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home front

  • Cultivating Green Talent

    A burgeoning USGBC-sponsored organization for students and young professionals launches a design competition aimed at drawing more people in.

     
  • best in show

    Perhaps because of a cooling housing market, new product introductions at this year's International Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla., were short on excitement. But green products had a strong showing.

     
  • sitting pretty

    Tree-sitters protesting logging in southwestern Tasmania's Styx Valley forest have relied on a rudimentary platform suspended from branches by rope. Although the so-called Global Rescue Station has made small strides in preventing some logging, its success has been hampered by the structure's...

     

k+b studio

bath

  • long hall

    Designer, developer and homeowner Sean Bell works around multiple obstacles to design a bathroom for a Seattle home.

     

kitchen

  • open wide

    Nothing worth doing is easy, right? Well, the limitations of this Seattle infill site would daunt most mortals: The steep urban lot is deemed a “critical area” in danger of mudslides. Its southern exposures—crucial to passive-solar benefits—face a freeway.

     

perspective

  • Taking the LEED

    FAIA's Steven Winter offers tips on how to meet residential green building standards.

     

practice

  • random harvest

    After several years of tentative steps, national green building programs are making strides toward getting their residential guidelines—and their delivery systems—up and running. Just finishing up is the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Homes pilot project, a year-and-a-half-long experiment...

     

projects

  • building on tradition

    Australia's natural environment is harsh, unpredictable, and beautiful—conditions that cause inspiration and perspiration among the country's residential architects.

     
  • inside and out in africa

    Architects all over the world strive to establish a strong indoor-outdoor connection in their work. But a 12,863-square-foot lodge in South Africa by Los Angeles-based DRY Design takes the idea of living with nature even further than most.

     
  • basic training

    This Miller/Hull Partnership project focuses on the sustainable basics of responsible orientation, passive heating and cooling, and sensitive site preparation.

     
  • big and green

    green building is booming, but until homeowners are ready to embrace the less-is-more attitude can big and green peacefully coexist?

     

doctor spec

  • Green Piece

    The temperature atop Chicago’s City Hall building on an average summer day is usually 14 degrees to 44 degrees cooler than the county office building across the street. The reason: the county building has a typical black-tar roof, while City Hall has a green roof planted with grass, plants, and...

     

products

new material

  • the tiles that bind

    Eco-Terr terrazzo tiles from Miami-based Coverings Etc are formed using 80 percent postindustrial stone and glass chips and a cement binder. The manufacturer claims the resulting tiles are thin, strong, and ideal for residential applications, particularly high-traffic areas.

     
  • screen dreams

    Japanese sliding doors from German shoji manufacturer Shoji Living are now distributed in the United States. Crafted of vertical-grain Douglas fir recovered from managed forests, the handmade screens can be speced with three different facings: polyester-reinforced paper, PVC-laminated shoji paper...

     
  • chop top

    Made from end-grain bamboo bonded with a formaldehyde-free and food-safe adhesive, the 1 1/2-inch-thick panels come in three standard sizes--30 inches by 96 inches, 36 inches by 72 inches, and 48 inches by 96 inches.

     

architects' choice

  • good form

    AMD Architecture's Angela M. Dean offers her top product picks.

     
  • Blue-Ribbon Panels

    AMD Architecture's Angela M. Dean offers her top product picks.

     
  • Clay Time

    AMD Architecture's Angela M. Dean offers her top product picks.

     

off the shelf

  • More Than Zero

    planet-friendly finishes make all the difference, inside and out.

     
  • Take Cover

    planet-friendly finishes make all the difference, inside and out.

     
  • Auro Fixation

    planet-friendly finishes make all the difference, inside and out.

     
  • Strong Constitution

    planet-friendly finishes make all the difference, inside and out.

     
  • Growing Up Green

    planet-friendly finishes make all the difference, inside and out.

     
  • Cool Demeanor

    planet-friendly finishes make all the difference, inside and out.

     

digital home

  • musical intelligence

    an advanced plug-and-play system caters whole-house audio control to the information age.

     

workspace

  • Sasaki Associates

    A San Francisco office building seeks to become more environmentally-conscious through relocation.