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Code is Only a Minimum Standard

Code is Only a Minimum Standard

Remember, code is the minimum and should not be accepted as the standard. I recently hosted a podcast guest, Peter Ewers, who mentioned that his architecture firm uses a 12-inch wall as the standard in schematic design. With this standard in place, it becomes a given...

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The Heart of the Issue

The Heart of the Issue

Our politicians are running around protecting such a small percentage of the constituencies and ignoring the bigger problem at large.  The earth has approached being 1.1°C warmer and we will reach the 1.5°C point as there is not enough being done today to stop...

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Climate Change is Real   

Climate Change is Real   

I heard the local Meteorologist, Mike Nelson, give his weather report during the Marshal Fire here in Colorado, he had the best line ever: “It’s not politics folks, it’s thermodynamics. Climate change is real.”  We cannot be in denial of this.     As I was traveling...

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The Future in the Built Environment

The Future in the Built Environment

In 2008, Thomas Friedman laid out a future scenario in his book, “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America.” The book was ahead of its time, and I think we are on the cusp of tipping into the future that Freidman wrote...

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How Net Zero Buildings can be Achieved Today

How Net Zero Buildings can be Achieved Today

Commercial and residential buildings make up 40% of the United States energy consumption. Industrial usage and transportation make up the remaining 60%. If America is going to be serious about being a carbon neutral country, transportation should no longer use fossil...

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What is the Life Cycle Cost Analysis?

What is the Life Cycle Cost Analysis?

Life Cycle Cost Analysis: What it is and why it may be the right thing for you   When speaking to client’s about the capital expenditures (CapEx) and operating expenditures (OpEx) of their heating, cooling and ventilation systems, we find the best way to...

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Make Your Building a Productive Member of Society

Make Your Building a Productive Member of Society

Thomas Friedman laid out a future in his book, “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America” (2008) offered a future scenario that I think we are on the cusp of embracing. Peak oil may or may not ever happen, as we hear...

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Geothermal Heating and Cooling: Ground Source Heat Pumps

Geothermal Heating and Cooling: Ground Source Heat Pumps

What is a Heat Pump? It’s essentially a refrigerator, and works off of the vapor-compression cycle. A Little History on Geothermal and Heat Pumps 1852—Lord Kelvin develops the theory for heat pumps. 1940’s—Robert C. Webber installs first residential system after...

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Project Profile: SROriginals Bakery

Project Profile: SROriginals Bakery

DMA Engineering provided engineering services for the large commercial bakery at the SROriginals Aurora Facility. The bakery was running too hot for the employees in the bakery, which was particularly problematic since both the business and the facility are...

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The Growing Advantage of Energy Modeling

The Growing Advantage of Energy Modeling

As the International Energy Conservation Code becomes more stringent the overriding question becomes: How do we make buildings meet the code intent and still be a functional building with unique architectural features? The code makes provisions for code compliance...

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