Spherical Building Services
seeks to incorporate what being at home has always meant to us. That
is: feeling welcome, safe and comfortable while consciously pushing
the boundaries to adapt to our contemporary lifestyles.
The home is a place in which you feel at ease, and comfortable with your surroundings. We have not abandoned material interest, but we have a new set of first priorities focused more on comfort and connections and the desire for simplicity. We want the feeling of simplification but not the lifestyle of simple living. It is how we feel in a space that is so incredibly important to that feeling of home.
Even in the 21-century our choices for the use of new material technology is wide open. In the last 30 years many new advancements have been made in the building industry. Sadly, it is only in commercials structures we see these materials used. Usually, it is only commercial buildings over a million dollars and expected life span of over 30 years that we see structurally and ecologically advanced materials are being used. It is only the high-rise hotels or office buildings that we consider the energy cost and yearly building maintenance cost.
It has been our ambitious attempt to create functional, affordable houses. Our company is committed to high standards of quality, but not a particular architectural style. We are interested in applying the most advanced technologies to the simplest concept - SHELTER
An unfortunate result, is that advances in energy conservation tend to be canceled out by increases in house size. It's not difficult to trim excess square footage from a design. But if houses shrink, architects will have all the more reason to break out of the traditional boxy assemblage of rooms and they will need to create more "spatial experiences." Varying ceiling heights, placing windows on at least two walls of each room, providing easy access to the outdoors: These are some of the strategies that will allow homes to grow small graciously.
Green houses of every color
While contemporary sustainable homes often may look like the house next door, their design is based on forecasts of our actions on a world that doesn't yet exist. The life-cycle cost of building materials increasingly will shape how building materials are chosen. Vinyl is now the most popular siding because of its low cost, ease of installation, and minimal maintenance, but the long view favors other alternatives. The "cradle-to-cradle" model of designing with the goal of reusing
components of wornout or obsolete products, rather than junking them or recycling them into a less-valuable form.
Structural steel or wood framing is not your only option - and in many cases is an inferior option. The future of wood-frame construction is far from secure. Light gauge steel framing continues to make dramatic inroads in the
residential housing market as lumber prices rise. Light gauge steel dominates the commercial building industry offering fire-proof, mold resistant, lighter, stronger and greater life span wall and ceiling systems than wood.
Just how green will our future be a generation from now.
Sunlight has to
travel 90,000,000 miles to reach the earth. Despite this enormous
distance, it's still bursting with energy when it gets here:
the sun's annual irradiation of the earth could cover worldwide demand
for energy ten thousand times over. Whether in the form of highly
efficient solar water pumps, photovoltaic or solar thermal systems,
with intelligent products and systems you can use this infinite energy
immediately. OUR WORLD IS FULL OF ENERGY.
plenty of variety in what defines green building. Adding bike racks
to a commercial building is a green-building component that promotes
behavioral changes. Other strategies, like cutting electric light
use by designing spaces with more windows, are basic and obvious design
decisions. Even with all the guidelines out there, green building
still relies heavily on personal choices and goals. At its core, green
building means being resourceful rather than wasteful. Design a small
home that would be healthy to live in with a dramatically reduced
impact on the environment. An integrated low-maintenance house
design that will produce as much energy as it uses.
After years of saving money for a home, isn't it time a house save money for you? Heating and cooling is typically the largest home expense after the mortgage payment. The air tightness of a ridged foam structure prevents allergens and dust form penetrating the shell, providing a healthier living environment. The tight shell is also an excellent sound insulator, resulting in a quieter environment. Residential energy use constitutes 20% of all U.S. carbon dioxide air pollution. It also accounts for 26% of sulfur dioxide and 15% of nitrogen oxide emissions.