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Trending Office Architectural Design for 2020

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed significant segments of the society in the early part of 2020, it has not halted the forward march of innovation. With businesses and workspaces slowly reopening with the summer rapidly approaching, there will be many trendy office designs on display as employees make their way back to work.

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Topics: wellness, LEED-CI, architect, desk, office

Biomimicry in Architectural design

We wanted to do more and be more like Nature. So we took a stab at biomimicry and it stuck. Check out Sean's latest article on LinkedIn. He talks about the project that helped him get a better understanding of Biomimicry and the amazing opportunity it can provide in innovation and meaningful design.
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Topics: Green Design, Climate change, Bio-Design

What Architects Can Learn from Nature’s Design


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Topics: Green Design, Climate change, Bio-Design

What Architects Can Learn From Nature's Design: Fire fly light

What do fireflies have to do with designing security lights in rural areas?


We're studying how fireflies light up to help us understand how we can provide greater lighting resources without having to drag miles and miles of cable out to rural areas. Natural solutions make the most sense.

Read more in What Architects Can Learn From Nature's Design:

#carbonae #sustainablearchitecture #greendesign #biomimicry

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Topics: energy efficient, Florida Power & Light, architect, Nature

Grenfell Apartment Tower- Putting Cost Before Safety: Lessons and Loss

Don't let code minimums and first cost doom your design.

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Drawing Parallels between the Civil Rights & Sustainability Movements


We face EXTREME opposition:


Since participating in the Women’s march in Washington DC in January 2017, my awareness of civil rights issues has been heightened. Moreover, I am beginning to see many similarities between those opposing minority groups in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, as they fought for equal rights and those opposing movements today fighting for a cleaner world.


In an exercise to draw out the similarities I took some profound statements from a book I just finished reading (Deep Denial by David Billings), and re-wrote them to fit into my perspectives on the current sustainability effort in the US.  I hope these help you to see the connections.  

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Topics: sustainability

Net Zero Energy: how Sustainable Design is Changing Your Future



Hi everybody, and happy 2017! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and were able to celebrate the New Year with good people and good times.


Speaking of, I wanted to kick the year off with a little celebration of my own - because we just received report back on our 2016 Gold LEED certified nature center at Audubon - and it turns out that just by existing, our building is contributing to solving our energy crisis!


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Topics: Sustainable Design, solar, Net Zero Energy Design

How to Get Your Energy Efficient building With new Light bulbs


Reinventing the first BRIGHT idea:

Thomas Edison’s 19th century invention of the incandescent light, which has an electric current running through a wire filament and heating it until it starts to glow, has been phased out by federal legislation.

So, what's the right answer for YOUR business? Is it CFLs? LEDs?

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Commercial Architecture

Net Zero Building Design is Going to be the Standard Sooner than Later

Change is coming:

If you do not yet sense an urgency for change, you will soon.

Sure, there's market resistance, and there will continue to be, and so far, it doesn't seem to have moved very fast. But that's because the market will only transform so fast without a crisis.

The sweet spot for now may be where both sides are angry:  The market is uncomfortable with the required rate of change, and those that understand the current and pending risks are angry that change is not happening fast enough.  

The question today: Why do something different?  We are all pretty good at what we do, so why change?

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Topics: renewable energy, Sustainable Design, Energy Efficiency

Does the Cost of Solar energy outweigh the benefits?


How much does it cost to turn the sun into electricity, and is it worth it for my Florida building?

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, a typical residential system should lower your electric bills by 25% to 50%. The a verage household pays about $110 a month for electricity, according to the Energy Department, so a solar-panel system should save you between $300 and $600 a year.

Not bad....

Finding such savings and a shorter payback time than I expected when I first started looking into the subject, led me to doing further research on the use of solar panels for residential energy in sunny Florida.

However, doing so opened a can of political worms I was hoping to avoid, because it turns out that our laws are tilting the scales in ways people don't realize.

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Topics: solar, Sustainable Building


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