HEALTHY HOMES

Celebrating Independence Day On A Green Roof

Celebrating Independence Day On A Green Roof

Celebrating Independence Day usually means huge crowds and heavy car traffic in NYC. I’ve tried to stay away from these two things even if it meant not seeing the fireworks. And I can’t remember the last time I went to a fireworks party. It also means indulging in a classic American meal, drinking lots of […]

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How this 10,000 year old ingredient can make your home clean more than … Ever!

How this 10,000 year old ingredient can make your home clean more than … Ever!

My wife likes a clean home.  A clean home clears her mind and lifts her spirit.  While some treat their bodies as temples, my wife treats her home as one.  It’s her haven. Every time after cleaning our home, we are impressed by the calm and silence that comes over us.  It sets the stage […]

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ENERGY RETROFITS

Why bother adding wall insulation to your home?

Why bother adding wall insulation to your home?

My colleague gave me a long dubious look in the office one day. I’m sure you’ve had someone give you that look at one time or another. You’ve said crazy things in the past. You know the look. Arched brows to give the impression of concern regarding the things you said. Squinted eyes to make […]

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Warning: Do not stop building.  Just find new ways to use your energy wisely.  The future depends on it.

Warning: Do not stop building. Just find new ways to use your energy wisely. The future depends on it.

There is this perception out there that architects are sometimes wasteful.  We carve out large areas out of small ones.  We over-design by using materials in excess.  We create superfluous forms that don’t make much sense. I can understand this sentiment because part of what I do as an architect is to destroy before I […]

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RENEWABLES

Over one million GSHP systems installed even though they are buried underground

Over one million GSHP systems installed even though they are buried underground

Architects like to hang around together. We like to talk about how the built environment can be made better to support our living conditions. That’s why we’re architects. One night, we had an interesting conversation during happy hour after work. J has a house. She is planning to install a geothermal system along with solar […]

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How to do a lot with a little home

How to do a lot with a little home

From a very early age, I dreamed of being an architect.  I looked up at the towering skyscrapers around me and dreamed of one day constructing one.  Buildings appeared large and full of stuff back then. When I became a student of architecture, I learned to appreciate the stuff inside buildings – the stuff we […]

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NATURAL RESOURCES

Where 32 of your tax dollars are going

Where 32 of your tax dollars are going

I’m afraid of taxes. I get especially worried about taxes when the Federal Reserve is printing more money – to finance the deficit of the government on a permanent basis. The Fed does so by issuing large amounts of currency to stimulate the economy. As more debt is issued as a result of the government, […]

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Are you prepared to live a prosperous life? Start with a tiny home.

Are you prepared to live a prosperous life? Start with a tiny home.

Our hopes and our dreams depend on a functioning economy. It is our hope that our life is secure. And it is our dream to live in prosperity. Money is being printed to meet our needs so that we can continue to have that dream. The stock market is growing. Life is getting bigger and […]

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RESILIENCY

Why the 21st Century will be the age of self-reliance

Why the 21st Century will be the age of self-reliance

I just finished reading an awesome book called ‘Choose Yourself!’ by James Altucher, and I’ve got to say… It’s true. The economic collapse of 2008 has made it abundantly clear. We’re not hiring anymore. Corporations don’t need to hire as much anymore because of technology.  Technology has already replaced paper.  We work in paperless offices […]

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Read this and save lives … first

Read this and save lives … first

On a sunny afternoon in late May, my colleagues and I went out for our usual lunch break at the steps of the post office near our work place.  These lunch breaks allow us to talk about real world matters.  They give us some time to talk freely and honestly about why events are happening […]

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CLIMATE CHANGE

What if we could modify the weather with energy efficient homes?

What if we could modify the weather with energy efficient homes?

Our country is divided in many ways. The divide that has piqued my attention today and for quite some time is the East and West one in the country. I’m sure you already know about the geographical and cultural divide that defines the East Coast and West Coast. Differences have been noted in the music […]

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Who else wants to turn the AC off?

Who else wants to turn the AC off?

It usually starts in early April. The gloomy, gray days of Winter finally give way to the bright, blue skies of the new season. You start to question whether it would be good to wear a sweater for work. Temperatures are moderate, but there is a good spread between the morning and evening. It’s a […]

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