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...
LEED v4.1 A La Carte

LEED v4.1 A La Carte

In 2019, USGBC released LEED v4.1, the newest version of the LEED green building program. LEED v4.1 takes into account challenges encountered with v4 and provides solutions through updates to performance thresholds and reference standards. If a project team is...
Municipal Energy Benchmarking Updates for 2020

Municipal Energy Benchmarking Updates for 2020

Following the launch of Assembly Bill 802, individual cities have continued to push the envelope with updates to its implementation. These municipal ordinances build on the current energy benchmarking law which requires existing commercial and multifamily buildings...
Is Solar Really Mandatory in 2020?

Is Solar Really Mandatory in 2020?

For developers in California, the prospect of building low-rise multifamily and single family residential buildings in 2020 can be challenging for one reason: photovoltaic systems are becoming effectively mandatory according to the California Energy Code starting...