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Issue #1 - 2008

A CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS

page 02 President’s Message page 05 2007 AIA Dayton Programs page 09 New AIA Continuing Ed page 12-15 Student Design Competition page 18 GreenBytes page 20 5 Easy Ways to Save Energy

AIA Dayton PresidentElect, Tim Bement, AIA, AIA Ohio President, Terry Welker, and AIA Dayton President Bill Williams, AIA pause for a photo in the rotunda of the United States Capitol while attending the 2008 AIA Grassroots Conference in Washington, DC in February.

W HAT’S NEW?

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RESOURCES Intern Development Program

If you are a student of architecture, intern, or firm owner, this information will be helpful to you in learning more about the Intern Development Program (IDP) and professional development of architectural interns. Visit http://www.aia.org/idp_default for more information.

Practice of Architecture

Architecture is a passion, a vocation, a calling and a business. Search here for solutions to day-to-day operational challenges while also learning how your colleagues confronted and overcame practice, design, and construction problems. Visit http://www.aia.org/prac_default for more information.

AIA Selects 10 Communities for Community Assistance Program to Promote Long-term Sustainability The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Center for Communities by Design has selected Detroit, Tampa, New Orleans, Fort Worth, Windsor, Calif., Morristown, N.J., Parma, Ohio, Fellsmere, Fla., Kauai, Hawaii and Leon Valley, Texas as ten communities to receive technical assistance under the Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program in 2008. The collaborative SDAT brings together architects and other professionals assembled from across the country to provide a roadmap for communities seeking to improve their sustainability – as defined by a community’s ability to meet the environmental, economic, and social equity needs of today without reducing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. An architect-led team of professionals including planners, hydrologists, economic development specialists, and others will be selected based on their credentials and the specific needs of each community. The SDAT will work in conjunction with local stakeholders to help shape the community’s strategy to increase sustainability. To provide the most objective assessment, team members volunteer their time and expertise and are selected from areas outside the project communities. For more information, go to http://www.aia.org/release_040108_SDAT.


President’s Message J. William Williams, AIA PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Welcome to the first edition of the Architrave for 2008. This year promises to provide our membership with exciting monthly continuing education programs, Chapter events such as the annual golf outing in August and the Focus on Design Awards program in late November. PROGRAMMING: Our monthly Architectural Basics and Bagel Seminars continue to attract large attendance each month. The increase in attendance can be attributed to the decision of the Board of Directors to offer this program free to our members. If a member attends the seminars offered by our Chapter this year, the member will be well on their way in meeting the Continuing Education requirements for the State and AIA National. Our evening and all day seminars started the year with the sold-out LEED Exam Prep Seminar in January and each month will provide members additional learning units and value information and tools to enhance their practices. AIA Dayton members who attend at least 12 programs during 2008 will be eligible to win a Nintendo Wii Entertainment System at the Annual Membership Meeting on October 16, 2008. Applicable AIA Dayton programs include Architecture Basics & Bagels, PM meetings, hard hat tours, LEED Review Course, AIA Dayton joint meetings with SAME and CSI, National Events and our Golf Outing. Our next all day seminar will be a joint seminar on BIM and BIM software integration with the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) at the Hope Hotel located on Wright Patterson Air Force Base on Thursday, May 8, 2008. Please check the Chapter’s website or the weekly NewsBrief on the latest information on future programs, seminars and hard hat tours. FINANCIAL: Our Chapter has ended our appeals and correspondence with the Internal Revenue Service and has paid all back taxes, interest and penalties in full. Our attorney will continue to try to recover some of the penalties from the IRS on a pro-bono basis, but the Board decided to put this issue behind us so we can focus our time and resources to better the programs and services our Chapter provides to its members. Our Treasurer, Barry Buckman, will be coordinating the 2007 IRS filing and Chapter Financial Review with the Chapter’s accountant. Membership will receive a copy of our 2007 financial review once it is completed in late May or early June. Through the hard work for Mark Ruetschle, AIA and Matt Franklin, AIA our Chapter’s sponsorship is continues to grow and shall provide opportunities for our membership to continue to receive program free or at a reduced cost from previous years. 2008 GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: In late February AIA Dayton President-Elect Tim Bement, AIA Ohio President Terry Welker and I attend the annual Grassroots conference in Washington DC. The Conference objectives this year were: • Examine the relationship of the national component strategic plan to state and local components by providing attendees with an advance exercise that will help attendees to align and create initiatives to meet their component’s shortand long-term goals. • Enhance skills and knowledge in the art of political influence through best practices sessions on the nuts and bolts of training members to advocate the AIA’s collective message. • Groom future leaders through mentoring strategies and techniques and cultivating talents and teaching skills applicable to the profession such as volunteer recruitment, inspiration, and engagement. article continued on page 3

Contributors: Tim Bement, AIA, Bill Williams, AIA, Jim Faulkner, AIA, Jane Treiber, Dan McNulty, AAIA Graphic Editor: Jessica Graham, Matrix Architects Editors: Jim Faulkner, AIA, Jane Treiber

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• Gain insights into the key leadership skills and techniques that will help prepare members for a future leadership role in their component, knowledge community, or special member group. AIA OHIO PAC Fund: “If you are not at the TABLE, then you are on the MENU!” Please remember it’s not too late to contribute to the AIA Ohio PAC fund. In this election year, AIA Dayton is answering the challenge of AIA Ohio by asking individual members and firm owners to contribute to political campaigns to the tune of $2,500. Each Ohio chapter has been issued a challenge in order to keep the AIA Ohio PAC healthy and working for the interests of the Ohio architects. One option is for individuals to mail personal checks to the campaign of the state legislator of their choice, then send a copy of their cancelled check to AIA Ohio. The AIA Ohio PAC then makes a matching contribution up to $100. The second option is for individuals to contribute directly to the AIA Ohio PAC fund by sending checks to the AIA Dayton office. NOTABLE UPCOMING EVENTS - I will be attending the National Convention and Exposition in Boston in May and will include a summary report of the convention in the next edition of the Architrave. J. William Williams, AIA AIA Dayton President

AIA Dayton 2008 Board Members PRESIDENT: Bill Williams, AIA Levin Porter Associates, Inc. 24 North Jefferson Street Dayton, OH 45402 Phone: 937-224-1931 Fax: 937-224-3091 Email: bwilliams@levin-porter.com PRESIDENT ELECT: Tim Bement, AIA App Architecture 615 Woodside Drive Englewood, OH 45322 Phone: 937-836-8898, ext. 31 Fax: 937-832-3696 Email: tim.bement@App-Arch.com SECRETARY: Jim Faulkner, AIA Matrix Architects, Inc. 249 Wayne Avenue Dayton, OH 45402 Phone: 937-224-7700 Fax: 937-224-7125 Email: jfaulkner@matrixarchitects.com TREASURER: Barry Buckman, AIA Rogero Buckman Architects 123 Webster Street Studio 4 Dayton, OH 45402 Phone: 937-225-5122 Fax: 937-225-5123 Email: bbuckman@rbaoh.com

DIRECTORS: Matt Franklin, AIA Levin Porter Associates, Inc. 24 N. Jefferson Street Dayton, OH 45402 Phone: 937-224-1931 Fax: 937-224-3091 Email: mfranklin@levin-porter.com Mark Ruetschle, AIA Ruestchle Architects 222 Linwood Street Dayton, OH 45405 Phone: 937-461-5390 Fax: 937-461-6829 Email: mark@ruetschle.com ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS: Ward Scantlin, Associate AIA John Poe Architects 116 East Third Street Dayton, OH 45402 Phone: 937-461-3290 Fax: 937-461-0260 Email: wscanlin@johnpoe.com Dan McNulty, Associate AIA App Architecture 615 Woodside Drive Englewood, OH 45322 Phone: 937-836-8898 Fax: 937-832-3696 Email: dan.mcnulty @App-Arch.com

AIA OHIO DIRECTOR: Alan Moody, AIA, LEED AP Lorenz Williams, Inc. 434 E. First Street Dayton, OH 45402 Phone: 937-223-6500 Fax: 937-461-2934 Email: amoody@lorwil.com PAST PRESIDENT: William J. Kaly, AIA Lorenz Williams, Inc. 434 E. First Street Dayton, OH 45402 Phone: 937-223-6500 Fax: 937-461-2934 Email:wkaly@lorwil.com EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Jane Treiber Mailing: P.O. Box 2324 Dayton, OH 45401 Shipping: 28 Lowry Dr. West Milton, OH 45383 Phone: 937-291-1913 Fax: 937-698-6153 Email: jane_treiber@aiadayton.org

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2008 AIA Dayton Programs Program events are subject to change. Emailed News Briefs and Bulletins will confirm all program information. April 17 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Evening Seminar: Office Environments to Support Future Organizations (Sponsored by Elements IV and Haworth)

May 8 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 15 - 17 22 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm 23 10:00am – 2:00 pm 30 1:30 pm

8th Annual Industry Day, Sponsored by SAME and AIA Dayton, Hope Hotel, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base AIA National Convention & Design Expo, Boston, MA Snyder Block Plant Tour & Seminars (Joint with AIA, CSI and ALSA) AIA Ohio Board Meeting Associate Architect Tour of Westcott House, Springfield

June 4 7:30 am - 9:00 am 12 7:30 am – 9:00 am 19 2:00pm - 5:00pm 26

Architecture Basics & Bagels: Importance of Roof Detailing AIA Dayton Board of Directors Meeting Energy Modeling for the Schematic Design Stage, Miami University 2008 Dayton Green Expo (Heapy Engineering)

July 2 17 18 August 6 7 21 28

7:30 am - 9:00 am 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Architecture Basics & Bagels: Sustainable Masonry and LEED Evening Seminar: Green Roofing Systems AIA Ohio Board Meeting

7:30 am - 9:00 am 7:30 am – 9:00 am 12:30pm – 7:30pm ½ day

Architecture Basics & Bagels: Fire-Rated Glazing Systems AIA Dayton Board of Directors Meeting AIA Dayton Golf Outing at Sugar Valley Golf Course International Building Code Session 8, WPAFB

September 10 7:30 am - 9:00 am 18 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 19 30 October 2 -4 7 8 7:30 am - 9:00 am 9 7:30 am – 9:00 am 16 11:30 am – 1:00 pm November 5 7:30 am - 9:00 am 6 - 7 13 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm 18 ½ day 20 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm December 3 7:30 am - 9:00 am 11 5:30 pm – 7:30pm

Architecture Basics & Bagels: Commissioning Services Sponsor Appreciation Picnic at Siebenthaler’s Farm AIA Ohio Board of Directors meeting Canstruction Build-Out, Dayton Art Institute AIA Ohio Convention, Akron Canstuction Reception, Dayton Art Institute Architecture Basics & Bagels: Curtain Wall & Storefront Systems AIA Dayton Board of Directors Meeting Annual Membership Meeting / Election of Officers Architecture Basics & Bagels: AV Systems Integrated w/ Building Design AIA Ohio Board Retreat AIA Dayton Board of Directors Retreat International Building Code Session 9, WPAFB Focus on Design Awards Dinner

Architecture Basics & Bagels: Air & Water Resistant Barriers AIA Dayton Board of Directors Meeting/Dinner

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Invitation From the Editor: We are always looking for news and articles for upcoming Architrave issues. If you would like to contribute or have an event you would like to see covered, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to hear about it. Please email our Graphic Editor, Jessica Graham, at jgraham@matrixarchitects.com.

Please congratulate the following AIA Dayton Chapter members: Reinstated Member: Dana Shoup, AIA, Bon Builders Upgraded from AIA to Emeritus: Ewald Schulte, AIA

Reminder of AIA Daytonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ARE Lending Library The study guides are available at the offices of John Poe Architects, Inc. located at 116 East Third Street in Dayton. Please contact Ward Scantlin, Assoc. AIA for the availability of the guides. He can be reached at 937-461-3290.

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On The Horizon: A New AIA Continuing Education System (CES) Sustainability Requirement, Submitted by Jane Treiber, Executive Director

The AIA is currently finalizing the rules of Sustainable Design (SD) Learning Units. During the summer the AIA/CES will be establishing the infrastructure for CES providers to determine, register, and report their future continuing education courses to qualify for Sustainable Design (SD) learning units. These rules will be based upon the following definition: Sustainable Design (SD) Learning Units Sustainable design is achieved through an integrated design and delivery process that enhances the natural and built environment by using energy sensibly with a goal toward carbon neutrality, improves air and water quality, protects and preserves water and other resources, and

creates environments, communities and buildings that are livable, comfortable, productive, diverse, safe, and provide enduring value to our community and society as a whole.

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DURING THE MARCH 2008 AIA National Board of Directors meeting, it was approved that beginning January 1, 2009 the AIA would require all members to complete four (4) hours of sustainable design. These 4 Sustainable Design (SD) hours would be included as part of the current 8 hour / HSW requirement. They are not additional hours to the 18/8 LU hours that the AIA already requires. This requirement would run until 2012, at which time it will be evaluated.

To qualify as Sustainable Design learning units, the content must meet 4 thresholds:

1. It must address the AIA definition of sustainability. 2. It must be a structured (thirdparty) program (i.e. no self-study). 3. At least 75% of program content must qualify as HSW. 4. Its primary purpose must address at least one of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Measures of Sustainable Design and Performance Metrics Examples of program content include Design & Innovation; Regional/Com

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Green Home Features On The Rise A recent survey conducted by the American Institute of Architects, indicates a decline in homeowner demand for lavish high-end amenities in kitchens and baths. This was accompanied by a growing interest in environmentally friendly features, such as sustainable flooring and water saving toilets. Designs and products that improve accessibility for the elderly, like no threshold showers and handheld showerheads, were on the rise as well. - Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Homeowner with Danny Lipford

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2008 Dayton Art in Architecture: Student Design Competition WITH 34 STUDENTS REGISTERED, representing 13 schools through-out the Miami Valley, the 2008 AIA Dayton Art in Architecture High School Student Design Competition has come to a successful conclusion. In response to the national AIA campaign to “Walk the Walk” of architects leading the journey of a sustainable evolution, this year’s program was to design an Urban Outfitter’s Center, located on the grounds of Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. Students were able to select what equipment the Center would supply, and where to locate their facility on the Park’s grounds, but they had to incorporate some major component of sustainability to their

despite the 8 degree temperature. Bernadette Whitworth, Youth Education Supervisor at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, led the group on a frigid tour of the grounds, pointing out many of site opportunities which the students could incorporate into their designs. Members from AIAS Miami had the students break into smaller groups and led discussions on how to analyze the site- the strong and weak points, relationships to existing features, opportunities to exploit and liabilities to minimize. Brian Petro, Design Forum, led an in-depth discussion of what sustainability means, with a presentation on LEED, and giving many examples of green design

HONOR AWARD Scott Betz- Bellbrook HS Junior

“Members from AIAS Miami had the students break into smaller groups and led discussions on how to analyze the site - the strong and weak points, relationships to existing features, opportunities to exploit and liabilities to minimize.” designs. Wegerzyn Gardens was a natural fit for the program- located just north of downtown Dayton, their grounds provided a wide variety of terrain to choose from. Students could place their designs alongside the river and bike path, in the open fields, next to a small lake, against the hillside or even nestled within a wooded swamp. Wegerzyn also gave the students many opportunities for outfitting supplies- bike and walking trails, the river and lake for canoes, a model-plane club and landing strip, even a nativeAmerican archeological dig. As if this wasn’t enough inspiration, the Children’s Garden includes a straw-bale playhouse with a vegetated roof that the participants could study. To kick off the program, an all-day Charrette was held on Saturday, January 19, at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. Twenty-four students participated in the day’s activities,

techniques that the students could use in their own projects. Laura McCaffrey, also of Design Forum, and Brian led a brainstorming session of what an outfitter’s center is, some potential ideas of equipment to rent out, and what types of spatial requirements the program should account for. Greg Brumitt, Five Rivers MetroPark, and Laura also showed slides of examples of existing outfitter’s centers around the country for inspiration. The day ended with a quick explanation of the many websites on sustainability that the students could access for information and inspiration. A hand out of sustainable design strategies the participants could follow and incorporate was passed out, based on USGBC’s LEED requirements. On two Saturday mornings, February 2 and February 16, from 9:00 to noon, the students were encouraged to bring article continued on page 15

MERIT AWARD Paul Conover - Troy Chistian HS Sophomore

BOOK AWARD Lauran Kent - Shawnee HS Senior

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in their work for individual reviews. These sessions were held at two different locations, notable for achieving LEED Certification. The first session, at Elements IV, fifteen students participated. Kim Duncan led the students on a tour, highlighting the major design features that allowed her to achieve a Silver-LEED certification. AIAS Miami students discussed presentation techniques, and Tim Bement, App Architecture, demonstrated Sketch-Up. Sixteen students arrived at the second session, held at Heapy Engineering. Also a Silver-LEED facility, the highlight of the tour was the recently installed vegetated roof. Several AIA Dayton members and Miami University AIAS students then reviewed each individual’s work. On Saturday, March 15, 23 students from nine schools submitted their completed projects. Three students submitted an extra-credit “green board” which explored the sustainable concepts of their projects in more depth. That afternoon, the jury convened and deliberated over the submissions to decide which projects were to receive which awards. Led by Julie Sabourin, AIA (Design Forum), Robert Doran, AIA (Burgess & Niple) and Greg Brumitt (Five Rivers MetroParks, Outdoor Recreation Director), the jury took two hours to review, discuss and finalize their decisions. After much deliberation and discussion of all 23 submissions, the four top designs were selected for awards, with the jury adding a new category for Award of Distinction for those that made the first cut of jury deliberations. Two green board designs were also selected for the Green Board Awards, a solar-powered backpack. All submissions have been on public display since then at the Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark for two weeks, and then were transferred to public display at the Kettering Government Center. Thursday evening, April 10, the

Awards Reception was held at the Kettering Government Center. All 23 entries were honored and shown, with each student receiving a Certificate of Completion, a T-shirt (designed by Design Forum Inc), and a book bag. The $700.00 scholarship Honor Award was given to Scott Betz, a Bellbrook HS junior; $300.00 scholarship Merit Award went to Paul Conover, a Troy Christian HS sophomore; two book awards to Lauran Kent, Shawnee HS senior, and Marcel Georgin, Oakwood HS Sophomore. The Green Board Awards (solar backpacks), went to Scott Betz and Lauran Kent. Certificates of Distinction were awarded to Hunter Anstadt, Oakwood HS sophomore; Adrianna Bader, Shawnee HS sophomore; Drew McEnaney, Northwestern HS senior; Adrian Helton, Anna HS freshman; Harry Labrie, Oakwood HS senior; Zack Kitts, Northwestern HS senior; and Mitch Thomas, Oakwood HS sophomore. Many people were involved to make this year’s competition a success. Of particular note are this year’s program sponsors Andersen Windows, Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, and Wiley Publications. Also involved were the City of Kettering Government Center, Elements IV and Heapy Engineering, for use of their facilities. Committee members Bill Williams, AIA (Levin Porter Associates Inc), Tim Bement, AIA (App Architecture), Laura McCaffrey (Design Forum Inc), Brian Petro (Design Forum Inc), Brett Roeth, AIAS (Miami University), Joe Putnam (Trademark Drafting), Jane Treiber (AIA Dayton) and chaired by Daniel McNulty, Assoc. AIA (App Architecture), all gave generously of their time. Thanks, also, go to all of the advisors, parents and others who participated in this year’s competition- we could not have it done it without the commitment and enthusiastic participation of all involved. Dan McNulty Student Design Competition Chair

BOOK AWARD Marcel Georgin - Oakwood HS Sophomore

GREEN BOARD AWARD Scott Betz - Bellbrook HS Junior

GREEN BOARD AWARD Lauran Kent - Shawnee HS Senior

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AIA Aims to Green the Justice System The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has established a Sustainable Justice Committee to promote environmental responsibility in the planning, design, and construction of law and justice facilities, including judicial complexes, courthouses, police stations, prisons, jails, and juvenile detention centers. The committee, situated within AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Justice, is co-chaired by Susan Oldroyd, AIA, an associate at RossDrulisCusenbery Architecture, and Kenneth Ricci, FAIA, president of RicciGreene Associates. Oldroyd says the committee plans to hold lectures and conferences as well as publish a guide to greening justice facilities. The committee also hopes to work with the U.S. Green Building Council to develop a LEED rating system for justice facilities, which it envisions calling LEED-J. Several design constraints make the standard LEED rating system difficult to use for detention facilities, says Ricci. For example, glass-clad polycarbonate glazing, which resists bullets and bomb blasts, “has very poor energy performance,” he says. Daylighting is also tricky, though Ricci promotes a system consisting of “cells arranged around a two-story dayroom with large windows facing an outdoor recreation area.” He combines this with vandalproof furniture, colorful materials, low noise levels, and good sightlines for officers. “It works,” he says. Ricci would also like LEED-J to promote systems analysis in predesign to

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limit the size of new jails. “For example, government officials can reduce the building footprint by adopting a new perspective, asking themselves not how large their new jail should be, but how small it can be without compromising public safety.” Ricci has convinced clients to reduce the number of beds in new jails through strategies including speedy arraignment, alternative dispute resolution, and rapid case disposition. “These strategies could be calibrated,” he says, “and should be recognized as sustainable initiatives.” This message resonates with Raphael Sperry, AIA, who heads up a prison design boycott through Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), based in Berkeley, California. “ADPSR’s core argument is that it’s just not sustainable—financially or socially—for a country of 300 million people to keep 2.3 million people in jail,” says Sperry. The percapita incarceration rate in the U.S. is the highest in the world, he says, and eight to ten times higher than that of any other industrialized country. More than 900 people have signed ADPSR’s pledge not to design prisons.

Sperry stresses that ADPSR fully supports the greening of courthouses and police stations and notes that his organization doesn’t oppose the greening of prisons but rather focuses on reducing their use in the first place. The best way to reduce the environmental impact of the prison system would be to shrink the system, he says, “and you don’t need a LEED scorecard for that.” ADPSR has recently participated in discussions surrounding a new execution chamber proposed for California’s San Quentin prison, and Sperry uses this case to explain his lack of support for greening prisons. “Would finding a more energy-efficient means of electrocution have a valuable environmental benefit?” he asks. “When you object to the premise of something, reducing its environmental footprint is kind of beside the point.”

On the opposite end of the spectrum are critics who believe that prisons ought to be miserable places, and that employing green strategies would, to some extent, work against the purpose of detention facilities. Both Sperry and Ricci reject this viewpoint. “Losing one’s freedom is punishment enough,” says Ricci. “If we have to incarcerate as a last resort, then we ought Sam Davis to do it in as humane a fashion 937/299-0781 sdavis@spohnassociates.com as we know how.”

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Five Easy Ways to Save Energy Easy ways to save energy at home SIMPLE CHANGES CAN SAVE resources and energy — and perhaps slow global warming. But where can you start? That’s the No. 1 question from homeowners, according to John Connell, of the American Institute of Architects’ housing committee. For the do-it-yourself homeowner, this is Connell’s five-point plan for easy, immediate action: Lighting Changing to fluorescent bulbs makes sense despite recent concerns about how to dispose of the small amount of mercury they contain. “If you put in compact fluorescent light-

ing today you won’t have to change those bulbs for a couple of years at least,” Connell said. Windows You can open and close windows and shades to help heat or cool the house, depending on season and geographical location. Insulated shades can help keep heat in or out and slow the loss of the energy.

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Article courtesy of Joan Brunskill, The Associated Press - Copyright © 2008 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved. Please direct questions regarding the Architrave to jgraham@matrixarchitects.com. Thank you!

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