First Passive Housing Standard Apartments in South Dakota

The new Copper Pass Multi-Family housing structure is almost complete and ready for residents in September 2018. This housing development is making headlines for meeting International Passive Housing Standards. These standards take energy efficiency to a whole new level. Passive Housing Standards are the world's leading standard in energy efficient construction. The Passive Housing Standard stands for quality, comfort, and energy efficiency while delivering superior levels of comfort, and protecting the building structure. Below is a brief description of the criteria.

  • Space Heating Demand not to exceed 15kWh annually OR 10W (peak demand) per square meter of usable living space
  • Space Cooling Demand roughly matches the heat demand with an additional, climate-dependent allowance for dehumidification
  • Primary Energy Demand not to exceed 120kWh annually for all domestic applications (heating, cooling, hot water and domestic electricity) per square meter of usable living space
  • Airtightness maximum of 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals pressure (as verified with an onsite pressure test in both pressurized and depressurized states)
  • Thermal Comfort Thermal comfort must be met for all living areas year-round with not more than 10% of the hours in any given year over 25°C*

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This design is a byproduct of years’ worth of planning and design. Architects spent weeks learning about Passive Housing Standards in order to become certified. These standards go far beyond what local and state governments require. For example, the entire building is wrapped in extra insulation from floor to roof and windows are triple paned and should feel just as warm as the walls.

This project will be an experiment in the world of architecture. A second building will be built using traditional energy star efficiency. Both developments will be equipped with monitors to track and report energy efficiency to see if the savings are worth the extra building costs.


Need Architect Continuing Education?

Architects in South Dakota are required to complete 30-hours including 20-hours of Technical Subjects relating to Architecture and only 10-hours in professional management. (HSW courses will satisfy this requirement.)  Licenses must be renewed every two years on the date of issuance.

AIA members: Must complete 18 learning unit hours including 12 HSW hours annually.

Architects Training Institute Provides: South Dakota & AIA-approved continuing education that meets all of your requirements and printable certificates available immediately upon course completion.


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Architects Look Back to Move Forward

LAX Theme Building, 1961, Image © Flicker User thomashawk. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

As thousands of AIA members gather in New York City for the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture they are taking a look back to the turbulence surrounding the U.S. in 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. had been gunned down in Memphis. Uncontrollable anger was ignited. Neighborhoods burned to the ground in dozens of cities across the nation. The civil rights movement had lost its most trusted and beloved leader, a voice of hope, whose “dream” defined a vision for bringing races together in America. The profession of Architecture is compelled to recall the speech delivered 50 years ago at the AIA Convention in Portland by Whitney M. Young Jr., one of the nation’s most prominent civil rights activists. Young gave a powerful speech, chastising architects for “complete irrelevance” to the civil rights struggle. So, it was without the hopeful voices of Robert, Martin, and John, that Whitney Young came to the conference and challenged the profession to recognize that they weren’t doing enough and that their impact could not be—and should not be—measured in bricks and mortar alone. Today African-American participation in the profession has not measurably increased. In too many firms, women struggle for equal opportunity and pay, and against sexual harassment and assault. In 2018, architecture is experiencing a relevance revolution. Field after field is recognizing the effects of the built environment on human outcomes. By shaping the built environment, architects shape lives. Architects have a responsibility to contribute solutions to the compelling social, economic, and environmental challenges of the era aligning powerfully with the evolving understanding of their impact.

Metroburbs: New Jersey’s Answer to Vacant Office Parks

Nowhere is the downfall of the suburban office park more keenly felt than in the state of New Jersey, where the country’s first corporate campus was built in 1942. This state experienced perhaps the biggest building boom of office parks during the 1980s. An example of the now obsolete brick and mortar retail era is perched off a busy road in northern New Jersey where a new relic of the suburban panorama sits: the international headquarters of Toys “R” Us. The company leaves behind a roughly 200-acre plot scattered with multiple office buildings that once housed as many as 1,600 workers. Companies that were once the lifeblood of many suburbs have now become eyesores, forests of empty glass and concrete boxes that communities must figure out what to do with. The era of the suburban office park has come to an end.

Suburban office parks have lost their luster for a variety of reasons, including a growing preference among younger workers for life in more dynamic urban centers as opposed to the sometimes staid and sleepy suburbs. In some areas, these properties are being considered as low-cost options for the expansion of affordable housing. Other municipalities are looking to reimagine the abandoned buildings with amenities which attract younger workers, including restaurants, banks, fitness centers and open-design offices all housed within a walkable or bikeable campus.

One model has been particularly successful. The former Bell Labs (now called Bell Works) is a two-million-square-foot, glass-encased behemoth with coffee shops, pop-up restaurants and a soon-to-be-completed wine bar and food hall which will be located on the first floor and open to the public. Businesses occupy the rest of the space, with footprints from 350 square feet to as large as 350,000 square feet. Interest from companies has been high since the complex opened in 2013. In fact, the building has become a bit of a downtown hub, with the Holmdel Library located on the first floor, along with doctors’ offices, hair salons, and a gym. It has proven to be particularly appealing to tech companies that face the challenge of attracting a mostly younger workforce to the suburbs. There is a wide array of options, plus support from the community, and everything that you need is a short walk away.


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Kansas Architect License Renewal Guide

Kansas Architects : Last Names from A-L Its time to Renew by June 30th 2018!

How do I renew my Kansas architect license?

  1. Complete 30-hours of continuing education.
  2. Renew your license online by paying the $70 renewal fee

What are the Continuing Education Requirements for Kansas architects?

Kansas architects must complete a minimum of 30 continuing education hours by June 30th of even-numbered years if your last name begins with letters A-L and odd-numbered years for last names M-Z.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW). Architects Training Institute offers a 30-hour continuing education package that meets all state and AIA requirements.

I have extra Kansas architect continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

Carry-over hours are allowed. A maximum of 30 PDHs may be carried forward into the next renewal period. Carry-over hours must be documented if audited.  You must list ALL 30 plus PDHs on the Continuing Education Report Form for carry-over hours and attach documentation in the same order as listed on the form.

Who notifies Kansas of my architect continuing education?

It is the licensee’s responsibility to notify the state.  You must keep your records for at least 4 years. Architects Training Institute will store your records for 6-years at no additional cost.

Where can I find Kansas architect continuing education?

Architects Training Institute offers online courses in video and full narration. All courses are Kansas approved while courses packages are approved by the state of Kansas and the AIA.


Architect Specialties: Standing Out from the Crowd

Architecture is a profession with options. You can work on many different projects, from a small home design to a town mall or even the whole city.  As an architect, you are a designer and a developer. The skills and artistic sense you hold as an architect makes you capable of being a jack of all trades, or you can be a specialist in a specific field. Let’s take a closer look at your specialty options.

  • Residential Architect
    Residential architects deal with clients who would like to have their own customized homes designed. They take note of their specific requirements and start to design the plans. They estimate the costs of materials and services, as well as the time needed to complete the construction and finishing.
  • Commercial Architect
    A commercial architect is responsible for the designing of a building that is not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing as well.   They specialize in non-residential buildings, this specialty requires not only engineering, construction, and artistic skills, it will also require full awareness of building codes, safety regulations, and construction costs.
  • Interior Designer
    Interior Designers have great knowledge of materials, fabrics, colors, and basics in furniture design. Some architects prefer to work on the larger scale and not to get involved with the smaller details, while others, prefer to do the interior design for their own projects.
  • Green Design Architect
    The role of Green Design Architects has become increasingly essential since the changes in climate and the steep decline in non-renewable energy resources. They are responsible for making eco-friendly, energy efficient, appealing architectural designs. They continuously work on innovating effective green design. These architects should be knowledgeable in fields like aerodynamics, sun, and shading, as well as properties of materials.
  • Landscape Architect
    Landscape architecture focused on outdoor spaces like parks, gardens, and public spaces. Landscape architects focus on designing these spaces to be efficient, engaging, and balanced with the surrounding environment. They decide the locations for buildings, walkways, greenery, and other hardscape elements. They also choose the materials for the walkways and the types of trees and shrubs for the green areas. So they need to have a background in the science of urban horticulture. They should be aware of the suitable materials and plants for different climates and uses.
  • Urban Designer
    Urban Design is a broad subject that brings in other specializations like building architecture, landscape design, and green design. Urban designers oversee the grouping of buildings, designing paths, and street networks. So, they give the city its shape and sense of order. They can design cities from scratch or develop existing ones. Urban designers additionally face a wider range of issues that have to do with the economy, politics, and culture. They, also, must be in touch with the communities they serve who are their actual clients.
  • Industrial Architect
    If you are an industrial architect, you will focus on industrial facilities. The design of an industrial facility can be vital to its functionality. They need a suitable envelope that aids the flow of the industrial process taking place inside, and that is what Industrial Architects specialize in. If you have a passion for an envelope, this may be a great fit for you.

Finding Your Way
Studying architecture opens many doors to different paths. They all require hard work, dedication, and creativity. No one said deciding on a specialty will be easy.


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