Pittaki Street in central Athens was, until recently, a dimly lit and poorly trafficked alley. It could have easily gone the route of countless of other neglected byways, becoming a dead zone […]
Eco-Pak: A game-changing container home concept, delivered British aircraft structural engineer James Green teams up with Seattle-based sustainable architect Matthew Coates to unveil Eco-Pak, a shipping container housing concept that’s […]
From the Wall Street Journal, how to build a superhome. Super strong that it. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203880704578088823307268526.html
I know you wake up in the night, cold sweats, wondering what the differences between the IBC and NFPA 101 are. Never fear, this guide, by our friendly friends at […]
Here’s a quick and dirty guide to different insulation types (from http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com):
*** NOTE: SPRAY FOAM INSULATION CAN BE SPRAYED WITH AN INTUMESCENT COATING TO ACHIEVE THE 15 MIN THERMAL BARRIER *** Thermal Barrier: 15-Minute, intumescent, water-based thermal barrier for brush, roller, or […]
You may know that it’s difficult to get a decent sealant joint on Henry Blueskin. This is not surprising, though. Blueskin SA is […]
I personally enjoyed the enlightening presentation given to us by Barnes & Cone the other day on the thermal performance of CMU walls. I wanted to post up some of […]
So, Maybe you are doing an architectural project. And you get into keynoting your beautiful REVIT model. Then, you wonder what division you should put a particular keynote into. Never […]
In 1991, Los Angeles-based artist Chris Burden decided to add a studio structure on his own property, but he wanted to make it as big as he could without a building permit. After pouring over the building code, he found he could build a detached structure as long as it was under 400 square feet and under 35 feet tall.
The result, Burden’s Small Skyscraper (Quasi-Legal Skyscraper), was intended to be “a modern day log cabin” that “two guys with a donkey could put up, and when the neighbor calls the building inspector, the guys can take it down again,” he told LA Weekly back in 2003.