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CDFM Architectural has a long history in environmentally sensitive design. Rich Heinemeyer has been heavily involved in the push for the utilization of solar energy in buildings and energy conservation in general for over 20 years. He was one of the first architects to get a second professional degree, M Arch, from the University of Colorado in studies relating to solar and high performance building design. He was also employed by one of the Solar Pioneers of the 1980’s – Richard L. Crowther of Denver Colorado. During those years as a member of the American Solar Energy Society, Rich spoke to many interested groups and produced many articles and scientific papers dealing with topics such as climate-appropriate design, solar thermal storage and natural ventilation.  This period saw the completion of many passive solar projects and provided a rich depth of knowledge for what is now described as “Green” or Sustainable building design.

Rich has remained involved in numerous solar design projects and most recently has completed designs for two LEED rated housing projects. He received his LEED AP qualification in 2008.  

Recently we have also lent our expertise in solar rights to local design review boards and neighborhood committees to review zoning requirements for the protection of solar access. Rich has been active in commenting on new drafts for LEED ND, a recent addition to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design requirements for Neighborhood Development.

CDFM Architectural always approaches each project from a strong commitment to sustainability, regardless of the various formal “green” ratings that may be pursued during the design stages. Ambient energy solutions such as solar, and geothermal heating/cooling are considered where appropriate. Energy conservation achieved with daylighting design, building envelope optimization and equipment efficiency are basic methods we apply to the energy use equation. Energy recovery in both heating and cooling modes is also a consideration. Pursuit of high performance, net-zero energy buildings such as promoted by the 2030 Challenge we believe to be close to the ultimate goals for the built environment – living within our energy income, and the elimination of man-caused contributions to climate change.