Robert R Gisriel AIA, Architect

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Robert R. Gisriel Design Corp
105 W. Hughes Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

Robert R. Gisriel   AIA, Architect
Licensed architect since 1992 working on large and small residential projects and small commercial projects. Extensive experience in additions to existing buildings, historic renovation, and historic tax credits. 
My design philosophy is to balance the program, the site or existing building and budget, to find a creative solution within standard building practices and building products, with an emphasis on
energy efficiency and sustainability.

                                                                                                                   Solar Solstice Sun Angles for Passive Solar Design
Philadelphia College of Art, B.S. in Architecture 1978 
        Boys Latin High School, 1973
Baltimore Heritage, 2001 Historic Preservation Award, Federal Hill Historic District
Federal Hill Historic Main Streets, Best Facade Rehab Award, 2004


Minimize impact on the environment                    Reduce reliance on cars
Increase energy efficiency                                    Conserve water
Durable and easy to maintain buildings               Promote recycling
Buildings that are healthy to live in

Passive Solar design: Winter sun can produce direct heat-gain through windows but you must shade them in summer to block out the sun and reduce overheating.  Thermal mass can be used to store heat in masonry and/or concrete and to help stabilize temperature swings.
Insulation: Use insulating sheathing, which eliminates thermal bridging.  Insulate exterior basement walls and slabs to create thermal mass.  Insulate hot water pipes throughout the house.
Ventilation: Use natural cooling by increasing ventilation through cross and chimney ventilation, and use ceiling fans in bedrooms.
Window glass area: Eight percent of the room's square footage is the minimum by Code; 16 percent should be the maximum.  More glass area will make it harder to heat and cool the house.

Solar panels: For electric or heating water.  Cost $10,000-30,000.
Tank-less water heaters: Higher up front costs. Requires power upgrade.
Green roofs: Increase costs by 50% or more per square foot.
Water conservation:  Collection of rain water for watering landscape; dual flush toilets or use of "grey water" systems.
Renewable, healthy and sustainable building products:  Bamboo, cork, and recycled flooring, low VOC formula paints and less off-gassing emissions from plastic, glue and formaldehydes.  Use building products with recycling contents.

Today we must build smarter by being energy efficient and cost efficient. Many green builders are using only high tech products and not incorporating passive design strategies. First, create a good exterior envelope and use passive design strategies.  Then investigate active systems you can use now or in the future.  An energy efficient home will pay you back now and improve your future home value.

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