Spring To-Do List: HVAC Maintenance
With warmer weather here, it is time to see if winterizing our home has paid off and make sure the cold weather has not compromised the safety and efficiency of our HVAC system. Now is an ideal time to check both the outdoor and indoor systems for any wear and tear. You can start by
2017 Design Trends
The Best in American Living Awards (BALA) ceremony took place recently at the NAHB International Builders’ Show and provided a highlight reel of sorts to the top design trends we’re currently seeing in building and remodeling projects. According to the NAHB article, the top design trends that home buyers expect to see over the next several
February To-Do List: Pruning
Georgia’s General Beauregard Lee predicted an early spring this Groundhog Day, and spring gardening draws closer day by day. The first step: pruning, which allows us to get rid of any diseased or dying plant parts in order for nutrients to travel more efficiently to parts that are alive. We also prune to shape plant
Dodging the draft with energy-efficient windows
Windows are the eyes of your home, providing sunlight and hopefully spectacular views. But if your windows are not very energy-efficient, the heat loss from them may be costing you in utility bills, besides feeling the uncomfortable chill of sitting beside such windows on a cold winter day. But not to worry – with emerging
Super-insulated and Passive Homes laugh at the polar vortex
In December, JLC featured four advanced high-performance, super-insulated building designs. This week, we talked with homeowners who are living in some houses built following those designs to find out how the homes are coping with this year's record cold.
The post Super-insulated and Passive Homes laugh at the polar vortex appeared first on Eco Custom Homes.
Materials Monday: Watershed Materials turns rammed earth into a building block
Concrete is a problem from start to finish. The production of cement is responsible for at least 5% of the CO2 made by humans each year. That cement is mixed with aggregate that is carted out of huge earth-scarring gravel pits by giant trucks. It is then put in redi-mix trucks that race through.... Read more here
The post Materials Monday: Watershed Materials turns rammed earth into a building block appeared first on Eco Custom Homes.
Modular all-in-one chicken coop & garden composts too
Made out of wood and formed chicken wire, "Daily Needs" is a one-stop gardening unit that allows gardeners to grow vegetables, raise chickens or other pets, and to close the cycle by composting any food scraps into more brown gold. Part of the structure can be modified to become a mini-greenhouse or coldframe, by using.... Read more here
The post Modular all-in-one chicken coop & garden composts too appeared first on Eco Custom Homes.
The Anti – McMansion
Living in a one-room house with an ultra-minimalist aesthetic and two small children sounds more like the setup for a joke than something any reasonably sane person would attempt.
And yet that’s exactly what Takaaki and Christina Kawabata set out to do when they renovated an old house here. They were convinced that an open space with as few toys and material possessions as possible was a recipe not for disaster, but for domestic calm.
Still, living this way takes ..... Read More Here
Feb 14th Showing, The Documentary, IF YOU BUILD IT
From Patrick Creadon, director of WORDPLAY and I.O.U.S.A., comes a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education. IF YOU BUILD IT follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie county, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to help re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what's possible.
Showing on February 14, 2014 at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta called IF YOU BUILD IT, about influential designer-activist Emily Pilloton.
The post Feb 14th Showing, The Documentary, IF YOU BUILD IT appeared first on Eco Custom Homes.
ASHRAE GreenGuide: Four Editions, 10 Years, 158 GreenTips: e-book Made Available
ATLANTA - When the first edition of the "ASHRAE GreenGuide" was first published 10 years ago, guidance on how practice green building design was not so readily available.
“Since 2004, the industry has witnessed the continued evolution of green building programs from strictly voluntary to being both more in the industry mainstream as well as being mandatory in jurisdictions that adopted these for their building codes,” Tom Lawrence, a member of ASHRAE’s technical committee (TC 2.8) on building environmental impacts and sustainability, said.
The post ASHRAE GreenGuide: Four Editions, 10 Years, 158 GreenTips: e-book Made Available appeared first on Eco Custom Homes.