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Rebecca Bruce

Goat Mountain Ranch, a ranch house overlooking the Nueces River, recently earned LEED certification. The project is sited on an intermediate bluff overlooking the expansive Nueces River Valley to the southwest and upward towards views of Goat Mountain and a bowl-shaped ridge encircling the site’s northern half. Click to Read More

Adam Heisserer

Liftfund Daylight Testing

Posted by on 2/4/16 at 04:10pm

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

Adam Heisserer

Energy Monitoring at the Prow

Posted by on 12/17/15 at 03:00pm

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

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

Corey Squire

Josey Pavilion: Human Scale

Posted by on 11/12/15 at 05:58pm

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

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

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

Heather Gayle Holdridge

COTE Cinema

Posted by on 10/5/15 at 09:16am

AIA San Antonio’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) is hosting a free movie night this week in downtown San Antonio. The outdoor film will take place at Travis Park, and the weather is sure to be beautiful! Please join us and bring friends and family along for a fun and informative night on environmental issues in our community. Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

SITES Soiree

Posted by on 8/5/15 at 02:25pm

A fun celebration of the launch of the SITES v2 rating system will be taking place later this month — Please join us in Austin if you can! Click to Read More

Hayley Johnson

Sustainability: the Lake|Flato way

Posted by on 7/20/15 at 02:46pm

With three weeks left as Lake|Flato’s sustainability intern, I’d like to share what I’ve learned about the firm and the opportunities I’ve had, as well as thank those of you who’ve contributed to my time here. Click to Read More