the “warm” fireplace

The Dept. of Energy said recently that fireplaces “should not be considered heating devices.” I thought that was interesting. An article on green.msn.com said that they’re only about 10% efficient, and that they let all kinds of warm air escape your home. My parents installed a wood burning stove last year and they...

A rebuilt world?

Recent projections have shown that half of our buildings will be rebuilt by 2030. That’s residential and commercial buildings combined. Can you imagine? In just over 20 years, our evironment will change dramatically! The green movement is getting excited about the studies, showing that in only 20 years we can vastly improve...

The Housing Crisis – a need for better planning

Hank Paulson, the US Treasury Secretary, has just made some alarming comments on the housing crisis. He remarks “Let me be clear, despite strong economic fundamentals, the housing decline is still unfolding, and I view it as the most significant current risk to our economy,” and that “The longer housing prices...

Design Power and Humanity

So many of us think that Interior Designers are simply decorators, Architects only build glass skyscrapers, and Engineers only care about complex bridges. This fallacy is known as oversimplification or generalization. As a student of Interior Design, I can tell you that this is not true. Our schooling deals with plenty of...

Trees Hate Foreclosures

I was disappointed to read an article titled “Developers helped build a bust.” According to Mara Der Hovanesian of BusinessWeek, many developers began selling mortgages as well. They ended up misrepresenting clients’ income to sell their homes at higher prices. This has ended up in virtual ghost towns as...