In this project, we used wood and brick siding to not only promote green building, but to also reduce the thermal mass of the house, to cool the temperature of the home. Don’t you love the look of Austin stone on a home? Many neighborhoods in Bryan and College Station require a high percentage
This is a visual of the effect thermal mass has on your home. Here in College Station and Bryan we have a very hot and humid climate, which presents a unique set of design and construction challenges. For one, traditional approaches to thermal mass walls are out for us. However, this potentially beautiful design
It is our recommendation that you change AC filters once a month when you are leaving your system on all the time, so you will see this task on our list for most, but not all, months. Changing out the AC filters will extend the life of your system, allow it to operate more efficiently, and even help keep the house clean.
To the extent that we seek “green” or sustainable solutions, it is not enough to consider the resources that we use in building, we must consider our relationship to all resources. We must design homes that put us into relationship with life’s resources so that we can become aware of our part of a process of dynamic balance.
green building Which is the least expensive energy retrofit? A. Installing solar panels B. Replacing existing windows with high efficiency windows C. Installing energy star appliances D. Sealing air leaksWhich has the highest ROI? A. Installing solar panels B. Replacing existing windows with high efficiency windows C. Installing energy star appliances D. Sealing air
The intention of using ceiling fans is to conserve energy. But there are three ways that ceiling fans frequently cause people to waste energy and money. The most common wasteful infraction is leaving the ceiling fan on when no one is in the room. Ceiling fans cool by moving air across the skin. If there
One of the key tools in Green building is the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA.) LCA is a technique to assess the environmental impacts associated with each product, process, or service, by:Compiling an inventory of relevant energy and material inputs to a project;Assessing the aging process associated with the input;Evaluating the potential environmental impacts associated with
So, we hear a lot about green building these days. Just exactly what is it? Green Building is an approach to building that seeks to: Improve efficiencies Reduce waste Improve health and happiness within a building. Over the last 10 years as the demand and requirement for greener practices have occurred, we have had tremendous
Construction during a home remodel in Bryan / College Station, by Stearns Design Build. Isolation is being added to the home to promote smarter heating and cooling. How can you affect the 29% +17% of Heating and Cooling energy use? Tip #5 Smart Heating & Cooling: This is the biggest chunk of your
Bathroom remodel in Bryan / College Station, by Stearns Design Build. Every bathroom we remodel has water conservation on our mind. How can you affect the 14% of energy used for Water Heating in your home? Tip #4 Conserve Water: Firstly, become aware of your overall household water use, and conserve water with