Solar Conservatories

Thursday, 13 September 2012 by

Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) An exciting trend in designing green, LEED certified buildings is the realization that a great deal of free solar energy continually falls on the outside of buildings. In many instances, this energy is reflected or absorbed as heat. Building science engineers and architects have been studying how to capture this solar energy in

This highly functional Conservatory was constructed in the extreme climate of Minneapolis, MN. This Powdercoated Aluminum conservatory is custom tinted to match the trim of the existing home for seamless integration. If we were measuring ‘green’ project this would be the brightest!  Notice the existing Solar Panels. The homeowner watches his electric use very carefully from month to month

As we mentioned in Part I, we were in the process of creating a “green” conservatory for Paula of Ecological Gardens. A laundry list of issues had to be explored and dealt with for the final design. Glass was the first big subject. Tremendous research and technology has been introduced to the glass industry in the

Last July, a client named Paula and her design team of Jon and Ted at Design Forty Five contacted us with a project we were excited to embrace. Paula, a well known writer, speaker and active ecological gardener wanted to continue vegetable gardening in the off-season in her Minneapolis home. She and her husband Marc wanted to add

Are Conservatories “Green?”

Wednesday, 22 October 2008 by

Many of us share the disappointment that something as pure and clean as “green” has now become a buzz word for marketers to get your attention and make a profit. Let’s keep it simple. If it’s “green,” that means it warms the planet less, uses less non-renewable fuel, creates a smaller carbon footprint, is renewable