Sustainable Hospital Design
Although everyday problems seem to be a constant reminder of the perils of life, little more can be as traumatizing as not having a hospital facility to go to when one encounters a severe injury or illness.
Last year, a collaboration was initiated by Milli Smith, founder of The Scarlet Heart Foundation, Inc. and an evangelist for advanced development in Haiti and Africa, to improve the availability of medical services and facilities to those ... Continue
Let’s start by describing what a SIP Panel is and why they are called SIP Panels in the first place.
The SIP Panel is actually an ingenious combination of three things; two panels and a core. One panel serves as an exterior skin, the core is a block of construction foam, and a second panel serves as an outer skin. These three items are bonded together to create a strong Structural Insulated Panel.
Small Houses – Way Cool!
Do you think small houses are cool? If you do, like many over the last decade you are in the company of a growing number of people who are turning to small houses for a very basic reason. They make sense!
There are many reasons that small houses are picking up steam: an aging population wanting less to take care of and younger couples with smaller families needing less space. Many ... Continue
Most small house designs and small house plans available on the market today are designs that have been in use for decades and have been updated in their appearance yet remain basically the same in their construction. Most do not utilize modern materials to improve the sustainability of the home.
For a house to be truly modern it must be built in such a way that it reduces energy consumption which lowers heating and cooling costs and ... Continue
Small Eco Houses are filling a niche in an international housing market that has been unable to fill demand for decades.
The UN has been reporting for decades that over one billion people were living in inadequate housing across the globe. However; two recent trends have boosted the likelihood that inadequate housing supply is being replaced by small eco houses.
First; a broader awareness and deeper involvement globally by governments and civil society to be environmental good stewards was bolstered by last ... Continue
Transitional Shelters are often thought of as a second shelter dispatched in the sequence of building back or reconstruction after a disaster.. For example; many disasters and emergency response systems deploy tents, then transitional shelter (temporary structures), and ultimately a permanent dwelling.
IADDIC’s approach to transitional shelter involves deploying one product at the time of need and building upon that structure to develop permanency.
To achieve permanency, the shelters are hardened with a coating of locally available materials. These materials can be ... Continue