green / architecture

NEWS:    – home decorating trends


Cool projects:   (Cottage Cabin)

Designed for the vacation home market, blue sky mod offers a variety of house plans which are pre-fabricated. the range of house plans allows the consumer to pick the right size for them. all the homes share a similar modernist aesthetic, with simple lines and lots of wood. the homes are all designed by architect todd saunders to have the smallest impact on the environment by using local recycled materials and manufacturing.

This is a unique house which integrates the latest in building technologies making it specifically designed for northern climates(-50C).  It combines such things as solar energy, automation and natural light making it an energy efficient house. The ceiling tiling system is also quite innovative and provides an artistic touch to this unique house.  This type of experimental home is very much in line with work being conducted at the National Research Council and would warrant possible collaboration in the future.”North House is a new and innovative green housing model that produces more energy than it consumes and makes sustainable living attractive and rewarding.   (Home for life)

Home for Life is designed as the world’s first Active House and is a result of a research and design development aimed at ensuring a necessary foothold in architecture in an anticipated sustainable and low-carbon future.

Thanks to 7 sq.m. solar collectors, 50 sq.m. solar cells and a solar heat pump the house has an anticipated energy surplus of 9kWh/sq.m./year it. In this way it takes approximately 40 years for the house to generate the same amount of energy that was used to produce its building materials and at that point the house will have returned more to nature than it consumed.

The window area of the house is 40 percent of the total floor area – twice the area of a traditional house – while sensors register heat, humidity and CO2 in all rooms and automatic window opening mechanisms let in fresh air. Furthermore the occupants and environment of the house are valued through quantitative and qualitative interviews and measuring. Subsequent the values are analyzed to develop knowledge to optimize the positive impact on the occupants and climate.

The BrightBuilt Barn is an attempt to push the envelope of sustainable design. It is the practical outcome of an in-depth collaboration between Kaplan Thompson Architects, Bensonwood Homes, a Who’s-Who team of Maine’s green engineers and professionals, and a visionary client to create a super green, offsite fabricated net-zero building that can be adapted and replicated over time. Designers, building fabricators, high performance building experts and solar energy professionals from all over the northeast have participated in the project.From its inception, the design of the BrightBuilt Barn has been driven by 5 guiding principles: Livability, Sustainability, Replicability/Affordability, Disentanglement/Flexibility, and Education.

==================================    – designs in homes


FAV Architecture companies:          NO      FIN    UK USA     PL  PL  PL  PL  PL  CA  CA    CA   JAP  JAP         NL


KITCHENS:   kitchen mats


6 rooms into 1: morphing apartment packs 1100 sq ft into 420

MINI HOUSES:     (colani rotor house)     (mobile dwelling unit)

9tubohouse by Makoto Masuzawa (only 538 square fee)

‘9 tsubo’ home variation based on a 1952 design by makoto masuzawa

the eco-shed is a sustainably designed shed located on bowen island in british columbia the 280 sq. ft.
residence serves as a hotel and features a fully functional, kitchen and bathroom as well as a large living quarters.
the home is built in its owners james glave’s backyard. the eco-shed is only one example of the shed typology
many people build in their backyard as a work space, studio, or separate residence.


Architectural sofware:

Graphicsoft ArchiCAD ,Autodesk Autocad,Revit,etc

Google sketchup,modo3d,cinema4d,bonzai3d,adobe creative suite.



How to Grow Your Own Fresh Air – TED 2009

Which are these plants?green_plants3



1. Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
  • Works well in the day time
  • Great for living areas
  • One needs about 4 shoulder high plants/person
  • Needs to be put outdoors once every 3-4 months
  • The leaves of the plant need to be wiped everyday in Delhi and perhaps once a month in a cleaner city
  • The soil used should be of vermi manure or use hydroponics
2. Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)
  • Converts CO2 into O2 at night
  • One requires about 6-8 such waist high plants per person in the bedroom
  • Leaves need to be wiped in the same way as the Areca Palm
  • The soil used should be of vermi manure or use hydroponics
3. Money Plant (Epipremnum aureum)
  • Excellent for removing Formaldehyde and other VOC’s
  • Best grown using hydroponics


Our experience points to an amazing increase in human productivity resulting from using these plants to be >20%, and energy costs to reduce by an extraordinary >15%.


Buildings and Climate Change

  • World energy demand is expected to grow by 30% in the next decade.
  • Buildings consume 40% of the world’s energy.*
  • In another 15 years, more than 60% of the world’s population will be living in cities of over 1 million inhabitants.
  • There is a growing trend of having air-conditioned living and working areas, resulting in the increased need for fresh air which needs to be heated or cooled.
  • ASHRAE rules require 15-20 cfm of fresh air per person for a healthy non-smoking building.
By “growing” fresh air indoors we can reduce the supply of external fresh air needed by air-conditioned buildings, while still meeting industry standards (ASHRAE) for healthy indoor air.By reducing the supply of external fresh air, we achieve significant reduction in energy needed for heating and cooling buildings.
The Future – GreenSpaces:We’re now replicating this concept in a much larger 1.75 million ft2 building. We intend to use over 60,000 indoor plants!green space conceptGreenSpaces has a very eminent Hon. Advisory Board of 13 members and has a large number of Fortune 500 firms as its Technology Partners including General Electric, Carrier, Otis, IBM, ITT, and others.

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