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Energy Saving Thermal Cooling Is No Mirage

Energy Saving Thermal Cooling Is No Mirage

Homes that incorporate luxury with smart energy saving features can be nice to sight-see, but this one designed by Kois Associated Architects might make your mouth drop. This beautiful dwelling is perfectly in place with its gorgeous backdrop in Tinos Island, Greece. Called the Mirage home, it sits on a rocky hillside staring out at the stunning blue hues of the Aegean Sea. The design completely considered both the surrounding land and sea, situating the home in a way that does not detract from either. An intentional feature created by the way the house sits on its foundation is a nearly… read more

Use Cavity Closers to Fix Heat Loss in Buildings

Insulating with cavity closers

Most of the heat loss from buildings occurs at the windows as the heat passes through the glass. This can be minimized with high performance double or triple glazing. The next problem is that heat loss also occurs around the window. This is where cavity closers come into their own. In cavity walls, the inner and outer leaves of the brickwork have to be closed at the reveal, the recess around window and door frames. But if this is closed with more bricks and mortar, it may create a thermal bridge for heat to escape from the property. Bricks and… read more

Cut Costs While Keeping Cool

Window_shutter_-_Dubrovnik

With the waxing of the summer equinox, we shall soon reach a peak in temperatures. With this comes an escalation in A/C costs and a search for ways in which to dash such expenses. While standard mesh window screens can diffuse solar radiation, there remain alternative fixtures of equal effectiveness that are often neglected when not used for their novelty. This is rather a shame, for when paired with standard window treatments – curtains, shades and the lot – their energy saving properties can parallel the efforts of air cooling and heating systems. Take, for example, the following: Vines Masking… read more

Building Cities Underground

Low Line Park NYC

For the longest time, the architectural rush was to build higher and higher into the sky, and though that’s still the majority of where the market is going, constructing cities, parks, shopping malls, stadiums, and other projects are beginning to look to the ground for direction. If you think about it, the prospect of creating a dwelling underground makes great sense, especially from an ecological standpoint. The ground is a natural insulator, which means heating and cooling costs can be kept to an absolute minimum. Also, anything created underground is safe from the aboveground elements and natural disasters. Of course… read more