Santa Barbara home is surrounded by wooden screens for natural climate control

March 15, 2019 by  
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Indoor-outdoor living never looked so good! This modern design by Shubin Donaldson takes full advantage of the beachy climate of Santa Barbara, California. Wooden screens and a central skylight flood the entire beach house with natural sunlight while keeping the space protected from the ocean winds. “Environmentally, the home is cooled passively by ocean breezes, lit evenly during the day by daylight, and ipe wood screens minimize sun load on the extensive view windows,” the designers said. The unique structure also uses stacked volumes of steel, concrete and glass to create the look and utilize the space. Related: Circular, solar-powered beach house is a sustainable holiday retreat Because the client was an industrial designer, it allowed for a special collaboration with the architects of Shubin Donaldson. “He came to SD knowing that our design values were in-sync, and this stunning home is the result of a very productive and satisfying client/architect relationship.” The suburban building site was generally narrow and oddly shaped, so the designers had quite a challenge on their hands. “These constraints resulted in a unique formal solution deploying a concrete and steel structural frame to maximize the formal responsiveness of the structure,” according to Shubin Donaldson. To address the limited space, the beach house stacks different living spaces on top of each other, creating three separate floors. The garage, den and laundry room sit on the ground floor, while the second floor houses the bedroom and terrace . The main sitting area was built into the third floor. This stacking design not only takes full advantage of the residential hilly area but the lovely ocean-side location as well. Thanks to the elevated flooring, the owners enjoy vast wrap-around views. Outside of the main structure extends a wooden planked deck, perfect for enjoying the California weather. The beautiful patio has additional privacy thanks to a well-manicured landscape of native plants such as cacti and palms. A majority of the concrete walls were left uncovered and exposed, adding another modern aspect to the design. A gorgeous response to a challenging site while also utilizing eco-friendly options, the Skyline Residence is truly a one-of-a-kind design. + Shubin Donaldson Via Dezeen Photography by Jeremy Bittermann via Shubin Donaldson

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Giant Bass-O-Matic Power Plants Killing Millions Of Great Lakes Fish

June 16, 2011 by  
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Image Credit Seabamirum Power plants on rivers and lakes have usually been built with “once-through” cooling, where water is sucked in and dumped back into the lakes as much as 30 degrees hotter. Michael Hawthorne of the Chicago Tribune writes that the effects on the ecosystem are huge: Staggering numbers of fish die when pulled into the screens of water intake systems so powerful that most could fill an Olympic swimming pool in less than a mi… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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10 Grilling Tips For a Delicious, Healthier Summer Barbecue Season (Slideshow)

June 16, 2011 by  
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Photo: kalleboo /Creative Commons With barbecue season in full swing, the benefits of using your grill are nearly endless: The meals you can make are delicious, healthy, and guaranteed to keep your kitchen cooler than using your oven. But even slow food grill dinners, be they evenings al fresco or weekend barbecues, can raise your carbon footprint more than you think, not to mention add nasty chemicals to your cuisine. These 10 grilling tips — from equipment to buying info — will help keep your summer grill lineup delicious, healthy,..

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