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Green roof refine air from dust, smog particles and nitrates.

Green roofs reduce reflective sound waves and improve sound insulation… important facts, when building close to airports, train stations, bus stations, industry.

Green roofs will bring back birds, butterflies, back to the city.

Green roofs develop microclimates within the surrounding areas.

Water flow will be reduce by 50–90 %. And the remaining water will flow retarded. By reducing pipes and drains capacity, construction costs. Sewer costs will be lowered.

Green roofs also protects the waterproofing from extreme weather, UV rays and physical wear and increases its life, and lowering maintenance and replacement costs.

A green roof eliminates temperature extremes, resulting in the improvement of buildings energy performance.

Designing this unused areas into green roofs, which can be enjoy as recreational or exercise space.

  • Cut your electricity bills. Sunlight is free, so once you’ve paid for the initial installation, your electricity costs will be reduced.
  • Get paid for the electricity you generate. The UK government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme pays you for the electricity you generate, even if you use it.
  • Sell electricity back to the grid. If your system is producing more electricity than you need, you can sell the surplus back to the grid through the Feed-in Tariff scheme.
  • Cut your carbon footprint. Solar electricity is green renewable energy and doesn’t release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants. A typical home solar PV system could save nearly two tonnes of carbon per year.

A complete sustainable house, that does not required any other source of energy as its own.  Design to be efficient with passive cooling systems…and equipped with solar panels to fulfill the requirements of the property.

Every new residential project should become a net-zero energy.   Cities like  San Francisco mandated solar panels on new commercial and residential buildings with 10 or fewer stories.

It is a valid initiative to have as many self sufficient houses, around the globe, that does not pollute the environment and saves its owners some money in the long run.

A house that does not need any external energy source

A functional house of the future

A house that does not need external source of energy, has been designed by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects,  the concept is to use passive cooling and photovoltaic panels  for hot water.

To have all the herbs you might need, at a arm length reach, this wood rack.  Not to mention the aromatic smell that will enrich your indoors… Simple easy, beautiful…

Bamboo and Cork flooring, new eco-friendly options


Bamboo, can be harvested every five and a half to six years.

Bamboo is so amazing, that when you cut down a stand, multiple stands will regenerate in its place.  So it is very sustainable.

Cork is rapid renewable product.  Cork can be peeled every nine to 10 years. Every single tree is able to produce for 250 years or more.

There is no need to cut down the tree to use the material.

Cork tree are originally from Portugal.

Only natural materials are used to produce this kind of paints.
They don’t pollute and are great for allergic people.

Conventional varnishes and paints contain volatile elements that damage the environment, our health, and our pet’s.

Only vegetal and mineral components are used in the production of the ecologic paints.
These ingredients are harmless during production, application and waste.


Main Advantages

As already stated above, these paints do not contain toxic substances, such as biocides or plastics; for that reason, their environmental impact is less damaging than synthetic products.

Going Green paints complete and exceed quality standards. They do not cause toxic volatile gases that harm the environment and our health.

150 natural, renewable, biodegradable substances, that do not produce toxic gas emanations, are used during its production.
A great deal of this substances are harvest nearby the paint factory to reduce transporting energy cost.
Some of the materials used in production are oils and vegetal derivates, such as bee wax, tree leaves, caseine, plants and metal oxide and recyclable products.

Trischler & Partner, of Frieburg, Germany studied the environmental impact of “going green paints”. The result showed, that a 2000sq ft house, find out that 12.000 jules of energy consumption, 80 m³ of emissions, 100.000 l of residual water, 170 l of solid residue are 560 kg of carbon dioxide were saved by not using conventional paints.

These ecologic paints form a porous layer that allows walls to breath.
Water steam and humidity don’t build up, as happens with conventional paints. Therefore, the wall paint does not chapped.

This characteristic, prevents fungus and bacteria, to grow.
Which warranties a more hygienic and good standing condition paint.

Ecologic paints are also fire retardant and don’t produce toxic gases, while burning.

They make easier the re-paint job, as they don’t have to be removed.
You can paint over the old paint layer, on walls, ceilings, painted papers, wallpaper, fiber paper, cardboard, gypsum, clay, bricks or blocks.

They come in a wide variety of colors.

Wood protection

Wood as a living element, absorbs and looses humidity. Depending on temperature it dilates or it shrinks.

Ecologic Varnishes go along with wood changes. That means that theydo not crack or chapped.
On the other hand, synthetic varnishes or sealers, create a superficial layer, that isolates wood from the exterior.

Synthetic varnishes form a rigid layer, that gets chapped, due to the interior tension cause by dilatation and contraction. Living wood exposed to aggressive elements that deteriorates its look.
Then it becomes necessary to remove old varnish and reapply.

Vegetal oils have the advantage to penetrate the wood and protect it from the inside. These elastic products, protect wood and allow it to expand and contract in a natural manner, prevent wood from chapping. Giving wood a longer lasting , low maintenance finish.

Fabricadas con materias primas naturales, no causan contaminación durante su producción y son una buena solución para personas alergicas.


Barnices y pinturas contienen elementos volátiles que dañan el medio ambiente y la salud de personas y animales domésticos.

Con el afán de preservar el medio ambiente, desde hace un par de años se han empezado a comercializar “pinturas ecológicas”. Para su fabricación se utilizan materias primas de origen vegetal y/o mineral que no contaminan ni durante su producción, ni en la aplicación, el medio ambiente.

Principales ventajas

Como ya lo dijimos arriba, estas pinturas están compuestas por materias primas que carecen de sustancias dañinas, como los biocidas o plastificantes, y su impacto al medio ambiente es muy inferior al de los productos sintéticos, basados en derivados del petróleo.

Las pinturas ecológicas cumplen y exceden las normas que limitan el uso de compuestos orgánicos volátiles, que no son otra cosa que una serie de vapores o gases que pueden tener efectos noscivos sobre el medio ambiente y la salud.

Se emplean 150 sustancias diferentes “de origen natural, renovables, biodegradables y sin emanaciones tóxicas”. Buena parte de estas sustancias se cultivan o producen en zonas cercanas a la fábrica para reducir el gasto energético del transporte. Algunas de las materias que se emplean son aceites y resinas vegetales, cera de abejas, corteza y hojas de árboles, caseína, plantas tintoreras y materias primas procedentes de procesos de reciclaje, como pigmentos de óxidos de hierro.

Es por esta razón que su impacto ambiental es mucho menor que el de las pinturas convencionales. Revisando el estudio realizado en una casa de 200 metros cuadrados, por la Ingeniería Trischler & Partner, de Friburgo (Alemania), indica que la pintura de silicato ahorra 12.000 julios de consumo energético, 80 m³ de emisiones, 100.000 litros de aguas residuales, 170 litros de residuos sólidos y 560 kilogramos de dióxido de carbono.

Estas pinturas ecológicas, al secarse forman una capa porosa por la que transpiran las paredes. Lo que permite, el vapor de agua y la humedad sean evacuados al exterior sin impedimentos y no se forman condensaciones entre la capa de pintura y la superficie de la pared, “evitando así, el descascarado”.

Esta característica, impide la formación de hongos y bacterias, lo que garantiza paredes más higiénicas y una duración mayor de la pintura en buen estado.

Además son ignifugas y, no desprenden gases tóxicos en caso de incendio.
Como no se desprende de la pared no es necesario removerla antes de volver a pintar.
Se puede pintar directamente sobre la capa antigua, tanto en techos como en paredes, sobre papel pintado, papel de fibra, placas de cartón yeso, arcilla, revoques o ladrillos.

Actualmente existe una gama muy amplia de colores.

Protección de la madera

La madera siendo un elemento vivo. absorbe y cede humedad dependiendo del contenido de humedad de la misma.
Además, dependiendo de la temperatura del ambiente, se contrae y dilata.

Considerando estas características, los barnices protectores ecológicos permiten que desarrolle sus funciones reguladoras. Algo que no ocurre con los barnices y protectores sintéticos. Cuando se aplican sobre la madera, estos productos crean una capa superficial que la aísla totalmente del exterior.

Los barnices sintéticos forman una capa rígida que acaba agrietándose debido a la tensión interna por dilatación y contracción. Al agrietarse la capa externa, la madera queda expuesta a la acción de elementos agresivos, que pueden deteriorar su aspecto y hacer necesario un tratamiento de decapado y lijado.

Los aceites y resinas vegetales tienen la ventaja de penetrar en la madera para protegerla desde el interior. Se trata de productos elásticos e hidrófugos (evitan la humedad), que se adaptan a los movimientos de la madera, impiden que ésta se agriete y eliminan la necesidad de decapado o lijado. La consecuencia es una madera que se mantiene en buen estado durante más tiempo y de menor mantenimiento.

In your family room, the perfect set up for your Christmas tree, or special ornaments will be a sky with stars.

You can combine two techniques to achieve this wonderfull piece of art. You can first start with the rag-out, to give the background effect then, by spotting you will create the stars.

REgarding the colors, be creative…!!! You can trie mixing different tones in a pieces of paper or cardboard…before applying them to your wall….

It is easy, you can do it in a couple of hours. And is going to give you lots of fullfillment.

If you want to check the step by step application of the
above mentioned techniques go to Painting Courses

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