at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN was designed to reduce energy consumption and enhance the quality of the interior environment. The...
Eiffel Tower

74. Eiffel Tower #105architecturalinspirations

74. Eiffel Tower #105architecturalinspirations The Eiffel Tower, named after engineer Gustave Eiffel, was erected in 1889. This iron lattice tower was built as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair. As one of the most recognizable symbols in the world, the structure was...
BRAFB Project

Green Term Defined: ASHRAE 90.1

ASHRAE 90.1 is a standard in the US that provides minimum requirements for energy-efficient designs for buildings except for low-rise residential buildings. The standard was first created in 1975. It has since been updated on a regular basis in 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013. There...
light shelf

Green Term Defined: Light Shelf

A light shelf is a horizontal overhanging element located above the eye-level and typically having a highly reflective upper surface. Sunlight hits the top of the light shelf and bounces inside of the structure hitting the ceiling. This brings light deeper into the structure that...