Sitting at home in the summer heat, your mind may start to wander to that fancy new air conditioner. But when it comes to making your house comfortable and sustainable, prevention is better than cure. By prevention we mean simple retrofits that will set you on the path to comfort and sustainability. As we spend more than ever on maintaining and improving our homes, we’re also becoming more aware of how their design and use impact on our health and society. Add to this climate change and rising energy costs.
Its up to building owners. The business benefits of healthier buildings are driving increased attention across the design and construction industry to factors impacting physical, social and mental health and well-being. NEW YORK –Building owners, developers, managers and investors in the U.S. are increasingly interested in creating healthier buildings, a new SmartMarket Report by Dodge Data & Analytics, in partnership with Delos, reveals.
My buddy Jeff and I recently spent a week volunteering with an organization called Los Tecnicos that is building a number of small, sustainable, off-the-grid houses about an hour outside of Bogota in a town called Choachi. These homes are constructed with predominately with salvaged and reused materials: tires with dirt pounded inside for the walls, plastic bottles packed with plastic wrappers and other assorted garbage to make bricks, as well as other salvaged goods.
The benefits of living and working in green buildings run further than feeling good about their low environmental impacts. Many features encouraged by rating systems such as LEED, which promotes daylighting, access to views, and natural, non-toxic building materials, have proven to have a definite positive effect on health and well-being. Proximity to Nature and Life Expectancy Even if there is nothing “green” or sustainable about your home’s construction, you can get a significant health boost just by being close to a park or green space. Japanese researchers found that living in a highly forested region can provide a protective…
Sustainability is not a dirty word; being in business in 100 years’ time is what being sustainable really means. Nowadays it is good PR to run a sustainable business. Nevertheless, sustainability is much more than the continued pursuance of a green agenda. Rather, it is the ability of a business to thrive continuously in a fast-changing, competitive environment. David Lewis, managing director at the energy management company Matrix, an E.ON business, says: “Sustainability is about operating a good business. That means it targets reduction in operating costs that have benefits to the bottom line. Those reductions should benefit and enhance…
I interned for three weeks on the original global build in Buffalo Wyoming. Three years ago my wife and I pounded our first tire for our two bedroom global adaption. We finished the tires this past May, and in a few days we’ll have finished laying the can wall form for the bond beam.
The mainstreaming of affordable and energy-efficient small and tiny homes into our cultural consciousness has picked up tremendous momentum in the last few years, leading many to characterize it as a movement in its own right. Even though tiny homes won’t be a fit for everyone, they could potentially help address critical issues like over-consumption and debt, while growing alternative and more sustainable building practices on a larger scale and making housing more affordable.
The city of San Mateo adopts ordinance requiring solar and cool roof installation on new construction projects.
San Mateo, CA (October 5, 2016)… Energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a priority for the city of San Mateo. Starting January 1, 2017, San Mateo will require the installation of solar systems in all new construction projects. The city also requires cool roof installation on all new multi-family and commercial developments with low-sloped roofs.
Conceived as a sustainable reinterpretation of a monolithic gable roof house, the Palatine Passive House integrates modern residential form with innovative building technologies. The certified passive house was designed and built by the architect. Apart from an abundantly glazed entrance gesture, the distinctive façade is windowless in order to meet passive house certification standards.