Green Term Defined: ASHRAE 90.1


Green Term Defined: ASHRAE 90.1 ASHRAE 90.1 is a standard in the US that provides minimum requirements for energy-efficient designs for buildings except for low-rise residential buildings. The standard was first created in 1975. It has since been updated on a regular basis in 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013. There are two paths for compliance…

Chesapeake Western Depot Project – Framing Update


Chesapeake Western Depot Project – Framing Update The progress on the Depot continues with this nice weather. The framing crew has been hard at work to get the second floor secure (lots of water damaged materials have been replaced). There are only a few new walls that are being added to allow for restrooms and a…

Happy Thanksgiving – 5 Things I am Thankful For in 2015


Happy Thanksgiving – 5 Things I am Thankful For in 2015 I have the best wife in the world. Randa gives her time and energy to teach with passion and love. She sets a wonderful example for our kids to follow. She has a passion for a peaceful and caring world. She loves and supports me as…

10 tips to go Green for Thanksgiving


Shop Local for your food – go to the local farmer’s market, shop at a Food Co-op, buy from a farmer in your area, grow your own vegetables Skip the paper and plastic – remember to take your reusable bags to the grocery store. Use a reusable Roasting Pan to cook your turkey. Disposable roasting…

Green Term Defined: Light Shelf


Green Term Defined: Light Shelf A light shelf is a horizontal overhanging element located above the eye-level and typically having a highly reflective upper surface. Sunlight hits the top of the light shelf and bounces inside of the structure hitting the ceiling. This brings light deeper into the structure that reduces energy usage for lighting…

73. Colorado Ranch #105architecturalinspirations


73. Colorado Ranch #105architecturalinspirations Turnbull Griffin Haesloop has designed a beautiful Colorado Ranch that is energy-efficient and aesthetically beautiful. Sitting on a property with views of Steamboat Springs this home has a warm inviting appeal. The use of a large outdoor space anchored with a stone fireplace connects the living spaces to the site. The…

Top 10 tips for Renters to reduce their Energy Bills


Top 10 tips for Renters to reduce their Energy Bills Lighting is an easy place to start and you can take the bulbs with you when you move. Replace the most used bulbs with LED lights that use 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs. You should also turn off the lights when you don’t…

72. Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center #105architecturalinspirations


72. Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center #105architecturalinspirations This Kentucky classic – Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center – frames incredible views using a classic structure in the 9,140 sf facility. Designed by De Leon and Primmer architectural workshop, the facility is located on a bluff overlooking the Kentucky River along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. It features interactive exhibits, gift…

Green Term Defined: Insulating Curtains


Green Term Defined: Insulating Curtains Thermal curtains have a lining that resists temperature change and are heavy enough to stop air flow. These curtains will help reduce the amount of energy needed to keep a space comfortable. They come in many styles, colors, and textures and can be used in almost any application. Windows, even…

Chesapeake Western Depot Project Update


Chesapeake Western Depot Project Update We have been so fortunate this year to have so many incredible projects. However, the Chesapeake Western Depot in Harrisonburg may be my favorite. I had a chance to do historical research and get to know the building prior to construction. The building owners were gracious enough to let me be…

Citizen Architect – Green Building Tours


Citizen Architect – Green Building Tours I get involved in a lot of different ways of promoting green building. Last month I had the pleasure of meeting with an environmental ethics course at JMU. I have a variety of building projects that are pushing for the most sustainable design solutions possible. I performed multiple FREE energy-audits…