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Things You Do Not Need

And a few things you do

Posted on Feb 9 2018 by Martin Holladay
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Houses are changing. Anyone buying a new home in 2018 expects the home to be quite different from one built in 1918, of course.

What “new features” is the typical buyer of a new home seeking out? It depends. Some buyers are looking for a foyer with a 20-foot ceiling and a master bathroom with a big Jacuzzi. Others, including the typical GBAGreenBuildingAdvisor.com reader, are looking for low energy bills and superior indoor air quality.


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  1. Image #1: Midwest Construction

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Origami-Inspired Homes

When designers create sprawling houses with multiple bump-outs, it’s difficult for builders to create an uninterrupted air barrier

Posted on Aug 28 2014 by Greg Labbe

There’s a reason that every high-performance car is sleek and compact in shape; sleekness improves performance. The same principle applies to centuries-old sculptures that keep their features and endure centuries of weathering and the test of time: keep the shape simple.

Unfortunately, the current trend is to build large homes that have poorly designed floor spaces. The physical shape of these origami-like buildings impacts our lives, our comfort, and our energy bills.


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  1. All photos: Greg Labbe

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Banish These Details From Your Plans

Some features and methods are so difficult to implement that designers might want to avoid them entirely

Posted on Jun 27 2014 by Martin Holladay

Is it possible to disassemble old shipping pallets and glue the pieces of lumber together to make furniture? Of course it’s possible; some woodworkers have used this method to make beautiful tables and chairs. There’s a fly in the ointment, however: while it’s possible, it’s not very easy.

Many commonly used construction methods, design details, and materials fall into a category I would call “possible but not easy.” I decided to create a list of items that fall into this category.


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  1. Window in the shower: Juhan Sonin

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