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Current Obsessions: Design Icons - RemodelistaIcon - Arrow LeftIcon - Arrow RightIcon - External LinkIcon - MessageIcon - Down ChevronIcon - CloseIcon - Dropdown ArrowIcon - Location PinIcon - Zoom OutIcon - Zoom InIcon - SearchIcon - EmailIcon - FacebookflipboardIcon - InstagramIcon - PinterestIcon - TwitterIcon - Check Mark An icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. An icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. An icon we use to indicate a button link is external. The icon we use to represent an email action. Used to indicate a dropdown. Used to indicate a close action. Used to…

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Before & After: A Bright 17th-Century House Overlooking the Sea on Mallorca, for Two Young Architects

One of the more original projects we’ve seen in a while, with the windows thrown open to let in summer breezes (and a fresh dose of design): Ca’n Rei on Mallorca, a 17th-century house far from the party scene and spring break resorts in the tiny town of Banyalbufar, on a cliff overlooking the sea, redone by Isla Architects. The house is the architects’ own: Juan Palencia and Marta Colón, the couple behind the firm, recently moved to Mallorca full-time to establish their practice after living and working in the colder climes of Basel, Switzerland. First, they stripped the house down…

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LED Streetlight Conversions Falter

LED streetlights use less energy and should require less maintenance than high-pressure sodium lamps, but at least two U.S. cities have reported premature failure of LED fixtures from a San Jose, California, maker. [Photo credit: Don Harder / CC BY-NC / Flickr] Streetlights using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are designed to last longer and use less energy than conventional lighting, but it’s not working out that way in at least two U.S. cities. Thousands of lamps installed in Detroit have failed prematurely, prompting a federal lawsuit against the manufacturer, The Detroit News reports. The Public Lighting Authority’s suit against Leotek Electronics…

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Wingnut Testing of Soffit-to-Ridge Venting, Round 2

In this round of Wingnut testing, a theatrical fogger with a flex duct extension will be used to test stack effect venting on a roof assembly with a 3:12 slope and an 1-inch-deep vent channel. [Photo credit: Alan Benoit, architect] It has been a while since I blogged about my first round of Wingnut roof vent testing, so here is a reminder of the questions that the tests should answer: Does soffit-to-ridge cathedral roof air flow actually follow the nice neat arrows that ridge vent manufacturers show in their brochures? Does the configuration of a manufactured ridge vent make a…

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Kitchen of the Week: Stardust in Northwest London

What happens when two friends from the music industry try their hand at interior design? If this northwest London kitchen is anything to go by, they come at it with personality and flair. Toni Halliday, lead vocalist and lyricist for alternative rock group Curve, initially hired former music friend turned interior designer Rachel Aspland of RZ Living to help with refurbishing her home in the London neighborhood of Queens Park. A few years later, the pair decided to collaborate and design Aspland’s Victorian terraced house in neighboring Kensal Rise. Anything but timid and understated, the kitchen is an unusual mix…

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Living Building Challenge Gets an Update

A new level of certification from the International Living Future Institute called Core Green is intended to be a list of attributes that any green building should have. [Image credit: International Living Future Institute] The International Living Future Institute has released a new version of its Living Building Challenge and announced a new certification category called Core Green Building Certification. The Institute said that the changes are intended to simplify what it calls the “world’s most rigorous” performance standard for buildings and to fill a gap between the highest levels of mainstream green building and the lowest rung of the…

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