Sustainable Design Blog

Are your products within 500 miles of your LEED project?

Posted by Wed, Jan 07, 2015

Tags: LEED

We have recently found some great ways to measure a LEED Projects distance a manufacture's location.

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Platinum Scoring in LEED - Energy Efficiency the Swedish Way

Posted by Fri, Oct 24, 2014

Tags: LEED, Energy Efficiency

 

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Carlson Studio Project featured in Washington DC exhibit

Posted by Thu, May 23, 2013

Tags: LEED, Sustainable, Jedd Heap, aia, architect, sun-n-fun

Carlson Studio Architecture’s design of the newly completed Lifestyle and Wellness Center, located at the Sun N Fun Resort in Sarasota was featured by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  The annual exhibition is presented at AIA National’s headquarters, the American Center for Architecture, in Washington, DC. The exhibition is on display from February through April 2013, and was viewed by over 700 attendees in conjunction with the annual AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference.  The American Institute of Architects, Center for Emerging Professionals sponsors this annual exhibition of architectural work, art, and designs of emerging architectural professionals across North America.  

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Cottonwood Cove earns LEED Gold certification!

Posted by Thu, Mar 07, 2013

Tags: usgbc, LEED, gold LEED, nevada, national, Floating

April 10, 2013 – Sarasota, FL – The Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina on Lake Mohave made history this month by achieving LEED-NC LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the world’s first LEED certified floating green building. This eco-friendly marina, located in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area just outside of Las Vegas, was designed by Florida’s premier green design team, Carlson Studio Architecture (CSA). CSA, based in Sarasota, was selected for this unique project because of its diverse sustainable design experience.  The project, spearheaded by the National Park Service and Forever Resorts, LLC, serves as the marina’s operations office, and is literally floating ON Lake Mohave.  This project marks the 12th LEED certified project the firm has been responsible for. 

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LEED Gold 'Sun N Fun' featured on the Cover of Modern Steel Construction

Posted by Wed, Oct 31, 2012

Tags: architecture, carlson, usgbc, LEED, LEED AP, Jedd Heap, architect, sustainability

Featured on the cover of nationaly circulated Modern Steel Construction Magazine is Carlson Studio's very own Sun N Fun Lifestyle Wellness Center. An article co-writen by CSA's Jedd W. Heap, AIA, LEED AP and Hees & Assocaites owner Karl Hees, P.E., S.I., F.ASCE describes the steel and wood structural system from concept to completion. Click the link below to read more.

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Local AIA chapter features CSA's Sun N Fun project at annual meeting

Posted by Wed, Oct 17, 2012

Tags: LEED, green building, sarasota, Jedd Heap, aia, Michael Carlson, florida

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to tour Sarasota’s newest LEED Gold building, Sun N Fun’s Lifestyle Wellness Center. This year the Gulfcoast AIA will be hosting free tours of the project at their annual meeting. Also in attendance will be members of the Green Drinks networking group, USGBC, CSI, and GBCX members. All are welcome to attend and enjoy cocktails & hor d’oeuvres on the pool deck.

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Carlson Studio to be featured on the cover of Enviromental Desgin + Construction Magazine

Posted by Wed, Aug 08, 2012

Tags: architecture, LEED, sarasota, Michael Carlson, building hope

EDC, the official magazine for the LEED professional, is proud to announce that Michael Carlson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Grace Carlson, APR, LEED Green Associate, of Carlson Studio Architecture are the winners of EDC’s “Get Exposure for Your LEED Project” contest.

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Cancer Support Community Building Hope wins FLASLA Landscape award

Posted by Fri, Jun 22, 2012

Tags: LEED, building hope, landscape, dwy

Sarasota, FL (May 2012)DWY Landscape Architects has received three (3) prestigious awards from the Florida Chapter of the American Association of Landscape Architects (FLASLA) as part of the annual design awards program. The distinctions included an award of Honor in the category of Institutional Design for the Center for Building Hope (formerly called the Wellness Community Center) and awards of both Merit and Excellence in Residential Design for projects in Bird Key and Boca Grande. 

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Carlson Studio and Sarasota County highlighted as local leaders in sustainability by the AIA

Posted by Tue, Apr 10, 2012

Tags: green, LEED, sarasota, aia, sustainability, leader

Local Leaders in Sustainability: Green Incentive Trends is a joint effort with the National Association of Counties (NACo) to help local government officials incentivize green construction in their communities. State and local government green building incentives range from options that are virtually cost-free to those that involve more investment. The most attractive incentives are tax incentives, density/floor area ratio bonuses, and expedited permitting. The findings show that communities should select incentives based on their financial situation and desired impact on the construction industry. The simpler the policy, the more likely it is to be implemented successfully.

This Local Leaders report focuses on five key areas of green incentives: financial costs, oversight structure, local political and cultural environment, limits to power, and industry engagement. Green Incentive Trends analyzes initiatives instituted by localities across the country in recent years to provide in-depth best practice examples and a focused analysis on strategies that work well for different communities. The report also highlights innovative green architecture and interviews with the architects and local officials that are making it possible. Green building market transformation is accelerating, and these incentives are useful tools to help communities shift toward a sustainable future.
 

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Sun N Fun Lifestyle Wellness Center, new Landmark!

Posted by Wed, Mar 14, 2012

Tags: green, usgbc, LEED, Sustainable, sarasota, Jedd Heap, architect, project architect, Michael Carlson

by Harold Bubil
HeraldTribune, Real Estate Editor

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