Growing By Design

Growing By Design

The world of design has some inspiring, environmentally driven artists who have made a true difference with their talents. Designers that use their skill in combination with eco friendly undertakings to produce art and projects that give back in some way, through reducing waste or helping others, have more than just a physical ability. However, inspirational missions aren’t just reserved for the exhibition spotlight. There are some outstanding examples of those who have taken their visions and turned them into proactive, meaningful events for children on their home front. One such case is The Edible Schoolyard Project. Nearly two decades… read more

Cool Roofing Designs Save Energy

Cool Roofing Designs Save Energy

As temperatures begin to rise, many assess what can be done to reduce energy costs. In looking for potential sources of energy waste, the rooftop may often be a forgotten about structure. As long as roofs are leak free and stable, sometimes not much more thought may be put into them. There are, however, modifications that can be made to roofs to make them more energy efficient. Darker roofing can clearly attract more heat, thus reducing energy savings. Cool roof designs use roofing materials that reflect light, therefore lessening heat absorption. A lighter colored covering or a white roof can… read more

Tips on Efficient House Preparations for Summer

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There are proper ways to get your home in shape for the summer, and then there’s the way most everyone else does it. We’d like to share some important tips and techniques to help you best ready for the summer heat waves. Some of our suggestions may seem like no-brainers, but they can often become neglected. The first is to use your air conditioning unit conservatively. This can be done in several ways. You can make sure to insulate your home so that no cool air escapes (this is also useful in the wintertime), purchase some oscillating floor fans to… read more

Making Historical Buildings More Energy Efficient

Making Historical Buildings More Energy Efficient

Historical buildings that need restorations or energy updates have an added concern when trying to adhere to environmental considerations, since conserving the customary aspects of the space is also important. Preserving and operating antique sites can be costly, and renovating them can be even more so. However, as pointed out by South Carolina’s Preservation Society of Charleston, existing historic buildings are generally already green in nature, making them ideal for an efficiency overhaul. When compared to the financing and energy consumption required to replicate a new structure on the same scale, redesigning or performing energy audits to update problem areas… read more

Sustainable Fencing Options

Fencing materials can be expensive and often not so naturally produced. A lot of fencing has been treated with chemicals and may come from overly harvested sources. Sustainable products and recycled resources can be used to make spectacular fencing. Some materials that make durable, eco friendly fences include bamboo, however ensure that it is purchased from a reputable source as some on the market may not be sustainably gathered. The Forest Stewardship Council certifies woods that are ecologically manufactured. Old wood that has been salvaged can be a good option to purchasing new wood for fencing. Reclaimed wood fences will… read more

Aromatic Design

Aromatic Design

The use of scent can have a profound effect on the impression of a space. While quality design tries to evoke the senses, one element that may seemingly get lost as important in the process is the incorporation of natural aromatics. Spaces are often more than just what is seen. There is also an invisible mood often which can be attributed to, among other things, fragrances in the air. Sensory experiences, especially odors, can bring back memories associated with a particular smell or group of smells. Research on the importance of smell has been conducted in numerous studies. Chemesthesis, or… read more

Traffic Lights With Energy Saving Designs

Solar powered lights are on the rise, and traffic lights are increasingly switching to LED and solar designs. New strategies in operating traffic and pedestrian routes offer energy efficiency and dependability. Many transportation departments have already made the switch to LED (Light Emitting Diodes) traffic lighting. LED lights, compared to the previously used versions, are more energy efficient and economical. One group of researchers set out to solve the issue of wasted and unwanted light from streetlights. They designed a suggested solution that forces the light to shine only where it is intended. Many streetlights still get their glow from… read more

Wooden Pallets Turned Into Functional Designs

Wooden Pallets Turned Into Functional Designs

Seemingly uninspiring items can often be repurposed into practical pieces. Wooden Pallets are an example of an object that can be used in endless ways. Their fairly sturdy structure and versatility make them an ideal starter base for projects. They can be painted, stained, decorated, stacked, drilled and nailed into creative, usable items. For example, wooden pallets can be turned into the perfect desks. With only a few materials, tools and securely attached table legs you can create an instant work space. The pallets open middle allows necessities to be easily accessible. In addition to a desk, this design can… read more

Living Buildings: Responsible Design

Living Buildings: Responsible Design

The construction industry has progressed a great deal in environmentally conscious building efforts. Taking green structures to a higher level with heightened expectations of what a building can do though, are living buildings. Living buildings are exactly that – buildings that have whole systems implanted to practically run themselves. Buildings are considered living if they are able to efficiently create and sustain their own necessities, like energy and water. Renewable resources and on-site conservation techniques are employed to allow the building to function without an excess of energy consumption. One example of an inclusive living building is the Bullitt Center in… read more

Energy Efficient Homes

Energy Efficient Homes

Efficiency focused home improvement projects can save energy and money. However there are also aspects regarding how a home is initially designed that can make a noticeable difference from the start. Whether you are thinking about building a new construction or remodeling an older one, certain design features can make efficiency easier to obtain. Considering the actual structure of a house or building is important in understanding how to make it more energy resourceful. For instance, one example of a basic, energy minded design that is typically an inexpensive option is an environmentally manufactured home. These are pre-built constructions which… read more