Energy Efficiency Articles
One would be hard-pressed to list all the many good reasons to attend this year’s AIA Convention – but I’m willing to take up the challenge with some thoughts on the subject. To keep things tidy, though, I’m going to focus on one particular fun aspect of the convention per blog post.
High school students from across the United States put their ARCHICAD knowledge to work competing in an annual National LEED Dream Home contest, sponsored by Arizona based STEM curriculum developer, the CAD Academy. The contest requires participants to comply with LEED requirements while designing their project in ARCHICAD, software provided by GRAPHISOFT.
The duo team of Soltani+leClercq is managing a project located thousands of miles away by taking full advantage of the BIM Server in ArchiCAD. The building contains seven apartment units, with those on the uppermost floors set up like villas, with each unit featuring an ample terrace. By all estimates, if the project continues to move forward on schedule, the building should be completed and ready for tenants in January of next year.
This story describes how architects at KUBE took on the challenge of transforming a traditional Washington DC row house into a space filled with openness and light. narrow, dark building with almost no natural light, into
a modern light-filled space
The Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded a single government grant totaling $682,000 which paid for the construction of four public libraries. One of the last Carnegie libraries built in the United States using that grant is the Mount Pleasant Library in Washington, DC. The Mount Pleasant Library was originally built in 1925, and was recently renovated and expanded by DC-based architecture/design firm CORE using ArchiCAD.
The Mount Pleasant Library was recognized for design excellence by the DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects with an Honor Award, Unbuilt Category 2009 and the American Institute of Architects DC Chapter, Merit Award for Historic Resources, 2013.
In addition, the Library is seeking LEED Certification for environmentally-friendly design.