Mugdha Mokashi

ArchEcology’s Growing Portfolio in the Bay Area

ArchEcology’s Growing Portfolio in the Bay Area

Golden State Eco-Warriors ArchEcology has been expanding into Northern California thanks to a couple of our awesome clients.  Over the last year we’ve been growing our expertise in the regulations and programs governing green development in California.  Title 24 (T24), CalGreen, and Build It Green all bring new codes, checklists and inspection requirements, in addition to LEED requirements. There is a recognition by the USGBC that the California standards go far further than typical codes and requirements, prompting them to issue an Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) that allows nonresidential projects that comply with CalGreen 2016 requirements to automatically comply with related LEED v4 credits. More detail on the 12 Prerequisites and 6 credits that are eligible can be found at https://www.usgbc.org/green-codes. Similarly, LEED will accept Title 24 performance modeling results for Optimize Energy credits, as a means of streamlining energy modeling efforts. However, the use of T24 results for LEED […]

Life-Cycle Assessment

Life-Cycle Assessment

Life-cycle assessment is a process or technique to evaluate the environmental impacts associated with a product over its entire life-span. In the case of a building, life-cycle assessment evaluates the impact of all building materials used in a building through all the stages of its life which include extraction of material, manufacture, transportation, use, and final disposal or end of life. Life–cycle assessment can be used to evaluate the overall environmental impact of the whole building or to quantify the impact of a single material in the building. LEED 2009 awarded points for building material reuse; however, LEED v4 awards points for whole building life-cycle assessment under the “Building Life-Cycle Impact Reduction” credit in the Material and Resources category. There are two variants under life-cycle assessment: Cradle-to-grave (open loop assessment): The cradle-to-grave life-cycle assessment approach includes assessment from the resource extraction phase to disposal phase Cradle-to-cradle (closed loop assessment): The […]

AIA COTE Sustainability Slam 2017

AIA COTE Sustainability Slam 2017

Mugdha Mokashi, one of ArchEcology’s in-house energy efficiency experts, recently presented at the AIA Sustainability Slam 2017 in Seattle. It was a great platform to interact with individuals working in the field of sustainable design. The presentations were interesting and provided information on various sustainability initiatives in Seattle such as Healthy Materials Collaborative or the work in the field of Measurement and Verification. Mugdha presented a comparison of three daylight simulation tools. The 7-minute brief presentation was intended to be a concise overview of the pros and cons of the three simulation tools. It provided a glimpse of the interface, the simulation process and the type of analyses and outputs provided by each tool. This comparison is helpful for design teams to decide which tool suits their needs for different design stages. Interested in having ArchEcology provide your office with a learning session on software tools available for sustainable design? Get in […]