Solar-powered multi-generational home offsets its energy consumption

June 5, 2018 by  
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Toronto-based architecture firm Williamson Williamson has completed a stunning home that embraces aging in place with a sustainably minded footprint. Located in the Ontario town of Hamilton, the House on Ancaster Creek comprises two distinct residences—one for the clients and the other for their elderly parents. The multigenerational home also reduces its energy demands with a 10KVa solar array, daylighting techniques, and low-energy fixtures throughout. Conceived as a high-density solution, the House on Ancaster Creek combines the functions of two separate homes into a single L-shaped entity. To accommodate any future mobility limitations, the architects placed the parents’ suite on the ground floor, where it’s joined with additional living spaces. Elder-friendly design considerations and features were also incorporated, such as the well-located drains and a master power switch that can immediately switch off any fixtures accidentally left on due to memory loss. The second floor master suite is accessed via a dramatic wood-clad spiral staircase that ascends from the first-floor living room located at the intersection of the two rectangular volumes. The main residence is positioned parallel to the creek and overlooks the views through floor-to-ceiling glazing. Full-height glazing is also used throughout the home to create a seamless connection with the outdoors. The material palette also reflects this connection: the ground floor of the home is clad in three-and-a-half-inch thick locally quarried Algonquin limestone while timber is used throughout. Related: Fabulous multigenerational home allows owners to comfortably age in place Despite the abundance of glazing, the home manages to keep energy demands to a minimum thanks to a highly insulated envelope and a high-performance triple-pane wood-frame window system with an average Uw of .77. Radiant heating is also used to complement a high-efficiency furnace, while LEDs and low-energy fixtures are installed throughout. A 37-module 9.8 kW solar array is installed on two of the flat roofs to offset energy consumption. + Williamson Williamson Via ArchDaily Images by Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc.

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House by the Forest gets a retro remodel that helps it blend into its surroundings

August 8, 2017 by  
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Architecture firm kaa-studio used classic building materials and techniques to reconstruct a simple suburban house in Czech Republic and revamp it as a retro-styled weekend getaway. With its dark grey-brown facade, the House by the Forest blends into its natural surroundings and channels the simplicity of rural living. The architects preserved as much as possible of the original structure and focused on reorganizing its interior to open it up towards the garden and bring natural light inside. They decided to demolish the original vestibule, reorganize the entrance area and only keep the central supporting wall and the staircase on the ground floor. This allowed a more contemporary layout of the living space and reintroduced the connection to the main garden. Related: Skylights stream light into tiny cantilevering home in German forest A strip of window was made across the entire width of the building in order to provide natural lighting and views of the neighboring forest. Similarly, a strip of large roof windows brightened the attic. The height difference between the main entrance and access to the garden was solved using field banks/green hills reinforced with rough stone. + kaa-studio Photos by BoysPlayNice

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September 30, 2016 by  
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5 Tips To Cultivate Happy Gardening With Your Children

September 20, 2016 by  
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Getting children excited about gardening is one of the easiest ways to boost their connection to their food and to get kids to eat vegetables. And yet many children don’t know that grapes grow on vines and that carrots are the roots of a…

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Getting children excited about gardening is one of the easiest ways to boost their connection to their food and to get kids to eat vegetables. And yet many children don’t know that grapes grow on vines and that carrots are the roots of a…

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INFOGRAPHIC: What your brain looks like on LSD

June 28, 2016 by  
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For the first time ever, scientists have been able to see just what LSD does to the human brain. Though declared off limits for medical use in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, today scientists are exploring how this drug can actually help those with mental illness. LSD increases the connection between the parts of the brain that control how we perceive our environment and how we perceive ourselves, helping ease the rigid and inflexible thought-patterns common among those with mental illness. But what about the harm? LSD has been off-limits for a reason, after all. This infographic explores what scientists have learned about LSD so far and what it does to your brain.

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Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

June 13, 2014 by  
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  In a time of rapid climatic shift and lack of political will, the lessons in Ned Tillman’s book Saving the Places We Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship are imperative for the younger generation to understand. By recounting his own experiences in nature as well as pointing to past environmental atrocities , Ned explains reasons for a societal paradigm shift that starts with the changing of our own personal habits and ends with the implementation of international and progressive political negotiations . Read the rest of Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , act on climate , book review , Climate Change , collaborative action , connection , earth , Fishing , forests , future generations , government , Habitats , inhabitat , land , Love , mountains , narrative , nature deficit disorder , Ned Tillman , nutrient runoff , oceans , personal habits , political will , renewables , retrofitting , Sustainable , water issues , writing

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CleverHomes Completes Outstanding Palo Alto Prefab Clad in Reclaimed Barn Siding

June 13, 2014 by  
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New Connection Between Stacked Solar Cells Can Withstand the Energy of 70,000 Suns

September 9, 2013 by  
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Image © Mike Baker North Carolina State University researchers have developed a new way of connecting stacked solar cells that is strong enough to handle the energy of 70,000 suns. The innovation will help prevent voltage losses at the connecting junctions, which will make solar cells more efficient while lowering the cost of solar energy production. Read the rest of New Connection Between Stacked Solar Cells Can Withstand the Energy of 70,000 Suns Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “solar energy” , alternative energy , connection junction , Dr. Salah Bedair , gallium arsenide , north carolina state university , renewable energy , stacked solar cells        

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Chinese Scientists Successfully Produce a Living Kidney Using a 3D Printer

September 9, 2013 by  
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We’ve all seen the cool things that can be done with 3D printers , but now scientists at a Chinese university in eastern Zhejiang Province have made an incredible leap for medical technology by producing a 3D printed kidney that they say can function as a human organ. This development comes two years after Anthony Atala printed a human kidney live at a TED event two years ago, and researchers are progressing in their effort to produce a viable organ that will be suitable for transplant. Read the rest of Chinese Scientists Successfully Produce a Living Kidney Using a 3D Printer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed organs , 3D printing , advanced medicine , china , eastern Zhejiang Province , green design , printed kidney , science , sustainable design , Technology        

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