Net-zero home brings sustainable design to a walkable Iowa City neighborhood

August 31, 2018 by  
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A 1960s home has been reborn into an eco-friendly abode with an impressive net-zero energy footprint. Designed by local architecture firm Neumann Monson , the Koser II is a single-family home that combines forward-thinking sustainable strategies within a contemporary envelope in a leafy and walkable Iowa City neighborhood. Powered by solar and geothermal energy, the home doesn’t sacrifice comfort or luxury in its pursuit of energy efficiency — it even includes a beautiful backyard pool. Covering an area of 2,850 square feet (including a 420-square-foot finished basement), the Koser II house is mainly spread out over a single level. To provide privacy, the street-facing facade is primarily clad in dark cedar planks and punctuated with few windows. A long slatted timber screen near the entrance also shields the home from views and frames an outdoor dining area. In contrast to its introverted exterior, the home’s interior is bright and airy with full-height glazing that lets in plenty of natural light and views. “The design bears the mark of the 1960s home that came before it,” the architecture firm explained. “Removing the existing house’s superstructure and incorporating its slab-on-grade foundation into the new construction makes the most of the predecessor’s limited potential. Additional foundations and a concrete collar support exterior walls of nine- and 10-foot pre-cut studs. Their height differential provides adequate slope to the 14-inch truss-joists spanning the 20-foot width. Operable windows extend to the ceiling plane, maximizing daylight penetration and encouraging cross-ventilation .” Related: After a makeover, this local “shack” becomes the envy of the neighborhood The renovated home also features foamed-in-place insulation and a continuous rigid insulation shell with R-24 walls and an R-40 roof. The light-filled interior is supplemented by LEDs at night and equipped with EnergyStar appliances. Radiant floor heating is complemented with a geothermal climate control system connected to an underground horizontally bored loop. A rain garden in the backyard mitigates stormwater runoff, while a 10.08kW solar array brings the home to zero-energy building performance. + Neumann Monson Images by Cameron Campbell Integrated Studio

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This incredible giant ‘Couch’ building cleverly doubles as both bleachers and a clubhouse

October 14, 2015 by  
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The Asthma Wellness Kit by Cenk Aytekin Makes Exercising Easier for Asthmatics

July 3, 2012 by  
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Did you know that almost 30% of the worlds population is currently suffering from asthma ? Since the 1970s, the number of people with asthma has steadily increased, and it is estimated that by 2019 a striking 400 million people worldwide will be living with this chronic disease. The cause for asthma is traced back to the environment we live in, genetic factors, and lifestyle. But not many people know that an active lifestyle could actually lead to less asthma symptoms and potentially even reduce the amount of asthma medication needed. Cenk Aytekin , a Turkish born designer and recent MA graduate from Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden, recently presented his ‘Asthma Wellness Kit’ ; a concept showing how holistic thinking and wellness can be incorporated into asthma care today. Read the rest of The Asthma Wellness Kit by Cenk Aytekin Makes Exercising Easier for Asthmatics Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: asthma , asthma and exercise , asthma devices for exercise , asthma kit , asthma wellness , cenk aytekin , Design for Health , healthcare , heat exchanger , medical , medical devices for asthma , naci cenk aytekin , Philips , wellness

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