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Green Engineering Insights from Integral Group

Green Engineering Insights from Integral Group

International Living Future Institute and Integral Group are pleased to announce the publication of Integral: Revolutionary Engineering. The Integral Group is a U.S. based company consisting of a team of local leaders with global voices and a passion for deep ...

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Net Zero Energy Through Design and Operation Strategies

Net Zero Energy Through Design and Operation Strategies

On October 15th, the Packard Foundation announced that it had “achieved the goal of operating its headquarters building at net zero energy by generating more than enough electricity to meet is needs during the first full year of occupancy.”  It ...

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The Packard Foundation’s Headquarters Is a Conservation Success

The Packard Foundation’s Headquarters Is a Conservation Success

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to take a private tour of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s newly built headquarters.  It’s an elegant, well designed, and very green office building located in downtown Los Altos, California. It has ...

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Drawing More Power Than You Think

Drawing More Power Than You Think

Energy efficient building design has come a long way to improve building system energy performance. But what happens when the users move in? Additional equipment and appliances added after occupancy can dramatically impact actual building performance with surprising and expensive ...

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Exploratorium’s New Home Addresses Historic Preservation Design and Construction Challenges

Exploratorium’s New Home Addresses Historic Preservation Design and Construction Challenges

When I was working as a construction manager, I was involved with a handful of complex historic preservation projects including the conversion of a historically significant church into affordable housing (Buena Vista Terrace) for seniors and the renovation of a ...

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A Green Transformation of Eichler House Model MS-134

A Green Transformation of Eichler House Model MS-134

My first in-depth encounter with Eichler homes was a few years ago on a blazing hot 90°F Saturday afternoon in Palo Alto, California.  I participated in a self-guided Eichler Home Tour which benefited Habitat for Humanity. It was such a ...

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Team California’s Refract House Starts 2,848 Mile Trek to the 2009 Solar Decathlon

Team California’s Refract House Starts 2,848 Mile Trek to the 2009 Solar Decathlon

It’s the 2009 Solar Decathlon, but the journey began two years ago:  16 design proposals narrowed down to one winning scheme, design development, refinement, hours of hard work, construction, close-in, and finally, today’s auspicious send-off for the Refract House. Team ...

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What is Your Building’s Carbon Footprint?

What is Your Building’s Carbon Footprint?

As design professionals and consumers, we have become smarter about the decisions we make in selecting building products and we are asking more questions of the vendors and manufacturers.  We now have the knowledge to evaluate and select green materials ...

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