How to Combat the Urban Heat Island Effect at Home

March 6, 2020 by  
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LEED Platinum UCSB student housing harnesses Californias coastal climate

June 5, 2019 by  
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The University of California Santa Barbara boasts not only a beautiful campus near the ocean, but also recently completed student housing that’s been certified LEED Platinum . Designed by Los Angeles-based architectural firm Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA), the UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing was created to take advantage of the region’s ideal coastal climate to reduce energy demands. In addition to the use of passive design principles, the project employs several other sustainable strategies such as bioswales, solar water heating, and increased insulation. The project is 20 percent over California’s Title 24 requirements. Spanning an area of 95,000 square feet, the UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing comprises seven structures that augment the existing housing volumes and student facilities located at the university’s 15-acre North Campus. LOHA designed the new housing clusters to align with the existing community’s scale and character while creating an environment that would encourage greater social activity. Related: These stunning student housing apartments are inspired by tiny homes “UCSB dormitories have typically pushed circulation to their exterior envelope, with an inert central courtyard accessible only from within the building,” explain the architects. “LOHA’s design inverts this circulation scheme, designing a reductive exterior edge with an open, lively interior courtyard containing all building circulation, encouraging movement throughout the complex. Social hubs (reading rooms, gathering spaces, dining) are dispersed and floated above others. This distribution of spaces creates varied student experiences to generate a healthy campus culture.” Durability was a major driving feature in the design as well. The San Joaquin Student Housing complex’s street-facing facade is clad in corrugated metal panels, while the interior-facing elevations are covered in painted plaster punctuated by aluminum fins that support the elevated walkways finished with industrial cable mesh. Aluminum sunshades provide protection from unwanted solar gain and passive fresh air intake units are installed at each unit’s entryway. The project also boasts a built environment that’s over 90 percent permeable, a boon for stormwater management and for preventing onsite heat island effects. + LOHA Photos by Bruce Damonte

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A 1989 Airstream is converted into a modern home on wheels for a family of 6

June 5, 2019 by  
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Colorado-based Timeless Travel Trailers has unveiled a bevy of stunning converted Airstreams , but its latest design is by far one of its best. Re-configuring a 30-year-old, 37-foot Airstream Excella for a family of six was challenging to say the least, but the designers came through in spades, creating a sleek, contemporary home on wheels complete with plenty of seating and sleeping space for the family. Families often dream of hitting the road in a beautiful RV, but when it comes to large families, the logistics of traveling with so many can be a headache. Thankfully, when the design team was approached by a New York family about renovating an old Airstream that would be able to comfortably hold their family of six, the Colorado-based company took the challenge head on. Related: Artist revamps dingy interior of a 1962 Airstream with vibrant florals After cleaning up the Airstream’s signature aluminum cladding on the exterior and interior, the designers went to work creating a comfortable living space. Having gutted the original interior, the team custom-built three sofas that would fit in the living space. Not only do the sofas provide ample seating, but two of the couches fold out into a full-sized bed. Additionally, there are four bunk beds in the master bedroom, two of which convert into a king-sized bed. With the sleeping and seating spaces taken care of, the designers then focused on creating special touches for the family’s needs. On the main wall of the interior, they installed a pop-up projection screen with a stereo system for the ultimate movie nights. Adjacent to the living room, the contemporary kitchen is light and airy thanks to marble veneer waterfall countertops and white cabinetry. Across the aisle, a nook was built out with a small bar that includes a wine chiller and hide-away liquor storage that lifts up from the counter at the push of a button — a perfect feature to help the adults unwind. + Timeless Travel Trailers Images via Timeless Travel Trailers

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MVRDV to transform a shopping mall into a lush lagoon and beach in Taiwan

November 13, 2015 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: How urbanization affects the environment

April 15, 2015 by  
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Urbanization has fostered greater conveniences, cross-cultural collaborations, and ideas exchange—but what about its costs? The humane wildlife removal service Gotcha Wildlife explores urbanization’s negative impact on the environment with an infographic that lists costs from impaired water quality to the heat island effect . As urbanization rapidly increases—85.9% of the developed world may be urbanized by 2050—understanding its negative externalities may encourage us to prepare in advance and mitigate the many costs. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How urbanization affects the environment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Gotcha Wildlife , heat island effect , infographic , reader submitted content , Urbanization , urbanization impact on the environment

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New Study Shows White Roofs are Three Times More Efficient than Green Roofs

February 3, 2014 by  
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Although having a garden on the roof of your house might look great, a lot of evidence suggests that roofs painted white are much better for the environment. A recent study published in the Energy and Building Journal compared three types of roofs-green, black and white-and came to the conclusion not only that white roofs have great economic benefits, but are also three times more effective than the other two at fighting climate change. Read the rest of New Study Shows White Roofs are Three Times More Efficient than Green Roofs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , eco-friendly roofs , environmental study , green roofs , heat island effect , Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory , reflective roofs , roof gardens , scientific study , Stanford University study , sustainable white roofs , white roofs , white roofs climate change        

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Green-Roofed World Green Center in Chile Aims To Reshape the Capital’s Cityscape

July 16, 2013 by  
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White Roof Project: Cools NYC One Roof At A Time

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Urban cities are hot. They are full of heat-trapping tar, pavements and dark surfaces that absorb heat and increase ambient temperatures. This is called the Heat Island Effect and is responsible for increased urban temperatures compared to adjoining suburban areas. According to the EPA- black surfaces in the sun can become up to 70°F hotter than the most reflective white surfaces. The effects of the Urban Heat Island are obvious- higher energy use to cool this excess heat that leads to higher stress on the power grid and increased pollution. Image Credit: White Roof Project One initiative in New York City is helping cool it down- by painting roofs white! On a clear night, the temperature in a city with 1 million people or more can be up to 22°F hotter than nearby suburbs (Source: White Roof Project). Clearly, this a problem. The White Roof Project with the help of the community identifies buildings that might be eligible for white roof coating. A number of benefits of white roofs are listed on their website: “White roofs can reduce summer energy use by 10–30%, saving money and preventing pollution. They can reduce the Urban Heat Island effect by 1° to 2° F – enough to lower peak energy demand, reducing the risk of brownouts and blackouts.” Further a white roof saves money on roof repairs, as black roofs are prone to warping and cracking.  A white roof can also extend the life of a buildings cooling equipment by decreasing use.  Check this cool infographic on how white roofs can help! The White Roof Project was conceived by a group of motivated individuals at the  Manhattan Young Democrats along with their partners- the Sierra Club, 350.org, NYC° CoolRoofs and White Tops, who want to foster community change and help stop climate change. Not only are they helping bring ambient temperatures down, but their projects help increase climate change awareness and give city habitants a common sense of purpose . Community members are encouraged to help identify roofs and donate crucial “paint and materials”. Once the required permissions are obtained, volunteers are invited to help paint roofs. Then after the job is done, they celebrate. Drinks on the roof!  

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