sábado, 22 de diciembre de 2012

The Colonia Segarra´s Neighborhood

Today my post is about a neighborhood of my town. It was built between 1945 and 1947, it was created to harbor to all workers that worked in Segarra´s Company, it was one of the most important companies in those dates, making all kind of shoes.
This neigborhood has got a circular part and the other part is rectangular.

These houses are built how it was could in that time, the way of build was with local materials.
Starting with the foundations, were made with a mix of masonry and a mortar of lime, the external walls built with a mix of masonry and using bricks in the corners and around of the windows and doors.
These were structural walls that with the help of a structural pillar, supporting the weight of the deck.

The deck of these houses is built by a central wood beam, over it support other beams forming the slope, over them, horizontal wood battens, over them bricks and finally the roof tiles.

Another important aspect is, the hydraulic tiles, these kind of tiles, for me, we should restore and preserve because most of them have got wonderfull draws, these tiles are formed by several layers of concrete.

And finally, I attach a section plan of one of the houses, this was my degree final project, and in my opinion, this neighborhood is a excellent heritage of my town, and we should restore it and don´t allow demolishing them as it has been allowed in some cases, it is a damage for our heritage.

sábado, 1 de diciembre de 2012


My subject today, is a green neighborhood built in London, in 2002, it set new standards in sustainable building. It is constituted by 82 affordable dwellings in a mixture of flats, maisonettes and town houses.

BedZed provides each dwelling with a sky garden or terrace. A combination of passive measures, cost effective active technologies form the strategy of an integrated, sustainable development.  And reducing the environtmental impact of the construction process.

The scheme includes a biomass combined heat and power plant, an onsite sewage treatment and rainwater recycling system, and natural wind driven ventilation. The idea was combine workspace with housing. one of them to the South and the others to the North.

Five years after full occupation, there has not been one complaint from the resident about workers on the site, indicating that the combination of different uses has been complementary on the whole.

 Most bulk materials and labour wer sourced within a 50 miles radius of the site, enabling the completed embodied  carbon to compare favourably with that of a volume housebuilder´s industry standard product.

BedZed is just about large enough to merit its own on site water treatment plant and woodchip fuelled combined heat and power plant.

In this neighborhood, over the houses there are solar panel, wind cowels and Sedum in the garden roofs, with all of this, we contribute to reducing CO2 emissions.
Also we are using traditional materials in the façade, so typically, like red bricks.
They have got a large skylight in the roofs to let sunlight go through and keep heat inside the house.

sábado, 24 de noviembre de 2012


Warming Global is a fact nowadays and it is in our hands can change it, then recently a study about warming global, has confirmed, that painting most of roofs of our towns and cities, would reduce warming global.

In fact, white colour, is a colour very used in the Mediterranean area, whole towns are painted of white colour, in their façades, contributing with the cooling of the Earth.

For example, painting white ceilings and roofs of 100 big cities, would reduce dioxide carbon (CO2) in the atmosphere similar to the pollution that produce all vehicles of the world for 11 years.

I think it is a cheap way to reduce the temperature in the Earth and our houses and our roofs and it also reflect the temperature towards up, to the atmosphere.

I know that in a lot of places, it won´t be welcome by cultural reasons, but always we can do it, I recommend using clear colours because they don´t absorb the temperature and heat.
I have never seen roofs built with white roofs tiles, but why we can not start to place white roof tiles in the roofs?

So, if you have got leaks in your roof, paint it up in white colour!!!!!

sábado, 17 de noviembre de 2012

Eden Project

Today I am going to talk about this project, one day I was watching the TV and I shocked it, I liked it so much because it is an example of regeneration of places, ligt and modern Architecture and it is a place where many kinds of plants are cultivated.
Firstly it was built in an abandoned quarry, being an example of regeneration of abandoned places.

The buildings are inspirated in the nature, like a sunflower and wasp´s nest, the main buidings are built by a steel light structure and covered by a material called ETFE ( ethylen tetrafluorure ethylen) this structure weighs less than the weight supported by the air above.

                                                  Wasp nest and sunflower´s shape

                                            A very light material - ETFE ( ethylen tetrafluorure ethylene)

Here are showed some join´s details of the pieces, and some pictures of the huge scaffolds that had to be put up to build the structure.

                                      Join´s details of the pieces and how the ETFE is hooked up to the structure.

                                   Amazing images about the used scaffolds to put up the strcuture.

Definitly, this is a project that look towards future, it is absolutly commited with the environtment, now in it a lot of courses about gardening and workshop are offered, doing valuable research into plants and conservation, making sure they run their operations in the greenest possible way.
Eden is a place where visitors can explore their dependency on the natural world and get inspiration on adapting their lives to preserve an enrich the environtment.

domingo, 11 de noviembre de 2012

Using PVC windows

My first enter in the blog, is about the using of PVC windows, most of our houses ,that they were built in the 50´s, 60´s or 70´s, have conventional windows made of wood, aluminum and just one layer, with it, inside our houses we have got sound, cold in winter and hot in summer, because they don´t isolate.
So the best way to get a save in our bills and get a confort inside aour houses, is changing our conventional windos by PVC windows.
- Thermal Insulation.
  With They, we can get a insulation value 1,3 W/m2 K, with this level we can get a save in heating and air conditioning of 70%, a better thermal insulation due to the hermetic seal and its five isolation chambers.

- Soundproofing
These windows provide a soundproofing from Rw,p= 34 dB to, with the combination of appropiat glasses, achieve higher values to the 45 dB, that guarantee  the protection against noises in extreme conditions.

If you need more information you can consult this website http://www.kommerling.es/ventanas/abatibles/glasswin