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2018 US Air Force Merit Award

The Craig R. McKinley Hall at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base received a 2018 US Air Force Merit Award for Facility Design.  The 47,000sf facility includes ten classrooms, student lounges, teacher lounges and a resource room.  The hall also has three floors of individual dormitory rooms to accommodate an additional 97 students on the base. The… Read more »

250K Tree Day

On February 24th, Elizabeth Eason Architecture participated in Tennessee Environmental Council’s 250K Tree Day. TEC’s goal for 2018 was to have volunteers plant 250,000 trees across Tennessee. The native tree seedlings are grown by the TN Department of Agriculture’s East Tennessee Nursery. This year they provided us with dogwood, hawthorn, tulip poplar, red bud, red oak, as well as… Read more »

How to Prepare for the LEED Green Associate Test

Recently two members of our staff, Geoffrey Cavalier and Jason Cole earned their LEED Green Associate accreditation. Congratulations! USGBC says, “LEED Green Associates have a documented, up-to-date understanding of the most current green building principles and practices, and are committed to their professional future.” We couldn’t agree more! We asked Geoffrey and Jason to share… Read more »

LEED Platinum

We are pleased to announce that our project with Knox Housing Partnership to create 30 affordable, healthy and energy efficient homes for seniors has achieved LEED Platinum from the US Green Building Council.  This is the highest level of sustainable certification available. This is a project that redefines what affordable housing can provide and achieve.… Read more »

Renewable Energy Credits

Our firm recently increased our commitment to clean energy by purchasing 4200 kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy credits (RECs), which are generated by renewable energy projects across America, from Renewable Choice Energy. Not only do the RECs offset 100% of the electricity we use, our purchase also has the carbon sequestered equivalent of 75… Read more »

LEED Gold- How did we do it? Part 9 of 9

Part 9: Innovation in Design Process Our office earned 4 innovation credits, 2 for exemplary performance of existing LEED credits and 2 for sustainable practices that are not (yet) credited under the LEED rating system. 1: The credit for Furniture and Furnishing Reuse requires a minimum of 30% reuse by value; we were able to… Read more »

LEED Gold- How did we do it? Part 8 of 9

Part 8: Daylight and Views “Daylighting reduces the need for electric lighting of building interiors, which, if integrated into the overall approach to lighting, can result in decreased energy use. A well-designed daylit building is estimated to reduce lighting energy use by 50% to 80%. This conserves natural resources and reduces air pollution impacts due… Read more »

LEED Gold- How did we do it? Part 7 of 9

Part 7: Air Quality “Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors, so the quality of the indoor environment has a significant influence on their well-bring, productivity, and quality of life. The US Environmental Protection Agency reports that pollutant levels of indoor environments may run 2 to 5 times- and occasionally more than… Read more »

LEED Gold- How did we do it? Part 3 of 9

Part 3: Water Use Reduction “Reducing potable water use in buildings for urinals, toilets, shower heads, and faucets decreases the total amount withdrawn from rivers, streams, underground aquifers, and other water bodies. These strategies protect the natural water cycle and save water resources for future generations. In addition, water use reductions, in aggregate, allow municipalities… Read more »