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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This train station which doubles as city hall in Sweden will function as an "urban living room"

February 2, 2017 by  
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The new station and city hall in the southern Swedish city of Växjö is an urban living room that gathers several functions under one striking, prismatic roof. White Arkitekter ‘s winning proposal for an anonymous competition, the building combines an expressive form with accessibility, and provides a series of public spaces for citizens, visitors and employees. The 150,000-square-foot wooden structure is topped with an elegant, sloping roof that ensures lower energy consumption . The three main entrances connect these spaces to the city and lead to a central space that functions as a public living room with a tourist office, exhibition area, waiting room, cafés and shops, meeting rooms  for various occasions and a modern workplace for municipal employees. While glass dominates the exterior of the building, the interior prominently features wood. Related: White Arkitekter wins bid to design Sweden’s tallest timber building “Our goal has been to create a building at the forefront of development in sustainable construction as well as to achieve the highest Swedish environment certification,” said Klara Frosterud, Lead Architect at White Arkitekter. “People are placed at the heart of this building which will be socially, economically and ecologically sustainable over time,” she added. + White Arkitekter Via World Architecture News Images by Tegmark

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Magnetic levitating Glow lamp takes interior design back to the future

November 7, 2016 by  
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Glow is made from a synthetic material that gives it an ethereal glow. Inside are diode emitting low energy lights powered by lithium batteries . Two strength modes allow it to function as a task of mood light. After a full charge, Glow can last up to 80 hours and is easily converted into a wireless lamp that can be attached to any metallic surface thanks to a high-strength neodymium magnet. Related: Mesmerizing levitating plants blend technology and nature The design of the lamp pushes the envelope when it comes to lighting technology and brings us one step closer to a future filled with maglev vehicles and jet packs. The cost of this amazing lamp will be unveiled when its Kickstarter campaign launches on November 7, 2016. + Glow + Glow Design

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Spectacular “Zilvar” wooden house was inspired by nature

September 23, 2015 by  
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Subterranean London farm to harvest first crop 100 feet below street level

July 1, 2015 by  
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London’s new underground farm is nearly open for business. We’ve reported on Growing Underground in the past, when the founders used crowdfunding to raise money for their equipment. This week, the city’s first subterranean farm is nearing completion of ‘phase one’ of production, putting the producers just a few weeks away from delivering the first harvest of pea shoots, radishes, and celery to commercial customers. Read the rest of Subterranean London farm to harvest first crop 100 feet below street level Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , environmentally friendly farming , growing underground , hydroponic farm , hydroponics , London , london underground farm , low-energy , microgreens , subterranean farm , Urban Farming

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Dolfi is a washing machine that fits in your hand

January 17, 2015 by  
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The future of washing on-the-go fits in the palm of your hand and uses ultrasound to get your garments clean. Called Dolfi and designed by MPI Ultrasonics , the little handheld clothes washer can tackle everything from your delicates to your toughest stains using minimal energy and water. Just drop your garments in some water, toss in the Dolfi and your clothes will be clean in 30 to 40 minutes. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: clothes washer on the go , clothes washing , Dolfi , Dolfi washing machine , ecouterre , ecouterre washing , hand held washing machine , low energy clothes washers , low water clothes washers , palm sized washing machine , portable washing machine , traveling clothes washer , ultrasound cleaning , ultrasound washing machine , washing on the go

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Kristina Kjaer’s Delightful Felt Lamp is Inspired by Woodland Fungi

March 18, 2013 by  
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Danish product designer Kristina Kjaer needed a small lamp that could be hung above her wardrobe to light up her space. Kjaer  took to building her own lamp using natural, biodegradable materials, giving her design a shape reminiscent of the  delightful  fungi found in her town’s local woodlands. Read the rest of Kristina Kjaer’s Delightful Felt Lamp is Inspired by Woodland Fungi Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , biodegradable materials , Danish design , Felt , green lighting , Kristina Kjaer , lamp , low-energy , recycling / compost

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Low Energy MZ House in Barcelona Achieves Energy and Cost Efficiency Through Prefab Construction

January 4, 2013 by  
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Photo © Rodrigo Díaz-Wichmann In renovations like this one, numerous factors play a huge role in deciding what is renovated, what materials are used, and what construction/design strategies are selected.  CFS Arquitectes met the following complications with this Barcelona home: a tight budget, a short construction schedule, and a north-east orientation of the row house. Therefore, the design team redesigned the home to include: a skylight permitting passive solar gain and natural daylight, a cost-effective prefabricated dry construction system to speed up the construction schedule, and multiple active, energy –efficient systems to lower the project’s environmental impact. The beautiful modern interior of this renovation is a result of the prefabricated construction system and bio-construction materials used throughout the home. OSB panels with natural sheep wool and wood-fiber boards were used for the roof and exterior façade for insulation. The warm wood materiality throughout the design includes natural larch wood and heat-treated pine wood. The interior materiality includes 3 ply shuttering panels and linoleum for the flooring. Large floor-to-ceiling operable, window walls provide daylight and ventilation to these interior spaces while warming the color of the floor and wood through natural light. This simple, clean design inspires living with a smaller carbon footprint. It is a wonderfully inviting home that lowered its energy demand from 171 kWh/m2a to 17 kWh/m2a. This rehabilitation is a great example of Passive House architecture and we hope to see more like it in the future. + Calderon-Folch-Sarsanedas Arquitectes Via ArchDaily

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January 4, 2013 by  
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Photo © Rodrigo Díaz-Wichmann In renovations like this one, numerous factors play a huge role in deciding what is renovated, what materials are used, and what construction/design strategies are selected.  CFS Arquitectes met the following complications with this Barcelona home: a tight budget, a short construction schedule, and a north-east orientation of the row house. Therefore, the design team redesigned the home to include: a skylight permitting passive solar gain and natural daylight, a cost-effective prefabricated dry construction system to speed up the construction schedule, and multiple active, energy –efficient systems to lower the project’s environmental impact. The beautiful modern interior of this renovation is a result of the prefabricated construction system and bio-construction materials used throughout the home. OSB panels with natural sheep wool and wood-fiber boards were used for the roof and exterior façade for insulation. The warm wood materiality throughout the design includes natural larch wood and heat-treated pine wood. The interior materiality includes 3 ply shuttering panels and linoleum for the flooring. Large floor-to-ceiling operable, window walls provide daylight and ventilation to these interior spaces while warming the color of the floor and wood through natural light. This simple, clean design inspires living with a smaller carbon footprint. It is a wonderfully inviting home that lowered its energy demand from 171 kWh/m2a to 17 kWh/m2a. This rehabilitation is a great example of Passive House architecture and we hope to see more like it in the future. + Calderon-Folch-Sarsanedas Arquitectes Via ArchDaily

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Freedomky Prefab House Combines Low Energy with High Design

August 1, 2012 by  
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