The Rewards of Working with Students

Part of our Community Advocacy work involves talking to students about the importance of Aesthetics and sustainability in our everyday world. We often get the chance to spend time with kids working on interesting projects. Last November, Matthew spent an hour with a gifted fourth-grade class in the East Valley to talk about how to think about sustainability in the built environment. The students were to take on the task of thinking about how to design an environmentally friendly house for themselves. 

A month later we received this wonderful letter. Both the words and drawings are wonderful to view. We love the flying eyeball and what looks like a mechanical crab in the center. A note is great, but to take a moment to send drawings as well is even better. 

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net-zero energy home #2 on the way

What? coLAB studio is making pink stucco houses?

No. Not at all. This is an advanced weather barrier that is fluid applied to the exterior sheathing. Its part of the building technology system we use to make the insulation much more effective. This house's AC system uses very little power, which enables us to have a 1680 SF home net-zero with just over a 3 kWh photovoltaic system.

 Applying blow-in cellulose insulation. 100% recycled content and more effective than conventional insulation. Much less prickly to work with too. And all the "waste" you see on the floor can be swept up and put back into the blower, so there is ZERO waste!

Applying blow-in cellulose insulation. 100% recycled content and more effective than conventional insulation. Much less prickly to work with too. And all the "waste" you see on the floor can be swept up and put back into the blower, so there is ZERO waste!

More progress at Dunlap Venue (19th Ave & Dunlap)

Much of the paving and seating is now in place. Waiting for the landscaping, which should really make the plaza come to life. I'm also curious to see how the colored concrete comes out. The first color they've put in isn't showing up much, but it hasn't been cleaned and sealed yet. However, the shade from the canopy has a really nice balance to it. Not solid- but feels cooler under it.

 I love the shadow patterns on the ground.

I love the shadow patterns on the ground.