Environmentally Friendly Roof Tops

There are many ways that you can have an environmentally friendly building. Constructing your building to be "green" is beneficial not only to Mother Nature but also for you and your customers.

One way you can be environmentally friendly with your structure is by the use of a green roof. No, don't just paint your roof green, that won't work!  A green roof is like a rooftop garden that can lower the temperature in your building, improve local air quality.

Green Architecture: Solar Panels

Solar energy has been a growing force in today's society and for a good reason!

Solar energy is radiant light and heat from the sun harnessed using a range of ever-evolving technologies such as solar heating, solar photovoltaics, solar thermal electricity, solar architecture and artificial photosynthesis.

Rain Harvesting is now Architecture

As you are looking for ways to create a home that is beautiful and environmentally friendly as well as friendly on the pocket book you have probably come across the idea of rainwater harvesting.

Rainwater harvesting is a great way to capture water to irrigate your garden and even into your home.

The Tenets of Sustainable Architecture

There are a lot of people that are trying to do the right thing when it comes to being sustainable in the environment. Some of these people include architects that are seeking to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings and attempt to be efficient in the way a structure uses energy. This really is sustainable architecture in a nutshell. Using materials and energy as efficient as possible when designing, building, and operating a building or structure.

Earning a LEED Certification

You may have heard about the LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification. It is essentially a set of rating systems that take into account the design aspects of different buildings and structures in the world. It was first developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and serves to help building owners and operators become more environmentally responsible. Since so much of architecture is moving toward sustainable design, it only makes sense to have a third party monitor this trend and take stake of who is doing a great job at it.

4 Mind-Blowing Architecture Trends of the Future

Whenever we think of new trends hitting the market, we typically see a slew of different designs and practices from various designers. Some of these are more practical than others and, when examining the future, some designs can get downright weird. The world of architecture is not immune to this and the next decade will surely have a lot of different trends that defy reason and practicality.

Boise Building Profile: The Simplot House

This month, we discuss a true Boise icon, the Simplot House. If you have visited Boise, then you have no doubt seen this home perched on top of a grass covered foothill with some of the best views of the city. Built in Mediterranean style, this house was the former home to J.R. and Esther Simplot and was built in 1979. Simplot was a potato magnate with humble beginnings that became the 89th richest man in America in 2007. With his substantial fortune, he built this famous home in the City of Trees and donated it as a Governor’s mansion upon his death.

What is a Life-Cycle Assessment?

If you are currently operating in the architecture industry, or any other industry that deals with the design or building of structures, then you may be familiar with the term Life-cycle Assessment or LCA. For the majority of people, this may be a new term and may not carry as much weight as for someone who is in the industry. In a nutshell, an LCA is a technique that is used to gauge the environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life.

The Basics of Green Architecture

There are many responsibilities that an architect must undertake when thinking about a new design or a new project. Of course there are the preliminary concerns of making sure the design and the proposed building are functional and meet all of the needs of the client. There are also secondary goals that some architects like to achieve, such as making sure that the building follows sustainable design practices and does its part in helping the environment.

Boise Building Profile: The Federal Assay Office

This week, we examine the Federal Assay Office located in downtown Boise on Main Street. Built in 1871, it was actually only one of seven offices in the country at the time. An assay office serves the purpose of testing the purities of precious medals, mostly in order to protect consumers. Once the metal has been inspected by the assay office, it receives a stamp of some kind in order to certify its metallurgical content. This way, the person receiving or reviewing the content of the metal knows the purity.