green design

A Shortcut To Sustainable Living: Downsize!

Posted on April 28,2015 by AlanAbrams_and_JosephGilday in carbon footprint

The purpose of sustainable design and green building is to achieve sustainable living. To do this, we attempt to make best possible use of the assets at hand. That could mean designing and building from scratch. It could also mean taking an existing dwelling and nudging it in the direction of sustainability. It’s an imperfect process and takes time. It’s only natural that we look for shortcuts to living green. Here’s one: downsize and move into a condo.

Pondering the Sorry State of Green Building

Posted on April 28,2015 by CarlSeville in charette

After several months off from my blog, I am finally inspired to start writing again. I clearly don’t have the stamina of Allison Bailes of Energy Vanguard, who seems to put up a blog post about every 10 minutes, but I do need to get back on track so I don’t fade into obscurity (if I haven’t already).

10 Projects, Each Presented in 10 Minutes and 10 Slides

Posted on April 28,2015 by Fretboard in 10x10x10 Green Building Slam

There is something to be said for playing fast, if not loose, with the facts when it comes to presenting the essentials of a building project. Or at least that’s the driving concept behind the 10x10x10 Green Building Slam, scheduled for Wednesday at the Magic Lantern Theatre in Spokane, Washington.

The Pretty Good House

Posted on April 28,2015 by Mike_Maines in building envelope

[no-glossary]Energy Star[/no-glossary]. [no-glossary]LEED[/no-glossary]. [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary]. There are many programs with different metrics for determining how green your home is. But what elements of green building are important to you when designing and building a home?

Luxury Hybrid Cars and Green McMansions

Posted on April 28,2015 by CarlSeville in green design

This post was inspired by a car commercial for an Infiniti luxury hybrid sedan that boasts a 32 MPG highway rating, which means that it probably gets closer to about 23 MPG in normal use around town. I once owned an Infiniti - there’s something about nice leather, quality workmanship, and raw power that is quite intoxicating.

High-Performance and Net-Zero Homes — Part 2

Posted on April 28,2015 by AnnEdminster in green building

Welcome back to the rant! (This is an extended, multi-month rant, in case you were wondering.) Last month I introduced the “Change Toolkit,” a hierarchy of interventions with Mindset at the top (most effective type of intervention), followed by Processes, then Tools; Technologies (the perennial favorite) resides at the bottom – i.e., it is the least effective change lever in our toolkit for creating higher-performing homes.

High-Performance and Net-Zero Homes — Part 1

Posted on April 28,2015 by AnnEdminster in change

I come from a family of non-conformists. My dad was the product of a line of labor shit-disturbers of the first order; my mom came from milder stock but was herself a civic activist of unparalleled backbone. I spent my childhood marching for racial equality, farm worker rights, and peace in Vietnam. So perhaps it’s inevitable that I have come to view myself as a green building revolutionary.

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