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Thermal Mass in Hot Humid Climates

By |2015-04-22T16:31:26-07:00April 22nd, 2015|CTA Consultation|

This is a visual of the effect thermal mass has on your home.   Here in College Station and Bryan we have a very hot and humid climate, which presents a unique set of design and construction challenges.  For one, traditional approaches to thermal mass walls are out for us. However, this potentially beautiful design

Changing AC filters

By |2015-01-13T16:21:15-08:00January 13th, 2015|CTA Consultation|

It is our recommendation that you change AC filters once a month when you are leaving your system on all the time, so you will see this task on our list for most, but not all, months. Changing out the AC filters will extend the life of your system, allow it to operate more efficiently, and even help keep the house clean.

Biophilia

By |2014-11-04T17:25:59-08:00November 4th, 2014|CTA Consultation|

To the extent that we seek “green” or sustainable solutions, it is not enough to consider the resources that we use in building, we must consider our relationship to all resources. We must design homes that put us into relationship with life’s resources so that we can become aware of our part of a process of dynamic balance.

Best Energy Retrofit

By |2013-08-17T14:45:57-07:00August 17th, 2013|CTA Consultation|

green building Which is the least expensive energy retrofit? A.  Installing solar panels B.  Replacing existing windows with high efficiency windows C.  Installing energy star appliances D.  Sealing air leaksWhich has the highest ROI? A.  Installing solar panels B.  Replacing existing windows with high efficiency windows C.  Installing energy star appliances D. Sealing air

Life cycle Assessments

By |2013-04-09T19:03:33-07:00April 9th, 2013|CTA Consultation|

One of the key tools in Green building is the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA.) LCA is a technique to assess the environmental impacts associated with each product, process, or service, by:Compiling an inventory of relevant energy and material inputs to a project;Assessing the aging process associated with the input;Evaluating the potential environmental impacts associated with

What Is Green Building?

By |2013-03-28T15:27:48-07:00March 28th, 2013|CTA Consultation|

So, we hear a lot about green building these days. Just exactly what is it? Green Building is an approach to building that seeks to: Improve efficiencies Reduce waste Improve health and happiness within a building. Over the last 10 years as the demand and requirement for greener practices have occurred, we have had tremendous

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