Martin Liefhebber & Associates, Breathe Architects


Insulating walls comprised of recycled cellulose (such as straw which is an agricultural waste product) prevents energy from escaping through the north side elevation resulting in a 'breathing assembly'. The breathing assembly is superior to air tight assemblies because fresh air is able to pass through. In Selecting materials only materials that do not present health concerns are considered. Many people live in newly constructed homes and become sick from exposure to voc’s (volatile organic compounds).

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