Green Design

A Designer’s Truly Green Lifestyle

A Designer’s Truly Green Lifestyle

In celebration for this year’s Earth Day, I’d like to share my transition into a much greener life. I grew up with some green practices but now live a truly green life, from eco-vegetarianism to designing a sustainable off-grid orphanage in Haiti. I also highlighted some lifestyle changes that made me more eco-friendly. I am only 1 person but I can make a difference. If everyone on this planet makes changes it will be a giant impact!

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Eco-Home Tour with a Pioneer in Los Angeles

Eco-Home Tour with a Pioneer in Los Angeles

Recently, I met Julia from Eco-Home Network, she is a true pioneer in the Green revolution that is happening now. She has been touring people through her eco-friendly home since 1988 and has hosted more that 15,000 people from around the world. Her goal was to make a cultural change and shift the way we think and behave to have a more sustainable lifestyle. She is quite an inspiration. Please hurry to go on a tour before she retires this June. I am sure she is quite proud that she has seen our society’s shift in the recent years, but more still needs to be done. Read more…

The Virtual Office – Design Revolution Is “Going Green”

The Virtual Office – Design Revolution Is “Going Green”

Duong Designs, a lively interior design company centered on “creating environments that promote a daily sense of joie de vivre”, has recently teamed up with Kay Angel to build a “fully sustainable off-the-grid” orphanage and “provide a home and education for abandoned children in Jacmel, Haiti”. Not only are they working hard for a great cause, but they are also “going green” with the virtual office. Christine Duong, founder of Duong Designs, has a background in computer business consulting and personally lives a eco-friendly lifestyle; as a “design-entrepreneur”, she is joining the design revolution by optimizing technology, including streamlining communication, collaborating online, and increasing efficiency.
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Eco-friendly Orphanage — We Can Build an Orphanage Haiti, We need your help

Eco-friendly Orphanage — We Can Build an Orphanage Haiti, We need your help

So exciting!!! Plans are starting to fall in to place. We are definitely building the new orphanage at the new location in Jacmel Haiti!

Our team is starting to gather donations and sourcing the materials needed for this fast-tracked project. We want to get the kids out of the sun and elements into a safe loving happy healthy home.

Objective:
To construct an off-grid orphanage on gently sloping land on the outskirts of Jacmel, Haiti. Sustainable site plan incorporating renewable energy, food production, water capture and reuse, and waste treatment design
Project scope to include:
6 BR, 2BA 2-Story Orphanage with kitchen, dining, laundry, clinic, office, storage, assistant director’s room, and central courtyard.
5 BR, 2BA Guest House
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Zenergy Home – LA’s 1st comprehensive remodel to Net Zero Energy

Zenergy Home – LA’s 1st comprehensive remodel to Net Zero Energy

Last Friday, April 2 was an exciting day because I attend LA’s first Net Zero Energy House-meaning they do NOT have to draw power from the grid. The one-story home was originally built in 1950 and includes 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,450 sq. ft. of living space, and a pool. The home’s size reflects the national average for square footage.  The house only needed 50% of number of solar panels as a normal house this size because of the energy efficient design. Read more…

San Francisco vs. Santa Monica…who’s Greener?

San Francisco vs. Santa Monica…who’s Greener?

In 2008 I moved to San Francisco in search of knowledge. I knew that Green Design was the wave of the future but in Santa Monica/Los Angeles there were few classes available or any  “Green” interior design or industry related class at UCLA X…actually there was only 1 and I took that one.  In SF, I was very impressed with the plethora of information, classes, programs that pushed the  sustainable Green movement. The city fed my hunger to learn and I took every course I could. The whole city…yes the whole city was celebrating their progression in the next wave of Sustainable Design.  September was deemed “Architecture Month” where citizens could participate in all these great classes, lectures, exhibits, films, etc. Everything is focused around green design. Read more…