The first high performance – ultra energy-efficient – residence hall

A Passive House certification is one of the highest available for energy-efficient homes 나눔 바른 고딕 웹 폰트. And this residence hall in Belfast, Maine demonstrates that, “space heating costs for TerraHaus are less than $300 per year ($30 per student), a big improvement from the two poorly insulated housing units it replaced, each with an annual space heating cost of about $500 per student.”

That is a 94% reduction in energy bills – helped out by the rooftop solar panels youtube 60fps. The dorm sleeps 10 students and features chemical free building materials and durable fixtures to survive many school years. There is a solar water heater, an ultra-efficient (88%) HRV system that circulates in fresh outdoor air, and windows that absorb and keep in sunshine during the winter (50% solar heat gain) 저 정시에 퇴근합니다 다운로드.

The walls and roof were constructed to minimize any heat loss during the winter. They were measured for thermal efficiency using R-values and the walls achieved a value of 50 and the roof 80-100 다운로드. The typical home has R-values ranging from 18-25 for walls and 50-60 for ceilings 옥류체 다운로드.

It’s an impressive home and worthy of the Design Award it received.

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Moving towards 100% thermal insulation for homes

A home profiled in Wired has six very interesting zero-carbon elements, but it’s the last two that fascinate me – thick walls and ultra-efficient windows 다운로드. Thick walls mean “two 8-inch-thick concrete layers that protect the interior from outside temperature fluctuations. On hot days, the concrete absorbs and retains heat, keeping rooms cool; at night it slowly releases that heat to maintain steady temps around the clock.”

And the windows, “three coats of glazing give these windows more than twice the thermal resistance of standard double-paned glass.”

Both focus on the thermal energy efficiency of a home 다운로드. With the goal of completely insulating a home – no heat lost or gained, no cool air lost or gained. Several homes are being built with the goal of 100% efficiency and that completely alters how a home functions 기타교본. Things like the heat created by our 98.6 degree bodies become important. Facing a home in the sun (cold climates) or away from (hot climates) becomes essential 멜론 2018년 6월 4주차 top100.

And a lot of this can be accomplished with simple building materials, like concrete walls – which can easily be incorporated in building new homes Squirrel sql download. And the more complicated materials, like nanotech windows discussed in the article, can be placed on existing homes:

There’s some revolutionary nanotechnology that’s about to go into the glass—different kinds of coatings that make them five to 10 times more energy-efficient than double-paned windows 유플레이 다운로드. These windows are as energy-efficient as walls.

With these improvements the energy costs of heating and cooling should plummet, and traditional heaters and HVACs can be downsized or turned off for weeks at a time extjs 엑셀.

 

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CNN profile of a couple moving from a 1,500 to 168-square foot home

There are many who dream of owning the smallest home they can find; a strong reaction to those who dream of owning a two-story mini-mansion. Here is a CNN profile of a young couple who did just that – moving their two kids, cat and dog into a 168 square foot home (on 3 acres of land):

“The things we have are beautiful, enriching our tiny space 해롱이 게임 다운로드. We got rid of so much and kept the beautiful things,” Hazi Berzins said. “Freeing ourselves from consumer debt and living mortgage-free has cleared the clutter to help us see what is truly important: our relationships, our happiness, each moment.”

And Mayor Michael Bloomberg agrees – or he wants to improve the city’s studios – as he announced a contest to design and build 1.8 million studios in Manhattan rix 고딕 b. Each unit is to be less than 300-square feet and contain a kitchen and bathroom.

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Art of the week – 1 in 5 teenagers will experiment with art

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Austrian sculpture – a house built upside down

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A sculpture from Austria that takes the domestic setting and flips it on its head:

The upside down house was created by Polish architects Irek Glowacki and Marek Rozanski, and was built in the Austrian village of Terfens to serve as a tourist attraction 다운로드. via Giant Sparrow

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Amazing cardboard cutout playhouses for kids

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My kids adore our Casa Cabana House (below), which has magically survived 5 years of play 다운로드. The Kidsonroof Rocket would definitely get my son’s imagination going. Here’s your ticket to being superaunt or superuncle!

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Take the White House Public Tour using Google Street View

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Members of the Google Art project and the Google Street View team recently came to the White House to create a new way for people to tour the White House 생존게임 다운로드.

Take a look at the process that went into creating a 360 degree virtual walk through of the White House public tour.

Take a look inside the White House at http://www.googleartproject.com/collection/the-white-house/museumview/

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Charles Dickens London

I’ve got a little trip coming up for Amy’s birthday and was browsing around on airbnb 다운로드. We’re hoping to find a nice little cottage in Santa Barbara for a few days.

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Doubtless, the dour Victorian author would have wanted us to celebrate the day exploring the city he loved and hated, London.

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Charles Dickens Museum

 

The Charles Dickens Museum is in Bloomsbury, right in central London, and is housed in an actual Dickens residence 체스게임 다운로드. Visiting it gives you a sense of exactly what it was like to live in Dickens’ house – if that house were stuffed with hundreds of thousands of artifacts, manuscripts, and other historical objects 다운로드.

Cheshire Cheese

 

With roots going back to the Middle Ages, this pub is tucked away from Fleet Street up a narrow alley 관전자 데이터를. Fans of the pub tout its mention in A Tale of Two Cities, although Dickens never mentions the pub by name. Apparently, though, it’s a great place to grab a pint or two after you’ve been acquitted of treason 다운로드.

Southwark Cathedral

 

You won’t find this cathedral mentioned anywhere in Dickens’ works 래빗스쿨 다운로드. That’s because in his time, it was just a plain ol’ church (named “St Saviour’s”).

The cathedral – one of the oldest churches in London – appears in a classically Dickensian sentence from Oliver Twist: “The tower of old Saint Saviour’s Church, and the spire of Saint Magnus, so long the giant-warders of the ancient bridge, were visible in the gloom.”

An eco-house in Esenada, Mexico – built into a seaside cliff

An interesting concept for a beach home is profiled in the LA Times. The house is built into a cliff using “rammed-earth,” concrete slabs, and recycled materials 다운로드.

D’Acosta and Turrent began their two-year construction project by digging a foundation into the cliff, then constructing a perimeter of 3-foot-thick rammed-earth retaining walls 다운로드. They called the inner structure of earthen tunnels an “hormiguero,” or ants’ nest. A concrete slab hearth supports the weight of the wood floor and roof, “like a huge column supporting a bridge,” D’Acosta said 괴물 2006. The result is a 2,300-square-foot house with bohemian flair.

Another component of the home is recycled 100-year-old redwood planks from a bridge in Northern California 다운로드. The couple bought 200 of the timbers, each 27 feet long and 1 ton, from a salvage yard in Rosarito Beach.

See more pictures and details at LA Times