May you have a peaceful and joyful holiday this winter season!
In support of the Climate Change Conference recently completed in Katowice, Poland, Anderson Sustainable Architecture is offering a Holiday Climate Special! For a limited time we are discounting our fees to meet with you to discuss your ideas for a new home or how you could update your existing home. For $100 you can have or gift a 2 hour professional consultation with an architect on your home or business ideas. Save $200 and discuss your dreams or building repair needs. Our specialty is creating healthy, comfortable, resilient, durable, investment quality and energy conserving building designs, but you can ask any questions you like. An architects job is to fulfill many needs with a single building change. That's part of why working with an architect is the most economical building process you can have. Build less and get more.
No waiting. Updates to your home will improve your indoor living conditions and energy consumption immediately. You will have better indoor air quality with fewer allergens and particulates, greatly diminished mold potential (we can't say no mold, but it will be EXTREMELY unlikely). Your home or workplace will be more comfortable with very quiet air-handling systems providing gentle, almost imperceptible air movement, with very steady, healthy and comfortable temperature and humidity levels. Your investment will crush and stabilize your energy bill. Energy savings investments in your home or workplace will decrease your operating expenses and provide an increased return or legacy value.
You will also be contributing immediately to the planets ecosystems, by decreasing your energy consumption, CO2 emissions and lowering your carbon footprint. This will assist in decreasing atmospheric contaminants and particulates, reducing carbon fuels extraction and transportation, slowing and hopefully reversing climate change as more get on board.
Holiday Blessings on you, yours, and our planet!
For our ourselves, our children and our chidren's children.
#climatechange #globalwarming #holiday
Go to our CONTACT US page and mention "NoCoalForTheHolidays"
Date Occurred: 17 0321 Co-Housing to Rover members. The Minnesota Rovers enjoy the outdoors in a collaborative way. Their values of being self-supporting; providing their own gear, food and actions; and on the same outdoor trip living outdoors in community and sharing communal gear and activities, is the basis of co-housing. I presented how this lifestyle could continue in the city through a building design that allows people to live in their own units and share communal living, cooking, dining and other activity spaces. The social and financial advantages of shared living environments are flexible to the desires of the individuals and groups and well documented.
Date Occurred: 17 0310 Recieved energy code compliance updates from Fresh Energy Residential, Multifamily and Commercial Subcommittees. The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) presented Midwest Compliance Studies for the state of Kentucky. A similar study will begin for Minnesota. A Tiny Houses presentation described their design, construction and code issues. As well, we had a collaborative discussion on best practices for improving construction energy code compliance. We also discussed licensing mechanical residential contractors to improve installation quality, improve energy efficiency, save energy and decrease construction costs from over-sized HVAC systems. This meeting is ongoing work of the Minnesota Energy Code Compliance Collaborative (MEECC).
Date Occurred: 17 0227 As a Certified Passive House Consultant and architect, I presented best construction practices for the design of thick insulation installations and building sealing at walls, roofs and slabs in new and remodeled construction to local architects. I am a member of the Small Firms Practice Committee. Our meetings are held at the American Institute of Architects - Minnesota (AIA-MN) offices.
Kyle Makarios, Director of Government Affairs with the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters led a tour of their extensive construction trade training facilites. In discussion, I advocated that new construction trade members be trained for the "next-generation quality" of energy efficient construction, especially building air sealing, and window, door and thicker insulation installation. Attended as a guest at the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters.
Mark Anderson, AIA, CPHC
For my day job, I'm an architect focused on green design. Not a bad gig! Caring for the planet is a theme throughout my life. This page is where I like to talk about how that love for the earth plays out – in architecture and in my life.