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When building an eco-friendly house, one question that comes to mind immediately is:

which kind of construction materials should I use?

There are a lot of options and a lot of chatter online about this topic.
Unfortunately, a lot of the information you can find when searching is pushed by marketers and it is not really objective (nor true).

In this article, we make the point on what is a TRULY eco-friendly material and how to pick the right ones for your new home.

 

Shipping container homes are indeed a trend.

We see them pretty often on social media and in online magazines ...but is the hype worth your attention and money?

Here are a few questions you might be wondering:

  • are people really building them?
  • is it a safe choice to build your home with recycled steel?
  • are they easier to build?
  • are "container-homes" really cheaper?
  • is there a better alternative to container homes?

And here are the answers...

An eco-friendly house is a type of house that utilizes significantly fewer resources than a traditional one.
Eco-friendly houses consume energy and water more efficiently than their conventional counterparts.

To make this happen, factors like building orientation, geometry/shape, building envelope, window-to-wall ratio, shading & daylighting need to be planned in great detail.
Consequently, planning and design are the most important stages in building an eco-friendly home. 

When we go shopping for food, we naturally check the quality of the groceries before we buy them. Strangely enough, when building a house, customers tend to focus 99% on the appearance of the building disregarding other important aspects.

Luckily, more and more people care about how their home is going to be built and wish to build only with environment-friendly materials.

One good example of such building material is MHM (Massiv-Holz-Mauer), a cross-layered wood panel where timber boards are joined together with aluminum pins.

MHM looks a lot like CLT (cross-laminated timber) but is produced using no adhesives or chemicals.

House manufacturers are very skilled in doing part of their job, namely producing houses.

Unfortunately, there are other aspects of the house manufacturing business where the entire Industry lacks know-how, tools and vision.

As a matter of fact, the problem in manufacturing houses is not in the manufacturing itself, but in everything that comes before that...

When you are an architect and you run your own architecture studio, your time is divided between leading projects and dealing with clients.

As a creative person, you’d like to do more of the hands-on stuff and to spend your time designing buildings… but, to keep the business running on high gear, you have to respond to all the incoming inquiries.

You spend a great deal of time talking about possibilities and showing options and often you have to dig into the past projects to show something tangible to your potential clients.

Is this the best use of your time?

Recently, we attend a seminar and exhibition on new Swedish wooden architecture.
As new construction technologies become more affordable and safe, this sector of the building industry seems to be booming.

We wanted to get more information on this... and so we interviewed someone who is dealing with wood architecture on a daily basis.

This year, a total of 12 projects made it to the international finals of the Huts and Habitats competition, part of TAB (Tallinn Architecture Biennale). 
Steampunk was the unanimous favorite of the jury right from the beginning.   

To date, Steampunk it is the largest and most ambitious project in the world implemented using augmented reality… and it’s entirely made of wood.

So you are working on a new housing project and you are wondering whether you should build it entirely on-site or you should take advantage of some sort of prefabricated construction method.

As soon as you look into prefab construction technologies, you realize there are 3 ways you can go about it:

  • pre-cut material
  • element construction
  • factory-ready volumetric modules.

How can you determine which one is the best for your project?

This article is all about that...

Not everyone gets the chance to live in a mansion. Therefore, having ideas on how to maximize your space and create storage areas is of the essence.
If you've been wondering how to maximize space in a small house, here are a few tips to help you out.

What would happen if the planet became a few degrees warmer?
What would the new landscapes around the world be like?

Would Paris become a desert by 2100? (hint: YES).

Are we doing enough to avoid this?
...and if the human-produced excess of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere really is the culprit (as 97% of climate scientists contend), would it not be crucial to make sure everyone in the world becomes "carbon-literate"?

This article is all about this stuff...

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