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Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: The Park Passive House

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http://www.archdaily.com/488962/park-passive-house-nk-architects/

The Park Passive house by NK Architects is a great example of the potential for the Passive House building standard. The technical rigor of ultra energy efficiency is often dominated by just that…technical rigor, leaving the connection to context and natural surroundings, aesthetics and awareness of spaces and the lives lived in them as after thoughts…if thought about at all. To capture all of these considerations in a project is no simple task and goes far beyond building science and is what Architecture is really about…in any building type. The question of whether Passive House or Net Zero is the appropriate path for our future is still up for grabs. To only “building to code” is an expensive proposition and a liability for the future market value of the building whether your heating or cooling. Nice project NK Architects.

Follow this link to Archdaily.com to see and read about the Park Passive house. (for large format images only click on the first image and scroll through all the photos)

http://www.archdaily.com/488962/park-passive-house-nk-architects/

Oh and, by the way, Studio III Architects has its first certified Passive House “on the boards” and planning on stunning results as well!

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Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: Ecovative Design

This week’s hero is something or a re-do….but these guys are amazing and have a lot of thoughts about our future…and ideas on how we fix it!!
Everyone loves a video right…well check these out. They are called Ecovative, http://www.ecovativedesign.com/
RPI grads that started up a little company…and check out their TED talks!

Bio Tech that works in your own compost!
Renewable in 5 days!!
These guys are a company to keep an eye on…and heros

Studio III architects' Hero Wednesday

Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: Ecovative Design

Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday, for the last week of August:

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Money often leaves ones pockets….sometimes at an alarming rate! (not good) When you can keep money in your pocket….you have money. (this is good) When you can put MORE money in your pocket….you have more money. (this is very good!)   So…what would you say to an investment tool that that boasts a risk free 50% return?!?!?! It’s a bit off the conventional “investment strategy” path…but it is definitely money in your pocket risk free….and not rocket science either….check it!   http://www.pbs.org/newshour/businessdesk/2013/06/this-investment-fits-obamas-en.html

 

Money often leaves ones pockets….sometimes at an alarming rate! (not good)
When you can keep money in your pocket….you have money. (this is good)
When you can put MORE money in your pocket….you have more money. (this is very good!)

So…what would you say to an investment tool that that boasts a risk free 50% return?!?!?!
It’s a bit off the conventional “investment strategy” path…but it is definitely money in your pocket risk free….and not rocket science either….check it!

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/businessdesk/2013/06/this-investment-fits-obamas-en.html

“The One Safe Investment and Why You Never Hear About It From Financial Advisors”

When I was a kid…(and no im not that old)….i had a savings account that earned (that’s right “earned”) 8.25%. The banking industry did away with that and I’m sure they’d say it was for our own good. So now if we need liquid cash we must borrow it….no dipping into the savings.

This article features a different way to think about investments and earnings that seems to make sense but is very different from our current way of thinking…what do you think? Fuzzy math, fact or fiction….?