The Lowdown on Low Leakage Air-Handling Units

The Lowdown on Low Leakage Air-Handling Units

As the energy code requirements for California become more stringent, developers are finding a need for additional compliance credits to meet code. One in particular that can be misunderstood is the compliance credit for “Low Leakage Air Handlers”. This is a voluntary...

GPR Version 8.0: Six Things You Should Know

GPR Version 8.0: Six Things You Should Know

California is the leading state in energy, sustainability, and smart design and construction practices, and Build It Green’s GreenPoint Rated program is staying on top of the game as well by tweaking their standards toward the ultimate goal of minimal carbon emissions...

Updates to the Energy Efficient New Homes Program (EENH)

Updates to the Energy Efficient New Homes Program (EENH)

SoCalGas has updated their Energy Efficient New Homes (EENH) Program to provide increased and more attainable incentives to builders who install qualifying energy-efficient natural gas appliances and controllers in new residential construction projects. As a general...

Avoiding HERS Rating Holdups

Avoiding HERS Rating Holdups

The 2019 Code cycle is almost in effect, and with it comes increased energy performance requirements. With the current code challenges in place and new ones to come, there are a few things we can do to mitigate the risks in passing HERS field verification testing and...

City of San Jose All Electric Ordinance Clarified

City of San Jose All Electric Ordinance Clarified

The City of San Jose all electric ordinance is not that “all electric”. Recently the City of San Jose announced their intent to steer the city’s energy use in all new buildings to rely solely on electricity starting with the 2019 Energy Code. This was an aggressive...

How Will Augmented Reality Change Building Design and Construction?

How Will Augmented Reality Change Building Design and Construction?

As our world constantly changes, technology drives forward to match the challenges of today and tomorrow. World populations are growing and more and more people are living in city environments. Designing and constructing buildings efficiently to be long-lasting,...

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...