Get Green with Style Blog



Definition and Product of the Week 08.14.2010

by Hilary Sopata

Each Saturday, we post a definition and a product of the week so that you can learn more about going green and what makes particular products green. This week, we’ll define THERMAL MASS and the product of the week is HUDSON GOODS.  

Definition: THERMAL MASS (in our own words)  

A thermal mass is a material that holds heat.  This can refer to a stone floor, a body of water, or a brick building to name a few.  In the green arena, thermal masses are planned to hold on to heat especially in cooler climates.  Have you ever walked down a sidewalk next to a brick building and felt the heat radiating off of it around dusk?  The sun shone on that thermal mass, and the brick retained the heat.  The heat builds up until the temperature of the air and the brick are about the same, then the brick radiates the heat back into the air.  This process happens slowly, so the same brick building will stay warm longer than the air in the evening.  Planning for a stone floor or an interior atrium with a pool of water can reduce heating needs using this natural phenomenon.  Likewise, if you live in a hot climate, you should not build a brick house!

Product of the Week: HUDSON GOODS

Hudson Goods is a store specialising in recycled, repurposed, reclaimed, and vintage furnishings.  With the motto, “Homes are meant for living,” Hudson Goods claims that, “All pieces are built “jack-tough” and can withstand even the most demanding of Jack Russells.”  My sister has a Jack Russell Terrier .  He is a bouncy, hyper little doggie, so that is quite a claim.  I enjoy their unique reclaimed style.  The look is not for everyone, but if you’re going for this look, I recommend shopping at this store because they have a wide selection and take their product line seriously.

For more information about ordering this product or any of the products mentioned on our blog, contact Interior Visions Designs at 847.825.0450.  

Source: Hudson Goods Website http://stores.homestead.com/hudsongoods/StoreFront.bok

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