Blog > October 2011

Boise Cascade Shows Us Why Less is More




Boise Cascade’s Conditioned Airspace HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Framing System is made from an Engineered Wood Product (EWP). When installed, it uses about 50% less wood fiber than ordinary lumber. This means fewer trees are harvested in the process and less waste is created at your jobsite!
Boise Cascade’s EWP line is available FSC® Chain-of-Custody certified or SFI® Chain-of-Custody or Fiber-Sourcing certified so homebuilders can earn sustainable credits under LEED® or National Green Building Standard™ programs.
For more information on Boise you can visit their website at or you can read more about them in our October issue of Green Builder magazine.


Photo courtesy of Boise Cascade

Posted: 10/31/2011 11:50:05 AM by Heather Wallace | with 0 comments

UCLA IoES Workshop



On October 20 Structure Home participated in the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability’s (I.o.E.S) Workshop…Energy Conservation Strategies: What Can We Gain? The interactive workshop gathered practitioners and experts to discuss key issues including the design, feasibility, and performance of sustainable commercial and residential energy uses.
Energy conservation is poised to play an increasingly important role in efforts to improve the bottom line. Business leaders can implement a number of strategies that can improve profit margins while benefiting the environment.
Structure Home shared their objectives of building a sustainable company and product and also explained how they execute sustainability into their company. 
The workshop also gave them a chance to talk about their collaborative project with Green Builder Media, VISION House Los Angeles.
Focusing on its objectives, features, resources, and performance measurements it was a perfect illustration of ”Leading By Example”. If you are interested in viewing the PowerPoint, you can download it here.
If you would like to view the presentation, click here. The sound is faint so you may need to turn the volume way up!

Posted: 10/26/2011 4:46:10 PM by Heather Wallace | with 0 comments

First Floor Framed!



It's been a busy two weeks in the Pacific Palisades. Foundation was completed and the first floor is now framed!

Make sure you check out the recent photos of the VISION House Los Angeles site. 


Posted: 10/24/2011 11:14:55 AM by Heather Wallace | with 0 comments

Boise Cascade's Floor Joist System



A floor joist system is an architectural and engineered product that runs horizontally from wall to wall supporting the flooring. The floor joist system for VISION House Los Angeles is going to be by Boise Cascade. Boise Cascade is certified through the Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification, and through the National Association of Home Builders. Boise Cascade’s floor joist systems use half the wood fiber of dimensional lumber; therefore, building "green" into the product.


For more details on Boise Cascade's floor joist system read the online version of Green Builder magazine's October 2011 issue. 


Posted: 10/16/2011 5:26:08 PM by Heather Wallace | with 0 comments

Plumbing and PEX Tubing

Another blog from our sponors at Uponor 



Uponor’s involvement in Green Builder Media's VISION House Los Angeles 2012 offers an opportunity to continue to educate a building community about the advantages of PEX tubing over copper and other materials used for plumbing piping. California adopted regulations approving PEX water distribution systems into the California Plumbing Code in 2010 when the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was certified by the California Building Standards Commission. The Executive director of the Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association said, at the time of approval, that PEX has probably been studied, scrutinized and analyzed more than any non-metal building material in history. 

Using PEX in plumbing is a win-win for both builders and consumers. Indeed, the EIR concluded that the use of PEX was an environmentally superior – and greener – alternative than leaving PEX out of the code. Plastic building products, like PEX, are truly sustainable, not only from a durability and efficacy standpoint, but they also have relatively low total-energy content when compared to traditional metal-based alternatives. And because of its durability, PEX can resist corrosion, pitting, scaling and freeze damage that can affect metal plumbing products, giving it a longer lifespan. 

And because of the flexibility of PEX, using Uponor AquaPEX® in a Logic Plumbing design requires 83% fewer fittings compared to a trunk-and-branch system and 58% less tubing than a homerun system, reducing waste and creating greater efficiency for water delivery.

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Posted: 10/3/2011 10:58:54 AM by Heather Wallace | with 0 comments

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Welcome to the VISION House® Blog. Green Builder® Media’s VISION House® Series presents realistic housing options for families andprovides real, cost-effective, sustainable solutions that are appropriate for today’s economy.  Visit the VISION House blog for updates on the construction process and thoughts from the people involved!

Heather Wallace is an avid photographer, sustainability zealot and sports enthusiast. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest surrounded by trees, mountains and water, she has always been enamored with nature. After earning a B.A. in Communications from the University of Washington she now has the privilege of working with a passionate team dedicated to creating a healthier and more sustainable world as the Director of Green Builder Media's VISION House Series.



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