Introduction: Anderson Sustainable Architecture Blog
Step 1: We obtained specialized training in reducing building energy loads. Passive House is the gold standard in designing energy-efficient high-performance buildings. I received Passive House design training and and became a "Certified Passive House Consultant" (CPHC) through the Passive House International | US (PHIUS), Chicago, IL program. See the 13 0928 entry for more on Passive House training.
Step 2: We obtained specialized training in designing and installing clean renewable energy. Solar Energy International (SEI) located in Paonia, CO provides photovoltaic (solar electric) training that is stellar. I received the "Residential and Commercial Photovoltaic Systems Certificate" and "Solar Business and Technical Sales Certificate" to be able to design and install solar electric panel systems. These skills also allow us to understand the needs and benefits of renewable solar energy systems and incorporate these into building designs in a seamless, cost effective manner. They also drove home the need to reduce building loads first to be able to decrease the needed size of a solar array. See the 13 0815 entry for more on photovoltaic training.
Anderson Sustainable Architecture, Inc. doesn’t design and install solar electric systems. We formed Near Star Solar, LLC to provide design consulting and installation of solar photovoltaic (electric) and solar thermal, (air and hot water) systems for clients who want that service. Architectural design firms don’t design and install solar electric systems, electrical design and installation contractors trained in photovoltaic design with master electricians do.
Passive House is viable for new and a lot of existing buildings. More existing buildings than you may think. A design review can determine your building and site’s opportunities and potential difficulties. Realistically, we cannot knock down all our existing buildings and start over again to create a more sustainable world. That would waste a lot of building material, energy and definitely harm our land, water and atmosphere.
Creating an energy sustaining building is an investment that will be paid off completely with your mortgage. It could leave your ongoing energy bill only a small utility grid connection fee. Investing in higher quality construction adds real estate value; decreases operating costs, increases durability and can strengthen a home or businesses bottom line.
Did we mention fun? Common sense, beautiful solutions can meet your needs, including fun.
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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.
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