Cracking the ARCHITECT Top 50 Rankings

By Kerger Truesdell
ARCHITECT Top 50

The entry process for ARCHITECT magazine’s 2014 Top 50 rankings begins today.  Is your firm ready? If you’re not quite sure,…

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US Energy Codes Could Surpass LEED

There is a quiet revolution underway in the US: energy codes are being adopted rapidly throughout the country, and the standards on which they are based are becoming increasingly stringent. Within the next decade, all buildings will be required to meet aggressive efficiency goals — in many cases, better than the required performance for LEED.

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Achieving the LEED v4 Integrative Process Credit

The new Integrative Process credit in LEED v4 asks design teams to explore energy- and water- related improvements early in design. Here’s a breakdown of the credit requirements and how you can achieve them quickly and effectively.

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Why LEED v4 Will Drive Early-Stage Analysis

LEED v4 shifts toward a more performance-based approach for quantifying building impacts: there are 33 points that can benefit from (or require) early-stage analysis, including a brand new credit (IP-102). Here’s how the points break down, and why they will shift the industry.

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