Gaines Group Architects

Green Term Defined: No-Step Entry

Green Term Defined: No-Step Entry Want to build the most sustainable home possible? Then you should make your home adaptable for all of the challenges you might face in life. For instance, what if your teenager breaks an ankle playing sports? What if you have knee pain as you...

Green Term Defined: Historic Building

Green Term Defined: Historic Building A historic building is a structure that has historic, architectural, or cultural significance. The building can be part of a historic district or be an individual property. The structure is generally at least 50 years old. In addition to...

Green Term Defined: Humidistat

An electronic device that is similar to a thermostat and is essential for understanding your home’s moisture levels. A humidistat is an electronic device that measures the relative humidity in a space. Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. Relative humidity is...

Green Terms Defined: Air Changes per Hour

Green Terms Defined: Air Changes per Hour Air Changes per Hour (ACH) is the measure how many times the air within a defined space is replaced. This measure is determined by how the house / building allows for air to be pulled in or pushed out. It is important to have the right...

Green Term Defined: Infrared thermography

Green Term Defined: Infrared thermography Infrared Thermography, thermal imaging, or thermal video, is a type of infrared imaging used for determining air leakage in energy audits. Thermographic cameras detect radiation in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum...

Green Term Defined: Specifications

Construction Specifications are the cornerstone of the project design. In most cases they override the project drawings in the event of conflicting information. The purpose of the construction specifications is to define the requirements regarding materials, products,...

Green Term Defined: Flashing

Green Term Defined: Flashing Flashing is a strip of impervious material used to stop water from penetrating the junction of a wall or roof with another surface. One of the most critical design elements in a building are those keeping water out of the structural system. Flashing...

Green Term Defined: Renovation

Green Term Defined: Renovation We know a lot about how to build a new building that is very energy-efficient, healthy, and durable. However, no matter how good we can build new structures, saving an existing building is almost always better for the environment. Unless the...

Green Term Defined: Commissioning

Commissioning is an important step to create a sustainable project. This process, found in many green rating systems, is the verification and documentation that a building and the systems used are designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained to meet the project...

Green Term Defined: Erosion

Erosion is the removal of soil and rock by water from one location to another. Erosion is also when wind moves soil from one location to another. Erosion is a natural process, although human activity can have an increased impact on the rate at which is occurs. Excessive erosion...