• (c) Max Strang Architecture

Resysta, the Non-Wood, Wood

Resysta is an attractive, sustainable, and non-plastic alternative to wood.  With the look and feel of wood, Resysta is very durable, water-resistant and most comparable to the typically unsustainable, tropical hardwoods; however, it contains no wood.  Suitable for decking, cladding, interior wall cladding or marine applications, Resysta is flexible enough for all projects.

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By |May 9th, 2011|Categories: Materials, Modern design, Recycled|8 Comments
  • Plant Trees in the Right Place

How to Improve Home Cooling with Trees

While green homes often sport all manner of technical solutions to keep them optimized and efficient, the landscaping can have a significant effect on the building and its energy use. Site orientation and landscape can also be powerful tools to control the energy needs of a building. While it’s not practical to reorient most homes, in many cases you can still make improvements by planting trees.

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By |May 9th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Vegetation|Tags: |9 Comments
  • Week in Review

Micro House Living, Affordable ADUs, Heritage Efficiency, + Solar Popularity

Betting on the micro-housing trend.
Post-consumer recycled plastic is the answer.
Using backyard cottages for affordable housing.
What’s the energy cost of saving old buildings?
EPA takes action on spray polyurethane foam.
Five steps to manufacture LED lights.
Top ten solar […]

By |May 7th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|1 Comment
  • North Beach Residence - view

Low Impact Dwelling on Orcas Island

This is North Beach Residence on Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands in Washington.  The 2,070 square-foot project received a national AIA Honor Award this year and is owned by Rysia Sucheca and John Warburton for use as a summer house from May through October.  It was designed by Heliotrope Architects and built by David Shore Construction.

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By |May 6th, 2011|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: , |5 Comments
  • Productive Building Strawbale Insertion

Straw Bales Used for Pop-Up Structure

Productive Building is a recycled and recyclable building system concept that was recently demonstrated for the construction of Greenhouse, a temporary, and entirely waste free, restaurant on the waterfront in Sydney, Australia.  The Productive Building system is an intriguing and fast way of creating a building with steel, straw bales, and simple interior and exterior finishes.

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By |May 4th, 2011|Categories: Recycled, Retail|Tags: , |4 Comments
  • New Wood square sample

High Recycled Content NewWood

In addition to dRain Joint, I also noticed this 100% recycled-content board called NewWood at the National Green Building Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City.  The “wood” is actually a composite of recycled plastic and recycled wood that is locally sourced and manufactured in Elma, Washington.

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By |May 4th, 2011|Categories: Materials, Recycled|5 Comments
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