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Sustainability From Top To Bottom: Locally Sourced Timber Clad Homes

Sustainability From Top To Bottom: Locally Sourced Timber Clad Homes | homes with contemporary look and feel and traditional | Scoop.it

When designing a home according to high standards of sustainability, an architect must consider all details of construction, from the way the structure absorbs and releases solar energy, to rainwater collection, to incorporating double-paned windows to reduce heat transfer.

They must also consider the environmental impact of the materials used to construct the home itself. Transporting resource-intensive materials across long distances significantly increases the home's overall carbon footprint.

To mitigate these adverse effects, the solution is much closer than one might think: opting for locally sourced and responsibly harvested timbers and woods. Instead of cutting down pines and oaks in sensitive forests to use for hardwood floors and cabinets, architects can make use of already fallen trees near the construction site to source their design needs. The following homes, façades, floors, and products come from wood found nearby, and are either left untreated for a rustic appearance or milled and cured on-site for a richer finish. Sustainability from start to finish.


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Think Green and save the environment.

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Villa F in Rhodes, Greece by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture

Villa F in Rhodes, Greece by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture | homes with contemporary look and feel and traditional | Scoop.it

Set above and within a natural stone wall which runs along this length of the Greek Rhodes coastline, Villa F is a design by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture for a holiday retreat. There’s a strong emphasis on comfort and minimalism throughout the dwelling with markedly few distinct rooms and a lack of internal walls.

Hornung and Jacobi Architecture opted for a lightweight plaster coated timber framework for its superstructure, as opposed to the typical tendency towards brute force and concrete cantilevers in modern architecture. A key aspect in the design brief was that it should be possible to cool and heat the building relatively quickly in order to reach a comfortable temperature as soon as possible. This was achieved through the use of lightweight components in its construction, and the incorporation of a mechanical roof vent to encourage convectional ventilation to occur throughout Villa F.

 


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This is totally cool and confirms to what I see in good design--minimalism, clean lines and emphasis on simplicity.

 

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Sustainability From Top To Bottom: Locally Sourced Timber Clad Homes

Sustainability From Top To Bottom: Locally Sourced Timber Clad Homes | homes with contemporary look and feel and traditional | Scoop.it

When designing a home according to high standards of sustainability, an architect must consider all details of construction, from the way the structure absorbs and releases solar energy, to rainwater collection, to incorporating double-paned windows to reduce heat transfer.

They must also consider the environmental impact of the materials used to construct the home itself. Transporting resource-intensive materials across long distances significantly increases the home's overall carbon footprint.

To mitigate these adverse effects, the solution is much closer than one might think: opting for locally sourced and responsibly harvested timbers and woods. Instead of cutting down pines and oaks in sensitive forests to use for hardwood floors and cabinets, architects can make use of already fallen trees near the construction site to source their design needs. The following homes, façades, floors, and products come from wood found nearby, and are either left untreated for a rustic appearance or milled and cured on-site for a richer finish. Sustainability from start to finish.


Via Lauren Moss
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Think Green and save the environment.

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WATCH: Don't Buy A House Without These Expert Tips

WATCH: Don't Buy A House Without These Expert Tips | homes with contemporary look and feel and traditional | Scoop.it
Buying a home can be thrilling, but before you let emotion get the best of you (and the huge investment you're about to make), experts say there are a few things you want to keep in mind.
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How to Fight Clutter

How to Fight Clutter | homes with contemporary look and feel and traditional | Scoop.it
Tips for building a thoughtful space that addresses needs, encourages routines, and ensures that your possessions don’t own you.
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To start any remodel the best way to begin is to get rid of clutter. It is so refreshing to see clean freshly painted walls, sparkling hardwood or laminate flooring and cabinets clear of paper and items that have no value. Your items  in the kitchen are containerized and put away. You will see space and feel the serenity. FREE YOURSELF OF STUFFITS.!!!

Follow me as I progress through my clients remodel project from start to finish.

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