Archive for June, 2009
Posted on 30. Jun, 2009 by Rebecca Firestone.
Those of you with T24s in process or coming up soon might like to know that the California Energy Commission has pushed back the Title 24 2008 rollout to January of 2010. We’ve been telling all our Title 24 clients to get their designs in before August 1, but the California Energy Commission needs the extra time to ensure that the approved modeling software packages are fully updated. Use this time to refine your designs and still get in under the “easier 2005″ compliance regulations. Here’s the official notice.
Posted on 22. Jun, 2009 by Rebecca Firestone.
Office workers and high school students from 30 years ago remember the terrible lighting from that era – the greenish, corpselike complexions, the blurred vision, the flicker-induced migraines, the depression, even the supposed vitamin deficiencies from the limited spectrum of those old fluorescent tubes. Nothing says “factory farming” quite like that old whitish glare. And the buzzing noise they made… the list of physiological, psychological, and aesthetic impacts goes on and on.
Now, there are all kinds of “full-spectrum” lights out there, low-voltage halogens, and newer generations of fluorescents like the compact bulbs, that look a lot better and definitely save over incandescents. But qualitatively, which ones are really competitive for high-end residential design when appearance and aesthetics are paramount? We asked Ed Cansino, a lighting designer with over 25 years of experience, and here is what he said.
Posted on 18. Jun, 2009 by Rebecca Firestone.
Last week and today, Mark English and I spoke with Jeff King, president of Jeff King & Company, about what building green really means. Some of his answers surprised us. To paraphrase:
“Finishes are only skin deep, but infrastructure is to the bone.” – Rebecca
Posted on 16. Jun, 2009 by Rebecca Firestone.
We’ve all heard about fuel cells by now – they’re in electric cars, among other places. Here is an interview with Bill Sproull and Katrina Veerman of ClearEdge Power, a startup based in Portland, Oregon, with offices opening in California. ClearEdge has developed a modular fuel-cell product that can provide heat and power for almost any size structure, from a private home to a large commercial building.
“This is not a pie in the sky… this is practical, everyday stuff.” – Mark English, AIA
Posted on 15. Jun, 2009 by Rebecca Firestone.
After a challenging 5-day training class, Alan passed the exam for Title 24 HERS raters on June 4, 2009 – this time for 2008 Title 24 HERS Rater Update.
“What I enjoyed most about the CalCERTS HERS-Rater classes was working with CalCERTS great instructor, Russ King, PE. He really knows California Energy Compliance and keeps the classes interesting by inviting class participation in the discussion both during the lectures as well as the laboratory work. So, consequently with my coming to class with my background as a CEPE and CABEC Certified Energy Analyst, and with the classes occurring during the height of change over from the 2005 to 2008 in Title 24, he and I kept up a stimulating and challenging discussion for the five full days of classes.”
Posted on 13. Jun, 2009 by Alan Huguenot, CEPE.
Interview with Bill Michelson, CEPE, San Joaquin County Building Inspector from November 2008
In GCP No.12, we had published an explanation of the slab edge insulation requirements which are required by Title 24 when specifying radiant heated floor slabs. We illustrated that prior discussion with examples of slab edge insulation as shown in the 2005 Residential Compliance Manual.
However, being practicing architects and architectural engineers ourselves, we also push projects through permitting, construction and final inspections, which allow us firsthand knowledge of how Title 24 requirements interface with building inspection requirements. So, after discussing those slab insulation details last week with one of our colleagues, Bill Michelson, CEPE who is a San Joaquin County Building Inspector, he mentioned one glitch in those Title 24’s details which Building Inspectors find troublesome in zones where termites are a problem, but he also recommended a solution, and here is that interview.
Posted on 11. Jun, 2009 by Alan Huguenot, CEPE.
EVERYTHING CHANGES AUGUST FIRST: The new 2008 Title 24, which becomes mandatory after August 1, 2009, is 15% more stringent than the 2005 version was, and also creates a whole new set of electronic filing requirements.
Posted on 09. Jun, 2009 by Rebecca Firestone.
Modern by Design, a project sponsored by Metropolitan Home, is offering public tours of 2201 Baker Street from June 20-July 12, in San Francisco. This spectacular renovation project of an historic 7,000 square foot home showcases modern living and design aesthetics with the latest technologies.
Posted on 02. Jun, 2009 by Rebecca Firestone.
Two of our projects, the Los Gatos residence, and the Hammett residence, will be featured in a new book by photographer Claudio Santini (Images Publishing, Australia) called Green is Beautiful: The Eco-Friendly House, coming out in the fall.