Leah Report: This week for me has mainly consisted of rendering our design using Lumion Pro 8 and Photoshop. Lumion is a rendering program that I haven’t used before, but thanks to a little (read: a lot) of instruction from the other young architects at the firm I managed to produce some decent results. Now we’re just laying out the drawings, renders and research we have done over the past 6 weeks to submit on Monday by 4pm.
Mark: Time is going very fast and this is our final week to work on the design competition. All of us were 100% focus on the design competition this week. Each of us were doing different sections for our design competition. For the whole week, I was concentrating on researching earth berm and solar system for the house. Basically, the earth berm house has many advantages such as strong structural strength and saving many spaces. Based on the research, there are more and more sustainable house used an earth berm structure in the world. Also, I decided to use a 5kW solar system for this sustainable house because it can generate more energy. There is also a storing battery which can store the energy during the day and use it at night when the solar panels are not working. Poornima was trying to achieve 10-star rating on Firstrate5 and writing the specification for elements. Leah was mainly completing the design of the house and generating the 3D images for this sustainable house. By the end of this week, we have almost finished the design competition. On the weekend, we will work home to make sure the whole design finished and submit it before the due date.