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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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The Great Indoors — or Not

The Great Indoors — or Not

Indoor noise is one of those things that in the moment, can be infuriating but is seldom spoken of. Yet, the impact on inhabitants is large, unpleasant, and far-reaching. Have you ever been excited to go to an event and hear a coveted speaker share their insights? Me,...

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Project Profile: Nederland Town Shop

Project Profile: Nederland Town Shop

Nederland Colorado’s old town shop had been declared irreparable, so a new building was needed for continued safe and reliable vehicle maintenance operations. Winter maintenance is key to keeping equipment operating—and keeping icy mountain roads clear. Additionally,...

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Energy Modeling and LEED Requirements

Energy Modeling and LEED Requirements

Buildings Tell a Story... Some are more vocal than others and some are more interesting than others. I often write about Energy Modeling for meeting code and LEED requirements.  DMA has done a lot of energy modeling in the past years of projects, for both CPACE and...

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