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Design Night: Energy Hacking, Talk by Saul Griffith

Guest speaker Saul Griffith mesmerized the crowd and we learned how we can all make a difference. From making solar fans thanks to Tech Shop to low carbon blueberry smoothies via bicycle, plus such interesting tidbits from PG&E, we were having so much fun. http://www.autodesk.com/gallery/design-nights

Saul Griffith – Infrastructure and Climate Change Podcast

Griffith began with an eyeroll at the first round of responses in the US to reducing greenhouse gases, a program he calls “peak Al Gore.” Some activities feel virtuous —becoming vegetarian, installing LED lights, avoiding bottled water, reading news online, using cold water detergent, and “showering less in a smaller, colder house”—but they demand constant...
Webinar: The New IES-Approved Daylight Metrics

Webinar: The New IES-Approved Daylight Metrics

Here are the slides and a recording of my October 23rd AIA San Francisco and IBPSA webinar on the New Daylight Metrics. Download slides here [vimeo 109997667 w=610&h=353]  
Perkins+Will Conducts Survey of International Tall Wood Buildings

Perkins+Will Conducts Survey of International Tall Wood Buildings

The Perkins+Will research team of Kathy Wardle, Rebecca Holt, and Jana Foit undertook a survey of 10 international tall wood buildings for Forestry Innovation Investment (FII) and the Bi National Softwood Lumber Council (BNSLC). FII and BNSLC believe that collaborating with global leaders in taller wood construction to share experiences and information may help to...

Ed Mazria Greenbuild 2013 Master Series Session – Launching the 2030 Palette

The highlights – complete with slides – of Architecture 2030 founder Ed Mazria’s Master Series Session at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia, PA in November 2013.
Interview: "Design Energy Simulation for Architects" w/ Kjell Anderson, AIA

Interview: “Design Energy Simulation for Architects” w/ Kjell Anderson, AIA

Kjell Anderson, AIA practices at LMN in Seattle, with a focus on sustainability. He previously worked at Callison, training employees internationally on energy simulation and modeling. His upcoming book, “Design Energy Simulation for Architects: Guide to 3D Graphics” explores energy use and modeling in architecture. Go to the AIA Washington State blog to read the...
BIM & Performative Design Learning Classes from AU2013 Now available online

BIM & Performative Design Learning Classes from AU2013 Now available online

Finally most of the classes from AU 2013 that took place last month in Las Vegas are now available to either to watch or download. Go to http://au.autodesk.com/au-online/overview to view the latest classes and videos on design, engineering, business strategies, new technologies, best practices, and engineering certification preparation. I really think that the little selection...
Energy by Design

Energy by Design

The first episode of the AIA’s Design: Art+Science educational video series, which focuses on the key design ingredients behind high performance buildings, Energy by Design introduces the viewer to building energy use, high performance energy codes, energy modeling, and energy modeling tools. It emphasizes integrated design and collaboration, and sets a solid foundation from which...

Symposium on Sustainable Urban Design – Case Studies and Design Workflows

This seems to be a great event with speakerst like Matthias Adele Santos (MIT), Rudolf (Transsolar), Christoph Reinhart (MIT), Matt Noblett (Benisch Architekten). Unfortuantely I won’t be able to go: Symposium on Sustainable Urban Design – Case Studies and Design Workflows Massachusetts Institute of Technology, May 6 2013 Attendance is free if you RSVP by...
Webinar: Passive Houses in Canada and Around the World

Webinar: Passive Houses in Canada and Around the World

Guido Wimmers discusses the experience of Passive House in Canada and shows the fundamental components of Passive House design, with examples and potential contradictions in the current building industry and policy. The Passive House approach to construction is a highly ambitious response to global climate change and energy security issues. Guido Wimmers is one of...

CornellCast: Where Computer Simulation and Architecture Meet

Kevin Pratt’s current research interests include the development of sustainable componentized housing systems and technologies, the use of computational simulation in sustainable design processes, and the design of dynamic enclosure and control systems. In addition to his work at Cornell University, Pratt is a contributing writer to Artforum and has written articles for various design...

James Hansen: Why I Must Speak Out about Climate Change

Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. In doing so he outlines the overwhelming evidence that change is happening and why that makes him deeply worried about the future.