Solar-powered Austin home embraces sustainability in more ways than one

November 13, 2019 by  
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In South Austin, Miró Rivera Architects has completed the Westridge Residence, a contemporary home with an emphasis on sustainable design. Built for a family of four, the sculptural home features rounded roofs on its two structures — the main house and a detached garage with a guest apartment — connected with a trellis of rebar suspended in a natural curve. To minimize its environmental footprint, the house is powered with solar and geothermal energy and was built with durable, long-lasting materials to minimize long-term maintenance. Set on the flattest part of a wooded sloping site in the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, the Westridge Residence was designed to follow the natural terrain and minimize site impact. To take advantage of the site’s natural beauty, the home opens up to the outdoors with large windows, glazed sliding doors and outdoor decks on both levels. The outdoor Ipei deck that connects the two buildings also conceals five 2,000-gallon rainwater storage tanks that are used for irrigation and to compensate for seasonal evaporation loss in the adjacent 40-foot-long swimming pool. Related: Solar-powered Austin home can save owners nearly $100K in energy costs The main house includes an open-plan living area, dining room and kitchen as well as the master suite on the ground floor. The upper level contains two bedrooms, a playroom with a kitchenette, a small media room and a flex room in addition to the open-air covered deck. The detached guest house contains an open-air carport, workshop and storeroom below; the upper level holds a home office and a guest apartment with a bathroom and kitchenette. To reduce the home’s energy demands, the architects specified “double wall” construction for a highly insulated envelope with R-21 walls and R-30 ceilings. Installation of Energy Star-certified lighting fixtures and appliances as well as a 6.8-kW rooftop solar system and a geothermal loop field have translated to energy savings of approximately 22 percent annually as compared to an energy model from a baseline case study. During construction, waste was minimized and recycled wherever possible. In the revegetation of the landscape, invasive species were replaced with native plants. + Miró Rivera Architects Photography by Paul Finkel | Piston Design and Cris DeWitt via Miró Rivera Architects

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5 Tips to Make Recycling a Part of Your Daily Routine

June 18, 2018 by  
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Like any household (particularly those with a home office), my … The post 5 Tips to Make Recycling a Part of Your Daily Routine appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Lanefab Design/Build Constructs a Beautiful Solar-Powered Home for a Family in Vancouver

September 23, 2013 by  
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The Dumfries St. house by Lanefab Design/Build is now Vancouver’s highest scoring home under the Energuide energy efficiency rating system! The solar-powered laneway house was built by a young family in the rear yard of their parent’s existing Vancouver home. The modern structure also boasts a 14 panel solar PV system , indoor-outdoor living, and a high-end suite of appliances. The family home is just 1050sf and includes 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and a home office. + Lanefab Design/Build The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , design/build , green design , green homes , lanefab , lanefab design/build , Solar Power , Vancouver architecture        

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Hammer-Proof Smartphone Screen is Thinner and Cheaper Than Gorilla Glass

September 23, 2013 by  
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As long as we’ve had smartphones , we’ve been afraid of dropping them. With price tags of $500 and above, smartphones are delicate technological flowers that can be killed by a single drop of water or a collision with the ground. That’s why we’re excited about a new screen protecting material called Rhino Shield . Made from a custom-formulated polymer, the material is able to withstand full-on strikes with a hammer, and it’s poised to make Gorilla Glass look like flimsy wrapping paper. Read the rest of Hammer-Proof Smartphone Screen is Thinner and Cheaper Than Gorilla Glass Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: gorilla glass , phone accessories , polymer , Rhino Shield , smartphone protection , Smartphone Screen , tech accessories , touchscreen sensitivity        

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