The white papers below are technically oriented articles on significant facets of the design and construction industry. Each paper delves deeper into its topic than might be found in our Architecture and Design blog posts. Sealander Architects has a focus on energy efficiency and modern tools used to create high performance buildings. These white papers are based on our experience in these fields. We encourage owners and facilities managers to contact us by email or go to our Contacts page for more information on how we can help.

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Construction in Maine

Taking on a residential or commercial construction project in Maine can be daunting, but it does not have to be. Hiring a good architect is often an important first step. This paper outlines the major areas of the Maine regulatory environment, the construction industry, and project costs. The paper focuses on eastern Maine, but is applicable to other rural and semi-rural areas of the state.

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Architecture and Simulation

The goal of design documentation is no longer to represent a proposed building. The goal is to simulate the behavior of that building. Building simulation can be used to understand how crowds move or how fires spread. We see significant benefit in understanding how heat flows. Simulating the thermal behavior of buildings is a key part of high performance building design.

Creativity is not a linear sprint. It's more like a trek through the mountains, with valleys and peaks, and the occasional "We've been here before."

Here's a current example: The Evolution of a House Design

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High Performance Buildings

High Performance Buildings are the product of tightening regulatory requirements, recognition of the importance of energy efficiency, and new tools and techniques on the part of designers and builders. No-one should pay for a building that does not perform at or above industry standards. In this presentation, we touch on some work being done nationally, and at our own firm.

We have been designing exclusively with Building Information Modeling since 2004. More than just a three-dimensional model, BIM facilitates cost effective design and construction. This paper shows how projects, contractors and owners benefit from BIM.

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Using Therm

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Therm energy modeling program is a tidy little application for investigating design details for thermal performance. Well-validated and the standard tool used by the National Fenestration Rating Council to rate windows and doors, we have used Therm in our office to analyze foundations, walls, and openings.