EcoBabe Ireland: the style savvy, eco-chic blog

{October 7, 2007}   Living Homes for greener living

Living Homes logo
Living Homes are an innovative and green building company based in California (USA).

Living Homes are committed to building homes that are as healthy as possible and that minimize the “ecological footprint” with respect to the resources they use for their construction, operation and eventual decommission.

Homes built using traditional stick methods can be very unhealthy and extremely resource intensive.
In contrast, Living Homes houses use sustainable, use healthier building materials, as well as energy-efficient environmental systems and products.

So customers can appreciate the Forest Stewardship Council-certified cedar ceilings without worrying that the woodstain they chose is off-gassing harmful VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) that might otherwise disturb their lungs or afternoon Darjeeling tea!

Not only are the homes healthy, sustainable and with low carbon footprints but they are also stunning examples of elegant modern architecture. The company has pre-designed “off the shelf” homes for customers and they also do custom design.
lh2lh bedroom

Living Homes first house was designed by Ray Kappe and was installed in just 13 hours and recently Living Homes was certified by the United States Green Building Council, the first company of this type to achieve this distinction.

It’s a pity we don’t have any companies in Ireland currently embracing the values that Living Homes place on their homes.


{August 20, 2007}   Sole Earth – eco architects


Sole Earth

Sole Earth is an eco-architectural firm based in Dublin, who have been making great inroads into educating people about the merits of environmental design & sustainability for nearly a decade.

Set up in 1998, firm partners Brian O’Brien and Michael Haslam have since accrewed an impressive team of ecologically like-minded creatives & design innovators.

They design and consult on many different buildings from residential and community projects through to institutional and urban design.

They are probably most famous for their design of The Daintree Building which is a mixed-use sustainable urban building located just off Camden Street (Dublin 2) & also for their work on The Village, Irelands first purpose-designed Sustainable Community in Cloughjordan (Tipperary).

They’ve designed passive houses in Gambia, designed a green tent for the Joshua Tree National Park (USA), conceived stunning house designs & extensions all around the Country & created ecological plans for the regeneration of wetlands and farmlands (organic).

The Village, CloughjordanSole Earth HouseSole Earth Public Building

Thanks to eco-design innovators like Sole Earth, Ireland is finally waking up to the fact that we need to implement energy efficient housing, built using sustainable materials, heated using eco-friendly technologies with zero ecological & environmental impact.

et cetera