Atmospheric 1950s home renovated as a school facilitates self-guided education

June 22, 2016 by  
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The building sits in a residential neighborhood with strict building regulations that forced the architects to stick to acceptable geometry and materials. It is designed to become a “third teacher” with a flexible learning environment . Using a design strategy that accentuates fluidity, the architects created a variety of spaces and established the connection between interior and exterior spaces. Related: The Garden School is a New Green-Roofed Learning Facility for China In order to comply with building regulations and still come up with an interesting design solution, the team used standard materials in an interesting way. This attitude resulted in a configuration of different scales and sequences of folds and patterns . They also integrated the existing 1950s pitched roof into the design to facilitate solar energy and rainwater harvesting . + Scalar Architecture Photos by Miguel de Guzmán

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L.A. Mayor proposes bold earthquake retrofits for thousands of buildings

December 16, 2014 by  
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti just unveiled an unprecedented plan to retrofit LA to deal with what some scientists say could be the next “Big One” – a massive earthquake that could open California’s San Andreas Fault. According to scientists, there’s a 46 percent chance of 7.5 or larger quake in the Southern California area in the next 30 years. Read the rest of L.A. Mayor proposes bold earthquake retrofits for thousands of buildings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building code , California earthquake , earthquake , la earthquake retrofits , Los Angeles , los angeles earthquake , los angeles earthquake retrofits , magniture 7.5 earthquake , northridge earthquake , San Andreas fault , the big one

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Alventosa Morell squeezes a narrow, day-lit home between two blocks of flats in Barcelona

December 16, 2014 by  
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One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

December 16, 2014 by  
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An astonishing one out of every five households in Australia is now relying on solar energy, a new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) reveals. Just 3 years ago only 5 percent of homes used rooftop solar panels or solar water heating , but today a full 19 percent do. To put that into perspective, by most accounts , fewer than .4 percent of homes in the US rely on solar. Read the rest of One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , Australia Solar , percent of homes solar powered , Queensland solar , renewable energy , renewable power , rooftop solar , solar energy Australia , solar energy US , solar panels , Solar Power , solar power use , solar water heater , South Australia solar , us solar power , using solar

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Vote Passed To Make US Buildings 30% More Efficient

November 3, 2010 by  
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While the Mid Term Elections may be dominating the news channels, this week a major vote passed that is set to transform how the country’s buildings are made. On Monday, US building officials voted to support the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code , which will require buildings in every state to be made 30% more energy-efficient

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Unsafe Levels of Formaldehyde in New Homes

December 15, 2009 by  
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