Sustainable DesignPrinciples- Monica

4 12 2008

This website outlines the five design principles that help make a building more sustainable, the article touches on the following issues that will optimize the buildings green potential.

  1. Optimizing use of the sun
  2. Improving indoor air quality
  3. Using the land responsibly
  4. Creating high-performance and moisture-resistant houses
  5. Wisely using the Earth’s natural resources

By implementing the above practices it will make houses more sustainable, efficient and create a healthier environment.


Viking Sod Roofs vs Green Roofs- Steph M

2 12 2008

Green roofs are not a new idea. People have been building green roofs in many countries for hundreds of years. This was mainly because of the insulation qualities that sod roofs have. In cold countries it kept the houses warm and in warm countries it kept them cool. In Canada, examples of these houses can be found in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.  sod-house









Sod House at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland. (A viking Settlement)

Building your own green roof- Monica

30 11 2008

Green roofs have many benefits and what better way to reep these benefits other than by building your own, here is a web site that takes you step by step through making a green roof for a garden shed of other small building. It is a quick and easy process that will have results in a relactively short period of time and also reclaims the land the shed takes up.

Relief Architecture+ Lauren Pritchard

28 11 2008

As we learned from Edd’s lecture last Thursday, natural disasters such as flooding can have a huge impact on design, not only in the planning of the original structure, but also in what comes next.

Dealing for what comes after the tragedy is the next step. This summer I bought a book publsihed by Architecture for Humanity, “Design like You Give A Damn.”  Relief Architecture is an area I am very interested in.  I feel it is a way in which good design can improve the quality of peoples lives.

“Architecture for Humanity represents the finest of the new breed of architectural leadership, employing architectural skills and directing them for the larger good. Committed, unapologetic ally architectural in name and mission, Architecture for Humanity stands up for people in need.”
– Robert Ivy, Editor in Chief, Architectural Record

Architecture for Humanity is involved in everything from relief efforts the day after the disaster in providing the neccessary shelter to the displaced, to eventually helping communities rebuild the site, making it  a home once a gain. There work is invaluable, and appreciated by so many.


Above is a picture of one of Architecture for Humanities projects in Sri Lanka.

“the team developed Safe(R) House, a dwelling designed to resist the force of a tsunami as well as flooding. The designers emphasized the use of locally available materials and building methods to make the house both cost effective and easy to replicate.”


23 11 2008

This site provides some useful diagrams and references for sound:

A definition for the term “sound” was obtained from Websters online dictionary,

Main Entry:
Middle English soun, from Anglo-French son, sun, from Latin sonus, from sonare to sound; akin to Old English swinn melody, Sanskrit svanati it sounds
13th century
1 a: a particular auditory impression : tone b: the sensation perceived by the sense of hearing c: mechanical radiant energy that is transmitted by longitudinal pressure waves in a material medium (as air) and is the objective cause of hearing2 a: a speech sound <a peculiar r-sound> b: value in terms of speech sounds <-cher of teacher and -ture of creature have the same sound>3archaic : rumor , fame4 a: meaningless noise bobsolete : meaning c: the impression conveyed : import5: hearing distance : earshot <within sound of your voice>6: recorded auditory material7: a particular musical style characteristic of an individual, a group, or an area <the Nashville sound>

There is also some good information on sound at

Another site to check out is which is an online source for architectural acoustic information that pertains to our most recent lecture
I did a small investigation into the structure of the ear and how it is able to distinguish and interpret sounds.  Here is a diagram of the ear from

UBC Leading Sustainable University- Steph M

15 11 2008

UBC is the number one sustainable campus in Canada. The campus offers many volunteer positions that work to make the campus more sustainable. A student run organic cafe and grocery store is found on campus which provides organic and locally grown food from around the Vancouver area. The campus also has its own organic farm which produces and sells its food at a weekend market. The farm is run by student and staff volunteers and targeted at retaining and re-create farm and forest land at the university ad within the Vancouver area. The university also has many other volunteer and green programs which are helping to make the campus more sustainable.

Erosion Data

14 11 2008

Some addition information about erosion…

1.  Effects off-site:

2.  Effects on-site:

3.  Soil erosion:

4.  Wind erosion:

5.  Riverbank erosion:

6.  Glacial erosion:

-Vikki Drapeau