Dave’s California Office Spins Off


Resource Engineering Group is completing a circle, and starting a new path. Founder Dave Houghton is now working under his new consulting firm that has officially spun off from  REG, the engineering company he started back in 1997. In 2013, Dave moved to San Luis Obispo on California’s central coast between San Francisco and Los […]


Humidification Pros and Cons


Humidification—Pros and Cons  Photo credit: http://energetechs.com We are often asked to provide humidification in residential projects in the mountains. The request is understandable, especially if the owners spend most of their time in a moist climate. (Let’s face it, almost anywhere is more humid than the high and dry Rocky Mountains.) However, there are some good […]


Uganda video and upcoming Africa trip

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REG project engineer Steven Shea is heading to Uganda this month to help with construction of the compressed-earth block house engineered by REG and previously described in this blog. The Dwell Earth folks that are building the house have a video showing how the house will be constructed. Look to this space for another report […]


Emerging Technology Summit, Pasadena CA

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The 2012 Emerging Technology Summit conference was held in Pasadena last October. ET Summit is an every-other-year conference hosted by the ETCC, a group of California utilities and associated organizations. This was a good conference, and in reading through the notes, the information still seems reasonably fresh. Key points: Energy Efficiency is getting tougher in a mature market that has […]


Hurricane-Ready Straw Bale in Texas

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REG recently completed the structural engineering of a new straw-bale home, currently under construction on the gulf of Mexico near Corpus Christi, Texas. The house faces the open water, and is designed to absorb the lateral loading from 130 mph winds. This is about 40% higher windspeed than typical inland design values—and double the wind force! The […]


REG President: August Hasz

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Back in the last century, a young man named August Hasz knocked on REG’s door. I opened the door—I was the entire company back then! August wanted a chance to apply his engineering education after a few years of bouncing around in our little ski town. I found some work for him to do, and […]


REG Engineers Homes for Uganda

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REG engineers recently created a new chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) here in Crested Butte. The effort was led by REG Project Engineer Kris Bruun, who has already worked on several international projects, including a long stint in El Salvador. EWB-USA is an amazing organization started by a CU Boulder engineering professor. Here is […]


REG International Projects

St. Kitts Cottage

REG has contributed to several international projects over the years, including an office building in Central Mexico (Calidra Torreon), a school in Brasil (Curitiba), and an energy audit in the Turks & Caicos Islands (Amanyara). Now REG is back in the Caribbean, on the island of St. Kitts, where the new eco-resort Kittitian Hill is […]


Zack Gustafson earns his P.E.


Zack Gustafson, REG Project Engineer, successfully passed the Mechanical Professional Engineering Exam in the fall of 2012. Congratulations Zack!


Right sizing makes a difference


Two recent REG projects involved reviewing the sizing for mechanical equipment—one for a cooling system, and one for a heating system. In each case, our load calculations allowed us to downsize the system and save money for the owner—almost two thousand dollars in the first case, and over a thousand dollars in the second case. […]