Category: green building

How Working with the Rolling Stones Made Talo Architect Greener and Wiser

Tapani Talo Architect

Since 1980, Tapani Talo has worked in the architectural field developing a persona in the design industry. Working from 1980-2002 as a Principal Designer and Project Manager for the luminaries in Architecture world, he honed is craft in the industry. In 2002, Talo Architect was created with a bright future in the architecture world. From… Read more »

The Best Way to Profit from Real Estate is Going Green

Green building from Talo Architect

The Surest and Best (Quickest Way) to Profit from Real Estate is Going Green When markets change, real-estate softness or downward evaluations can drag on. From our past experience, we have found that properties done REALLY WELL GREEN or NEAR PASSIVE, move lightning fast and have sold for more than the asking price. Naturally, every… Read more »

Saving $500,000 in Energy Costs Over 30 Years in a 7000-SF Home

As the markets hover between euphoria and caution, one thing remains VERY steady in all of our lives: Annual energy usage – be it heating or cooling – and comfort. The images here demonstrate the tangible economic and practical benefits of passive energy savings. Thanks to the improvements we made in this 7000-square-foot home in… Read more »

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 »