08 Jun '11, 8pm

The Building Envelope: Our Third Skin

Our clothing is our second "skin" and our home's envelope is our third "skin." Each must be semi-permeable and able to breathe. This puts my philosophy of building at odds with much of the so-called "green" building movement, which relies heavily on non-breathing, non-natural and ecologically harmful plastic. [Editor's note: Robert Riversong, a Vermont builder, continues his 10-part series of articles taking design and construction to what he sees as radical or "root" concerns. Enjoy--and please share your thoughts. – Tristan Roberts] 6. Envelope – shelter from the storm, our third skin What began, centuries ago, as a simple structural envelope with a rudimentary weather barrier, the bone, muscle, fat and skin of our habitations have evolved into rather sophisticated containers that are expected to perform a number of essential functions and remain durable over time. But t...

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