Design

Design comes first. That is, picking products and materials comes after - not before - you've clarified the purpose, massing, orientation, fenestration, and other fundamental qualities of a building project. And good design is not just about beauty and looks; it is built on a foundation of good science, or else it will soon be feeding mold and lawyers. Here are some great resources on moisture, insulation, durability and all things building science presented in a way that anyone can understand:

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Created Date Tuesday, 02 April 2013
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"Green"ing Away From Sustainabiity

Submitted to BuildWell 2010 Symposium by Thomas Hahn, Associate Director of Ecosa Institute. Keywords: additive, assessment, conservation, consumption, credits, dissective, emulation, emulative, green building, holistic, integrative, iterative, points, rating system, reductive, regenerative.

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Created Date Tuesday, 02 April 2013
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A Market-Driven National Weatherization Proposal_Chandler_2010

Submitted to BuildWell 2010 Symposium by Michael Chandler, Chandler Design-Build. An innovative system for selling and financing building weatherization with reduced paperwork, no cost to the consumer, and improved value to the taxpayer compared with existing tax subsidies.

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Created Date Tuesday, 02 April 2013
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A Systematic Approach to Sustainable Use of Building Materials_Weeks and Yang_2010

Submitted to BuildWell 2010 Symposium by Kristin Weeks and Frances Yang, Arup San Francisco. When design teams consider material sustainability, often the first (and sometimes only) consideration is selection of materials with green attributes. While green materials offer significant benefits, a more holistic and systematic approach to building materials can yield far greater benefits to the triple bottom line (environment, financial and social).

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Created Date Monday, 25 March 2013
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All Natural, All Recycled Home - Owen Kennedy 2001

Submitted to 2001 International Conference on Ecological Building Structure by Vital Systems, Natural Building and Design, Inc. and DeBoer Architects. A case study of all natural, all recycled home.

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Created Date Tuesday, 26 March 2013
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Alternative Building Materials and Systems - Understanding Technical Risk and Uncertainty_Straube_2001

Submitted for 2001 International Conference on Ecological Building Structure. Dr. John Straub, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Examins the design process and the risk of uncertainty management approach that is implicitly used throughout the industrialized world's building codes, standards, and engineering community.

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Created Date Monday, 24 June 2013
Filesize 98 Kilobytes

Analysis of Pipe Breaks in Urban Water Distribution Network, Three Case Studies in Iran, Gorji et al, 2005

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Created Date Monday, 31 March 2014

Bigger, longer heat storms are coming soon: will your building keep its cool? by TJ Phillips, May 2013

Resilient Design Institute, Alex Wilson blog.  Many links to current efforts to future proof buildings and update climate data & projections.

This article summarizes the problem and current efforts to future proof various types of buildings in N. America and Europe.  Links to current demonstration projects are included.

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Created Date Monday, 24 June 2013
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Bioenvironmental Technological Processes for Urban Popular Habitat, Miguez, 2005

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Created Date Thursday, 28 March 2013
Filesize 118 Kilobytes

Builders Without Borders: An Overview_Kennedy_2001

Submitted to the 2001 International Conference on Ecological Building Structure. An overview on BWB's mission to create affordable housing from local materials, and to work together for a sustainable future.

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Created Date Friday, 04 April 2014
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Climate Change & IEQ Phillips, TJ 2014

Submitted for BuildWell 2014

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Created Date Tuesday, 02 April 2013
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Conspiring with Nature_Employing Ecological Awareness Toward a Design Methodology_Hahn_2010

Submitted to BuildWell 2010 Symposium by Thomas Hahn, Associate Director, Ecosa Institute, Prescott Arizona.

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Created Date Tuesday, 02 April 2013
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Deep Green Buildng-Building in the Context of Living_Venolia_2010

Submitted to BuildWell Symposium by Carol Venolia. The greenest buildings imaginable won't cut it unless they help their inhabitants remember how life works.

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Created Date Wednesday, 03 April 2013
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Energy Free-Homes for a Small Planet Chapter 1_Edminster

Submitted to BuildWell 2010 Symposium by Ann V. Edminster. Chapter 1 from her book Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, Green Building Press, 2009

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Created Date Monday, 08 July 2013
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Fabric Reinforcement for Improved Toughness of Adobe Block Wall Systems

An inexpensive but potentially very effective reinforcement method for adobe block wall systems using strips of fabric embedded in the mortar between courses of block. This provides a barrier against the propagation of dominant diagonal cracks commonly formed during seismic activity, and transfers stresses by mechanical bonding of the fabric to the mortar, inducing greater microcracking and greater energy dissipation in the wall overall. 

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Created Date Wednesday, 03 April 2013
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From "opus craticium" to the "Chicago frame" Earthquake resistant traditional construction_Langenbach_2010

Submitted to BuildWell 2010 Symposium by Randolph Langenbach. Earthquake resistant traditional construction.

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Created Date Monday, 31 March 2014
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From 'opus craticium' to the 'Chicago frame' Earthquake resistant traditional construction, Langenbach, R, 2006

Submitted for BuildWell 2014

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Created Date Monday, 24 June 2013
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Geosynthetic with In-Plane Drainage as Reinforcement in Poorly Draining Soil, Lopez, Kang, Zornberg 2005

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Created Date Tuesday, 14 May 2013
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geosynthetic with in-plane drainage as reinforcement in poorly draining soil_lopez_kang_zornberg_2005

Geosynthetic with In-plane Drainage as Reinforcement in Ppoorly Draining Soil by Rafael Holdorf Lopez, Young Cheol Kang, Jorge Zornberg. Interamerican Conference on Non-Conventional Materials and Technologies in Ecological and Sustainable Construction, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, November, 2005

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Created Date Monday, 31 March 2014
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IAQ 13 IEQ Research Needs for Low Energy Homes Philips, TJ and Levin, H 2013

Submitted for BuildWell 2014

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Created Date Thursday, 28 March 2013
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Livingscapes: the Integration of buildings and land into sustainable productive systems_North_2001

Submitted to the 2001 International Conference on Ecological Building Structure by Graeme North, Registered Architect, Warkworth New Zealand. Transforming difficult soils into good, unstabilised cob and mud brick material, a case study and comprehensive suite of earth building design standards.

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