Passive House: Keeping it Simple

The North American Passive House Networks’ 2014 Conference and Expo was in Portland, Maine on September 22nd and 23rd. Brian Curley, Bob Curtis, Marilyn Leivian and Chelsea Lipham attended from PDT Architects. To say the least, this was a cool conference to have in Portland, Maine. A few highlights from the conference can be found…

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Design and Health Initiative

The AIA (American Institute of Architects) recently released two resources around their design and health initiative: the AIA Design and Health Research Consortium initiative and the document Design & Health Topics. AIA Design and Health Research Consortium The AIA Foundation, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is establishing…

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Backpacker or Urban Condo-Dweller?

At the end of July, I attended the Sustainable Design Leaders’ Summit in Seattle with 50 sustainability directors from architecture firms across the country. The discussions varied from specific project tasks such as material choices, building performance analysis, and post-occupancy evaluations to overall firm sustainability strategies and the role of the architect in advocating for…

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Getting Down to Business on Climate

The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) and the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted “Getting Down to Business on Climate: A panel discussion with Senator Angus King” on Friday, June 6 in Portland. Senator King could not predict the outcome of what he expected to be “a helluva fight” in the Senate over new…

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Portland’s Disposable Bag and Foam Packaging Ordinances

June 17th Update: Portland council adopts fee for bags, bans foam containers (Portland Press Herald)  Portland city councilors voted late Monday night to charge consumers a nickel for every disposable shopping bag they get and to ban foam containers for food and beverages in an effort to reduce trash that pollutes waterways. Both ordinances are effective…

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ULI Strategies for a Resilient Portland Waterfront

Alan Kuniholm, PDT Principal and Portland Society for Architecture’s President, is participating in events this week that are part of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Advisory Service visit to Maine. ULI is here to advise Portland and South Portland on urban design and development practices that are more resilient and adaptable to the impact of climate change. PRESS…

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Sustainability Initiatives in Healthcare

Walt Vernon, principal & CEO of Mazzetti, based in San Francisco, California, visited PDT last Friday to give a presentation “Sustainability Initiatives in Healthcare” to the Maine Healthcare Engineers’ Society (MEHES) focused on the FGI white paper “Sustainable Design Guidelines for Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities”, the ASHE Sustainability Roadmap, and the Energy Efficiency Challenge (E2C). Sustainability…

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Mt. Blue Campus Case Study

PDT Architects presented a case study of the Mt. Blue Campus project at the USGBC Maine Chapter’s monthly Green Eggs event. The Mt. Blue Campus is a 225,000-sf school campus located in Farmington, Maine. The project was recently submitted for LEED Certification. In addition to LEED Certification, the key sustainability strategies and successes for the school…

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