Posts Tagged ‘energy-efficient’
By David M. Brown
Skylights are shining, sustainably.
A generation ago, those who wanted to add direct light from the sky into their homes had to also invite the attendant heat gain. In the desert, this was a bright prospect for our luminous winters, but not a very cool idea in summer, when direct sunlight on windows, especially those flat on the rooftop, has traditionally been a budget buster.
BY KIMBEL WESTERSON
Not long ago when someone mentioned a green pool, they were probably referring to an algae overgrowth. Now, having a green pool can also be a good thing—that is, when it refers to an eco-friendly pool. But how do you make your pool really green? Here are some ideas. Read more
The City of Scottsdale honors projects that exemplify sustainable practices through its Scottsdale Environmental Design Awards Program (SEDA). This month we highlight some of the award winners recognized for their design quality, public education and sensitivity to the Sonoran desert environment.
How going green can add a warmth and charm to your home.
1. Hood made from reclaimed water tank (cut neatly and reformed) acquired from a salvage yard in Page, AZ.
2. Reclaimed French firebrick ceiling and stone walls; interior and exterior.
“Green walls” date all the way back to the Babylonians. One historical example is known as one of the seven wonders of the world—the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The name green wall refers to “vertical gardens” or “living walls,” and is used to describe all vegetated wall surfaces. According to greenscreen.com, green walls can be broken into two categories—green facades and living walls.
Green facades include more climbing or self-clinging plants, or cascading groundcovers that are directed to cover certain structures. Plants are rooted at the base of the structure and they grow up and over, and sometimes around, the structure. Where you might have your own facades of English ivy growing up your home, new technology such as modular trellis systems, cables, and netting provide landscape architects creative outlets for these types of plants to install “living architecture,” even on the biggest structural eyesores.
BY DAVID M. BROWN
On June 15, the Arizona office of Turner Construction Company obtained substantial completion of the $22 million Colonel Smith Middle School in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, about 90 miles southeast of Tucson, for the Fort Huachuca Accommodation School District. A dedication ceremony is being held Aug. 3 at the school.
The 88,700-square-foot project is expected to be the state’s first net zero school and the nation’s twelfth. Approximately 375 sixth- through eighth-grade students will benefit from its sustainable education facilities. Groundbreaking was May 5, 2011. Read more