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October 2004
Sustainable Concepts )
Design Forward Newsletter October 2004
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  • Dilbert's Ultimate House
  • Straw walls in building construction a growth industry
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    Welcome to the October 2004 newsletter from Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.

    Quote of the Month: "The architect must be a prophet. A prophet in the true sense of the term ... if he can't see at least ten years ahead, don't call him an architect." -unknown

    Lisa Van Veen

    Dilbert's Ultimate House

    Cartoonist Scott Adams and fans from around the globe help create "Dilbert's Ultimate House"(DUH). DUH is an energy efficient, eco-friendly, green home with passive solar and orientation considerations, tankless water heaters, Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) walls, solar panels, recycled materials, and energy efficient lighting and appliances. And since this is an imaginary house for a cartoon, it was designed with all the features the average person may have wanted but architects never build:

    - Christmas tree storage closet. Fake tree stays decorated, on wheels, all year, ready to come out in December.
    - Hoseable bathroom for kids includes drain in floor. All surfaces can take a wash down.
    - Basketball court in basement
    - Quiet room (doubles as scream room), visible through soundproof glass
    - Urinal in Dilbert's master bathroom
    - Two dishwashers (one for clean dishes, one for dirty)
    - Cat/dog room
    - Vacuum robot
    - Observatory shaped like Dilbert's head
    - Guest bedroom rigged for instant sleepovers
    - Home theater

    Picture Dilbert.com

    Straw walls in building construction a growth industry

    Two-foot-thick rice straw bales were piled Monday like toy blocks on steel rebar as a 20,000-square-foot office building at the city of Santa Clarita's new bus maintenance yard takes shape.

    Part of the city's $15.9 million Transit Maintenance Facility slated to be completed early next year, the building with straw walls is a bid by city leaders to promote energy efficient "green building," said Heather Merenda, the city's sustainability planner. The city also is pursuing certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, a coalition of builders promoting environmentally responsible construction, she said.

    But officials were skeptical when project architect Tom Nelson of HOK Sustainable Design pitched straw bale as a building material more than a year ago, Merenda said...

    Article Los Angeles Daily News.


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