Sustainable Building Trends

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 by

“Going green” isn’t just a flash in the pan. For more and more Puget Sound homeowners, sustainability is an important part of planning a dream home. Here are some of the popular sustainable features currently on trend. Ductless Heat Pumps are continuing to gain in popularity. Not only do they not require ducts, they can end up

Te Kaitaka, also known as The Cloak, is a new sculptural multi-functional space designed by New Zealand practice Fearon Hay Architects for Auckland International Airport. The single-storey building is enveloped by woven mesh screens and features a living green roof growing over a contoured timber frame. The roof is designed to help keep the building cool,

Gryphon Roofing & Remodeling Announces Commitment To Using Only the Most Superior Materials For Roofing Projects This recent announcement with regard their commitment to the use of only the highest quality materials available lets customers know that they have chosen a quality roofing and remodeling company in the greater Phoenix area.   Gryphon, one of

The Christchurch rebuild provides a unique opportunity for a rooftop sea of greenery and exotic plant life, ecologist Colin Muerk says. This is not the first time the need for a greener rebuild has come up. The green roof concept is quickly catching on internationally and some towns have made them a requirement of a

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs scored three runs in the third, but saved the best for last and used a run in the bottom half of the ninth to down the Binghamton Mets 4-3 Tuesday night. The fifth walk-off win of the season sends the Sea Dogs (66-37) to a 12-8 record over

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS)  is making some unique changes to it’s campus. It’s building a five-story parking garage with a roof-top soccer field. According to UCCS, there’s been a lot of growth at the school, so expanding is the right thing to do. With the new five-story parking garage, the school

In our home-farm-to-table quest, the crops in my garden have become a little more challenging and interesting this summer. Bored with the usual tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, my son, Stephen, perused the Internet. How about black beans, popcorn, goji berries and kiwis? No problem. Moving on to melons — rattlesnakes, cannon balls, sugar queens, and

10 Tips For Replacing Your Roof

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 by

If a new roof is on the horizon, our 10 smart moves can help you navigate this costly and sometimes complicated project. Making the right choices can add curb appeal and increase your home’s value if you intend to sell soon. 1. Add a layer or start from scratch? Your first decision: whether to put

Wednesday, 9 July 2014, 9:27 am Press Release: New Zealand Government New system for post-disaster building management A new system for managing buildings in the event of earthquake or flooding disasters was launched by Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith at the Australasian Structural Engineering Conference in Auckland today. “We need better systems, stronger

With the SunControlServer Building Management Systems (BMS) offers a central unit for automation of sun protection with maximum functionality. With the basic version already 50 sectors can be controlled. By fast communication via KNX-net/ IP the SCS can also be used as central unit for very big and complex projects. Different shading strategies and many