Archive for 'Green Design Aesthetics'
Posted on 20. Nov, 2009 by Rebecca Firestone.
Many of our Title 24 clients have been asking us whether they can safely specify LED fixtures that would qualify as “high efficacy” lighting under Title 24. Could one conceivably create an entire lighting plan for a custom home using mainly LEDs, and if so, would it pass Title 24? Would it look any different to the untrained eye? Would it actually use less energy? Or, are LEDs better used as a supporting component in a diversified lighting plan rather than as the main workhorse? Are LEDs sustainable to manufacture? Do they use less power in a real-life installation, not just in the lab?
The answer to LEDs in California is a qualified but definite yes. There are definitely products out there that will comply with California’s energy codes, and we should see more coming to market this coming year. The issue is not the LED lamp itself, but the housing, because the fixture’s efficacy depends on the entire assembly.
Posted on 09. Jun, 2009 by Rebecca Firestone.
Modern by Design, a project sponsored by Metropolitan Home, is offering public tours of 2201 Baker Street from June 20-July 12, in San Francisco. This spectacular renovation project of an historic 7,000 square foot home showcases modern living and design aesthetics with the latest technologies.
Posted on 02. Jun, 2009 by Rebecca Firestone.
Two of our projects, the Los Gatos residence, and the Hammett residence, will be featured in a new book by photographer Claudio Santini (Images Publishing, Australia) called Green is Beautiful: The Eco-Friendly House, coming out in the fall.