7.8-7.9 Thick walls have multiple advantages

7.8-7.9 Thick walls have multiple advantages

7.9.USA-3-detail-a thick walls – Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: We can rethink using hills for efficiency and building thick walls. This sketch illustrates a Pennsylvania “bank barn,” which is typically dug into a hillside. The design allows for...
7.10 Floor grate with great design

7.10 Floor grate with great design

7.10.USA-3-detail-b Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: We can rethink saving heating fuel by sharing heat between floors. This floor grate allows the heat from the fireplace on the first floor to rise up through the house. The grate has qualities of function...
7.11 Animal tracks teach us about more than animals

7.11 Animal tracks teach us about more than animals

7.11.USA-3-detail-c animal tracks Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: Be a good neighbor. Animal tracks on the snow are often worth following. The distance between the tracks, their size, and their depth are all clues to the animal’s weight and shape. I think...
7.12 Christmas tree farm to engage family

7.12 Christmas tree farm to engage family

7.12.USA-4-Horizontal-with-Figure – Christmas tree farm Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: Benefit from engaging in a process, with results that may exceed your expectations. This is an old house on my grandparents’ farm that covers a couple of hundred...
7.13 Southern overhang size based on latitude

7.13 Southern overhang size based on latitude

7.13.USA-4-detail-a southern overhang Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design: We can save energy with the sun without having to install solar panels. This sketch includes a shadow study at six different times a day. We can optimize the energy efficiency of homes...