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Today environmental consciousness is becoming more of a priority in residential architecture and design, as consumers realize the seriousness of climate change in our world. Extreme weather conditions such as the recent frigid winter in the Midwestern part of the United States, water shortages due to a drought on the West coast, and increased weather events such as tornadoes and hurricanes are causing concern. These facts combined with rising costs for warming and cooling our homes has spurred engineers, architects and builders to explore new methods for natural cooling and heating.  The economic motivation for passive design and engineering is becoming more significant.   According to the Journal of Novel Applied Sciences, Read more
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Published On : 05-01-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Whitfield Shore: Otherwise Known as “The Spaceship" Condos
The floating spaceship-like oblong structure is known as Whitfield Shore, a condominium located in Guilford, Connecticut, built by well-known modernist residential architect Wilfred J. O. Armster, now in his seventies. The steel, copper and concrete structure is built high up on stalks to take advantage of the views to the south of Long Island Sound. Inside are 13 one-bedroom loft units range from 1,400 to 1,600 square feet, featuring open living areas and two-car garages. The building has a rich history. The local residents, used to charming Colonial housing, began calling it the spaceship down the street. And if you’ll remember the comic strip, “Zippy the Pinhead,” this iconic building was memorialized in it in 2002 Read more
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Published On : 02-13-2014
Author : Kristin Gabriel
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Asbestos Removal & GREEN Alternatives for Homeowners
Located in the western part of the United States, Utah is the center of information technology, transportation and a large tourist destination for outdoor recreation activities. Utah was named the fastest growing state in the United Stated in a study conducted by the U.S. Census Bureaus. The path to owning a home is an exciting time for everyone, but one that will bring additional responsibilities.   Used throughout the greater part of the 20th century, asbestos was one of the most highly sought after building materials due to its flame resistant qualities. Utahs asbestos has been as a result of its large petroleum industry. Oil giants such as BP Amoco, Chevron and American Oil all have refineries stationed in the state. Potentia Read more
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Published On : 03-17-2009
Author : Steve Donegan
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Go Green with home plan NDG-844
  The NDG-844 is a modest home that could house a large family comfortably. The best green highlight is that it uses the 2470 sq. feet wisely. Four bedrooms could house up to eight people, a very large family by today’s standards, while giving each enough room to feel comfortable. The open living spaces and multi-level design give place for various activities to happen simultaneously. This keeps the materials used down, and leaves more open landscape to Mother Nature.   This is another conventional house plan, like most, that doesn’t take passive solar power into consideration. Thats okay here. You could easily put additional windows on the rear side for southern exposure and solar gain, especially in that t Read more
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Published On : 05-27-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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Go Green with home plan DDI105-202
  The Plan #119-1232 (DDI105-202) has some major green advantages and opportunities. To start off with, its basically a three story home, which is not only less expensive to build than something spread out, but disturbs less ground. Its many windows and outdoor decks allow natural cooling and ventilation. Perhaps most important, it fits a lot of house into a small square footage. The size of homes has basically doubled in recent years, so a small house that works extra hard for you is a great start!   What can you do to make it green? Well to start off with, think insulation. This plan has a lot of windows and they're spread throughout the house. Passive solar is not an option and windows represent a weak point in Read more
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Published On : 05-15-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
4487 Views
Heating Your New Home
Heating costs are an expensive part of most of our lives, unfortunately. I remember my first winter in my own apartment. My utilities jumped up to $150.00 a month. That was a hard pill to swallow, especially since my rent was only $275.00 a month! Thank goodness I didnt have to spend another winter there. Like many of you, Ive since become very conscious of the energy Im spending just to keep warm. Most of you have a more efficient system than I did (electric base board heaters), but still cringe at the cost jumps that come along with heating. There are solutions to this problem. My parents, for example, bought themselves a wood burning stove. More than anything, I think it has a nostalgic quality for them as they were both r Read more
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Published On : 03-17-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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Mayne LEED disconnect
We like to show our readers good and bad examples from those who have built before them, so they don't make the same mistake. The fact of the matter is that codes and regulations are constantly changing. Therefore, the plans to any architectural project become paramount. The design process is where it can all start to go right, or wrong. Ensuring that your plans are up to speed may cost a little extra money, but can save you from crippling mistakes. You cant get any higher profile of a project than Thom Maynes Federal Building. For those who are unaware, many government entities are requiring LEED certification for new buildings. LEED is the nationally recognized benchmark for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and the certific Read more
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Published On : 02-19-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
2173 Views
Greenwashing Debates are Heating Up
I've heard a lot of talk about greenwashing lately. It's been a topic of discussion for quite some time, but it's getting more attention. Greenwashing is a term used to describe overstating a products "greenness", or, as some have appropriately put it, a products "shade of green". There are two main arguments. The first is that greenwashing is an evil practice used to deceive consumers and slow down the green movement. The second is that accusing companies of greenwashing is unnecessary slander that punishes them for taking small steps in the right direction. What do you think? Since it's obvious that some companies will want to overstate a products green characteristics to save money, I believe that it's important to c Read more
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Published On : 02-13-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
2091 Views
The Global Warming Deadline
I just read an interesting article by Ross Gelbspan at gristmill.grist.org. He warns that we have passed the deadline to turn our carbon emitting habits around and that dangerous climate change is now inevitable. According to Ross, "The IPCC, which reflects the findings of more than 2,000 scientists from over 100 countries, recently stated that it is 'very unlikely' that we will avoid the coming era of 'dangerous climate change.'" He continues "As one prominent climate scientist said recently, 'We are seeing impacts today that we did not expect to see until 2085.'" So how do we react to this hard notion? How valid is the argument and how frantic should we become? Some say that this whole thing is a hoax. As a good friend of mine pointed ou Read more
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Published On : 02-13-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
2395 Views
Insulation
One of the most fundamental ways to green up your home and save on energy bills is properly insulating your home. This in turn is great for the total environment, because most heat comes from fossil fuels. Traditionally, insulation has struggled with three main obstacles: formaldehyde, low r-value, and air gaps. Formaldehyde is a volatile organic compound or a VOC that stinks. Remember dissecting the frog in high school? VOCs create poor indoor air quality over a long period of time and are known to cause a number of diseases. R-Value speaks of insulations ability to control temperature. Just remember, the higher the better. Lastly, air gaps greatly reduce a products ability to perform. Air gaps must be filled in to receive the full benefit Read more
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Published On : 02-13-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
3660 Views
The Green Roof
Urban areas create several environmental problems. A major problem discussed widely now is the urban heat bubble. Asphalt on roads, parking lots, and roofs reflect heat into the air. This causes a heat problem. Other issues involve water. The asphalt and concrete that make up our urban areas do not absorb the water, so we get flash flood effects in our storm drains and sewer systems. Another problem is air pollution. Not only do we clear land full of oxygen producing plants, but we put carbon dioxides in the air. These are all issues that green roofs can help solve: reduce ambient air temperature, energy use, and utility costs help cleanse the air and water utilize local and recycled materials extend the life of t Read more
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Published On : 02-13-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
3231 Views
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