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30 things you can do to make your commercial building Earth Friendly

30 things you can do to make your commercial building Earth Friendly How do you start? How do you create a commercial building that is sustainable? Here are 30 things you can do to make your commercial building Earth Friendly. Click the links and learn more. Upgrade the...
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Green Design vs Design – What Do You Want?

We have built a solid reputation for delivering “green” architectural design for our clients. We were even named the “best small architecture firm” in the USGBC Best of Building Awards – that was a worldwide vote – fairly cool – showing...

Can you live in a “tiny” home? What is “right sized?”

The tiny house movement has gained a huge amount of momentum since Katrina Cottages became mainstream news. Do you think you can live in 150 sf? What about 6oo sf? So what is a tiny house to you? When designing a green home determining the right size for you is as important as...

Design Matters – why it matters to me and I want it to matter to you.

Design – Why it matters to me. I blog a lot about building science, the importance of holistic design, and occasionally local business leaders. I have told stories about a typical day in the life of an architect, the value of memberships in industry organizations, and my...

Simple solutions that reduce energy consumption – transpired solar collector

In the commercial building world, design is often overlooked from the performance side. The focus often goes to aesthetics and maximizing the built area while balancing the environmental impacts on the surrounding site(s). The indoor environmental quality and energy consumption...

My journey with Climate Change as an architect. Trying to find a design solution to save the world.

In 1994 I started my career as an architectural student at a University focused on sustainable design. We did not call it that yet, but the name came soon. William McDonough, that year, was named a hero of the planet by Time Magazine for his innovative design work. He was the new...

Timberlake Place – Affordable Elderly Housing in Charlottesville

There is nothing better than working with great clients on projects that offer the community a great resource. Timberlake Place is that type of project in Charlottesville. The end result will be 27 affordable, green, apartments in town that are designed for people of any ability....

Value Added Design – Go Green

Reblog from http://constructionlawva.com/ The construction industry is slowly recovering from a dismal couple of years and there appears to be hope on the horizon.  U.S. architectural firms have reported the fifth straight month that billings have held their own or increased,...