CATALYST to Provide Peliminary Design for 18,000 Sq. Ft.
Mixed-Use Center
in Prescott Valley

Cover Story Features CATALYST'S James Learning Center
Principal Matthew B. Ackerman to Serve on CAZREN (Central Arizona Renewable Energy Network) Advisory Board
Phoenix Paper Reports Arizona is Ripe For Solar Energy
Governor Napolitano Addresses Smart Growth
Proposed AZ Water Legislation Puts Planning Before Growth

Feb 3-4
Infinite Healing: Eco Design
Prescott, AZ (928) 350-3218
Feb 12-15 2007 E.C.O. Trade Show
Las Vegas, NV (626) 376-8664
Feb 12-17 Solar Electric Workshop
Tuscon, AZ (970) 963-8855
Feb 17 Energy & Climate Change Prescott, AZ (928) 541-1002
March 3 Solar Power & Heat for Homes
Prescott, AZ (928) 778-2828
March 6-8 2007 Renewable Energy Conf
Las Vegas, NV (888) 299-8057

 Jeffrey L. Zucker,  LEED  AIA

Matthew B. Ackerman,  LEED  AIA  

Humble Encouragement

Next week I will be heading off to Washington, DC for the Grassroots Convention of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  This annual event is attended by all incoming presidents of the individual AIA chapters across the country.  This year, the honor has been bestowed upon me. 

The purpose of this gathering is to set the political agenda for the AIA, and to lobby for legislation which the AIA deems worthy and necessary.  I am encouraged to see that this year’s schedule is focused on environmental concerns.  The three main topics that we will be discussing are:

The Clean Water Act & Sustainable Design
Energy Efficiency Standards in Government Buildings
Tax Deductions for Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings

The AIA and the US Green Building Council are also helping to sponsor an event entitled “The 2010 Imperative: A Global Emergency Teach-In” on Tuesday, February 20th.  This live web cast will address issues of global warming and climate change. 

Edward Mazria, one of the keynote speakers at the 2010 Imperative event, has stated that, “Unknowingly, the architecture and the building community is responsible for almost half of all US greenhouse gas emissions annually.”   Mr. Mazria goes on to explain that of all US energy use, “40% of total consumption can be attributed just to building operations.” An additional 8% comes from the production of building materials, and the construction process itself.

As an architect, I feel both encouraged and humbled by the events that are unfolding in my field these days.  Encouraged, because I have an opportunity to make a difference in the world’s environment, from more than just an esthetic view point.  Humbled, because I am only one person amongst millions.  But as each of us becomes more aware of the issues, it is incumbent upon us to act in a responsible manner, and do what we can to make this world a decent place for us all to live in.

I will let you know what happens in Washington.

Green Technology of the Month:

Drainwater Heat Recovery Systems Reduce Energy Demand  

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Green Project of the Month:

A High Performance Home Design for Williams, Arizona 


CATALYST ARCHITECTURE is an award winning, full-service architectural design firm located in Prescott, Arizona.  We specialize in educational, commercial, master planning and custom residential work, with an emphasis on high-performance design, and caring client relationships.

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