"Working with a team of environmentally minded designers and contractors, Children's Dental Services replaced its decayed asphalt parking lot with 4,200 square feet of permeable pavers. The new eye-catching, stormwater-absorbing landscape helps keep pollution out of the nearby Mississippi River. It also furthers the organization’s goal of improving the health of underserved communities." Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
Sent off the final batch of this year's new years card yesterday. A totally analog affair - hand-cut linoleum blocks with hand-set type printed at Brown Bag Impressions in St. Paul.
Thanks to Craig, Jenney, Isobel, Rich and Jake for their help and expertise.
Here's to a happy and peaceful new year!
Under construction photos from 2 netzero homes we helped design outside of Cannon Falls, MN.
Frost protected shallow footings, double-stud walls, and deep energy heel trusses to keep things well insulated and tight. The homeowners are living on site and building the homes themselves.
Hope to head down in a couple of weeks to lend a hand. Will update as things progress.
A letterpress new years card typeset and hand printed by Lucas. We wish you a happy 2016.
Thanks to Craig, Isobel, and Jenney for all your help.
ALMds helped collaborate on this submission to the Minneapolis Creative City Challenge 2016: Self-Made MPLS - an artist lead architecture for urban self-reliance.
"For decades Minneapolis makers, growers, architects, technologists, and other creative toilers have been preserving knowledge and skills — and forging new ones — outside the mainstream cultural conversation. From urban farming and sustainable architecture to alternative transportation and homemade textiles, our artists know how to make it for themselves.
This summer in the center of the city, we want to amplify their voices and widely share their knowledge. We call it Self-Made Mpls: an iconic complex, part garden, part workshop, part classroom, part prototype, where citizens and visitors can rediscover together what we’re capable of.
Our team of two architects, two writers, and a community artist will create an iconic destination for experts to share self-reliant skills and for the public to understand and practice them."
Today we completed the first blower door test for air-tightness at the Abrahamson residence.
The walls are insulated with cellulose, the exterior sheathed and taped, and the windows installed and foamed. The exterior EPS insulation, wood siding as well as the drywall are not yet installed. This makes a great time to test the house as we still have access to the the air barrier layer to make any necessary improvements if needed.
We were hoping to come in around 0.6 ACH50 which is the Passive House standard. This number is difficult to achieve and signifies a very tight house. To our delight, the test came in at 0.56 ACH50 and below our target meaning no additional air-sealing will be necessary.
All of this is thanks to Tim’s diligence sealing the house and maintaining a high level of care on the job site. This will pay dividends down the road. As more layers are added, the house will only get tighter.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 6:00PM
2180 Carter Avenue, St. Paul
SAP’s first Net Zero-ready home is now under construction. Please join us for a tour of the project in progress led by homeowners Muffi and Tim Abrahamson with architect Lucas Alm.
This second tour will focus on windows and air-sealing. We will pay particular attention to the installation and care of high-efficiency triple-glazing window units
Note that the house is currently under construction. Please be safe and wear appropriate shoes and clothing.
Join ALM Design Studio and the Minnesota Green Roofs Council (MGRC) on Sunday, June 28 for a bike tour of green roofs in St. Paul. We will tour and learn about six green roofs:
• Hamline University Student Center
• St. Paul Fire Stations 1 & 10
• Union Depot
• Lofts at Farmers Market
• Pioneer / Endicott Apartments
• Penfield Lofts
Sign up here
Things are moving forward at the Abrahamson Net-Zero House.
The dense pack cellulose insulation has been installed throughout and we were on hand to inspect the work.
An infrared-camera is an indispensable tool to help ensure that the building envelope is constant. The difference between indoor and outdoor temperature (delta T) enables us to pinpoint areas of thermal bridging and insulation voids. If problem areas are found, we can strategize ways to mitigate the situation.
We do this periodically throughout construction, as it is easier to fix these potential problem areas before the home is finished.
Thankfully in this case the insulation crew did a great job – no voids except under one window.
Tim is now installing the 4” of exterior EPS foam and the roofers will be by soon to install the metal standing seam roof. The windows have been ordered from Germany and will be installed sometime in April.
Check back soon for more updates.
Construction photos from Gerry's barn located on a permaculture farm in Western Wisconsin.
The building features a metal roof, salvaged windows and doors, recycled siding and trim, and a solar thermal heating system.
More images soon.