Agriculture Reference
In-Depth Information
Materials and Resources
All waste generated at the Home Depot Smart Home at Duke University site during construction was
placed in a single bin for convenience. When the bin was collected, it was taken to a sorting facility where
the waste was separated into disposables and recyclables. Using this process, more than half of the total
waste was being diverted from landfills.
Indoor Environmental Quality
Research has shown that providing daylight views to building occupants increases productivity. Anecdotal
evidence suggests that having access to daylight and views creates happier residents. In the Home Depot
Smart Home at Duke University, greater than 90% of locations inside the building have direct daylight
Innovation and Design Process
The Home Depot Smart Home at Duke University is a resource for use by the university and local
community for learning about sustainable building techniques. At the facility students can learn about
sustainable construction techniques. Public tours are also available upon request.
The transitional model represents a significant break from the linear model
and the virtual independence of each stage of development in the progression
from concept to completion. Using software tools earlier in the design process
to model energy consumption or the effectiveness of daylighting strategies, for
example, allows specialized technical input earlier in the process, and the feedback
gathered from this iterative cycle can then be used to refine the solution while
the design is still malleable.
Our view is that design is moving toward more sustainable solutions by increasing
the role of teamwork to find synergies through synthesis and innovations. We
call this synthovation : synthesis being the merging or integration of two or more
elements, resulting in a new creation, and innovation being the introduction of
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