Energy Analysis

Since 2008, Wolf Architecture has been performing commercial energy audits for existing and new work. We utilize energy models for projects in order to see the impact of recommended improvements. We incorporate energy efficient strategies into our design process to assist our clients in making informed choices about the products they select. For existing buildings, we calibrate the model with existing utility bills to verify savings. In the last few years, we have designed the majority of our projects to use 30% less energy than a standard code building. Partner Jason Collins AIA, LEED AP, CEA is a Certified Energy Auditor under the Association of Energy Engineers.

Crime Scene Modeling

A physical model of a crime scene can be a clear and reliable way to explain complex scenarios to a jury during trial.  Perhaps the story of a surviving witness to a murder doesn’t quite match up with the facts of the scene.  Or it could be that the evidence of the scene supports their story when one can get a bird’s-eye view of a bullet trajectory or vehicle path.  Either way, a physical model can tell a story.  Unlike a digital model or video, it cannot malfunction or be shut off.  Its presence will be a constant reminder in the deliberation room of that story.  

Wolf Architecture uses the latest modeling techniques to accurately depict the important elements of a crime scene.  CNC modeling and laser cutting is integral to this process; more can be learned in those sections of our Tools & Technology page.

CNC Routing

Most people have heard of 3d Printing by now.  CNC routing is a similar technology, however it removes material instead of adding it.  3D printing is basically just 2D printing . . . . over and over and over again until it’s layered into the third dimension.  However, CNC routers carve away at a block of material to reveal a final shape similar to a sculptor.  
Given the latest technology, we find the applications for CNC routing are greater compared to 3D printing.  This is because 3D printing is by and large limited to polymers which are weak and brittle in the final product.  A CNC router can carve a solid block of wood or durable plastic.  So a piece produced in this way can become a final product, not just a fragile porotype.  That said, we might have to pick up a 3D printer in a few years when they are capable of creating affordable ceramic pieces . . . or even food! Check out some of our CNC projects: Crime Scene Modeling, Parametic/ Algorithmic studies, and Topography modeling.

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

So, what is BIM? It stands for Building Information Modeling.  It’s not just software; BIM is also a process.  The leap from AutoCAD to BIM is about as great as it was from hand drawing to AutoCAD.  It’s a major advancement in design and construction technology.  As Charles Eastman puts it in Building Product Models: Computer Environments Supporting Design and Construction (CRC Press, 1999), “BIM is a digital representation of the building process to facilitate exchange and interoperability of information in digital format.” 

For a contractor, BIM is the virtual construction of a facility or structure that contains intelligent objects in a single source file that, when shared among project team members, intends to increase the amount of communication and collaboration. The words communication and collaboration have become common in discussions about BIM today, not only among architects, engineers, and contractors but also with owners, facility managers, and sustainable design professionals (Interoperability in the Construction Industry, McGraw Hill Construction, 2007).

Wolf Architecture is always developing and expanding its BIM services, keeping up with the latest technology so it can be applied to your project.