A 1920 Swiss barn is reborn as a modern home for a family of five

June 11, 2018 by  
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Swiss design studio Ralph Germann architectes  has overhauled an old drafty barn into a beautiful contemporary home with a new timber annex. Located in the rural village of Orsières in southeast Switzerland, the barn renovation and expansion project was commissioned by a family of five who sought a modern and light-filled abode. The adaptive reuse project—named the House EKC—was built with locally sourced materials and is equipped with an air-water heat pump, solar thermal panels, and dimmable LEDs. The House EKC covers an area of 2,153 square feet and includes a 108-square-feet outdoor terrace . The old barn had originally been used for hay storage in the upper loft while the lower volume was used as a stable for goats or sheep. Ralph Germann completely gutted the barn and rebuilt a reinforced concrete structure, including the walls and slabs, to meet seismic code. Thermal insulation was applied in the interior in order to preserve the barn’s “‘vernacular’ aesthetics.” “The insertion of large windows into the masonry respected “the principle of origin”,” said the architects. “The glass simply took the place where wood has originally been and supplies light and passive heat. A balcony-loggia made out of concrete and wood took the place of the old balcony which was used to sun-dry the hay.” The new wooden annex mimics the proportions and low gabled roofline of the historic barn. The timber, which includes larch and spruce wood, were sourced locally from the Val Ferret region. Related: The rustic exterior of this abandoned barn hides a surprising space to get away from it all The light-filled interior features plaster walls and ceilings finished in mineral paint “white RAL 9010” that reflect light and helps create the illusion of more space. Oiled-brush larch wood lines the floors. The main staircase is built of solid larch and serves as the backbone of the house. The solid larch furniture was designed by Ralph Germann to ensure a cohesive interior design. The custom design also presented the opportunity to create a high-back bench in the dining area that doubles as a guardrail for the staircase. The kitchen features white laminate with “Dekton gray concrete” countertops. + Ralph Germann architectes Images by Lionel Henriod

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Gorgeous timber home in the UK blends local vernacular with sustainable design

February 16, 2018 by  
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The Chalfont Home is gorgeous timber residence located adjacent to the Rye Nature Reserve in East Sussex – one of Britain’s most cherished conservation sites. Built by local firm RX Architects , the family house seamlessly blends into its unique natural setting while leaving as little carbon footprint as possible. The structure was built with numerous sustainable features – including highly-insulated timber cladding and solar thermal panels. The rugged landscape of the nature reserve presented quite few challenges for the project. As the sea receded over the centuries, shingle deposits created a delicate, unstable topography. A small bungalow and a few sheds were previously located on-site, but were all in severe disrepair. Instead of renovating the existing buildings, the architects decided to build a contemporary timber structure that would fit in organically with the natural surroundings. Related: Cozy timber home embraces the Australian bush with a split form The architects decided to clad the home in vertical larch boarding , both externally and internally. The exterior cladding will gradually take on a silver patina over the years. The wooden cladding continues throughout the interior, enhanced by the natural stone flooring. The light-colored walls and floors provide a neutral canvas for the sophisticated interior design. The home takes advantage of numerous energy-efficient features . An air-source heat pump works with solar thermal panels to provide the home’s hot water and heating needs. Additionally, all of the windows and doors are either triple- or double-glazed, further insulating the home and conserving energy while letting in an abundance of natural light. The home is also equipped with a number of wide windows that perfectly frame stunning views of the reserve. All these sustainable features are wrapped in a beautiful, contemporary package that pays homage to the various local heritage structures in the area. The timber home looks out of the reserve to the Mary Standford Lifeboat building, built in 1882. This structure was a pioneering project at its time and is a beloved architectural icon for the area today. To echo the historic building’s presence, the Chalfont home was created in the vernacular shape of the building, devoid of traditional gutters or eaves to emphasize the home’s simple volume. + RX Architects Photography by Ashley Gendek

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Solar-powered DURAhome is a 100% self-sufficient shelter built for disaster zones

October 6, 2015 by  
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Foster + Partners Opens Doors to Lavish Clean Energy-Powered Yacht Club de Monaco Building

June 24, 2014 by  
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Amazing Pop-Up Solar Power Station Delivers Energy Anywhere it’s Needed

June 24, 2014 by  
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Ecosphere Technologies’ latest product combines several of our very favorite things in one easy-to-transport package: shipping containers , off-the-grid solar power, and clean drinking water generation. With their new Ecos PowerCube, the company can deliver a shipping-container-sized, self-sustaining solar power station by air, sea, rail or road to anywhere in the world it is needed. Read the rest of Amazing Pop-Up Solar Power Station Delivers Energy Anywhere it’s Needed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Disaster Relief , Ecos PowerCube , Ecosphere Technologies , green technology , humanitarian aid , jean-michel cousteau , off the grid , portable solar power station , renewable energy , shipping containers , Solar Power , water filtration

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Cornell’s LEED Silver Plantations Center Glows Like a Lantern In the Woods

November 10, 2011 by  
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Maisongomme: A Funky Garden Office and Shed Made from Recycled Car Tires

November 10, 2011 by  
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7 Foxy Fur Fashions That Won’t Commit an Environmental Faux Pas

November 10, 2011 by  
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Every fall and winter fashion magazine touts fur as what’s in vogue for the season — signifying that this un-animal-friendly trend is far from its way out. But if you dig the fashion, but don’t want to commit an environmental faux-pas, lucky for you there are plenty of designers out there creating pieces that don’t lay a hand on our furry friends. Jump ahead for our top 7 faux-fur fashions , each sure to keep you warm and snug for months to come! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Donna Wilson , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , faux fur , fur alternatives , green fashion , Green3 , hemp fur , Hemptress , HoodLamb , Imposter , Kelly Lane , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , the north face , UncommonGoods , vegan accessories , vegan clothing , vegan fashion , Vegan style

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Biome is a Smart Living Flora Terrarium You Nurture With Your iPad

November 10, 2011 by  
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Irreversible Climate Change Will Occur in 5 Years if Major Infrastructure is Not Changed

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According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the world is currently backing itself into a corner where irreversible climate change will most likely occur in just five years. The Agency — an autonomous organization that provides comprehensive statistics and recommendations for world leaders on energy — just released their 2011 World Energy Outlook , the most comprehensive analysis yet of the world energy infrastructure. The agency found that with the amount of fossil fuel-run buildings and factories that are set to be built in the next five years, the human race will finally be locked into the critical mass of emissions that will push the Earth past the point of no return. The only way to turn back on this deadly course to a global climate change of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit is to immediately change direction toward low-emission technology but looking at the IEA statistics doesn’t give much us hope that such a major change will occur. Read the rest of Irreversible Climate Change Will Occur in 5 Years if Major Infrastructure is Not Changed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , climate change warning , coal , fossil fuel , global warming , green energy , how bad is climate change , how close is climate change , iea climate change report , iea report , International Energy Agency , irreversible climate change , is climate change real , nternational Energy Agency , renewable energy

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