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Author: Eric Spletzer

A great diagram can explain so much, and empower strategic systems thinking toward better buildings. A Life Cycle Assessment is the most detailed picture of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions - "eCO2e" or just "Carbon" for short - that we have. Recent studies have shown that...

Design-Build saves the client time and money while taking headache of managing the designer-contractor relationship off the client. Crafted Earth offers both Design and Design-Build, but for expediency and quality assurance we recommend Design-Build....

Below is a graph built upon the schedule of costs for a building permit in San Rafael, outlined here.  Many other possible permit fees may apply, depending on the nature of the work.  San Rafael lays them out pretty comprehensively here. ...

In general, fees vary as the cost of construction goes up. For estimating purposes, it's simplest to think of the design and supervision fees as a percentage of construction fees.  <glossary>Soft costs</glossary> can vary between 15 and 40 percent, depending on the cost of construction. Design fees for residential...

The final draft of the complete design, or construction documents are submitted to the city Planning and Building Departments for review.  If the project is an interior remodel then it will not be subject to Planning review and in some cities may obtain an over-the-counter...

Good design takes time.  The design process for a remodel may take four to six months or longer. The design of an addition or new construction can be twice as long.  Once the design is complete, the project will go through the permit process and only...