Tiny Homes into the International Residential Code

Tiny Homes into the International Residential Code

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.

Building Construction efficiency a priority for San Mateo

Building Construction efficiency a priority for San Mateo

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.

Palatine Passive House in Seattle, Washington

Palatine Passive House in Seattle, Washington

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.