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[25 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 19 views]
AIA’s Committee on the Environment honors the best in sustainable architecture and ecological design To be considered for this year’s award program, firms were required to be signatories of the AIA 2030 Commitment. And submitted projects were encouraged to meet the 2030 Commitment’s energy reduction goals with a minimum of…

[22 Mar 2017 | No Comment | 152 views]
*Reposted with permission from the Department of Energy  Building renewal is “a commercial real estate strategy that significantly improves a building’s energy performance, revitalizes its market position, and increases asset value.” BetterBricks, a commercial building program of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), developed building renewal with the…

[30 Dec 2016 | No Comment | 1,132 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 | 383 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 | 743 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 | 2,121 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 | 1,184 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 | 2,886 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 | 2,562 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 | No Comment | 1,012 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…