Working on Spec

This painfully funny video about doing creative work on spec (e.g. for free or reduced cost) is all too real for most architects/creatives and it gives me flashbacks to some jaw-dropping requests we’ve had over the years. One component that is particularly important to our firm and not typically considered as part of the spec-work… More

The Wrong Way to Get to Net Zero

Because our office is LEED EBOM Platinum certified (and because we’re just nerdy that way), we track our energy bills pretty closely. Our Portfolio Manager account is stocked with month-by-month reports of how much energy our solar panels produce and how much energy we had to pull from the grid. On a generous day, one… More

ARE WE MBE/WBE?

We are often asked if Re:Vision is a certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise. Here is what we are and are not, and what solutions we offer to clients who have diversity goals or commitments.   What We Are: We are 50% woman-owned. We are 50% woman-staffed. We are 100% equal pay for men and women in… More

Learning from Early Adopters of LEED v4

LEED v4 was officially launched in fall of 2013 with a plan for all new projects to register under the new version by summer of 2015. But given increased rigor and multiple updates, the USGBC granted an extension until October 2016 to allow time for LEED users and members of the green building industry additional… More

Skeletons in the Closet

We all have a few and some of them are actually fun to share.  I was proud to see my name connected with the 10th anniversary of the Ravenel Bridge which is both a beautiful bridge and one that is heavily used by pedestrians and cyclists thanks to the work of cycling advocates.  During the… More

Get involved with the 2016 Community Project

Combining our green architecture and sustainability expertise with community involvement just got a whole lot easier. Re:Vision’s Kristie Kozenewski, a DVGBC Ambassador, is seeking volunteers to join her and DVGBC in creating the 2016 Community Project. Both short and long term opportunities are available that range from recruiting and selecting the project to ultimately putting a… More

Environmentally Friendly Breathable Membrane Systems

With zero VOC’s and no red list chemicals (hazardous chemicals as identified by the Living Building Challenge) , Vapor Shield’s WrapShield SA Self-Adhered and SlopeShield SA Self-Adhered are environmentally friendly additions to the Potomac Watershed Study Center project. Learn more about their breathable membrane systems for roofs and walls or download a product sheet.

Solar Panels. Are They Worth It?

It’s great to see our 827 Northern Liberties home featured in philly.com about solar homes for sale (along with groovy solar infographic) but we’d love to see it alongside many more solar homes!  Costs are coming down…  

How to Use EPDs in Your Practice: Advice from Designers

BuildingGreen.com discusses ways in which to use Environmental Product Declarations. Here at Re:Vision, we use EPDs to vet products for our library to meet LEED and Living Building Challenge standards. We have also started to plug the data into the Athena Impact Estimator, a whole building Life-Cycle Assessment tool. Check out the BuildingGreen article!