Category: Sustainability

Our Future is in the Wind

The technology available in our current ‘green era’ provides an abundance of new methods to harvest energy from the elements and re-purpose it to power our homes, businesses, farms, and more. One of these varieties of energy, wind energy, is currently the most rapid-growing source of electricity in the world. Harnessing wind energy has multiple different […]

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The Death of the American Shopping Mall

Imagine this: You walk in to an old, large, abandoned skeleton of a building. The air is still, but musty and the only sources of light are from a few skylights sprinkled throughout a crumbling ceiling. You can tell that the finishes of the building may have at one time been considered elegant, maybe even […]

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What Does ‘Energy Star Certified’ Mean, Exactly?

‘Green’, ‘energy-smart’, ‘efficient’, ‘environmentally-friendly’ are all labels we  progressively see more of as the state of our climate continues on a detrimental path. Culturally, we have familiarized ourselves with the classifications that ascertain something’s impact on the environment, but do we fully understand the criteria they symbolize? The ‘Energy Star’ sticker has throughout the years […]

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They Paved Paradise and Put up a Parking Lot. Now, You Can Live There.

As the demand for urban living rises, the supply continues to show a steady decline. The ever-present anxiety over the state of our natural environment and the shifting values of today’s millennials has created a new ideal for younger generations. Urban settings, which boast great ‘walkability’ and proximity to the downtown city-scene are gaining momentum […]

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Celebrating Earth Day in Style (or at Least in a Stylish Home)

Here at SSArchitects, we love our mother-earth and value the importance of sustainable design for our future. To celebrate  ‘Earth Day’, we decided to take a field-trip and made our way to one of our most environmentally sound (not to mention stylish) projects: the Net-Zero Modern Family Farm located northeast of Boulder. Just a few weeks ago, […]

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Architectural Trends for 2014: Part One

2014 is going to be a big year for many things, but among those will be strides to make architecture and design suit the needs of modern times. With climate change and issues of sustainability no longer on the ‘back-burner’, architects are faced with a greater number of challenges outside of functionality and aesthetic appeal. […]

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Sunlight in Architecture

Sunlight is a fantastic resource that is oftentimes left unexplored. It’s well known that it has a direct relationship with our health as well as energy sustainability, but it’s not being used to its full potential. In fact, despite its cost-effective means of reducing the need for traditional electrical lighting, architectural education hardly embraces the […]

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New Year’s Resolutions: Architect Style

A New Year means new plans, new opportunities and most obviously, New Year’s resolutions. For architects, it might be hard to find something to resolve to do, so here are some handy resolutions to add to your list this year (and probably keep in mind through next year too).

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Palace for Nature: Sustainable Architecture

Sanzpont Arquitectura, an architectural design firm based in Spain, The United States, and Mexico, has recently announced its plans to create a sustainable, high-end VIP palace in Qatar.  The Palace for Nature, as it will be called, will be designed to represent the concept of the Sidra Tree, in the most elegant, yet sustainable manner imaginable.

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‘Tis the Season to Save a Little Energy

The New Year is always a time for resolutions. Why not make your home one of them? Maybe you’ve thought about reorganizing, remodeling, or repainting. But what about rethinking your home’s energy use? Revising aspects of your home to create a better, more sustainable environment is not only practical, but it’s also a guiltless way […]

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