Month: November 2014

Have You Heard About Day Lighting?

November 19, 2014

Energy conservation is in the news daily, but day lighting is something that is catching on. Day lighting really means just as it says, using light during the day inside to light offices, shops and warehouses. These systems are calculated quantities of specialized skylights that not only capture the light but also spread it out inside. We can actually calculate how many hours each day interior lighting won’t be needed for every day of the year.

Green Building Isn’t About Color Choices

November 9, 2014

Green building refers to a structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. In other words, green building design involves finding the balance between homebuilding and the sustainable environment. This requires close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages. The Green Building practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.

Economic Design Basics

November 5, 2014

Designing economically doesn’t require cheap labor or materials, as my mom used to say, “keep it simple”. Simplistic concepts and placement can mean more than anything. Appealing lines and color can do more than the most expensive materials. One thing to keep in mind is “Simplicity = economy”