Airy Santa Monica Canyon home embraces views of nature and art

May 27, 2020 by  
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Reclaimed materials, a world-class art collection and an indoor/outdoor lifestyle combine in this recently completed Los Angeles residence designed by Santa Monica-based firm  Conner + Perry Architects . Built for  Los Angeles natives, this luxurious four-bedroom family home with large windows and a natural material palette was thoughtfully inserted into a wooded Santa Monica Canyon. Salvaged materials taken from the old existing home on-site and felled wood found on the property have been repurposed into beautiful focal elements for the house, such as the grand entry doors and outdoor furniture.  Designed to embrace the “quintessential California indoor/outdoor experience,” the two-story Santa Monica Canyon home opens up with fully pocketing glass exterior walls to a central courtyard with a pool and outdoor shower. Extended canopy-like cantilevered eaves protect from the sun. The charred wood ( Shou Sugi Ban ) siding, copper, exposed steel and concrete materials that wrap the home’s exterior were selected for their organic nature and their low-maintenance, climate-compatible qualities.  To pay homage to the history of the site, which was used as a Forestry Service test station for Eucalyptus tree testing in the 1910s and 1920s, the architects  salvaged  much of the original 1940s cabin that once occupied the property. Related: New Santa Monica City Services Building will produce more energy than it uses The home interior takes cues from nature and includes a mix of massangis gray  limestone  and French oak used for the floors, weathered brass, blackened steel elements and a variety of marble and tiles. The warm yet restrained palette also provides a neutral backdrop for the clients’ world-class art collection; the interior floor plan was designed to frame views of either the art pieces or landscape views. “Each of them has described the house as having a magical or mystical quality, allowing light in at the right moments, as well as the shadows of the trees , and a calming mirroring effect,” Kristopher Conner, Conner + Perry Architects co-founder, said. + Conner + Perry Architects Images by Taiyo Watanabe

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Italy’s Relaunch Decree helps homeowners install solar photovoltaic systems for free

May 27, 2020 by  
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Italy has been hit hard by COVID-19 and is attempting to jump-start its economy through the Relaunch Decree, a revitalization package of 55 billion euros ($60 billion) that Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and his cabinet passed earlier this month. The stimulus includes tax breaks for clean energy projects and renovations; Italian homeowners are offered free rooftop installations of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems through the Relaunch Decree. To help Italy recover from the coronavirus-induced recession, incentives — like tax credits for homeowners pivoting toward energy efficient home improvement projects — are offered. According to Ernst & Young’s Global Tax News , “Individuals can offset 110% of qualified building renovation and energy efficiency costs incurred between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2021 against their tax liabilities in five equal installments (up to certain thresholds).” Related: First home solar pavement installed on a driveway PV Magazine explained that the bonus is “for building-renovation projects from 65% to 110% and a jump in support for PV installations and storage systems associated with such renovation projects, from 50% of costs to 110%.” Any solar photovoltaic installations for the next year-and-a-half will be subsidized. Only a few weeks ago, Green Tech Media warned that Italy’s subsidy-free solar sector had stalled due to the pandemic, placing many projects on hold. While the solar industry is no stranger to vicissitude cycles, the pandemic added unexpected variables. “For the sector, the Relaunch Decree is certainly a great opportunity for the spread of photovoltaics on the roofs of Italian homes,” said Paolo Rocco Viscontini, president of PV association Italia Solare. Italy’s investment incentives for solar should come as no surprise, since Statista describes Italy as “the leading country worldwide for electricity consumption covered by solar PV.” Since the early 2000s, Italy has been a strong proponent of solar installations. In 2017, it unveiled its National Energy Strategy — a 10-year plan to decarbonize, expand renewable energy and promote energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. As of early 2020, Italy is second only to Germany in the photovoltaic sector, with solar power as the country’s preferred renewable energy source. In 2019, Italy had a 69% increase in solar photovoltaic installations compared to 2018. That growth was deemed “the most substantial recorded in Italy” by PV Europe with a grand total of 56,590 new solar power system installations in 2019, of which 50,653 were residential. While COVID-19 dampened photovoltaic growth for Italy’s first quarter of 2020, many nonetheless hope that the Relaunch Decree’s incentives can support a swift restart of the solar PV sector. Tom Heggarty, principal solar analyst for global energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie, said , “Solar [projects are] pretty quick to develop and construct. So once we start to see restrictions lifted, the industry should, theoretically, be in a good place to bounce back quite quickly.” Via EY Global Tax News , PV Magazine , Green Tech Media , Statista and PV Europe Image via Giorgio Trovato

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Martin Fenlon breathes new life into a dilapidated 1920s Los Angeles bungalow

September 29, 2015 by  
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California’s Volcano House boasts 360 degrees of Mojave desert views

September 25, 2015 by  
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China to announce major cap-and-trade program to curtail carbon emissions

September 25, 2015 by  
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China ’s enormous pollution problem isn’t news. Earlier this year, the nation set ambitious goals to peak GHG emissions by 2030 , but we haven’t heard much about how that goal will be achieved. This morning, China’s President Xi Jinping is announcing a landmark cap-and-trade program expected to launch in 2017. This marks the first tangible step toward making drastic cuts in the pollution that is killing thousands of people each day in China and contributing to climate change . Read the rest of China to announce major cap-and-trade program to curtail carbon emissions

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Doolittle Home that Looks Like a Bond Villain’s Lair On Sale in Joshua Tree

May 28, 2014 by  
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Brilliant Invention Brings LED Sunshine to Windowless Rooms

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Is your apartment or workspace seriously lacking in natural light ? Well listen up – Italian physicist Paolo Di Trapani of the University of Insubria has invented an artificial daylight device called CoeLux that looks just like the sunny sky! And unlike other artificial daylight fixtures, CoeLux actually replicates the color temperature of sunlight and the way the sun moves across the sky. Read the rest of Brilliant Invention Brings LED Sunshine to Windowless Rooms Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial daylight , artificial skylight , CoeLux , false skylight , LED , nano-structured surface , paolo di trapani , rayleigh scattering process , skylight , sunlight spectrum , university of insubria

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Tiny Moose Road Residence Frames Stunning Views of Ukiah Valley in California

April 10, 2014 by  
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Inhabitat Tours Blu Homes’ First Prefab Breezehouse on America’s East Coast (PHOTOS)

January 29, 2013 by  
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Blu Homes has opened their first prefab Breezehouse on the east coast of the United States and Inhabitat editor and founder Jill Fehrenbacher was given an exclusive tour. Located in Copake, New York, the 2,420 square-feet home is the first of twelve located on an eco-development overlooking the verdant Berkshire Mountains. Solar-ready and super energy efficient, the prefabricated Breezehouse is also LEED Silver certifiable. Hit the jump for more details and browse through our gallery for a closer look at our exclusive photos of this gorgeous new eco-home. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “prefabricated housing” , blu homes , blue homes breezehouse , breeze house , breezehouse , california architecture , Copake , green architecture , green design , Green prefab , home , Kaufmann designs , leed prefabs , michelle kaufmann , modern prefabs , modular home , new york architecture , prefab homes nyc , prefabricated homes , upstate New York

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