AIA’S NEW HOW-TO WEBSITE: Featuring green design

by , 03/29/07

AIA, How Design Works For You, The American Institute of Architects, Medora Woods, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sarah Nettleman, Hill Side

Daunted by the process of selecting an architect to work with you on your next project? The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has just launched their new website How Design Works For You to help navigate clients through the design process from selecting an architect to determining which sustainable building practices work best for you.

The site features a great video case study of Medora Woods’ sustainable home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Watch as a steep hillside plot of land is transformed into a compact (16-ft wide, 1,100 sq. ft.) and efficient home with the help of AIA architect Sarah Nettleton. Take advantage of the “Assets & Artifacts” features to learn tidbits of information like how a “snorkel” in the yard can cool and heat the house up to ten degrees without using any energy.

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  1. Yukaricaglar May 10, 2009 at 7:06 pm


    Thanks very much for bringing it to everyone’s attention

  2. canada Web hosting April 11, 2007 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for your help guys. Made me feel allot more confident

  3. jpt April 3, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    How Design Doesn’t Work for You: siting a flat-roofed residence in a deciduous forrest. Don’t get me wrong–mature trees are an invaluable means to keep your home cool. But doesn’t this set of roof lines in this particular landscape require the residents to manually clean the leaf litter off multiple surfaces?

  4. Uzaktan eğitim March 30, 2007 at 8:31 pm


    Thanks very much for bringing it to everyone’s attention!

  5. J. March 29, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    Web site provides an excellent presentation of this project — and another one (done in the same format) about an old laundry transitioned into a high school!

    Excellent web site. Thanks very much for bringing it to everyone’s attention!

  6. mosier March 29, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve always been interested in the snorkel setup, but have been turned off by the possibilities of legionella growing in the pipes. I’d assume measures have been taken to take care of moisture in the pipes. Whole house cooling can be accomplished using a network of underground pipes, but I don’t think many of these types of setups are in place. Building code changes with time and location, but many require that the house be sealed, this system relies on a constant supply of fresh outside air.

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