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What is the biggest challenge when designing with environmental sustainability in mind?

Tracen Gardner: Meeting the client's needs versus the sun's demands. We have an incredible heat source here [in Texas] that we have to watch out for with window placement, porch placement, and the direction of the house. There’s a lot of variables that go into building a space and putting it in the right location. The one that’s been moved six times was built pretty well because it’s face north, south, east, and west, and it’s worked out just fine each time. It’s all about catching the sun and protecting all the windows from that heat.

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  1. refp12 November 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    hey first time on here but my family lost everthing in katrina now still on the fight after all this time , a wounderfull man owner finaced a 13acr for us but no water, septic nothin but clear land well we both on disability now we have taken apart an old home and now tryin to do another my husband is real ill do u have any sugg on how i might be able to get help with well septic
    i just want him to have a real home again we had all the insurance did it all right but still no home ,for once I want to prove to him its still possible thanks

  2. Niki at myscandinavianh... October 16, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Thank you for sharing this interesting post. I live in a carbon neutral area in Sweden and am fascinated by this type of work. Best of luck!

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