Category: Construction and Permits

  • Shades of Green – Sustainable Initiative documentary (2010)

    A great memory, being part of this sustainable initiative Documentary by Susan Spinnato. Sebastian Eilert has long term passion for sustainable architecture and design. This documentary about types of “green” was an excellent milestone and has many features and ideas that are still relevant today. www.imdb.com/title/tt1539025/

  • Making Building Materials Out of Fast-Growing Grasses Capture More Carbon Than Trees for US Startup

    It turns out that with sophisticated laminating and molding machines, the fibers of certain grass species can be just as strong as wood — Read on www.goodnewsnetwork.org/us-startup-makes-building-materials-out-of-fast-growing-grasses-to-capture-more-carbon-than-trees/

  • GaiaMa – a LEED Platinum Vastu design by Sebastian Eilert Architecture

    GaiaMa is a new single-story home of 1500 square feet located in the Miami Dade village of Biscayne Park. The design is inspired by Vastu principles and has strong focus on sustainability and durability. The house is built out of ICF walls and insuldeck roofing system, making it hyper-insulated. A central cupola features an inverted…

  • Moorgins Residence Renovation/Addition – Sebastian Eilert Architecture

    Moorgins Residence Renovation/Addition – Sebastian Eilert Architecture

    The Moorings Residence is a wonderful remodel of a 1960’s gem settled in the Moorings community within the neighborhood of Coconut Grove. The original single-story residence boasted with wood details and featured a structural roof made from 2x’s. Supported by only a few bearing walls, the house literally invites the outside in with removed floors…

  • Eco-Friendly Renovation Options

    Renovating a home provides an excellent opportunity to adopt eco-friendly design principles. Making sustainable choices is not only the right thing to do, it’s surprisingly easy and affordable. Reducing a home’s environmental impact has several other benefits for the homeowner. Greener homes are more energy-efficient, resulting in significant savings in heating or cooling — but…

  • Greener Kitchens

    The kitchen is, in many ways, the heart of the home, and it’s a fantastic place to make environmentally-friendly changes. Much of the energy consumed in the home is used in the kitchen, and positive changes there can bring significant benefits. It’s more than just environmentally friendly — it’s fiscally friendly as well, and even…

  • Eco-Friendly Housing Design Principles

    There are many different ways to increase the environmental responsibility of our housing and minimize the negative impact that new home construction can have. Whether reducing scale and minimizing possessions by adopting micro-living ideals or replacing appliances, thermostats, and lighting with smart, energy-efficient alternatives, we can each find some small way to make a meaningful…

  • Small Spaces, Big Changes

    One of the many ways we can reduce our impact on the environment is to minimize the amount of space we require for day-to-day living. Fewer belongings in less space need less energy to maintain. Though adopting smaller living spaces may pose some initial challenges, transitioning to a more minimalist lifestyle is less complicated than…

  • Which Renovations Add Value to a Home?

    There are many different reasons to remodel or renovate a home, but most typically, people will consider a remodel if they plan to sell in the near future. Some remodeling projects can dramatically increase a home’s market value — but not all. Carefully considering which renovations to make before putting a home up for sale…

  • Passive House Design Principles for New or Existing Homes

    Passive House Design Principles for New or Existing Homes

    When using cavity insulation, the framing material can still transmit energy through a process called thermal bridging. Thermal bridging detracts from energy efficiency and is especially problematic when metal framing is used. Continuous insulation, the more efficient system, can counteract this effect. It refers to a single continuous layer of insulation wrapping an entire structure.