Monthly Archives: June, 2017

    Adam Heisserer

    Lake Flato R&D: Passive Solar Tracking

    Posted by on 6/21/17 at 03:33pm

    Architects have always had to deal with the challenges of solar energy, whether providing protection from it, or leveraging it for energy and daylight.  Like many other challenges, we have a habit of throwing brute force technology at it to solve the problem at hand. Building technologies of the past were simple and utilitarian by necessity, and today, we are finally returning to the simplicity of the past with elegant, biomemetic solutions. Lake Flato recently established a research and development program with the goal of providing a framework to promote innovative thinking in the integration of design and sustainability. This is the first in a series of posts documenting the initial round of research projects in the Fall of 2016. My challenge was this: to develop a system that rotates to face the sun throughout the day using nothing but solar heat energy from the sun itself, and no technical equipment. Click to Read More

    Corey Squire

    Why Do Buildings Use Energy?

    Posted by on 6/15/17 at 02:44pm

    Ask “why did the chicken crossed the road?” and you’ll likely hear a common answer, “to get to the other side”. This may be true, but it’s only part of the story. Click to Read More