Archive for September, 2009

Reclaimed Lumber from Project to be reused on other projects.

Reclaimed Lumber from Project to be reused on other projects.

More people are taking into account their environment because it affects 1. Their health as it ties to building materials and HVAC systems, 2. The landfill, air and water pollution, 3.  The costs of heating and cooling a building, 4.The local economy.

It is all of our responsibility to know how to reduce, reuse, and recycle and use building materials that are durable but not toxic! –Elizabeth E.

Modern Landfill Crosssection

Modern Landfill Crosssection

Architect Jeanne Gang uses Concrete like no other

The Aqua Building in Chicago

The Aqua Building in Chicago

AQUA, an 82 story skyscraper in Chicago, is boasting curvy concrete slabs used for balconies and solar shading and wind protection. ” The wind is broken up so much that the building didn’t require a device known as a “tuned mass damper.” Usually condominiums sixty or seventy floors above the street don’t have balconies because it’s just too windy up there to go outside” -The New Yorker February1, 2010. Balconies extend to 12 feet ! The building also has water reclamation systems in its design which will help when its assessed for LEED certification.–Elizabeth E.

What the Heck is Aerogel?

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Showing Aerogel's insulation properties.

 

Aerogel is a substance that is being developed for building construction as an insulation for walls and windows. A manufacturer of this amazing stuff claims that its nano properties of having microscopic air shafts is 5 times more effective than traditional insulation and it holds these qualities while being less than an inch thick! Please see videos from www.aerogels.com/markets/building.html and you might be impressed.

NASA answers questions about its properties: http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/overview/faq.html#aerogel

Could this be the answer to our leaky, inefficient buildings?–Elizabeth E.

 

Infrared Photo of House

Infrared Photo of House

 Anne Balogh of Concrete Network explains how ICF directly affects energy efficiency in buildings when installed correctly. The major result of ICF is that it creates an air tight seal from the elements. When there is a closed structural “thermal envelope” the indoor air quality must be free of combustion and mold. HVAC and boiler systems must be in optimal working order for health reasons. Please see 10 tips that  Richard Rue, CEO of Energy Wise Structures, lists for making ICF homes safe & energy efficient:  

http://bit.ly/bRmnpP -Elizabeth E