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Posted on 21. Oct, 2010 by Rebecca Firestone.
We are pleased to announce that Mark English, AIA, principal of Mark English Architects, has earned credentials as a Certified Energy Plans Examiner. This program is administered by the California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) to provide an objective demonstration of a person’s technical expertise and application skills for the California Title 24 Energy Standards.
Why is this exciting, you ask? Well, you don’t need CEPE credentials to prepare Title 24 compliance reports, but some incentive programs such as the New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) from the California Solar Initiative require that the Title 24 report be prepared and signed by a CEPE in order to be considered eligible. To achieve this certification requires a class and a 2-hour exam, administered by CABEC.
Posted on 15. Jul, 2010 by Rebecca Firestone.
Mark English Architects is proud to announce that a recently completed project of ours at 97 Pepper Drive in Los Altos has just received its official “GreenPoint Rated” certification. We spoke with GreenPoint Rater Andrew Arnold of Arnold Engineering, who performed the analysis.
Posted on 20. Aug, 2009 by Rebecca Firestone.
There’s more than one way to be green, and the San Francisco Chronicle has featured Mark English touting old-fashioned thrift over more showy forms of environmental non-consumption – even the very same stuff we were talking about only last week.
So yes, reuse where you can, and make your home more efficient first, before you put in those solar arrays that will make your neighbors “green” with envy. Then when your neighbor is showing off his new solar roof tiles, you can counter by saying that your home uses so little energy already that you decided to put your money towards a “living carpet” instead.
Posted on 14. Jul, 2009 by Mark English, AIA.
Does it pay to be nimble, light, and alone these days? As the reeling economy continues to wreak havoc on the design and construction industry (2,000 fewer people were working at architecture firms in the month of April alone) architects are being bounced from their jobs at traditional design firms and wondering where their skills fit into the economy’s seemingly willful refusal to build buildings. Experience from other sole practitioners and small firms that offer services to architects and architectural clients suggests that the best business model today allows architects to use their diverse skills wherever they see fit—plugging their expertise into hyper-specific micro markets that are too small for a large firm to work in, yet large enough to keep paying the bills. Four Bay Area architects have been doing just that, often after long and familiar experiences with large, traditional design firms. Though their practices are vastly different, they’ve all found that the freedom and flexibility of their consulting practices have allowed them to bob, duck, weave, and advance in a worsening design market.
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 02. Jun, 2009 by Rebecca Firestone.
Not to brag or anything, but Mark English Architects has won two national awards this spring: a Grand Watermark Award from Builder Online for an extravagant and theatrical master bath featuring shimmering iridescent gold glass tile, and a Gold Nugget Merit Award from Hanley Wood Media for an airy and serene whole-house remodel in Sausalito.
Posted on 25. May, 2009 by Alan Huguenot, CEPE.
We often get asked, “Who does what with Energy Compliance?” with regard to new residential construction and existing residential remodels. The traditional roles of Architect, Building Contractor, and Sub Contractors are well understood. But, as energy efficiency has become more regulated and the documentation required by the California Energy Efficiency Code (Title 24) has become more complicated…
Posted on 25. May, 2009 by Alan Huguenot, CEPE.
Our editor, Alan Hugenot, who is also Director of Energy Compliance at Mark English Architects, is now a Certified HERS Rater with CalCERTS. This now allows him to verify the energy efficiency of the heating and cooling installations on completed projects. And this provides our Title 24 clients with ONE STOP SHOPPING when it comes to energy efficiency.