Tag: sustainable architecture

The ROI on Green Home Renovation

Any time you plan to make significant changes to your home, it’s important to consider the potential benefits of your investment. This is a common topic of discussion for homeowners, architects, and builders, particularly with green home upgrades. Because many of the practices and technologies used in green home renovation are relatively new, they also […]

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Three Updates in Recycled Home Construction Materials

As consumer expectations lean more toward sustainability and green home construction practices, the materials that we use are also evolving. Gone are the days when green buildings focused only on water and energy conservation. In addition to achieving net zero energy, it is expected that the very bones of your home be built from materials […]

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Top Architectural Travel Destinations

You certainly don’t have to be an architect to appreciate stunning design. Experiencing the world through its manmade infrastructure is a powerful experience, full of visual stimuli that will leave you breathless for months after your vacation has ended. If you’re planning an escape, consider making it a design-centric getaway. There’s so much to be […]

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The Edge in Amsterdam: The Future of Sustainable Design

Smart building techniques have always been focused on two primary objectives. First and foremost, smart design is all about sustainability. As the world continues to embrace the importance of eco-friendly architecture and construction practices, technology becomes progressively more focused on facilitating a greater level of sustainability in our structures. The second purpose for smart design […]

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A Look Inside Our Net-Zero Family Farm

We conducted our final walk-through of our  Net-Zero Family Farm in Boulder last week and we’re happy to announce it’s move-in ready. The happy owners are settling in just in time for Thanksgiving. This 8,000 square-foot home produce 22 percent more energy than it uses. With a HERS rating of -22, it’s one of the lowest in Boulder County. The […]

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The Modern A-Frame: A Blast From the Past

Architecture in the mid-century saw an incredible shift in the way we viewed home design. Gone were the days of cookie-cutter living spaces; it was a time for change. Architects were challenging conventional construction and were driven to create a new type of dwelling, so along came the A-frame house.  

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Net-Zero Family Farm Debut Party

Sopher Sparn Architects LLC was beyond excited to showcase the completed Net-Zero Family Farm at the Debut & Open House Party on Thursday, October 15, hosted by Beck Building Company. Lots of “oohs” and “aahs” were heard from friends, sub-contractors and close members of the project as they toured the 8,000 square-foot home, amazed with its impressive […]

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Three Ways to Showcase Natural Building Materials

One of our favorite types of projects is to integrate natural features with modern design, because the blending of natural building materials and contemporary concepts often creates a unique combination. From exposed rock walls to beautiful wood accents, there are a lot of options and directions that a homeowner can take with this kind of […]

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The Benefits of Urban Green Spaces

Urban parks and open spaces break up the monotony of concrete, allowing city dwellers the opportunity to connect with nature. Green spaces offer numerous benefits for residences and the environment; they have a positive impact on a city’s overall sustainability and livability. Urbanites with access to public parks enjoy many emotional and physical health advantages. […]

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3 Architectural Elements that Help Cool Homes

While many people rely on A/C units and fans, there are several architectural elements that can also keep interior spaces cool, especially during the summer months. Natural cooling design strategies are energy efficient alternatives to air conditioning systems; we’ve compiled several ways architecture can lower indoor air temperatures:

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