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My Houzz: A Reclaimed Wood House Rises From the Trees

My Houzz: A Reclaimed Wood House Rises From the Trees | Sustainability | Scoop.it
When property taxes in central Austin began soaring in the lush Bouldin Creek neighborhood, designer Christina Campbell of Confluence Studios decided to take action.
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A great proof of Sustainability which also is financially viable.

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A Japanese House Merges the Indoors with the Outdoors

A Japanese House Merges the Indoors with the Outdoors | Sustainability | Scoop.it

Japanese architect Makoto Tanijiri of Suppose Design Office designed a residential home that merges the indoors with the outdoors. 

‘House in Takaya’ located in Hiroshima, Japan, features a polished modern exterior, but incorporates the charming traditional “doma” earthen floor in its interiors. Throughout the entire house, the “doma” acts as a hallway. 
Besides being eco-friendly, it also has benefits as it keeps the home cool in summer, and warm in winter—and adds richness to the home’s interior...


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Sheridan Tatsuno's curator insight, August 11, 2013 2:41 PM

Besides earth floors, thermal heat pumps in the ground can reduce heating and cooling costs by circulating liquids into the ground, which has stable temperature beyond 3 to 4 feet below the surface.  It would be a cheap form of decentralized energy since the earth is like a big battery.  

Cassidy's comment, August 26, 2013 11:07 PM
I would love to have a place like this!
Matthew Carrigg's curator insight, October 14, 2014 1:05 PM

In this article explains the new arts being brought into architecture making more modern houses.  Japan is diverting from its old traditionally based home which is a bad and a good thing. The bad outcome of modernizing their homes is it loses some of its culture which plays a huge role in how china works today. Although changing the way Japan's houses are constructed to give a more modern feel opens up Japans eyes with a new view of the rest of the world instead of being isolated behind it's walls.