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News: International Living Future Institute Unveils New Building Energy Declaration Program “REVEAL”

On April 2nd the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), administrators of the most rigorous building performance standard, the Living Building Challenge, announced plans to launch a new initiative to showcase the world’s most energy efficient buildings. The REVEAL program is intended for any existing building that meets certain energy criteria whether it’s a certified Living Building, a net zero building, LEED building, Passivehouse project, or any project with accurate measured energy data.

Following in the path of other ILFI programs like DECLARE and JUST, REVEAL harnesses the power of transparency for positive environmental change. By tapping into performance based reporting from measured energy use, REVEAL will provide a new platform for projects to showcase how efficient they are relative to other buildings. Buildings that receive the REVEAL label are date stamped and must be renewed on  a two-year basis. Essentially, the labels become a ‘nutrition’ label for building energy performance.

As part of the program the ILFI will be publishing Energy Use Intensity (EUI) performance charts by building type to create a benchmarking baseline. This effort will also give buildings that are highly energy efficient an opportunity to be showcased and see how their project stacks up to other exemplary projects.

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Publicity: Falcon Hill Success Published in The Military Engineer

The public-private partnership project Falcon Hill that is ongoing at Hill Air Force Base was featured recently in The Military Engineer. Please check out the excellent article here.

 

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News: Clarus Vision Clinic Completed!

The newest Architectural Nexus project has recently been completed. The Clarus Vision Clinic is located in Murray, Utah. The following describes the concept behind the design:

“As the human eye is able to open and close to control light, focus and offer protection, the concept behind the design and flow of this project was to provide focus and control while, in contrast, allowing views and openness to both inside and out.  The new clinic was designed to improve patient flows and capacity for the owner-physician.  The space includes 9 exam rooms, a retail optical space and a Lasik Procedure room with observation.  The unique layout provides a circular patient flow with excellent control and visibility for the physician assistants.  Double entrances in the exam rooms improve the physicians’ efficiency and allow the physicians, assistants and other support staff to remain “behind the scenes”, improving patient experience.  The orientation of the building on the site allows for good views to nature, provides excellent orientation with the outside, and subdues the daylighting desired for patients whose eyes are sensitive to light.  The design, detailing and material selection for the exterior envelope give a “farm like” feel that ties in to the site’s original use and references the working farm /public park across the street.”

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News: Fritz B. Burns Memorial Lounge completed!

The latest report from BYU Law details the completeion of the new Fritz B. Burns Memorial Lounge, designed by Architectural Nexus, in the law building at BYU:

“BYU Law celebrated the completion of the new Fritz B. Burns Memorial Lounge on October 22, 2014, with members of the Law School community, the Fritz B. Burns Foundation Board, Architectural Nexus, and Jacobsen Construction. Dean James Rasband commented on the many hands that came together to accomplish the project and expressed gratitude for the funding provided by the Fritz B. Burns Foundation. As part of the school’s campaign to “bring light to the law building,” Dean Rasband expressed the hope that the beautiful new and light-filled Burns Memorial Lounge would be a place where students would gather to discuss, debate, and learn together. “A big project, an important project, requires a lot of creative work and thinking from a lot of people,” Dean Rasband said. “Frankly it’s one of the things I’ve always loved about law.” In addition to Dean Rasband’s comments, Student Bar Association President Anthony Loubet expressed the gratitude of the student body to the many groups involved in the construction project.”

For more information about the project, read here.

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