Landscape Architect & Specifier News

APR 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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86 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 9 5 Danish design-build firm Een til Een spearheaded construction of this biological house. More than 40 major partners were involved in the project. Denmark Unveils "Biological House" A Denmark design-build firm (Een til Een), known for digital manufacturing, has built, in secret, a modern sustainable modular home constructed of upcycled agricultural wastes. In addition to the upcycled materials, Een til Een selected a cladding process for the buildings developed in Norway, which modifies softwoods by heating them with a bio-based liquid. By polymerizing the wood's cell walls, softwoods permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwoods. Over time, the wood takes on an attractive silver-grey patina. Instead of a traditional concrete foundation, the building is anchored on screw piles. NB: Screw pile foundations were extensively used in the mid to late 19th century in the U.S. to deep anchor lighthouses and piers. These foundations typically have helical steel plates welded to a pile shaft and wound into the ground much like a screw into wood. Screwing the foundations in the ground means that there is less soil displacement, so excess soil does not need to be transported from the site. The benefits of screw pile foundations include ease of installation, ease of access to the foundation, ease of removal or moving a structure, reduced workforce risks and reduced costs. The Biological House is the first construction to open as part of BIOTOPE, a new "exhibition park and knowledge center for sustainable construction," Denmark's largest permanent construction exhibition. NRPA Offers Children Nutrition and Physical Activity "Commit to Health" is the National Recreation and Parks Association's campaign to support the implementation and evaluation of Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in park and recreation sites across the country. Since 2014, the NRPA has partnered with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Partnership for a Healthier America on this program. Currently, 47 states have part and rec sites with Healthier Out-of-School Time (OST) programs as part of the Commit to Health initiative. Below: The NRPA reports over 1,650 park and recreation sites have joined its "Commit to Health" campaign by creating Healthier Out-of-School Time (OST) programs. This increased access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity over the last four years has impacted over 293,000 youths.

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