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November 2003
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 Sustainable Concepts . Design Forward Newsletter 
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Greetings!

Welcome to the November 2003 newsletter for Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.

Quote of the Month: "Nature does nothing uselessly." - Aristotle

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  • Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)
  • Recycling: Art on a Shoestring
  • Southern California Fires
  • Feedback

  • Recycling: Art on a Shoestring
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    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.

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    Southern California Fires
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    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 (link below).

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    Feedback
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    Design Forward works toward promoting Sustainable Design. If you know of a project that should be featured, please contact us. Let us know why you think it should be featured and give us a basic intro to the project, the sustainable elements and any websites or contact information.

    If you would like to submit a fun and/or entertaining quote about architecture, building, the environment or such, send it in! If it at all possible, include the author.

    If you have any other feedback concerning this publication, please feel free to send an email or use the form.

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    Exterior 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 wall.

    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.

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