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A Shady Situation

December 20th, 2010 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

Natural daylight comes with a price: solar heat gain. Shading systems can help ease cooling-system loads, while still allowing occupants access to sunlight. This story originally ran in the December 2010 issue of Architectural Products Magazine. (Click the “enlarge” link under the displayed page to see a larger version.) A Shady Situation

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Charging Forward

November 20th, 2010 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

Not so long ago, electric vehicles (EVs) were seen as just another environmental pipe dream, posing seemingly insurmountable cost and technology hurdles. That opinion is changing now, though, with Chevrolet and Nissan vehicles hitting showroom floors and quickly being driven out, assuming preorder interest holds up. Today, the rush is on to provide new EV [...]

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Turning On the Classroom

September 20th, 2010 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

Today’s new university audio/visual demands could force architects to take on a teaching assistant – an A/V consultant. This article originally ran in the September 2010 issue of Architectural Products Magazine. (Click the “Enlarge” button at the bottom of the displayed page for a larger version.) Turning on the Classroom

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Forging an Alliance – Integrated Design & LEED

August 20th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Sustainable design depends on a comprehensive understanding of a building’s siting and systems, so it seems reasonable to assume a more integrated design and construction process could play a role in project success. But with certification to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards becoming an increasingly common building [...]

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Direct to Connect

June 20th, 2010 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

Buildings that can make their own energy have long been a goal for environmentally motivated architects and engineers, but the means for doing so have mostly been limited to bulky solar panels and wind turbines high enough to raise the ire of almost any community’s zoning board. Now, however, a new generation of photovoltaic curtainwalls, [...]

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Give Your Electricity Bill a Really Close Shave

June 18th, 2010 · Comments Off · Marketing copywriting, Writing

Up to 72% of the electricity generated by U.S. power plants goes to keeping our buildings running, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration. Energy probably is a significant line item in your budget, if you are a building owner (or your clients’ expenses, if you work for building owners). New and developing [...]

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What the Smart Grid Means for You and Your Building

May 18th, 2010 · Comments Off · Marketing copywriting, Writing

The smart grid has become an increasingly important element in discussions of how we can improve energy efficiency and reduce global warming. But many building owners may be left scratching their heads, wondering what, exactly, the smart grid will mean for their operations. This piece was originally published in May 2010 as an advertorial by [...]

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