Editor’s Letter – Fall 2021

First Thoughts

Our clean energy future.


Greetings. It should come as no surprise that renewable energy is the fastest-growing energy source in the United States, increasing 42 percent from 2010 to 2020 (up 90 percent from 2000 to 2020). Renewables have helped lead the advance in zero energy homes as well.

A zero energy home is not just a “green home” or a home with solar panels. A zero energy home combines advanced design and superior building systems with energy efficiency to produce a better home. Zero energy homes are ultra-comfortable, healthy, quiet, sustainable homes that are affordable to live in.

This relatively recent wave in residential performance home development has itself spawned new and innovative technology advances. Lighting design is just one of many disruptors, and yet most, if not all, new residential technology is complementing the growth in renewable energy.

It should not be surprising then that we kick off our Fall 2021 issue with a look at Saul Griffith’s new book, Electrify. Eric Schwartz crystalizes Griffith’s extraordinary vision for our clean energy future and on a similar track, Sean O’Keefe interviews Savant Power’s Anna Demeo, who is herself quite passionate about energy.

We explore a wide range of performance home strategies in this issue, including water purification, recyclable and reclaimable building materials, and the importance of the underlying network design to ensure consistent performance and personal security.

George McClure will bring a tear to your eye with his report on Tommy’s Place, a home where many design-build partners collaborated to provide a vacation space for families with children undergoing cancer treatment on the East coast.

Steph Casimiro profiles a kitchen remodel by theater designer and southern California manufacturer’s representative, Trayce Blake. Trayce walks us through her lighting design and the cool Vantage keypads that add an element of luxury to the space. We’ll also report on two of the newest designers in Hunter Douglas’ Design Studio™ featured artist pro- gram, Seema Krish and Marci Bronkar. And you won’t want to miss the introduction of Bowers & Wilkins latest iteration of the famed 800 Series Diamond sound sculptures that represent a benchmark in aural fidelity.

Finally, I had the pleasure to sit down with two innovative companies that are reshaping architectural and interior design using sound and imagery to create three dimensional experiences that will add yet another layer of artistry to architects and designers looking to heighten the experiential quality of their space designs. Blackdove represents the pinnacle of digital artists and Spatial is redefining soundscapes that captivate one’s imagination. Together, they represent the new frontier of 3D interior design.

Let’s go see where technology meets design.


Technology Designer