To Replace, or not to Replace

To Replace, or not to Replace

Fortunately, that is NOT the question. But it is a topic we discuss a lot, and not because it’s a fresh debate! More so for its ambiguity, and sometimes research studies on window glazing systems [1] can be too academic to dilute for today’s lightning-fast culture [2]. In simple terms, no reasonable person is going to […]

The Definition of Embodied Energy

The Definition of Embodied Energy

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Austin, Journal, Material Conservation, Sustainability

Over the next 20 years, Americans will demolish over 1/3 of our building stock (approximately 82 billion square feet) in order to replace seemingly inefficient buildings with energy efficient, sustainable “green buildings.”[i]  However, existing buildings have several inherent benefits that make them worthy of reuse.  Creative design, state-of-the-art building systems, and modern uses are not […]