Â Article written by Tori Tschopp – Sustainable Design – Fall 2009
The field trip to the Klima House exhibit in Bastia was interesting because it brought to my attention for the first time in detail, the kind of problems we face in home building and sustainability. While we have discussed the issues of sustainability and our environmental crisis on a global scale, this exhibition pointed out specific issues to be tackled in the home design sector. As both a consumer and an Interior Design student I think it is important to be aware of current problems facing designers and architects and their most current solutions. In this way we can be better prepared to make smarter choices in what we buy and what we chose for our designs. More importantly still, we can begin to make a contribution to society and the industry by starting to develop new ideas for these solutions and well as was to improve the current technologies. Attending trade shows such as the Klima House exhibit seems to be a good way to increase this awareness. There were quite a few companies in attendance, but the technologies seemed to circle around solving the same problems, insulation, heating, and solar energy. Some of the companies were selling very similar ideas but had their own corner of the market. For example there were two fireplace companies that relied on quickly heating soapstone, which is a natural material that releases heat slowly while other companies were tackling the heating problem with heated floors. Solar panels were also used for heating systems. Insulation was a popular topic, natural fibers such as wood pulp and wool were displayed as alternatives to environmentally detrimental foams and other manmade materials. These
natural materials benefited both the consumer and the environment by effectively saving energy, while at the same time discouraging the use of non-degradable and non-renewable materials such as foam. Triple glazed and insulated window frames are another popular choice as an energy saving tactic. The field trip focused a great deal on architectural elements. It was a good introduction to the kind of technology developments that can lead to more efficient and eco friendly home building.
“Insulating Jacket” fixed to existing homes. Created insulation that is not already carried out through the existing structure of the home. For example, older homes that were not built with sustainable methods of heating, cooling, and insulation. Jacket consits of layer of insulating foam (or soft, dense material) then coated with plaster. Jeni Champion