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.”'"
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Is this true? Is someone just looking for publicity with this? Who knows. But the question you need to ask yourself is this: if the allegations are true, how will your lifestyle be affected? Wouldn't you prefer a home that was less dependent on energy consumption?
Monday, November 2, 2009
"All those solar panels from the first eco-boom in the 1970s, and those clunky, angular houses they sat atop? Most are demolished and gone. “The carbon footprint of a building is meaningless once its parts are carted off to a landfill in a generation or two,” Mouzon told the crowd. The rebuilding of New Orleans by the people who love it, he suggested, may provide the most lasting green lesson of all."
An article in the latest Atlantic explores construction of green homes in New Orleans. Some are distinctly New Regionalist in nature, and some are eco-boxes designed by architecture students. Guess which ones residents prefer?