Welcome to the November 2003 newsletter for Design
Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's
Quote of the Month: "Nature does nothing uselessly."
Art on a Shoestring
Kid-friendly and earth-friendly: There are plenty
of projects to teach your children about art while
talking about the importance of recycling and reuse.
KinderART has the largest collection of free projects
on the internet, and has published books on environmental
art using recyclable, reusable, household materials
and items found in nature. These projects are a
great way to keep you kids busy and will make great
Christmas gifts for Grandma.
Article © Design Forward. Picture © Kinderart.com.
As a local Southern California resident, I just
wanted to touch on the fires that have plagued our
area. It has been devastating to the local economy
and the well being of the residents. One of my clients,
the Behrendt family, has lost their family ranch
and the almost complete barn that housed their 6
horses in Cuyamaca/Julian area. I am also aware
the Woolf family lost their unfinished straw bale
home to the fires through Ramona. My heart goes
out to those that have lost homes.
As many of you know, most of Southern California
has been designated a Disaster Area by President
George Bush. This designation will allow for immediate
federal funding. If you would like to do something
to help out the victims in California, the American
Red Cross disaster assistance always accepts volunteers
and donations. Call 1-800-HELP NOW or donate online
Article © Design Forward. Picture © LATimes
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Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)
Many homeowners want an energy efficient home but
sometimes building out of alternative systems such
as straw bale or insulated concrete forms (ICF)
is not feasible. The high R-value of straw bale
or ICF may be enticing but the walls are constructed
differently then standard framing. EIFS or Exterior
Insulation and Finish System is a good option for
those who may want to use standard construction
but are looking to upgrade the R- value of the wall.
Typically an EIFS application (simply a foam plastic
insulation with a thin synthetic coating) will increase
the insulation of a wall system by R-5 to R-7. These
insulation systems reduce heat gain and loss through
the building walls by 50% from a typical framed
EIFS is composite material attached to the exterior
face of the building. It is not a wall, but an
insulation system that is placed on the outside.
It can be attached to both concrete and wood or
metal framed walls and has a stucco-like finish.
It is used in residential and commercial applications.
The system incorporates insulation board, which
is installed on the outside of the framing, effectively
sealing thermal bridges, reducing energy loss
and providing a more consistent interior temperature.
Article © Design Forward.
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