This family-friendly home is a beacon of modern energy-efficient design in Calgary

September 26, 2018 by  
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Located in one of the most coveted lots in Calgary’s inner-city neighborhood of Rosedale, this modern single-family home crafted by local design/build firm Alloy Homes was, as the firm puts it, “designed to lead by example.” Created with an undeniable contemporary aesthetic, the Rosedale House also pays homage to the local neighborhood vernacular with a large front porch, subdued color palette and other details that match the nearby homes. The home also emphasizes energy efficiency with its incorporation of triple-glazed windows, in-slab radiant heat, a solar-ready electrical system and highly efficient insulation. Covering an area of 3,300 square feet, the Rosedale House is spread across two floors with the communal levels on the ground floor and the private areas on the upper level. Crafting a home that embraced indoor-outdoor living was of particular importance to the clients, not least because the house is sited next to parkland. As a result, giant triple-glazed windows and doors were installed to facilitate a seamless flow between indoors and out, while a natural material palette with neutral, earth-tone colors help ground the home into the site. A rooftop patio at the front of the home also extends the living spaces and overlooks views of the cityscape and mountains beyond. Privacy was maintained with strategically placed planting and a carefully designed layout that adheres to the clients’ lifestyle and places the “public” areas near the front of the home while the rear is reserved for private living. Despite the floor plan’s open feel, the layout can also be adapted as the needs of the family evolve using walls that can be added with no demolition required. Related: Energy-efficient Guitar House embraces indoor-outdoor living in Calgary “The key challenge with this project was to reconcile a number of contradictory programmatic requirements: Create a home that was simultaneously modern and family friendly; open to the adjacent green space yet private; modern yet timeless,” explained Alloy Homes. + Alloy Homes Images via Alloy Homes

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Affordable Main Stay House in Austin keeps occupants cool without air conditioning

May 27, 2016 by  
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As anyone who has spent time in Texas during the summer knows, air conditioning can be your best friend. But MF Architecture wanted to create a home that didn’t need all that energy-sucking AC, but could still keep dwellers cool. To achieve this, they focused on the home’s site orientation, thermal bridge-free connections and airtightness. All of the openings were placed to welcome in plenty of light without bringing in the hot western sun. The pool was situated so that breezes could flow over the water and carry the cool relief indoors. Trees provide dappled light, and a large roof overhang keeps direct sunlight out of the home. The result is plenty of light without the heat. The house was designed with minimal amount of surfaces and openings and a sheltered entry and staircase clad in iron spot masonry. This entry volume demarcates the line between public, common and private spaces, which gives in inhabitants plenty of privacy, but also provides for ample entertaining space. The living room freely opens into the yard, and is devoid of visual and spatial obstacles. This is achieved by placing the service core along the east facade. Related: Four couples create a rustic cabin compound on a communal plot in Texas The open-plan layout allows natural light to fill the interior and reduce reliance on artificial lighting. Cross ventilation is enable by double-glazed operable windows and low-E coating. Advanced insulation helps keep the house cool in the summer. Despite its sleek, energy-efficient design features, the house was relatively cheap to construct-only $250 per square foot. + Matt Fajkus Architecture Photos by Charles Davis Smith , Allison Cartwright , Bryant Hill , Matt Fajkus

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Solar-powered wooden lofts heated independently of Amsterdam’s grid

March 10, 2016 by  
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Solar-powered Base Camp embraces nature through energy-efficient design

May 1, 2015 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: 50 Ways Your Home Could Help Save the Earth

September 22, 2014 by  
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So you’ve already swapped out your incandescent bulbs for LEDs and installed a smart thermostat – what else can you do to green your home? Good to Be Home has you covered with a new infographic that shows 50 ways you can lower your home’s environmental footprint (as well as your utility bills). Check out the full infographic after the break! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: 50 Ways Your Home Could Help Save the Earth Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , 50 ways your home can save the earth , efficiency , energy efficiency tips , energy efficient house , good to be home , Green Building , green design , green home , green home tips , infographic , sustainable design , sustainable home

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Efficient SIP Laneway House Pops Up in an Unused Urban Backyard in Vancouver

November 2, 2012 by  
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TEST DRIVE: How Does the Ford Focus Electric Handle High Speeds and Long Distances?

November 2, 2012 by  
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UK’s First Amphibious House Approved for the River Thames, Floats on Rising Tides

February 15, 2012 by  
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Baca Architects was recently granted approval to build the UK’s first amphibious house on the banks of the Thames River in England! The test home will respond to the issue of rising floodwaters – a pressing world-wide problem caused by climate change . When faced with rising tides, the modern home will rise and float , keeping its occupants safely out of harm’s way. Read the rest of UK’s First Amphibious House Approved for the River Thames, Floats on Rising Tides Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amphibious home , Baca Architects , Climate Change , disaster proof home , eco design , energy efficient house , Floating Home , flood-proof design , green design , sustainable design , Thames River

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