The Thread

Here at Seam, we love design and how sustainable design incorporates so many aspects of nature, beauty, and efficiency. Our blog, The Thread, is a way for us to explore interesting topics, highlight awesome strategies, and offer advice.

Energy Star Struck

Energy Star Struck

Introduction to Energy Star I wanted to get into Energy Star certification, since it is one of the most well known. You have probably seen the blue Energy Star label on your computer or kitchen appliances maybe without giving it a second thought. This exploration of...

Overview of Green Globes

Overview of Green Globes

Navigating Green Globes Green Globes is a contender in the sustainability certification arena. It is one of the most popular green building rating systems alongside LEED. (Check out my post on LEED for more.) Green Globes offers a holistic approach to new, existing,...

LEEDing the Way: An Overview of the LEED Rating System

LEEDing the Way: An Overview of the LEED Rating System

About LEED LEED which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is one of the most common sustainable building rating systems used in the United States and around the world. LEED is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which many...

Hosting a Sustainability Charrette

Hosting a Sustainability Charrette

What is a Charrette? A charrette is a term that, in the architecture industry, describes an important meeting or meetings intended to set goals for a building project including scope, schedule, and budget. This meeting is often a good chance for the project team to...

Sustainability Building Certifications 101

Sustainability Building Certifications 101

This post expands on the last post in The Thead and goes into depth on some of the major sustainability certifications available today. Buildings, appliances, building materials and products can all achieve sustainability certifications from applicable authorities....

How Office Design Impacts Productivity: Part 2

How Office Design Impacts Productivity: Part 2

Welcome to Part 2! Who knew there were so many small and big ways that office design can improve productivity in workers? There are so many, I needed two blog posts just to skim the surface!  In the conclusion of Part 1, I asked you to consider some of the...

How Office Design Impacts Productivity: Part 1

How Office Design Impacts Productivity: Part 1

Have you ever found yourself nodding off at your desk after lunch? Or maybe you wished you were anywhere else besides your stuffy office building. Most of us have been there, and it isn’t necessarily our faults. Office and building managers can take measures to...

Cold Climates & Sustainable Design

Cold Climates & Sustainable Design

It’s winter, and we are all finding ways to stay safe and warm. For many of us, staying warm indoors requires adjusting the thermostat and fans in our homes then sitting back and enjoying the comfortable temperature. We often don’t think about what systems have to be...

Can Buildings Keep Us from Getting Sick?

Can Buildings Keep Us from Getting Sick?

To answer the title question, the answer is, yes, the buildings in which we spend at least 90% or our time can definitely contribute to our health. Buildings, their materials, and their systems can affect our health in positive and negative ways. Sickness is a...

A Day in the Life: Interior Design Version

A Day in the Life: Interior Design Version

Introduction So, what exactly is it that you do? This is a question that I get a lot even from people who have known me a long time. I love what I do and am grateful to do it everyday for a living. I have been evolving the explanation of my profession over time in a...

My Top Productivity Apps of 2021

My Top Productivity Apps of 2021

Several things made last year easier for us, and a lot of them have been technology based. I would bet that a lot of us have been using technology more and more to connect with our loved ones as well as our colleagues. Technology has allowed us to track Covid-19...

How To Network Remotely & Safely

How To Network Remotely & Safely

Our small business networking events have always been a source of good conversations and valuable professional connections. The social events and hand shaking days are evolving into safer, and often remote options to meet people and spark conversations about project...

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