“Great design isn’t enough. We need homes that will get us to net-zero”

To reduce carbon emissions, architects and designers need to change the way they design homes, writes Geraldine de Boisse, vice president of innovation at renewable-energy supplier Bulb.



a woman wearing a blue shirt: Geraldine de Boisse


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The way we live and work has changed. While we might not know exactly what normal looks like anymore, we know we need to act now to tackle the climate crisis. And that includes everyone in every industry.

Great design isn’t enough. We need homes and offices that will get us to net-zero. Construction work accounts for 36 per cent of global energy use and 39 per cent of CO2 emissions. It’s therefore crucial to future-proof buildings and make them green. That includes changing the way we design, power and heat our homes and offices.

Until now, most of the gains we’ve made in tackling the climate crisis haven’t affected people’s daily lives.

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Theory Design to feature interiors for homes in Isola Bella at Talis Park

Fort Myers – Theory Design announced it is creating the interior design for all Seagate Development Group model and custom homes in the Isola Bella neighborhood at Talis Park. Isola Bella is an exclusive 4.5-acre enclave of the last single-family waterfront homesites in this luxury golf community. This includes Seagate’s furnished Monterey II and Revana models – which are sold and under construction – and Seagate’s furnished Sonoma model – which is under contract and just broke ground. Theory Design is also creating the interior design for Seagate’s Olema model – which is under contract and set to break ground next month. R.G. Designs is featuring architectural design throughout Isola Bella.

While all homesites are sold out or under contract, the Monterey model is still open for viewing Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information or to schedule

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The 2021 Parade of Homes will be in-person and virtual this year: Here’s what you need to know [photos] | Home & Garden

Home inventory in Lancaster County is at a premium these days, but that wasn’t the case 30 years ago.

A sluggish economy stalled home sales in 1991, and local builders had a glut of inventory on their hands.

“A lot of the builders had housing stock to sell and we were trying to think of ways to do it,” recalls Earl Hess, retired president of Hess Home Builders, who was serving as vice president of the Building Industry Association of Lancaster County that year.

In search of a way to jump-start the industry, they launched the county’s first-ever Parade of Homes, an open house tour of 50 homes representing some 31 builders. Entries ranged from a two-bedroom in Grandview Chase priced at $76,900 to a four-bedroom colonial in Millpond with a $493,500 price tag.

“The internet was almost nonexistent. What better way for publicity and to try to drum up

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