Healthy House, Happy Home. Home should be the place we feel our best—safe, comfortable and surrounded by favorite people and things. But if your house has poor indoor air quality then home won’t feel like a sanctuary. Headaches, cold-like symptoms, dizziness and fatigue are a few of the health effects you’ll experience when inside air contains allergens and irritants. Unfortunately, too many people feel bad in their own homes, and there’s even a name for it: Sick house syndrome.
Zero Net Energy (ZNE) is fast becoming the gold standard for high quality buildings. It is a simple concept: produce as much energy on site as you will use over the course of the year. It is, however, not an easy to reach goal.
Home automation tools used to control everyday items around the house with your phone are making serious headway in the modern housing market. Having a sleek, attractive house only increases in its allure with what today’s technology has to offer.
May 24, 2016, TEDx Laval
Watch Marc Bovet’s TedX talk for his vision on the housing industry and the issues that need to be addressed in order to stop building disposable houses and start building long-lasting homes.
Personal projects and overseeing their completion creates a strong sense of pride and ownership for all parties involved. People will choose to build their own homes, as they have previously lived in a home that is no longer serving their specific needs. Generally, their experience with this old home will dictate and inspire the flow and layout for a new home.
Dreaming about designing your new custom home?
Deciding on an aesthetic, theme, and layout can be daunting. Luckily, there are numerous resources to help make the process easier before going ahead and hiring a professional interior designer. You can visualize an entire room’s aesthetic on your laptop, mobile device, or tablet, thanks to modern technology.
The crux for your construction project relies on an essential ingredient: proper materials. Construction and its related materials have been an essential component to human evolution and our standards of living. In fact, materials commonly used in construction today can date their beginnings to as far back as 400 BC.
You recycle everything that can be recycled. You’re careful not to overheat your home. You’re mindful of your water use. You do your laundry in cold water. You refuse to buy over-packaged products.
Now that we have a solid understanding of the different construction methods available for residential building, let’s investigate the pros and cons of each to get a better sense of which will be the best fit for your new home.
When it comes to building a home, the list of available construction methods ranges from well-known and widely used, such as stick-built homes made of wood, to techniques steadily gaining popularity like light-gauge steel-framing, to age-old methods like earthen-block construction and masonry that are used in specialty projects.