Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

Energy forum opens in Italy to explore affordable green building solutions – Global Times


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Energy forum opens in Italy to explore affordable green building solutionsGlobal Times… not enough,” he said.

Jim Gramata‘s insight:

This post states that from 2020, new European Union laws will require new buildings to be built at net-zero energy consumption. If true very impressive…leading the way.

Topics Include:

Green, healthy homes, healthy homes Chicago, sustainable, sustainable architecture, healthy home owner education, green building energy efficiency, green building preparation and development

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A Sleek Pre-Fab Design For The Modern Homesteader


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Many high-design concepts for sustainable housing remain just that: concepts. We see them on blogs, but they’re either too expensive or impractical to make it to our neighborhoods.

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Rugged, Sustainable Architecture at Shoal Bay, New Zealand


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The owners of this small weekender in Shoal Bay New Zealand wanted a getaway that was rugged, rural in character and felt unpretentious. Architect Gerald Parsonson responded with the design of a beautiful cedar clad bach in the form of two offset pavilions.

Architects Statement:

“Shoal Bay is a remote settlement on the rugged east coast of southern Hawkes Bay. The building is designed to be part of the rural setting, raised off the ground and sitting beside the original woolshed, which has served the bay since the early 1900’s. The bach is rugged yet welcoming and offers unpretentious shelter, it is the type of place where you kick off your shoes and don’t need to worry about walking sand through the house.
The bach is formed of two slightly off-set pavilions, one housing the bedrooms and the other the main living space. Decks are located at each end of the living pavilion allowing the sun to be followed throughout the day. Sliding screens at the north-west end provide adjustable shelter for the different wind conditions, offer privacy from neighbouring campers and act as walls for outside sleeping.”

The sustainable, passive design features an interior spatial arrangement oriented for solar gain, shaded in the summer by the sliding shutters, which also provide shelter from the prevailing northwest winds. Also increasing the efficiency are high levels of insulation, along with solar panels that sit between the two pavilions…

Visit the link to view more images of this contemporary passive design that responds to its site and rural context…

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Seven ways to a healthy home: Make well


Seven ways to a healthy home: Make wellness a priority this winter – Houston Chronicle http://ow.ly/fZ3ti #healthyhomes

Home Performance: The Importance of Home Testing


Home Performance: The Importance of Home Performance Testing in… — CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — http://ow.ly/fWnqB #healthyhomes

Housing as a Leading Indicator


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During the economic crisis of 2008, the housing market, along with everything else, crashed hard and fast.

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Sustainable Style : Rebuilding or Renovating Your Home with Reclaimed Wood


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I first talked about reclaimed wood, briefly, in my piece 10 Eco-friendly ways to Renovate your Home…. Now, on the heels of Hurricane Sandy many of us are looking to rebuild or renovate our homes after suffering severe damage and devastation.

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