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March 14, 2016
Every Monday, @dwell and @designmilk invite fans and experts on Twitter to weigh in on trending topics in design.
P.A.T.H. Prefab Home by Philippe Starck for Riko

Has the green movement's newfound trendiness helped or hurt its cause? 

@phplusmag: Better to think in terms of progression rather than trend. Like seat belts in cars. Green must be a permanent change.

@MTHWKSHN: Whether or not the "trend" is still popular, a wide audience now understands the impact of design.

@MadModHome: A trend can be the catalyst for a global movement. What's needed is the values + knowledge to keep up the momentum.

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Riko
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Upstate New York small sustainable retreat for Chilewich and Sultan facade

What is one reform you would like to see to make the built environment more sustainable? 

@lwsjff: Must make alternate energy a priority. New buildings should prominently feature solar technology.

@TreeHugger: There is no excuse not to make a standard like Passive House the base standard of building.

@designmilk: Would love to see regulations on recycling and/or reusing what's being torn down / demo-ed in a renovation.

@Allie_Weiss: There's a lot of potential in glass—@enneadarch is working on both glass w/ shading properties and bird-friendly glass.

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How useful are green certification programs, like LEED?

@TreeHugger: We really would not have got to where we are without LEED and certification, but it's time the building codes caught up.

@phplusmag: Green cert schemes are vital, but they need to actually work. Many aren’t transparent & allow accountancy sleight of hand.

@thisisheatherc: It's useful to quantify green goals, but making requirements too exact can leave little room for innovative solutions.

 

 

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Skidmore Passivhaus facade

On a residential level, how can homeowners update their dwellings to make them more energy efficient? 

@thisisheatherc: Be conscious of what, how (much) + why you consume. Seek low-energy appliances, local goods + efficient materials.

@phplusmag: Go deep - whole house approach, aim towards #Enerphit. Insulate, triple glaze, airtighten, mech vent & then renewables.

@TreeHugger: then go after low hanging fruit: lighting, air leaks appliances http://qub.me/Qt1S2v 

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Originally appeared in A Green Portland Home Built to Passive House Standards
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Ferrum House Steel Cladding Facade and Deck

What's a simple way we can all cut waste? 

@phplusmag: Other low energy ventilation tech like decentralised heat recovery & DCMEV also have big roles to play in existing homes.

@thisisheatherc: Cut down on conveniences buys. Plastic containers at lunch and over-packaged internet buys can really add up in landfills.

@designmilk: Know what you're buying + where it comes from. Also, buy used, vintage, pre-loved and pre-owned.

@aileenkwun: Keep a reusable bag on you for impromptu trips to the grocery store: http://bit.ly/1XqEdx7 

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Louis Porter
Originally appeared in A Modern Cor-Ten Steel Cube on a Historic Site in England
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Facade of eco-friendly prefab by Greenfab with extensive daylighting and site analysis for energy efficiency.

What energy-saving innovations are you most excited about right now? 

@phplugmag: Energiesprong, which looks too good to be true. Buildings facelifted to zero energy bill levels. http://tiny.cc/e4419x 

@thisisheatherc: We can learn a lot about efficiency by looking at traditional techniques and common wisdom...

@MadModernHome: We're most excited about drought-tolerant #LandscapeDesign we've been seeing in #CA. Necessity is the mother of invention!

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P.A.T.H. Prefab Home by Philippe Starck for Riko

Has the green movement's newfound trendiness helped or hurt its cause? 

@phplusmag: Better to think in terms of progression rather than trend. Like seat belts in cars. Green must be a permanent change.

@MTHWKSHN: Whether or not the "trend" is still popular, a wide audience now understands the impact of design.

@MadModHome: A trend can be the catalyst for a global movement. What's needed is the values + knowledge to keep up the momentum.

Today we discussed energy efficiency and savings with @phplusmag and @treehugger.

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