Blog – Sustainable Design

Sustainable Water Collection Strategy

By Matt Richardson Sidwell Friends School, Washington D.C. Architecture today is shifting more and more towards sustainable strategies.  Designers and builders are now invested along with the public discourse in the overall sustainability and reduction of a buildings carbon footprint. …

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LEEDing the Way

By Molly J. Parris, Assoc. A.I.A. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design®, commonly known across building and construction industries as LEED®, is a well-recognized rating system by which buildings are awarded points for various criteria related to systems performance.  The …

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Self-Sustaining Structures

By Sofia Zamora, E.I.T. Building envelopes are structures that must insulate and protect the interior of a building from external agents and noise, from gaining or losing heat, and from letting moisture in or out.  Traditionally, envelopes are designed to …

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Light in the Century of Sustainability

By Melissa Wreyford During my last trip to New York City, I found myself, like I normally do, staring upward at the giant skyscrapers imagining what may be happening inside their concrete, metal and glazed walls.  As I continued to …

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Shining a Light on Solar Panels

By Keith M. Bouchard, P.E. No matter what you think about global warming, the benefits of using clean and renewable energy sources are undeniable.  As technology stands today, the easiest way for municipalities, businesses, and homeowners alike to tap into …

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Clear Your Walks, Protect the Environment

By Robert G. Wilkin, P.E. There are a number of materials to put on walkways to melt snow and ice.  The old standby is sodium chloride (NaCl), also known as rock salt.  It is a highly corrosive material and its …

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Why Should I Go Green?

By Michael S. Teller, A.I.A., NCARB, LEED AP BD+C Green building and sustainable design are no longer a fad.  For the first time in history, our society is taking energy conservation seriously because it is no longer an option not …

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Pervious Paving

By Peter Lew, RA, MACS Pervious concrete is a good “paving” choice for parking lots, especially during the summer months.  The textured surface created by the aggregate produces less glare from standing water, better traction for vehicles (less potential for …

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