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Hayley Johnson

Sustainability Conferences of 2015

Posted by on 6/17/15 at 08:26am

Remaining active in sustainability discussions is an important part of what we do at Lake | Flato.  Conferences offer the chance for invested community members to learn, share, mingle and feel inspired.  Here’s a summary of the conferences attended by LFers this year. Click to Read More

Hayley Johnson

B4B is back!

Posted by on 5/29/15 at 12:54pm

What better way to start off a Friday than with waffles, polka music and reducing our carbon emissions?  Our first Bike4Breakfast of the year was a success with the seasonal appearance of the always popular nectarine! Click to Read More

Corey Squire

Trail toward Transparency: the process

Posted by on 5/21/15 at 11:20am

Of the 20 imperatives of the Living Building Challenge, the two that we found to be most difficult were Red List and Appropriate Sourcing. Following up on our recent publication of the material matrix for the Josey Pavilion, here’s a look at how we tackled these two challenges. Click to Read More

Corey Squire

THE VALUE OF TRANSPARENCY

Posted by on 5/6/15 at 04:07pm

Do you know what materials make up the building you’re currently occupying? Are these materials safe? In our foray into pursuing the Living Building Challenge (LBC) for the Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion, we gained new insight into building materials and their impact on human health and the environment. We are excited make our material matrix public and share what we have learned. Click to Read More

Hayley Johnson

As part of our goal to monitor energy use in every Lake | Flato project, we’ve outfitted another house with its own eMonitor.  These monitors test our ability to design energy efficient buildings, allow clients to control their energy consumption and give us the information we need to improve our practice. Throughout the design process we chose passive systems, insulation, glazing, lighting and HVAC systems using energy modelling software to predict energy use.  The performance of our projects is tested during post-occupancy; eMonitors provide us with up-to-the-minute data from every circuit in the building. Last week a team of LFers made a trip to Marble Falls where we worked with electricians to install the eMonitor hardware.  As construction is nearing completion, it’s a great time to begin tracking energy. The panel in the garage is seen before the installation (left) and after (right).  Current transformers (CTs) are clipped onto each circuit and run to the eMonitor, these components are hidden behind the panel.  The eMonitor uses a radio signal to communicate with the gateway, which is located outside the panel and sends data to a web account via the internet. The electrician sets up the eMonitor Click to Read More Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

The Big Give S.A.

Posted by on 5/5/15 at 01:50pm

The Big Give S.A. is a 24-hour online giving event that will last until 11:59pm tonight.  It’s our day to celebrate San Antonio’s spirit of generosity and support the work of nonprofits.  The goal of the event is to introduce supporters to all of the wonderful charitable organizations located in South Central Texas. Please consider giving to Solar San Antonio and Build San Antonio Green, two local nonprofits that Lake|Flato has been deeply involved with for several years.   Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

The American Institute of Architects have selected the Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Projects for 2015.  These buildings are the top ten (plus one legacy project) examples of sustainable design projects in North America.  The COTE Top Ten Awards program, now in its 19th year, is the profession’s most rigorous recognition program for sustainable design excellence. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.  We are very excited to see that two of the winning projects are right here in San Antonio, Texas! Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

The U.S. Green Building Council will now recognize energy and water requirements from the Living Building Challenge green building system within the LEED green building program.  USGBC says it shares common goals with the International Living Future Institute, developers of the Living Building Challenge. This move means that projects achieving the energy and water requirements in Living Building Challenge will be considered as technically equivalent to LEED.  You can read more about this news in USGBC’s press release. Click to Read More

Corey Squire

Josey Pavilion, Through the winter

Posted by on 2/6/15 at 11:12am

The Josey miniseries is back and better than before with re-branded sustainability graphics! At Lake Flato, we are pushing forward with our efforts to visually display the graphs and data of the sustainability world and after a month hiatus, here they are. This is the fourth and fith post of a thirteen post series on the process of obtaining Living Building Status. Each month over the next year, we will be posting an update on our water and energy usage as well as an overview on how we achieved each of the 20 imperatives mandated by The Living Building Challenge. Click to Read More

Pavan Iyer

Dorothy

Posted by on 1/23/15 at 10:10am
Dorothy, our new weather station

Say hello to the newest member of our team, Dorothy. Coming in at over 7 feet tall, she is a hard worker who really puts her head to the wind in everything does. Dorothy is energized on sunny days, and lets everybody know when it is raining. Click to Read More