Listen for stories about the look and meaning of "home" in the Northwest. Thom Kokenge, Mary Hawkins and Sueann Ramella explore the ways in which we shape our homes and our homes shape us.
Now posted: Sueann Ramella speaks with Mrs. May McLean about her transition to assisted living. Check out the story here. Mary Hawkins reports on the building of a straw bale home - off the grid - in Latah County, Idaho.
Also posted below: Thom Kokenge interviews WSU sociologist, Beth Fussell, on a sociologist's view of home and the ways people cope with their loss. Click here for that report.
Also, Mary Hawkins and WSU architect, Greg Kessler on how he approached his own homebuilding plans.
Our Northwest Building Green Series
Correspondents Sueann Ramella and Mary Hawkins explore developments in sustainable building design, construction and maintenance for Northwest homes and communities.
Small Collaborations: Nanotechnology, Home Design and Living Small. We consider the potential impact of nano research and how innovative thinking is revolutionizing the building industry. Two WSU professors are featured: M. Grant Norton and Gregg Kessler. Listen here
Ceramic Concrete. Sueann Ramella reports on an ancient building material as strong as concrete, but which releases less CO2 into the atmosphere during production. It is a fire
At Home Solar Power Generation. Mary Hawkins speaks with Mike Nelson, director of the Northwest Solar Center about state and national incentives to install solar systems, and about solar generation as a revenue source for the average homeowner. You might be surprised to learn that solar is a technology that works great even in the cloudy coastal regions of the Northwest. Listen here.
Wood and Straw Materials. You can huff and puff and not blow the house made of straw down…if you use straw based boards. Sueann Ramella speaks with Vic Yadama and Karl Englund of WSU's Wood Materials Engineering Laboratory about materials that used to be thought of as debris and now comprise durable and sustainable buildings.
Toward a Sustainable Building Culture. In order to become sustainable, our designers and construction professionals need to get away from a cookie-cutter approach to building. This is especially true in an era when building from regional materials is essential to low carbon emissions and sustainability. Mary Hawkins and WSU's School of Architecture and Construction Management's Jason Peschel.
Green versus Sustainable Design. Smart builders are moving toward a ‘triple bottom line’ as they strive for best practices in development: Environmental quality, economic efficiency and social justice. Sueann Ramella speaks with Michael Wolcott, Director of WSU's Institute for Sustainable Design.
Mapping Carbon Emissions in the Construction Industry. We know that the construction industry is a major contributor to carbon emissions. However the industry is just beginning to tally the energy and emissions that go into construction materials and assembly. Correspondent, Mary Hawkins speaks with architect, Sadie Martin, about her experience on a job site in Bothell, Washington.
Xeriscaping in the Northwest. In Spokane, the average family triples their water usage in the hot summer months. Most of that water is used outdoors on yards and gardens. Sueann Ramella discusses the problem and attractive low-water landscape solutions with Bill Rickard, Water Quality Coordinator for the City of Spokane, Kathy Hutton of Plants of the Wild in and WSU School of Biological Sciences botonist, Chuck Cody.