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September 24, 2009

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EVstudio.info is now the home for the Denver & Evergreen Colorado Architect Blog.

Update on Hosting Move

August 26, 2009

As it turns out, getting a .info suffix routed to a new host can take 48 hours. So the move to the new host may still be a day or two out.

In the meantime, there are no shortage of archives, hundreds of stories to read.

EVstudio.info Moving to New Hosting

August 24, 2009

The material on EVstudio.info will be moving to a new host. You may notice a brief interruption over the next day or two. All links and addresses will be the same and the EVstudio.info domain will remain the same.  There will also be some changes to the format. I’ll let you know when its all through.

Freewheel .DWF Viewer

August 14, 2009

The latest .DWF viewer is here, and you don’t have to download anything to your computer to view .DWF files anymore!

Autodesk Freewheel will allow you to open and view .DWF files in your web browser. You will not have the ability to mark up or measure the drawings as you would have in the full version  of the free download for .DWF, but it’s great for on the go viewing from anywhere there is a browser. You will, of course need to have your .DWF files with you or saved to a location on the internet.

Simply Click on this link: Autodesk Freewheel, and the viewer will load in your browser with a sample .DWF file opened. Go to the upper left hand file and select the file icon. Then, simply browse your computer for the file or type in the URL address for the file if it is online and hit submit. The zoom and pan controls are fairly intuitive, so play around and have fun. For 3-D .DWF files, the orbit control takes a bit of getting used to, but the visual clarity of this web viewer is identical to the full software version.

Evergreen Terraces and EVstudio Architecture Featured in National Real Estate Article for LEED Work

August 7, 2009

RCA Report Summer 2009 - Volume 10, Issue 3

RCA Report Summer 2009 – Volume 10, Issue 3

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) Commercial Association (RCA) recently published their Report for the Summer of 2009 focused on green building and the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) green rating system. The Report outlines the national real estate trends involving LEED certified and registered buildings, increased rent premiums associated with LEED certified buildings, and trends within the ranks of real estate professionals for becoming knowledgeable about green building and the LEED Rating Systems. In support of that information, the Evergreen Terraces Office Building located here in Evergreen, Colorado is featured in the report as a case study outlining the marketability and competitive advantages of building a green commercial building. EVstudio designed the building and headed up the sustainable design, research, consultation and CA including documentation & registration of the building under the LEED Rating System for Core & Shell projects. The building is currently still in the process of its LEED certification through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is expecting to achieve a Silver Certification.

What to Know About Radon in your Home

August 3, 2009

With two of our offices in Colorado, we come across a very common problem with Radon in basements of homes.

Radon is a radioactive gas that is present in soils with a high degree of mineral variety. In Colorado, the soils in most geologic zones present the very environment for higher levels of radon to be present. Radon gas is heavier than air, and therefore settles in the lowest areas of a home. As a result, many of our basements wind up with very high radon levels.

Nearly all homes have radon present, however, that does not necessarily present a health hazard. According to the EPA, radon levels under 4.0 pCi/L are considered safe for habitation without any need for mitigation. Well ventilated spaces tend to have fewer issues with radon levels (this is why during a radon test, all windows and doors to the outside must remain closed). However, because of Colorado’s colder climate, many basements are closed up much of the year. For homes with finished basements, a radon test is highly advised.

So what can you do? The best course of action is to address it in the initial design of the home, however, existing homes can also be mitigated. The most effective approach is to install a radon mitigation system. While that name sounds terribly intimidating, it is actually a fairly simple and low-tech solution for a common problem.

The basic assembly is this:

  1. You start by core drilling a hole through the lower level slab, or the lower level structural floor.
  2. Then, a pipe (typically pvc plastic) would be inserted into the sub-floor space and would run continuously up and out through the roof of the home.
  3. An in-line fan can be installed in the pipe that would create negative pressure in the sub-slab space. This system would evacuate the sub-floor air (where the settling radon would be present) and exhaust it outside of the home.

Note: If the soil below the slab is not gravel or a soil type that would allow for good air movement, the effectiveness of the assembly is reduced, however it is still not rendered ineffective.

For more about radon, you can check out the EPA literature . Any home inspection company can provide radon testing and the cost for the test runs around $150 dollars.

EVstudio Recognized by Rotary International for LEED Work on Evergreen Terraces

June 20, 2009

It was a great turnout this morning at the Historic El Rancho restaurant in Evergreen for a series of awards and recognitions bestowed by the Evergreen Rotary International for environmentally conscious work that people in the community are doing. The Evergreen Terraces Office Building was one of the projects recognized for it’s sustainable design and construction.

Terraces owner, Albert Challenger in the audience looking on

Terraces owner, Albert Challenger in the audience looking on

Elicia Ratajczyk, LEED AP also accepted an award on behlf of Cactus Jacks for the work they have been doing to promote green efforts in the community. It was great to see such support from the community’s business leaders for honoring the work that we are doing to promote sustainability in our local communities.

Elicia Ratajczyk, LEED AP, speaking about sustainable practice

Elicia Ratajczyk, LEED AP, speaking about sustainable practice