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Adam Heisserer

Liftfund Daylight Testing

Posted by on 2/4/16 at 04:10pm
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Last year, we went to the new LiftFund Headquarters in San Antonio to collect daylighting measurements. Collecting real data tells us how accurate our daylighting simulation was, and gives us invaluable information about which strategies are working and which are not. Click to Read More

Cecelia Smith
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It’s the close of the first week back at work in the new year, and like everyone else, many of us at LF have been reflecting on and chatting about goals we’re undertaking to make our personal, family and professional lives more enriching and productive than the previous year. This year, we broadened our frame of new-year’s-resolution-thought and contemplated things we — and others in the architecture/design/green building/urban planning/(and on and on) community — could do to improve the profession as a whole. We also thought it would be productive to include inspiration from some industry blogs for getting started — since that seems to be, naturally, the most difficult part of resolutions every year. LF’ers present, New Year’s Resolutions for Architects: Click to Read More

Adam Heisserer

Energy Monitoring at the Prow

Posted by on 12/17/15 at 03:00pm
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Last month we installed an eMonitor on the Prow, a porch house in the Davis Mountains. This is our first time monitoring an off-the-grid project, and our most remote installation so far. eMonitors track the energy use of individual electric circuits, and transmit the data in real time to an online account where it can be observed and analyzed. Owners can use this feedback to make informed decisions about energy use and save significantly on their energy bills, and we can improve future design decisions based on real data. Click to Read More

Adam Heisserer

Hardberger Park Earns LEED Gold

Posted by on 12/10/15 at 06:00pm
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The Urban Ecology Center, a visitor center and event facility for Phil Hardberger Park in San Antonio, officially earned LEED Gold certification this week. In collaboration with landscape architects Stephen Stimson & Associates and Rialto Studio, the buildings’ architecture and its surrounding landscape perform in concert to teach strategies for sustainable water usage and collection. Click to Read More

Claire Fontaine

Don’t Go Chasing Rockslides

Posted by on 12/2/15 at 10:12am
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And there we were… huddled behind a gigantic boulder, shivering, wet, and terrified. This was sure to be the end.  It was unbelievable how quickly the status of our trip had changed. One moment we were experiencing a blissful July 4th afternoon on the Rio Grande, the next we were sitting silently imagining the tragic headlines that might follow our demise: “8 Lake|Flato Employees Die a Catastrophic Death at Big Bend.” Or at least I was. Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

Washington DC Textures

Posted by on 11/23/15 at 01:16pm
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Middle Fork- John Grade - Renwick Gallery

This past week several LF’ers were in DC for the 2015 GreenBuild Conference. We took in some great sessions and enjoyed seeing the sites. The following are our favorite textures from the week: Click to Read More

Corey Squire

Josey Pavilion: Human Scale

Posted by on 11/12/15 at 05:58pm
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For early humans, trees represented safety: being able to see out over the tall grass and spot potential food or predators from a distance. When we came down from the trees and began to live in the savanna, standing up allowed us to see over the grass and regain the higher vantage point that the trees had provided. Even today, millions of years later, we feel most comfortable standing in the shadow of a tree, looking out over our surroundings. Click to Read More

Corey Squire

Josey Pavilion: Net Zero Energy

Posted by on 11/5/15 at 02:00pm
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On September 30, 2015, the Josey Pavilion completed its one-year performance period as a net zero energy building, generating 50% more energy than it consumed. During the performance period, Josey consumed 2467 kWh, generated 3697 kWh, and sent a net of 1230 kWh back to the grid. Click to Read More

Adam Heisserer

Vertical vs Horizontal

Posted by on 10/22/15 at 02:10pm
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Today we answer the age-old question that has plagued humanity for centuries: Should east and west-facing windows have vertical or horizontal louvers? Click to Read More

John Schaffhauser
Austin Central Library - Now and the Future

As I have begun my professional career at Lake|Flato by administrating the construction of one of the largest and most complex projects in our firm’s history, I find that it is both entertaining and necessary to share what it has been like for a young designer to jump from the pond of architecture school into the deepest ocean of architectural reality. Click to Read More