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Sustainability Programs

By Ask An Architect, Best Practices, Commercial, Residential

Green Building Programs are initiatives that provide standards to help owners, designers, and construction consultants achieve healthy and high-performing buildings. By standardizing a set of rules, or requirements that apply not only during construction, but throughout the life of the building, Green Building Programs can help to provide layers of accountability and integrity to building projects. Buildings are responsible for over one-third of global energy consumption, and about… Read More

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Our Site Due Diligence Report

By Ask An Architect, Best Practices, Commercial, Residential, Site Analysis

When starting any project, it’s important to have a complete understanding of the condition and characteristics of any property. As a company, we’ve developed a document called our Site Due Diligence Report, which enables us to follow a quick review process to ensure all our projects are feasible. Regardless of the project type, the due diligence report helps us organize all the information that the city and county provide for properties and existing structures. Below we will review the… Read More

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Construction Waste Management Strategies

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In every construction and demolition project, waste is produced. Waste management is the concept of that waste being collected, transported, and disposed of. With efforts to be more sustainable, and responsible to our planet, we are still generating an excess in global waste. According to the United Nations, we dump around 2.12 million tons of waste a year. In 2020 alone, it is estimated that we have already dumped 1.2 million tons of waste- that’s equivalent to the weight of about… Read More

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Firewise Design

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Firewise USA® is a program started by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that teaches people to better understand wildfires, and increase their home’s chance of survival through proactive actions. To be recognized as a Firewise USA® site,  community members and residents collaborate with state forestry agencies or fire departments to obtain a written wildfire risk assessment, and develop an action plan for their community. By hosting outreach events, and working with neighbors…. Read More

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