October 20, 2013

Owens Corning World Headquarters

LEED EB Silver

Architects: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
450,000 square foot

Toledo, Ohio - The Owens Corning World Headquarters in Toledo was built in 1997 and received the LEED Silver certification for Existing Buildings 10 years later in 2007. The building’s program includes office space, cafeteria, conference rooms, mutli-media room, a health clinic and other support facilities. The main office space follows the river’s curve, provides views of the water as well as access to daylight. High efficiency lighting is also used throughout the building. Instantaneous changes in space planning can be completed without outside contractors thanks to the building’s efficient and flexible mechanical system.

September 14, 2013

HVAC: Condensing Furnace

Furnace Diagram
A furnace provides heat through the exchange of heat through a intermediary fluid movement such as air, steam or hot water. A furnace can use different fuel including natural gas, LPG, oil, coal or wood. Combustion furnaces always need to be vented outside. Condensing furnaces are essentially high-efficiency furnaces with a AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) starting at 90% or greater, verses mid-efficiency furnaces with a AFUE in the 80's. This difference in efficiency is the result of heat lost to the flue, or the loss of of some of the heat produced during combustion.

February 18, 2013

Jane Jacobs: The Life and Death of Great American Cities

5th Avenue New York City

In Jane Jacobs’ book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, she discusses the particular nature of cities. The introduction focuses on how City Beautiful and the Radiant City differs from how cities truly work and cities have suffered as a result of these ideals.

February 9, 2013

William H. Whyte - Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

January 21, 2013

Design Guide: Closet Dimensions

Woman's Reach-in Closet - source

Standard Depth Measurements

For reach-in closets, the standard depth is 24 inches and is used for suits, shirts, dresses, and pants. The 2 foot depth is required to handle your hanger. For coats and jackets, use a depth of 28 inches.
  • Minimum depth 24 inches
  • Use a depth of 28 inches for coats