49. National Constitution Center #105architecturalinspirations


49. National Constitution Center #105architecturalinspirations The National Constitution Center is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Of all the museums I have visited, this one had an incredible design that guided visitors from space to space. The architectural firm of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners designed the center which opened in 2000. The museum has three main exhibits….

Green Term Defined: Grasslands Conservation Carbon Offsets


Green Term Defined: Grasslands Conservation Carbon Offsets A grasslands conservation carbon offsets are similar to forestry, native grasses and other vegetation provide a natural source of greenhouse gas (GHG) absorption and sequestration. Carbon offsets from this category focus on maintaining native plant life through permanent land conservation and avoided conversion for commercial development or agriculture….

48. Pixel Building by Studio505 #105architecturalinspirations


48. Pixel Building by Studio505 #105architecturalinspirations The Pixel Building was designed by Studio505 and built by Grocon an Australian developer. This building is being used as a prototype to test design strategies. The vibrant colors of the facade create a fun and innovative structure. The design strategies create a high bar that we can all…

10 Things to make your summer more efficient and comfortable


This time of year is torture on your energy bills vs your comfort. You can suffer an uncomfortable home to keep your electric bills low or you can pay a premium to achieve comfort in your home. Here are some things to make the struggle a little easier. 1. Vampire loads are a constant draw…

47. Madrona Residence by Vandeventer Carlander Architects #105architecturalinspirations


47. Madrona Residence by Vandeventer Carlander Architects #105architecturalinspirations This beautiful home designed by Vandeventer Carlander Architects uses a shade screen to keep the house cool while letting in a lot of natural light. The natural materials blend beautifully with the site. The glass walls blend the interior with the exterior. Exposed steel columns illustrate the…

Green Terms Defined: Resilient Design


As our weather patterns change, we have to change the way we think about the built environment. We have seen the challenges the built environment faces from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. We have seen it in the flooding in Texas. We have seen the challenges from tornadoes in the mid-West. How do we change our…

46. Thrupp + Summers House by Clare Design #105architecturalinspirations


46. Thrupp + Summers House by Clare Design #105architecturalinspirations I love a project that has a unassuming exterior and a BLOW YOU AWAY interior. This one is especially nice as the architects, Clare Design, Used industrial materials to create a warm and inviting home. The juxtaposition of block, wood, steel, and corrugated metal create a…

Project Update: East Johnson Street Harrisonburg Tiny Home


Project Update: East Johnson Street Harrisonburg Tiny Home Dirt is moving and a foundation is in for one of our most recent design projects. The East Johnson Street, Harrisonburg Tiny Home is taking shape. This project is a test to see how you can build small, intentional, energy-efficient, healthy, and durable. Beck Builders is working…

Green Term Defined: Carbon Footprint


Green Term Defined: Carbon Footprint A Carbon Footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases we produce. It is measured in units of carbon dioxide. Here is a carbon footprint calculator from the Nature Conservancy. Indirect sources, fuel burned to produce goods…