Story Category: Environment

MUNICIPAL CLIMATE ACTION PLANS

A good climate action plan is not just a laundry list of regulations; it should help cities and towns advance the goals for development, health, equity, resiliency, and job creation while preparing for the impacts of climate change. Many NH seacoast municipalities are currently developing Climate Action Plans. In Portsmouth, a group of residents that... Read more »

BUILDING AS CLIMATE ACTION

How can we do better?  How can we redirect a process that we have shaped to be destructive to the natural world into one that is regenerative? Climate action comes in many forms. From individual habits to federal policy, corporate initiatives to art installations, climate action is often perceived as something other than business as... Read more »

THE CARBON IMPERATIVE

Alyssa recently published an article in Forum, the magazine of AIA New Hampshire.  To see the article, click here, or read the text as reprinted below. Annually, the embodied carbon of buildings is responsible for 11% of global GHG emissions. The Imperatives outlined by AIA in the 2025 Strategic Plan are bold, visionary, and require the... Read more »

A NEW VISION

Last month the US Senate passed H.R. 3684 - Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the “INVEST in America Act.”  As architects that advocate for progressive planning that supports environmental and equitable communities, we see this bill – which will hopefully soon become law - as a major step forward.  It is progress... Read more »

TOOLS FOR QUANTIFYING SUSTAINABILITY

Learning new software is always a hurdle, but prioritizing sustainability in building design is no longer optional. ENERGY USAGE AND CARBON ACCOUNTING The urgency of the climate crisis demands rapid reduction of the environmental impact of buildings. To make sure we’re on track to meet our goals, we’ve spent the past year embracing new tools... Read more »

REGENERATIVE DESIGN IN PRACTICE

As regenerative practitioners we guide project teams through a process that considers the true purpose of the project and its potential to bring positive social, cultural, and ecological impacts. DRIVEN BY LIVING SYSTEMS Although regenerative practice is not a new concept, it has recently been gaining traction in the architecture world. At its core, regenerative... Read more »