Warehouse design


We design many different types of buildings. One of the most interesting to design (while they may lack something in aesthetics) is the warehouse. You have to learn how the facility inhabitants move materials (food, lumber, medical supplies…) whatever they are and design a solution that enhances the efficiency of the facility. This process of…

Green Terms Defined: Dark Sky (Light Pollution)


Light pollution is excessive, misdirected, or glaring artificial light. There are many consequences from light pollution including: wasted energy habitat and migration disruption human health impacts not being able to see stars in the sky Light pollution can be avoided with proper design. It should be carefully planned on the outside of buildings as well…

Cold bonus room issues identified, solutions provided


Many new homes are taking advantage of that space above the attached garage for an additional bedroom / bonus room space. It was made possible by the invention of the attic frame truss that is able to span a two car garage and provide a 12′ wide usable room above. However, most bonus rooms have…

What makes a Livable Community?


What makes a community a great place to live? There are likely many things that come to mind immediately and probably very different from one person to another. However, there are some strong components found in many of these communities. The American Institute of Architects has developed a list of the 10 principles for livable…

Green Term Defined: Dehumidifier


We live in a mixed humid climate and so often, you hear from the HVAC contractors in the area that there is a need to add humidification. If the house is tight – energy efficient, healthy, and durable, you should not have dry air and certainly should not need more humidity. In fact, living in…

Function is primary for good kitchen design.


When we moved to the area we looked at a lot of houses. This one was just finished and still had the new home smell (VOC’s). This kitchen is clearly not designed to be functional at all. Notice the cabinet above the refrigerator. This is the cabinet where you store the stuff you never use….

What is the design flaw in this kitchen?


We have been focused on building science issues, but this one is simply a design flaw. What do you see? Stay tuned tomorrow and we will elaborate on why we think design matters.

Does your home have a safe room?


A safe room is a hardened structure specifically designed to meet criteria that make it “nearly indestructible.”  These requirements vary depending on the scenarios that you plan for in your home or business. A safe room can be designed to withstand anything from extreme weather to home invasion. The solutions will vary but should incorporate…

Green Term Defined: Encapsulated Crawl Space


Anyone that has spent anytime in a vented crawl space in our area can tell you – it is not pleasant. Frozen pipes, dirty air, mold, animals are all possible problems. The idea of a vented crawl space is during the humid summer, the small vents around the foundation will allow enough air flow to…