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Schematic Design

Architects use a four stage process consisting of Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents and Project Management. Schematic Design involves the development of visual conceptual design.  570 more words

Contemporary

Part One: Nature's Blessing

My father was a hard working constructor. My brothers and sisters were also tradesman. We lived a comfortable middle class life with a strong emphasis on living simple. 514 more words

Energy

Learning Microclimates

Using microclimates to garden is a great way to get the most out of your garden layout.  A very simple example is putting the plants that need the most sun in the sunniest part of your garden.   722 more words

Gardening

Keep Calm and Think Different: It Takes Money to Save Money, Part 2

Last week I introduced a new variation on an old adage: it takes money to save money. Of course this idea is not new to most people, nor is it new to this column, which has focused on the concept of ‘payback period’ since it was first published two and a half years ago. 639 more words

Eco Thrifty Renovation

Engineering the City: Passive Solar

What uses the most energy in your house? Is it the lights? The fridge? Somewhat unsurprisingly it’s the furnace. Heating our houses and our water consumes a huge amount of energy. 281 more words

Environment