Gaines Group Architects

Green Term Defined: Stormwater

Those living in the Chesapeake Bay Water Shed are going to start hearing a LOT about stormwater over the next few months. Stormwater is water that comes from precipitation (rain, snow, sleet…) and does not soak into the ground. Stormwater runoff is the concern that is now...

Green Terms Defined – Low Impact Development

Low Impact Development (LID) is an approach to site planning the is holistic looking at a building context and Best Management Practices (BMP) to replicate the natural patterns of the site. LID captures rainwater, recycling it to use on-site or slowly letting it recharge the...

10 Ways to Conserve Water and Lower Your Monthly Bills

Cutting your water usage will save money, conserve water resources, and cut your energy usage. Implement these simple ideas to get started: 1. Check faucets and pipes for leaks. A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. 2. Check the toilet for...

Rainwater Harvesting – Design Matters

One of the most important things an architect can bring to a project is knowledge of materials and systems. In order to provide this service an architect has to be constantly looking, researching, and learning about what is available and what has been tested. In a recent project...