Saturday, August 28, 2010
Bilyeu Homes of Oregon has just completed a Passivhaus that the average consumer would actually buy. Read the homeowner's blog to learn about the construction process. Jetson Green has a full overview.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Vernacular architecture represents the fusion of past and future technologies. It recognizes that traditional means for coping with climate demands are often less energy-intensive and therefore both cheaper and more environmentally friendly than many present methods.
"It is fascinating to see how local, vernacular architecture can be adapted to modern-day needs. The same principles that were behind the initial design of so-called "primitive" buildings can be modified for present day use, using cheap locally sourced materials. And these guys should know, because they have all done it in their own countries."
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
"Traditional courtyard homes developed between 3,000 or 2,000 BC "incorporate a variety of appropriately designed inward-looking habitable rooms and spaces at different floor levels around a planted courtyard to suit different seasons and to enhance privacy," according to an exhibit at the Science Museum of London that shows a model of one such house in Baghdad. These "naturally conditioned homes" are still found in many places, from Beijing to southeast Turkey, and likely beyond..."
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Sunday, December 6, 2009
A Must Read
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
"Wieland believes the market downshift reflects 'a fundamental change in the way people are going to want to live,' and not just a reaction to scarce credit and insecure jobs, said F. David Durham, senior vice president. 'We're not waiting for things to return to the way they were.'"
"'The traditional houses have many environmental advantages,' said Abdulla Zaid Ayssa, the director of the government office that oversees all building and renovation in the Old City.
"The traditional plaster, joss, does not erode stones over time the way cement does, Mr. Ayssa said, and is more durable. Qadad, a stone-based insulation material used in roofs and bathrooms, is much stronger than modern equivalents. The old stones and insulation techniques are calibrated to the sharp temperature shifts of night and day in Sana’s desert climate, so that the sun’s warmth fully penetrates a house’s walls only at day’s end, and is then retained through the night and no longer, Mr. Ayssa said. They are also much more soundproof and private than concrete.
"'They experimented for hundreds of years to find these techniques,' Mr. Ayssa said. 'By comparison, nowadays we are building houses with a very stupid concept.”'"