Recently, at an Interior Design Community (IDC) G+ hangout entitled “How Can We Help?” James Bedell, Susan Serra and Laurie Laizure explored ways the design community can help make the world a better place. They decided to have a hangout dedicated to the topic of sustainability. James dug into his Rolodex and came up with a panel of experts on the subject. As a result, the first ever IDC Sustainability Summit
will take place at Goggle+ on Thursday, September 5th.
How does kbtribechat come in?
is going to lead us in a discussion on Sustainability
for our September 4th kbtribechat
….as an adjunct to the IDC G+ event the next day.
Join us from 2 to 3pm eastern time at #kbtribechat on Twitter to be a part of this important conversation.
Bedell’s career has spanned everything from NYC theater to flagship retail for Abercrombie and Fitch. In addition to high-end residences in NYC, he’s designed editorial and marketing events for Wired Magazine, Diet Coke, Google, and Joseph Abboud. In 2011 he wrote Losing Edison: Beautiful Sustainable Lighting at Home and in 2012 he produced and designed Discover Color, an exploration of the power of color to effect our perception.
As of September 2013, Bedell joined Stan Deutsch Associates, representing 30 different manufacturers here in the NYC metro area. His focus will be to work with clients to increase the beauty, efficiency and sustainability of their spaces through lighting retrofit and redesign.
Happy spring! A great season to start fresh and make a positive change; it’s a perfect time to remind others to be conscious of their water use. WaterSense® is kicking things off with its fifth annual “Fix A Leak Week” (FALW) March 18-24. As a longtime WaterSense partner with over 220 WaterSense-certified models, the March 20th #KBTribeChat sponsor and host @HansgroheUSA is a major proponent of the cause. In honor of the program, they will use the 2-3PM EST session as a platform to provide water saving tips & tools, info about eco-products, and hear what others have to say about water saving issues.
Join in by following @kbtribechat and @HansgroheUSA and adding hashtag #kbtribechat #FALW to your tweets. Hansgrohe also encourages participants to include these additional hash tags and handles to entice others to chime in: #watersense @epawatersense #waterwednesday #water #h2o #eco #green #sustainability
Founded in 1901, Hansgrohe is the premium brand for bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and a market leader in showers and shower systems, as well as thermostat, pressure balance and ceramic cartridge technology. A winner of numerous awards throughout the world, Hansgrohe is regarded as one of the leading innovators in technology and design, with countless inventions and 2,000 + patents. In North America, Hansgrohe is proud to be an ever-growing and vital outpost of the German brand, currently celebrating 25 years of excellence. At its Alpharetta, Georgia home, it offers products that combine masterful German-engineering with skilled American assembly and craftsmanship.
Here is the transcript for this 3/20/2013 kbtribechat.
On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, we will be discussing Trends in Bathroom Design at kbtribechat on Twitter. This discussion will take place from 2 to 3 pm eastern time. Please join us!
Here are the questions for this weeks conversation:
1.) Bathing – Are you finding clients having a shower preference ~ even omitting a tub from their bathroom? Are you asked to design the space with aging in place in mind? Do your clients often want accessories like steam or bench seating in their new showers? What materials are popular?
2.) Surfaces – What bathroom cabinet and countertop trends and colors are you seeing now?
3.) Lighting is so important in bath design. What trends are you seeing in lighting bathroom spaces?
4.) What bath design products or ideas are you excited about?
5.) Are you getting “green” bath design requests? Let us know your favorite eco bath ideas.
Click here for the transcript to this kbtribechat.
Join guest host, Mark Johnson FAIA, on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, for #kbtribechat LIVE from the 723 Spring Street LEED Platinum home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Mark will be talking with Scott Phillips, green expert and owner of the home. Scott’s extensive background in the building products industry will inspire our discussionabout the home’s kitchen and bath products that optimize water savings, reduce and monitor energy use, contribute to LEED points, and have led to his family’s adoption of a green lifestyle. This #kbtribechat will incorporate a multimedia offering of resources including videos, photography, a Pinterest board, and downloadable Google SketchUp 3D models of the home and interiors.
723 Spring Street became the City of Ann Arbor’s ﬁrst LEED Platinum house. It is designed to weave into the surrounding neighborhood in style and function, while showcasing many different types of green building methods that make the home ultra-efficient. In addition to ICF Construction and Geo-thermal Heating, the home also has an 8.6kW solar array and is near net-zero energy usage. Advanced building techniques and sustainable products abound in this lovely home. Don’t miss this exciting #kbtribechat.
NOTE: If you are in the Ann Arbor area on June 9-10, the 723 Spring Street home will be open to the public during MISSION ZERO FEST, along with the Mission Zero House, America’s oldest historic rehab/retrofit home to reach net-zero energy usage.
Here is the transcript for this chat.
We will be discussing the importance of design in building healthy kitchens and baths at our October 3, 2012 kbtribechat. Please join us on Twitter from 2 to 3 pm eastern time.
Here are our questions:
1.) What does “green” mean to you in connection with design/construction?
2.) Is “green” too much of a buzz word? Have a better term?
3.) “Green” homes start with good design. Please share some of your design tips.
4.) Are there certain materials you specify or want to use specifically because they are sustainable and or help create healthy environments?
5.) Do you still find “green” to cost more?
Here is the transcript for the 5/16/12 kbtribechat on this topic.
Here is the transcript for the 10/3/12 kbtribechat on this topic.
Join guest host, Mark Johnson FAIA for a sneak preview of two exciting show homes opening this February at the International Builder Show, and in April at Epcot® Theme Park in Orlando. We’ll be taking a look at the sustainable products specified in each home.
The VISION House® in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® is a ground-breaking green show home exhibit presented by Green Builder Media® in collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering. This experiential exhibit in the heart of Epcot® highlights the very best in green residential design and sustainable living, and will o
pen this spring. Visitors will leave with a greater understanding of green design, technology, and products as well as a host of sustainable living ideas that they can incorporate in their lives the minute they get home from vacation. Sponsors for this exciting project include Trane and Schlage (Ingersoll Rand brands), Boral, Panasonic, Armstrong, Kohler, Siemens and GM.
The Cool Energy House project is a deep-energy remodeling demonstration house produced by the Building America Retrofit Alliance (BARA), with the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB) teams. Using innovative building optimization software created by Building America, ideal retrofits and updates were identified and implemented to reduce energy costs and make the home safer and more comfortable, all while keeping total costs low.
The project will be featured at the 2012 International Builders’ Show. Sponsors for the house include Johns Manville, Simonton Windows, Panasonic, the Metal Roofing Alliance, and Dupont Tyvek, with additional contributions from Therma-Tru, Fypon, GE, Hayward, Lennox, Honeywell, BASF, Formica Group, BEHR Paint, and the Structural Insulated Panel Association.
Becky Shankle is a 25 year veteran of the design field who started her kitchen design & installation company, Eco-Modernism in 2007. Her design experience includes commercial space, front end web design, furniture, and costumes for Halloween & various parades. The last two are part of her “mile-wide silly streak”, described in her twitter account profile. She also brings to bear her experience with space planning & management while at Cisco Systems, Inc. in terms of on going care of anything she designs.
Her LinkedIn profile is here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/beckyshankle
Becky can be followed on twitter @ecomod.