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[30 Dec 2016 | No Comment | 337 views]
With great anticipation BetterBricks received a review copy of Charles Eley’s new book. We have watched, followed and discoursed with Charles for decades and have always found his insights to be very valuable to the professions of architecture and engineering. This book begins by sharing what motivated him to write,…

[7 Dec 2016 | No Comment | 151 views]
On November 17, the jury for the AIA Portland Architecture Awards selected the RMI Innovation Center to receive the 2030 Challenge Award. This award, sponsored by BetterBricks is in its 9th year. The jury of 3, all from Boston-based firms, picked RMI’s net positive energy 15,610 square foot office…

[7 Dec 2016 | No Comment | 277 views]
On November 7, the jury awarded the AIA Seattle’s inaugural Energy in Design Award to the Bullitt Center, the largest Net Zero energy building in the United States.  Designed by Miller Hull with engineering by PAE to be a Living Building with Net Zero Energy, Water, Waste and even Beauty.…

[2 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 1,830 views]
Energy modeling, performance modeling, energy performance simulation – whatever you call it, it is becoming an increasingly important and increasingly easy and affordable process for early stage design. This article in Architect explores reasons it isn’t being used widely and the successes where it has been used. Posted on: May…

[14 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 1,006 views]
The people who brought the Living Building Challenge into the world have a series of useful education events coming up. If you are curious about Net Zero buildings or already deeply involved in the topic, or want a deeper dive into the world of Living Buildings and a Living Future,…

[7 Jan 2016 | No Comment | 2,014 views]
Washington State will have one of the nation’s most efficient energy codes with the recent approval in November by the state Building Code Council of a package of amendments. These amendments go into effect in July 1, 2016. The major amendments for commercial building requirements include the following: Commercial efficiency

[6 Nov 2015 | No Comment | 2,272 views]
American Institute of Architects 2015 Portland Architecture Awards At the annual, newly retitled, Portland Architecture Awards on October 30 the national jury including Sierra Bainbridge of MASS Design Group, Betsy Williamson of Williamson Chong and Kevin Daly, of Kevin Daly Architects announced the winner of an award newly integrated into the more traditional AIA awards for architecture. They…

[27 Oct 2015 | One Comment | 828 views]
Facilities Expo consists of five regional broad based facilities events with an emphasis on green buildings. Each facilities event offers products that will save you money immediately, information on current industry trends, and answers to your toughest challenges in the workplace. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about cutting edge…

[27 Oct 2015 | No Comment | 616 views]
The International Living Future Institute invites you to learn about Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) and ILFI’s certification program without leaving your office. Learn how to design and create Net Zero Energy Buildings in the new 5-part Energy Petal Webinar Series.

[22 Oct 2015 | No Comment | 2,166 views]
On December 15, AIA Seattle is hosting the,2015 Building Envelope Forum: Integration Drives Evolution” This full-day forum will focus on the current state of building envelope design, where the field is headed, and the consequences of existing regulations, codes, policies, and practices in building design. The program will…