Recent Posts by Adam King

APL #106 – Positive Outdoor Space

Home Renovation & Addition in Centennial, CO - Architectural design & structural engineering by King Engineering Make all the outdoor spaces which surround and lie between your buildings positive.  Give each one some degree of enclosure; surround each space with wings of buildings, trees, hedges, fences, arcades, and trellised walks, until it becomes an entity…
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APL #105 – South Facing Outdoors

Passive Solar SIP home - Architecture by Sunlight Homes, structural engineering by King Engineering Always place buildings to the north of outdoor spaces that go with them, and keep the outdoor spaces to the south. Never leave a deep band of shade between the building and the sunny part of the outdoors. From our blog…
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A Pattern Language (APL)

One of our most valued clients and a very talented energy efficient residential design firm, Sunlight Homes, introduced me to the architectural concepts of A Pattern Language, by Christopher Alexander.  This is perhaps standard text at architecture schools, but I would imagine most structural engineers would say, "A Pattern Who?".  A Pattern Language, or APL, is a…
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           I’m often asked, “which is better, ICF or SIP?” And to be honest, I ask myself that same question. There isn’t a proven answer. Well, that is, unless you ask an ICF or SIP dealer. What I do know, is that they are both drastically better than conventional stick-framing. As far as which system…
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