Category: green building

Pritzker Prize for RCR Arquitectes – Wonderful and Sad News

I have been involved with cutting-edge design from the very start of my career in architecture, but to me, the saddest thing is that we have not evolved. RCR Arquitectes recently received the Pritzker Prize. The firm is a remarkable manifestation of artistic and material excellence, very much like Tadao Ando with his Alvar Aalto… Read more »

Real Income for USA

Trillions of dollars each year if we think correctly using proven methods – Think and operate like Apple does. We just had a political earthquake, but instead of fixing matters it is opening fissures that will hinder real innovative thinking by the brightest professionals and overall growth. It is no one’s fault but our unique… Read more »

How Are Construction and Poor Code Meeting Design Costs Passed to Clients?

Imagine if doctors were told to listen to Fox News for what to do to patients. Most commercial projects are using between 200 and 300 kBTU/square foot annually, while some landmarks like Seagram and Lever House use way more – closer to 400-plus. The cost for commercial and high-rise housing over 30 years is equal… Read more »

Saving $300K to $600K Without Effort in 30 Years

Plan before having children with near or full passive house savings Now that we have a summer holiday from super-high energy costs, it is actually the best time to plan ahead as they will be returning with a bang soon enough. But how many of us understand the potential guaranteed savings in 30 years of… Read more »

Reimagining America’s Buildings Starts at the University Level

As one of the premier zero energy architectural firms in the country, we know a thing or two about good long-term buildings at NY Super Studio Architects. Unfortunately, most of the country doesn’t follow this mindset and it all starts with the Universities in this country. MIT, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and other universities – as… Read more »

Toll Brothers and Trump vs. Greener USA as a Nation

Toll Brothers housing and Trump Towers are synonymous in US of ‘quality, power and prestige’. But neither have energy savings to talk about. Because it does not translate to IMMEDIATE income for them. The energy losses and costs are passed on to the purchaser, so why bother to go and help them or USA as… Read more »

US Energy savings bill – architect’s re wording of first paragraph

Energy Savings bill First paragraph: The secretary shall support the development of national model building energy codes, including the updating of ASRAE and IECC model building energy codes and standards. An example: A couple came to me for help. They had their house designed and foundations poured, but realized that it had very little insulation…. Read more »

Ideal Green building pre-requisite

Ideal Green Building is possible ONLY if CODE insists on ONE EXTRA FOOT for wall thickness past zoning envelope:, and excluded from rentable or buildable foot print’ as long as wall thickness reduces usable area for tenants, no sensible building can be built in USA. Ideal Green Building, whether it’s high, middle, low rise or… Read more »