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Being Mindful of Sustainability Practices

2m 21s

Russell Buchanan of Buchanan Architecture walks us through the schematic design phase of his residential project in Crested Butte, CO.  He discusses the importance of capitalizing on views and solar orientation, and how they influenced the building layout. He also sketches out a bubble diagram to illustrate the spatial and functional relationships as well as the structural grid.

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So for example, in Crested Butte they don't have a concrete batch plant so when we look at a foundation, we have to pay attention that that concrete for that foundation is coming from a long way away. And what the folks in Crested Butte do is they really try to schedule concrete when it's not cold outside. And so that limits the amount of time that concrete is really optimally placed and that time period really runs from April through till about October.

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Duration: 43m