Gaines Group Architects

Green Terms Defined: Pervious Concrete

Pervious concrete is rare in our area, but is growing in popularity. It is simply concrete that allows water to move through the material into a storage area under the pavement. The storage area is typically a gravel bed. By capturing stormwater (rain) and allowing it to seep...

Green Terms Defined: Year end summary

  The 4 C’s: You have to be able to effectively convey the information from design to construction in a Clear, Concise, Correct, and Complete method.  Air Infiltration: The uncontrolled inward air leakage through cracks and holes in the building envelope and around windows...

Green Term Defined: R-Value

R-Value is a measure of the reduction of heat transfer across a defined path. An R-Value of a product will provide you with information about the thermal performance of that specific product. It does not tell you the R-Value of the system (fiberglass, wood studs, sheathing,...