When it comes to increasing the energy efficiency of a project, solar panels provide many benefits, but architects often avoid using them for aesthetic reasons.Read More
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Smaller footprint houses such as mountain cabins can provide valuable lessons in eco-friendly design, construction innovation, and eco-friendly materials. Anyone who has faced the challenges of limited living space will find inspiration in this selection of the latest trends in environmentally sensitive, small-scale home design. Most of the projects prove that that small-scale efficiency, as well as beautiful, thoughtful design, can overcome the apparent constraints of a small footprint.Read More
Over the years we became increasingly interested in new building construction, home renovations and retrofits that consume less energy by adopting many "passive" building techniques. The huge benefit of this approach in building construction is a substantial reduction in energy used, exponentially friendlier buildings to the environment and overall healthier living environment for people.
Here is the list of the passive design techniques that will greatly cut the energy consumption and reduce building environmental footprint.
With much greater emphasis on energy and materials preservation efforts, the housing and renovation trends for 2016 emphasize design and building techniques that sustain our natural resources.Read More
We recently completed a trip through Canadian Pacific Coast (mainly inland British Columbia and Vancouver Island). During our trip we searched for an interesting architecture than can serve as an inspiration and a reference for future projects.
With its lush forests, rugged coast and long rainy season, the Pacific coast has developed a style that is informal, organic, rustic and above all eclectic.
Here, we noticed overlapping elements of architecture:
- Design as a tribute to nature makes use of an open floor plan and native materials--both significant elements of early regional Modernism
- The decor often reveals nuances of Japanese design or Scandinavian design
- Clean-lines, light, natural materials, and neutral tones combined with bright colours
While the styles vary, sensitivity to the environment and a desire to accentuate the natural beauty of the region lie at the heart of almost every design
We love this style here are some photos. Enjoy!
Sustainability doesn’t have to be a buzzword. By implementing well thought out design strategies in commercial and residential design and construction, we can make very meaningful, earth friendly, and resource efficient improvements that will also contribute to much healthier living environment and more efficient maintenance practices. The greatest sustainability gains can be achieved through well planned design even before the construction begins.
Sustainable design provides authentic, sensual and tactile experience that is grounded in what is real - what we experience through our senses. As such, sustainable design is less focus on abstract, instead it references cultural history, natural world, diversity in colours and textures, simplicity and honesty.
In addition to engaging traditional sustainability tactics such as energy efficiency, daylighting, and the use of healthy materials, the following are key to sustainable design approach:
- Resource efficiency - a fundamental strategy for resource-efficient building is to build less square footage, use smaller quantities of materials and design the smallest footprint possible
- Source reduction - use of materials that reduces the amount of toxicity of garbage generated and overall waste disposal
- Low impact building materials by reducing use of nonrenewable natural materials, materials reuse, recycling
- Rapidly renewable materials with harvest cycle of 10 years or less
- Climate-specific construction materials, regional products, consider life-cycle cost
- Durable and timeless design
Here are example of some inspiring projects that adhere to sustainable design principles:
The sustainable design features includes: opening of walls, changes to layout to maximize the use of daylight and to reduce energy consumption, LED lighting, use local materials and natural finishing, to achieve durable, simple, low maintenance and timeless design.
The project received LEED Platinum/Net Zero certification and features high performance air-to-air heat exchangers; photovoltaic panels for electricity; solar thermal panels for hot water; ultra low flow/dual flush fixtures for water conservation; LED lighting; radiant heating; and IPE rain screen siding.
The sustainable features include: open floor plan to maximize natural light, clerestory windows, natural, simple elements, and timeless design.
Sustainability feature: constructing a green roof that you can potentially intercept a major portion of the storm water runoff before it gets to the impervious areas on your site. It also lessens the load on other sustainable systems you may be using, like rain gardens and permeable paving.
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Sustainable Residential Interiors By Stelmack, Annette
Frank Lloyd Wright was a pioneer of holistic, eco-inspired design years ahead of his time. An architect and designer of far-reaching vision, it is not surprising that Frank Lloyd Wright anticipated many of the hallmarks of today’s green movement. The desire to work and live with nature to create livable homes and cities is an ongoing theme of American architecture and planning.
In this blog we explore Wright’s lessons for building greener homes: on how climate, sustainability, sunlight, modern technology, local materials, and passive environmental controls can become the inspiration for excellent design.Read More
In this issue I would like to share 5 of my favorite, most exciting trends in commercial interior design that can serve as an inspiration for your next commercial space, renovation project.Read More
More and more people want homes that are healthy to live in, are inexpensive to operate, and fit harmoniously within the environment. In this issue of Harmony Home Projects’ blog, we explore different methods for producing a durable, environmentally friendly, and healthier finishes in an interior environment.Read More
Industrial influenced design is not only super cool, but also, one may argue, environmentally-friendly and sustainable. Find out more what are the key principles of industrial design and how to apply them.Read More
The essence of of eco design is efficiency, both in terms of energy and use of resources. The most elegant solutions arise when all the elements of design and construction are properly integrated: in eco design it is how everything works together that really matters. In one sense, eco design is a way of going back to first principles of building. In these styles-conscious times, it is easy to become obsessed with the latest trend and forget that the purpose of a house is to provide shelter.Read More
The most interesting new buildings, commercial and residential, are now almost all build with sustainable principle in mind and are designed to consume far less energy that ever before. This week, we begin a three-part series bringing Design Trends in Contemporary Green Buildings covering four most predominant materials in contemporary architecture: wood, concrete, glass and metal.Read More