International Building Performance Simulation Association’s mission is to foster better building performance through building simulation by improving the design, construction, operation and maintenance of new and existing buildings in the United States. Each month, they highlight a member asking them to share their insights about themselves, their careers and the present and future state of energy simulation as they see it. This month their Member Spotlight is on 7group partner, Marcus Sheffer. Learn more about how Marcus’ path led him to building energy modeling (BEM) and journey with him (read more)
Experience the World in New Ways with Learning the Language of Life A Regenerative Workshop October 12 to 15 | Claycomb Chalets, Champion, PA Those seeking to improve and inspire their lives through nature and experience the world in transformational ways — to discover, clarify, and fully inhabit the unique essence we each hold — will benefit from Learning the Language of Life: A Regenerative Journey. Through this immersive retreat to the serene Claycomb Chalets amidst the beauty of the southwestern Pennsylvania forest landscape, you will emerge with new breakthrough levels of (read more)
Learning the Language of Life: A Regenerative Retreat October 12 to 15, Champion, PA At first blush, many of you will see the content of the program and wonder how this relates to green buildings or to the work that you do in the world. It’s not architecture or engineering or construction. This just looks like a fun retreat in the woods. You might be thinking: must be nice that these guys can afford to go play in the woods for a weekend. We do spend time in the (read more)
Learning the Language of Life: A Regenerative Workshop with Joel Glanzberg Claycomb Chalets 114 Claycomb Chalets Lane Champion, PA 15622 (near Seven Springs) 12-15 October 2018 “Most of our problems are caused by thinking differently than Nature works.” --Gregory Bateson Patterns are the language of Life, our original mother tongue. By triangulating the perspectives of traditional tracking (pattern reading), living systems thinking (pattern thinking) and regenerative design (pattern design), we can relearn to see with Nature’s Mind and act as essential members of this (read more)
7group has been selected by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to serve as one of three Integrative Design coach/facilitators for NYSERDA’s RetrofitNY program. RetrofitNY is a $30 million program funded over 10 years and made available through the State's Clean Energy Fund. It intends to bring a substantial portion of New York's affordable housing units to or near net-zero energy over the next decade. 7group will be working with two of the six project teams to whom NYSERDA awarded design contracts for this High-Performance (read more)
Your project is far more than an amalgamation of materials and systems. It is a physical manifestation of your values, of what you really care about. Its design and construction sets the stage for much of what it becomes and serves over its lifetime. Its effects will extend well beyond the people who design, construct and inhabit it. It can contribute to the ecological health of the place it inhabits. It can serve to enrich the community, the watershed and the larger systems that support and enable it to (read more)
Of course we made up synthegrative, so don’t try to look it up. This “word” reflects our approach to thinking, learning, projects, story and process. It combines real words, synthesis – a combination of ideas to form a theory or system, and integrative – serving or intending to unify separate things; to create a systemic vision of wholes which are greater than the sum of their parts. This reminds us that our work in regenerative design must begin with working on whole systems and not just the parts.
Our synthegrative posts will explore our thoughts, beliefs and ideas. We will share news about our events, our projects and our work. We will tell our story and the stories we find along the way.