Green Products to Watch for in 2013

December 28, 2012 By Leave a Comment
Green Roofing

A new year is upon us, and with it will come new trends and interests. But, one part of 2012 that we don’t expect to lose is the public’s growing interest in all things green.  This past year the construction and architectural industry has witnessed exciting new developments in environmentally friendly products and techniques. At…Read More

Sleek & Sustainable with Solar Power

August 28, 2012 By Leave a Comment
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Using modern technology to power certain household items just makes sense. And as solar panel systems move farther away from their original bulky designs, homeowners are taking advantage of more accessible and streamlined solar-powered devices and appliances. Solar ovens are becoming very popular along with solar water heaters and solar pool heaters. Solar lighting has…Read More

Cross Roads House Goes for Solar Seconds

May 21, 2012 By Leave a Comment
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TMS Architects just received this story from our friends at The Green Alliance…written by Jim Cavan, it discusses the success of solar hot water at Cross Roads House in Portsmouth, NH. Being the largest transitional housing complex in the region, the folks at Cross Roads House in Portsmouth know a thing or two about loyalty…Read More

The 2011 Solar Decathlon Winner

October 4, 2011 By Leave a Comment
Solar Decathlon 2011

The votes have been tallied and The University of Maryland’s WaterShed house is the winner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon. This international collegiate event challenges teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and appealing. The University of Maryland was the overall winner and also scored in…Read More

Organic Forms and Materials Make this Tree House a Stand-Out

September 14, 2011 By Leave a Comment
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We have come across this fun tree house and had to share! This tree house designed and built by Spanish based Urbanarbolismo, takes the idea of the backyard tree house to the next level. This tree house was no DIY project. Urbanarbolismo used great care in the design and building of the house. In order…Read More

Energy Efficiency Begins with the Building Envelope

September 6, 2011 By Leave a Comment
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We are happy to share the first in a series of blog post chronicling the construction of our first evo Home. In this series of photographs you can see the prefabricated concrete insulated panels being installed by Superior Walls.  These panels form the foundation of the home and they are critical to the home’s energy…Read More

Go Green with Architectural Salvage

August 15, 2011 By Leave a Comment
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Incorporating salvaged pieces into an historic renovation or new building project can be a great way to “go green”. Re-using pieces is sustainable building at its most basic form. Why create something new when there is already a great piece waiting to find new life? If you are renovating an historic home a salvaged piece…Read More

Have you Heard of SERF?

July 17, 2011 By Leave a Comment
Headquarters for Lamar Construction

Is it possible that LEED building certification is getting some competition? The Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF) has established what is supposed to be a quicker and less costly way to achieve certification for executing green building practices. It is hard to know what type of impact this new program will have. However, we…Read More

Floating Building Aims for Gold LEED Certification

June 29, 2011 By Leave a Comment
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As TMS is an architectural firm that has always been devoted to sustainable design, a recent story from the Architects | Newspaper recently caught our eye: “LEED Leaves Land: Floating Building Seeks Certification.” Now, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is a highly regarded standard for green building, whether residential or…Read More