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Design Performance at L|F

Design Performance at Lake|Flato Architects The mission of the Design Performance team at Lake|Flato is to be the preeminent international practice for the integration of design and sustainability. Design performance provides a clear path to achieving this vision by integrating design with building performance, technology, research, and innovation. Here at Lake|Flato, there are three tiers of communication employed throughout our firm to support projects and promote design performance. It starts with the firm’s dedicated design performance team who is dedicated to advancing sustainability in...
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Kelso House Renovation Pursues Zero Carbon Certification

Lake|Flato is passionate about public service and sharing our design and sustainability expertise. We are a committed member of Public Architecture's 1+ program, which fulfills a yearly pledge to contribute at least 1% of our design staff's total project hours toward pro bono design work focused on non-profit clients working for the public good. We have added a new project, the Kelso House, to our 1+ pledge this year. Kelso House is a historic Monte Vista home designed by Atlee B. Ayres for Judge Winchester Kelso in 1906. The property was later donated by Cappy Lawton to San Antonio’s Power...
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Energy Calendars

Each of these radial calendars represent one year of building energy use for a few different buildings that Lake Flato has studied in the past few years. Each dot represents one hour of energy use, with a larger dot indicating more energy used. The color of each dot represents the outside temperature, from 40°F in blue, to 90°F in red. Midnight is on the inside of the circle, with 11 pm on the outside. Lake Flato monitors the energy use of several buildings as a means to learn more about how energy is actually used after a house or building is occupied. The energy use is often radically...
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Flake Radio #01: Resilience

Click here to listen to Flake Radio Episode #1: Resilience Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity. Related to the built environment, it describes the design strategies that can help buildings or communities survive natural or human caused disasters, and to thrive in their aftermath. In this podcast we reflect on our experiences with hurricanes Harvey and Irma and explore the resilient design strategies that will allow our projects to support their communities during times of crisis.
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Thermal Imaging at the Knox College Whitcomb Art Center

Congratulations to the Knox project team for delivering the first newly constructed campus facility since the early 70's and important part of the Knox College commitment to liberal arts education. "Our new building is a delight...designed for teaching multiple art disciplines, the abundance of light-filled open work areas, studio space, and a gallery-like two-story critique hall enhance student learning and imagination. It also directly impacts our effectiveness as teachers and promotes student’s ability to think of themselves as artists, not just students.” - Mark Holmes, Associate...
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Lake Flato R&D: Passive Solar Tracking

Architects have always had to deal with the challenges of solar energy, whether providing protection from it, or leveraging it for energy and daylight. Like many other challenges, we have a habit of throwing brute force technology at it to solve the problem at hand. Building technologies of the past were simple and utilitarian by necessity, and today, we are finally returning to the simplicity of the past with elegant, biomemetic solutions. Lake Flato recently established a research and development program with the goal of providing a framework to promote innovative thinking in the...
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Notes on A’17: AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando

A group of Lake|Flatonians traveled to Orlando, Florida recently to participate in this year’s AIA Conference on Architecture. This year’s theme was “Anticipate” – what it means to anticipate need and change in architecture and design. The profession has encountered challenges around climate change , diversity , and social consciousness in recent history, so it was interesting to overlay those discussions with the conference theme. Perhaps the most anticipated conference event was Michelle Obama in her first public appearance since leaving the White House in January. Her keynote speech was...
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Quality Views Calculator

For all of our LEED projects, we calculate the percentage of regularly occupied spaces that have exterior views. By developing this quality views tool in Grasshopper, we can now automate this calculation process and make it possible to analyze large projects that would be difficult to calculate manually. We can also get a better idea of the quality of exterior views in each space in addition to the pass/fail criteria used for LEED. The views calculator was first used to analyze the new dining hall at Georgia Tech to see how it performed in blurring the line between indoor and outdoor dining...
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The 2030 End Game

With the 7th year of reporting for the 2030 commitment underway, it's worthwhile to pause and think about how the next 13 years might play out. Reporting for the commitment started back in 2011 with a goal of achieving an across the board net-zero energy portfolio by 2030. Initially, the energy reduction target was set at 60% and every five years, the target shifts down 10% until 100% energy reduction is achieved in year 2030. So far, the actual reductions reported by committed firms have not matched the ambition of the original goals. Since 2011, the aggregate reduction of all reporting...
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Instantly Actionable

How can a simulation report (energy model report, daylight model report, etc.) be most useful? This is a question we've been focusing on as we revamp and streamline the way we perform in-house simulations. The guiding principle for developing a new report format is " instantly actionable". Project teams should see a report and know which parts of the project are doing well and what improvements can be made. With this goal in mind, we identified a few characteristics of a new energy model report: Graphic Display - Most energy models are presented in the form of charts and tables. This is great...

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