With many of us (still) staying indoors I’ve begun to think more critically about the building materials I’m surrounded by. More specifically, the wood flooring I’m walking, sitting, playing with the dog and doing yoga on —is it real or engineered and does that matter? What was it adhered with…

Thinking holistically about the materials in your home is tough, especially when greenwashing is so prevalent. Stone sources will tell you their product is natural as it comes directly from nature — can’t get much better than that! But, given it’s a non-renewable and non-regenerative resource, how sustainable can it…

Building in vulnerable areas is not something we began recently, but given what we now know about sea level rise and the impact it has not only on our environment but on our economy — why are we continuing to do it? Improper development on marshlands, cliff sides and in…

Materials developed and used (steel, iron, cement) in the construction industry emit roughly 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Another 20 or so come from building operations — the energy required to produce, transport and utilize the materials on site. Is it possible that a far more sustainable solution exists…

Admittedly, while individual energy consumption may not alter the fate of humanity, a change in how the masses consume energy will undoubtedly affect the overarching power big-oil has on our environment. The ultimate goal being to move communities off the traditional grid and onto renewable energy sources, thereby eliminating carbon…

Alexandra Hirsch

Alex Hirsch is a sustainable designer, project manager and regenerative design advocate who specializes in developing thoughtful, purposeful spaces.

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