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Step Inside the House of the Future: Passivhaus

Canadians helped invent a house so efficient you could heat it with a hair dryer. Then we forgot about it. First of three parts.

The home of the future was built 34 years ago in Regina. It was called the Saskatchewan Conservation House. It used less than a fifth of the energy consumed by comparable homes. More than 30,000 people came to see it. But Canadian homebuilders ignored the ideas it offered, and the Canadian public forgot about it.

The world would have forgotten the Saskatchewan house, too, were it not for a quirky German physicist interested in energy-saving buildings. After studying the Saskatchewan house and a handful of similar buildings, Dr. Wolfgang Feist wrote a mathematically precise - and elegantly simple - criterion for designing buildings that require less than a tenth of the energy of average buildings. He called it the Passivhaus standard.

Read the rest of the article at theTyee.ca.

 
Some Consumers Resist New Light Bulbs

Faced with a U.S. phaseout of incandescent light bulbs starting next year, some consumers are taking pre-emptive steps: They're stockpiling the bulbs.

Under a 2007 energy law, manufacturers must start phasing out incandescent bulbs in favor of more-efficient bulbs such as compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs.

While CFLs use at least 75% less energy, some consumers complain the lighting is dimmer, doesn't look as warm and doesn't come on right away. Some also worry about the disposal requirements because of the bulbs' tiny mercury content.

The American Lighting Association's Larry Lauck hasn't seen "statistical signs" of stockpiling but has heard anecdotal reports.

Read the rest of the article at USAtoday.com.

 
TD Bank Builds Net-Zero Energy Branch; What's Wrong with this Picture?

It's the first net zero energy bank branch in the USA, and one of 17 branches of the bank with LEED certification; this one is going platinum, with all kinds of green gizmos. will be rated DOE Class B, meaning that it will generate sufficient energy for its own needs on site from its ground and roof mounted solar panels: about 100,000 kWh, while projected to use 97,000.

So what's wrong with this picture?

Read the rest of the article at TreeHugger.com.

 
To LEED or Not to LEED?

For the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Emerson School Project, that is the question right now. Should we seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for our rehabilitation of an 1885 school building in Denver? Or is there a better way to invest some of the funds that LEED certification would require?

We’d like to know what you think.

The Emerson School is a 20,000 square-foot masonry structure located in a historic central Denver neighborhood. We plan to invest $2.5 million to create a new Colorado Preservation Center at the Emerson School, which will house the Trust’s Mountains/Plains Office, Historic Denver Inc., Colorado Preservation Inc. and other nonprofits.

Read the rest of the article at PreservationNation.org.

 
Save America's Treasures Grant Announcement: Your Front Row Seat

From a podium in the Emancipation Room at President Lincoln’s Cottage, it was announced that 60 organizations from across the country would receive over $14 million in grant funding from Save America’s Treasures - a federal program that has saved places and artifacts as integral to the American story as the Star-Spangled Banner, yet which faces a future that can only be described as uncertain.

As you know, Save America’s Treasures was pummeled in last year’s budget proposal. And by pummeled, I mean slated for outright eliminated. While money was eventually found to fund the program through March of this year, the drafts of the FY 2012 budget that are now back-and-forthing their way through Washington show rather ominously that the fight to save our funding isn’t over.

Read the rest of the article at PreservationNation.org.

 
Reconciling Preservation and Sustainablility

The sustainability and the historic preservation movements share a common goal—being mindful stewards of valuable but finite resources. One movement seeks to wisely use energy, water, and materials, while the other seeks to revitalize historic buildings for current use in ways that maintain their rich heritage. Reconciling sustainability and historic preservation in practice poses certain challenges. With increased awareness and dialogue, however, the preservation and the green design movements can tap synergies and develop new ways of working together to the benefit of both.

Read the rest of the article at Eco-Structure.com.

 
Nuts & Bolts: The Greening of Architectural Woodwork

Architectural woodwork is a stately, time-honored part of our built environment and will continue to be quite significant within sustainable architecture. The set of challenges going green brings to woodworking ranges from planting seedlings to beyond the architect’s sketch pad. Change toward a more sustainable wood industry is far reaching. Trees now are being sustainably managed and harvested, and glues and finishes can range from high-tech powders to ancient, natural coatings, like beeswax and boiled linseed oil. Sweeping innovations in forest husbandry provide bamboo; recycled lumber; and common use of previously unnoticed materials, like exposed, nontoxic strand board for casework.

Read the rest of the article at Eco-Structure.com.

 
When is it OK to Knock Down Old Houses?

The largest collection of prefab houses in the UK is about to be demolished. Built by German and Italian prisoners of war in 1945, these small bungalows are a remnant of war-time years when housing was at a premium.

At that time 160,000 prefabs were built in the country, all meant to last for only a decade. Instead this group of 187 houses, called Excalibur, has become a community. But not all the residents want the houses to be saved...

Read the rest of the article at TreeHugger.com.

 
Public Toilets Never Looked So Good

Looking at the photo, below, you're probably thinking something like "that's a nice looking villa", only it's really just a Chinese public toilet.

This luxurious public facility was built on Nanshan Road, Xiamen, near the city's residential area. It covers 100 square meters, offering clean, spacious toilets, for both men and women. Realizing people would probably mistake it for a private villa, city authorities placed a big "Nanshan public toilets" sign, on the balcony.

Even so, passers by were reluctant to use the fancy toilet, so another sign was added, on the sidewalk. This one says "free, open, civilized service". Both men's and women's toilets feature artistically designed signs, and the second floor of this public toilet villa houses the administrator's office. Although hundreds of people use this fancy restroom, every day, he says he never sensed any foul smells.

Visit OddityCentral.com for more images.

 
Compact House Shaped Like a Compact Car

On the border of a nature preserve, near Salzburg, Austria, lies one of the weirdest looking homes in the world - the Voglereiter Auto Residence.

Designed by Markus Voglereiter, this unusual home looks a lot like an old Volkswagen Beetle. It might look funny to some of you, but transforming a 70?s style suburban home into car-shaped house was no joke, especially sine it required creating two separate dwelling for parents and children, while implementing efficient heating and insulation techniques. Not to mention respecting legal building and design codes.

Visit OddityCentral.com for more images and to read the rest of the article.

 
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