Making Net Zero Real in Schools Is a Community Project

Last year, I helped form a new integrated design committee in Albany, California, to advise the school district and the school board on new school construction made possible by recent bond measures. Bonds B and E passed with majorities and provided $95 million for four new Albany schools. I volunteered for this group because my two kids attended Albany public… more

Shell Game: A Strategy for Historic Renovations

Originally published in Parks and Rec Business By David Petta and Diana Hayton A common misconception about buildings designated as historically or architecturally significant is that they are substantially the same as on the day they opened. That is probably true for the exterior because these buildings are subject to a local landmark commission’s approval, but on the interior, modifications… more

ELS Promotes Three to Principals

November 25th, 2014
ELS is proud to announce the promotions of Diana Hayton, Sean K. Slater, and Jeffrey Zieba to principals. Diana, Sean and Jeff will join the executive core in leading ELS into our 47th year. Diana Hayton, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, leads ELS’s historic and adaptive reuse portfolio and directs the firm’s approach to integrated sustainable design strategies. She joined ELS[...] more

The Real Green Opportunities in Retail

Originally published in Eco-Structure By Sean Slater, AIA Sustainable design has come a long way in the past 20 years, but by and large, the retail sector--especially shopping malls--still lags behind property types. The reasons for this have a lot to do with the structure of the developer/tenant relationship. However, while green building techniques may not be as widely adopted… more

Swim Centers Make a Splash with Sustainable Strategies

Originally published in Eco-Structure Usually substantial energy users, swim centers are using new technologies and creative design tactics to cut their energy use while making the facilities healthier for users. By Clarence Mamuyac, FAIA Swim centers are not, by nature, particularly green buildings. Heating pool water involves a substantial energy drain. Indoor facilities require substantial mechanical equipment to dehumidify and… more

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