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7 Best Practices in High Performance Building Design

7 Best Practices in High Performance Building Design

Often times, architects who design high performance buildings in California, which are required to comply with stringent energy regulations, fail to integrate performance goals or to make certain decisions relating to energy efficiency strategies during the design phase.

Can Architects Meet California Title 24 Without Giving Up Good Design?

Can Architects Meet California Title 24 Without Giving Up Good Design?

Title 24 was created to position California as a global leader in energy efficiency, and to reduce state power requirements and greenhouse gas emissions. Some of these regulations have occurred so swiftly, though, that many architects and designers in California are having difficulty keeping up with them.  

High Performance Building Design: The Advantage of Using Energy Modeling and Analysis

High Performance Building Design: The Advantage of Using Energy Modeling and Analysis

California’s 2016 Energy Standards, effective as of January 01, 2017, are the most recent upgrade to a policy that has been in place for almost 40 years with the purpose of saving electricity and natural gas, thus reducing the need to build more power plants and ultimately helping to diminish our impact on the environm...

Can Architects and Developers Save Money Through Energy Planning?

Can Architects and Developers Save Money Through Energy Planning?

If you’re an architect working on the design of a high performance commercial or residential building in California, getting advice from an energy efficiency consultant at the earliest stages of the project can really pay off.

6 Things to Look for When Choosing an Energy Consultant in California

6 Things to Look for When Choosing an Energy Consultant in California

Hiring an energy consulting company in California who is trained to identify problem areas in your blueprints, is money well spent, for it will allow for maximizing savings and bottom-line return on investment for your client. 

Architects: When Should You Incorporate an Energy Planning Consultant?

Architects: When Should You Incorporate an Energy Planning Consultant?

Designing buildings to meet California’s stringent energy regulations can be difficult and time consuming. The bar continues to be raised, creating new elements that must be incorporated into the design process. It takes an enormous amount of time and effort to prepare architectural drawings that meet all applicable bu...

Why Should Architects Hire an Energy Consulting Firm in California?

Why Should Architects Hire an Energy Consulting Firm in California?

Like many of today’s professionals in California’s construction industry, architects are highly specialized and very aware of the myriad of building regulations that surround their jobs. But, it is next to impossible to try and navigate through these regulations on their own, considering that time and money still are a...

5 Aspects of California Energy Standards that Architects Should Bear in Mind

5 Aspects of California Energy Standards that Architects Should Bear in Mind

One of the most important things that designers and architects must balance at all times when working on a project, is how to strike a balance between wishes, be it those of the client or their own, and feasibility. Another way of seeing it, is a permanent decision making that includes the vast or infinite field of ide...

Energy Efficiency Planning 101 for Architects in California:The "5 P's" of Success

Energy Efficiency Planning 101 for Architects in California:The "5 P's" of Success

  Proper-Planning-Prevents-Poor-Performance Today’s architects in California are not only challenged to create spaces that satisfy clients’ needs, but are also increasingly being asked to incorporate yet another consideration into their design projects: energy efficiency.

How Architects Are Affected by California's 2016 Energy Code

How Architects Are Affected by California's 2016 Energy Code

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Socrates The newest updates to the energy efficiency standards enacted by the California Energy Commission (CEC), also known as the 2016 Standards, took effect on January 1, 2017, bringing the state one step closer ...

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7 Best Practices in High Performance Building Design

Often times, architects who design high performance buildings in California, which are required to comply with stringent energy regulations, fail to integrate performance goals or to make certain decisions relating to energy efficiency strategies during the design phase.

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Best Practices for Sustainable Development Projects in California

Sustainable development projects are a growing trend across the United States and California is a trend setter! Sustainability is critical for environmental needs and has also become an integral approach to separate the best from the rest, or in other words, a differentiator for developers and designers.

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What Zero Net Energy Really Means for Architects and Design in California

Thanks to the Zero Net Energy standards passed by the state of California last year, we are well on our way to becoming a world leader in zero net homes. However, many of us remain skeptical about the feasibility of these objectives. Can the single biggest change in the history of home building and energy efficiency be...

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How Energy Planning Impacts the Cost and Value of a Development Project

Planning is critical for any development project. Period. But in California, more than anywhere else in the United States for that matter, such planning needs to incorporate “energy efficiency” into the equation.

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Capitalizing on California’s Tax Benefits for Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Projects

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