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Architectural Design Services
Whether you need help with an institutional, commercial or residential design, we are here for you; no project is too large or too small. Go to the Design Projects page to see sample Construction Documents for each project. See below for an explanation of BIM and passive-solar design
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
"Building Information Modeling (BIM)" software allows the building to be "built" or simulated in 4D (3D plus animation) prior to construction. Building exteriors and interiors can be visualized and cost and performance data analyzed to ensure the design meets all project needs and requirements.
Passive-Solar Design, Winter
Passive-solar design is essentially design-with-nature. Because the sun rides lower in the sky during the winter if you are facing South (i.e. in the Northern hemisphere), winter solar gain (sun-heat) comes directly into the home through South-facing windows. As long as that heat is exposed to interior "thermal mass" such as ceramic tile over concrete or other dense materials, the daytime internal heat can build up and be released gradually as the home gets colder at nighttime.
Monty Sun Study, Winter
Passive-Solar Design, Summer
Air-conditioning systems are sized based on the "peak cooling load." A building will have its highest peak load during the hottest of the summer afternoon hours as solar gain builds up inside. A well insulated home can repel much of that heat; passive-solar strategies can additionally manage that heat naturally by shifting the peak load to the evening hours while the outdoor temperature is falling. All that is needed is a sheltering overhang over each South-facing window to prohibit direct summertime solar gain. Insulation (conservation) and passive-solar strategies can be balanced to find the optimal mix of energy cost, comfort, and daylight/views for a more "natural" architectural experience.
Monty Sun Study, Summer