Eight Design Tips for Urban Food Gardens

Eight Design Tips for Urban Food Gardens

As market demand shifts towards sustainability, architects and developers will have to rethink their approach as to what constitutes a green building. One method to stand out is designing the project to allow for local food production. Urban food gardens provide a...

Top Five Benefits of Going All-Electric in Buildings

Top Five Benefits of Going All-Electric in Buildings

California cities like Berkley, San Luis Obispo, and Menlo Park are moving towards all-electric buildings and banning gas hook-ups for new construction. Electrification is a trend that will likely continue as the clean energy economy evolves. Here are the top five...

Heat Pump Water Heaters for Cost Savings

Heat Pump Water Heaters for Cost Savings

For many years, both residential homes and commercial buildings have used heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and water heating systems independently. This leads to two separate bills: one for electricity, and one for gas (assuming the water heater is...

Benefits of Full Service Energy Consultation

Benefits of Full Service Energy Consultation

It is no secret that the California Energy Code is tough. California requires buildings to be more energy-efficient than buildings in any other state in the nation. These requirements go past the reduction in average energy use intensity. There are also a staggering...

How FitWel Addresses Occupant Health

How FitWel Addresses Occupant Health

Unlike other green building certifications, the FitWel Certification program focuses on occupant health and wellbeing rather than energy and environmental design. The two types of available certifications are Design Certification and Built Certification. Design...

Educational Building Standards in California

Educational Building Standards in California

When it comes to CALGreen, Title 24 Energy Code compliance, and other California building standards, the main authority for each respective code varies by governmental office or division. These include the Building Standards Commission (BSC), California Commission on...

Biophilic Design

Biophilic Design

Americans spend around 87% of their time indoors and an additional 6% in an enclosed vehicle. The physiological issues resulting from human isolation from the outdoors include vitamin D deficiency, high blood pressure, and weight gain just to name a few. Finding ways...

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