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Self-sustainable childrens center in Tanzania harvests water like a baobab tree

In northern Tanzania, a Swedish team of architects, engineers and a non-profit collaborated with local workers to complete the Econef Children’s Center, a self-sustaining facility for orphans in the King’ori village. Asante Architecture & Design, Lönnqvist & Vanamo Architects, Architects Without Borders Sweden, Engineers Without Borders Sweden and Swedish-Tanzanian NGO ECONOF created the center to provide sleeping quarters and classrooms to orphaned children, as well as to also increase ECONEF’s...
Tags: Architecture, Sustainable Architecture, Design, Innovation, Sustainability Initiatives, Sustainable Design


Ski atop the worlds cleanest waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen

Six years after breaking ground, CopenHill — a waste-to-energy plant topped with a year-round ski slope — is officially open, marking a major milestone in Copenhagen’s journey to becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025. Bjarke Ingels Group, SLA, AKT, Lüchinger+Meyer, MOE and Rambøll designed the new architectural landmark that they describe as the cleanest waste-to-energy plant in the world. The building includes an environmental education hub as well as a landscaped roof for urba...
Tags: Design, Hiking, Environment, Environmental Education, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Bjarke Ingels, Biodiversity, Copenhagen, Big, Sla, Carousel Showcase, Waste Disposal, Carbon-neutral, Green Roof


LEED Platinum Sitka captures the Pacific Northwest spirit with a lush, fog-enabled courtyard

Local architectural practice Runberg Architecture Group has raised the bar for sustainable design in Seattle with the completion of Sitka, a LEED Platinum-certified multifamily development on target to achieve Seattle’s 2030 Challenge for Planning goals of reducing water and energy use. Built to use nearly a third less energy than the typical baseline design, the 384-unit development features numerous energy-saving systems — Sitka is the nation’s first multifamily project to use a Wastewater Hea...
Tags: Design, Washington, Led, Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, Recycled Materials, Treehouse, Energy Efficient Architecture, Green Roof, Leed Platinum, Courtyard, San Juan Islands, Sitka, LEED


Studio Gangs Solstice tower in Chicago is shaped by the sun

In Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood rises Solstice on the Park, a 26-story residential tower with an angular design that has been shaped by solar studies. Created by local architectural practice Studio Gang Architects, the 250-unit modern building is highly site-specific to minimize energy demands — a sustainable approach that earned the project two Green Globes in the Green Globes Certification ranking. The apartment complex is also topped with a green roof and optimized for expansive views of ...
Tags: Design, Toronto, Chicago, Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Skyscraper, Hyde Park, Natural Light, High-rise, Rieder, Solar Gain, Tower, Jackson Park, Sustainable Architecture, Studio Gang


Snhetta completes worlds northernmost energy-positive building

Snøhetta has once again raised the bar for sustainable architecture with its completion of Powerhouse Brattørkaia, the world’s northernmost energy-positive building located in the Norwegian city of Trondheim. Designed with a sloped roof topped with photovoltaic panels, the eight-story, 18,000-square-meter office building produces, on average, more than twice as much electricity as it consumes daily. It feeds surplus renewable energy to neighboring buildings and the city transit system through a ...
Tags: Design, Harvard, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Norway, Solar Panels, Carousel Showcase, Snohetta, Trondheim, Snøhetta, Skanska, Ivar Kvaal, Sustainable Architecture, Energy Positive Architecture, Powerhouse


Cambridges first co-housing development fosters sustainable living

Marmalade Lane, the first cohousing development in Cambridge, has recently been completed in Orchard Park and serves as a promising solution to the critical undersupply of houses in the market. Cambridge-based architectural firm Mole Architects designed the development that comprises 42 contemporary homes with shared facilities and garden space for a mixed and integenerational resident group. Billed as a “sustainable neighborhood,” the cohousing community was designed in accordance to passive d...
Tags: UK, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Cambridge, Housing Crisis, Leeds, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Orchard Park, Community Garden, Sustainable Living, Sustainable Architecture, Cohousing, Prefabrication, Airtight


Artist installs nature-inspired tiny house made out of recycled glass and plastic in Times Square

Brooklyn-based artist Fernando Mastrangelo has combined his passion for art and sustainability into one gorgeously green tiny home. The artist, who is known for using unique materials in his work, has just unveiled Tiny Home, a “recycled tiny house sculpture” made out of recycled plastic and glass. The 175-square foot home, which comes complete with a garden-filled courtyard, is currently open to the public in New York’s Times Square. According to Mastrangelo, the design for the 175-square-fo...
Tags: New York, Design, Architecture, Brooklyn, Gallery, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Tiny House, Sustainable Materials, Times Square, Natural Building Materials, Time Square, Recycled Plastic, Fernando Mastrangelo, Mastrangelo, Sustainable Architecture


A potato field is transformed into an award-winning communal home in the Netherlands

Amsterdam-based architectural firm bureau SLA and Utrecht-based ZakenMaker have transformed a one-hectare potato field in the rural area of Oosterwold Almere, the Netherlands into nine connected homes for a group of pioneers seeking a sustainable communal lifestyle. Initially, Frode Bolhuis had approached the architects to construct his dream home, but the very limited budget prompted him to ask eight of his like-minded friends to join to make the project possible. The nine homes—each 1,722 squ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Insulation, Utrecht, The Netherlands, Sla, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Bureau Sla, Community Garden, Sustainable Architecture, Co-living, Elevated Architecture


Worlds first upcycled high-rise is proposed for Copenhagen

Danish architecture firms Lendager Group and TREDJE NATUR want to prove that building tall doesn’t need to come at the cost of the environment or human comfort. That’s why the two firms teamed up to design CPH Common House, a proposal for the world’s first upcycled high-rise in the Ørestad area of Copenhagen. Draped in greenery, the stepped building would be built from upcycled materials “to an unprecedented extent” for an estimated 1,174 tons of carbon emission savings in the building phase. ...
Tags: Garden, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Carbon Emissions, Copenhagen, Recycled Materials, Natural Light, Upcycled, Sustainable Materials, Rainwater Harvesting, Courtyard, Tredje Natur, Roof Terrace, Rainwater, Sustainable Architecture


A mountain refuge in Spain is brought back to life with brickwork

In the mountains of the southeastern Spanish town of Jumilla sits “La Casa del Ángel,” a small shelter where outdoor enthusiasts have long sought shelter. To bring more people to the shelter, the local government commissioned Murcia-based firm Martin Lejarraga Oficina de Arquitectura to refurbish the small building, which had been worn down by use and the outdoor elements. In renovating the space, the architects reinforced the structural strength and clad the facade in a variety of brickwork to...
Tags: Design, Spain, Architecture, Gallery, Iceland, Shelter, Brick, Murcia, Bench, Refuge, Refurbishment, Sustainable Architecture, Brickwork, Mountain Refuge, Perforated Brick, Masonry


A massive, egg-shaped bird observatory features reusable natural materials

Bird lovers in the Netherlands now have a new way of watching their feathered friends thanks to the recent opening of the Tij, a massive wooden bird observatory created with sustainability in mind. Designed by Amsterdam-based RAU Architects in collaboration with Ro&Ad Architects, the unique bird blind is in the shape of an egg in a nod to the thousands of large terns that nest nearby. To reduce environmental impact, the architects constructed the observatory primarily out of wood with modular c...
Tags: Design, London, Architecture, Gallery, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Ikea, The Netherlands, North Sea, Modular, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Egg Shaped Architecture, Modular Design, South Holland, Sustainable Architecture


Cozy pop-up Seedpods let you escape into nature with a minimal footprint

Reconnecting with Mother Nature has been elevated to new heights with Nomadic Resorts‘ latest treehouse initiative — the Seedpod. Shaped like a human nest, these lightweight sleeping pods are designed for minimal landscape impact and can pop up in remote locations in just one day. The pop-up hotel rooms were recently installed in Mauritius’ Bel Ombre Nature Reserve, where they were hung from trees and made to “float” above the forest floor. Founded in 2011 as a reaction against the environment...
Tags: Design, Hotels, Gallery, Solar Panels, Pod, Glamping, Mauritius, Mother Nature, Hospitality, Carousel Showcase, Treehouse, Sustainable Architecture, Sustainable Hotel, Minimal Site Impact, Low Impact, Nomadic Resorts


Henning Larsen breaks ground on BEAM Platinum-targeted Shaw Auditorium in Hong Kong

Shortly after completing the “greenest school” in Hong Kong, Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen has broken ground on yet another sustainability-minded project— the Shaw Auditorium for The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Designed with modular seating, the multipurpose auditorium will be a flexible space that can accommodate a wide range of cultural events from concerts and musicals to conventions and exhibitions. The elliptical building will also feature climate-optimized design for...
Tags: Hong Kong, Design, University, Architecture, Gallery, Modular, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Architecture, Shaw Auditorium, Modular Seating, Henning Larsen, Sunshade, Sunshades, Auditorium, Elliptical Architecture, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Rammed earth addition brings light and energy savings to a Melbourne home

When a growing family needed extra living space, they turned to Australian design studio Steffen Welsch Architects to create an eco-friendly extension for their California Bungalow home. For the main construction material, the architects used rammed earth — a material with low embodied energy and high thermal mass — and created an arced extension that curves to capture warmth and light from the sun. Passive solar principles also largely dictated all parts of the design process, from the zoning ...
Tags: Extension, Design, California, Addition, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Melbourne, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Natural Ventilation, Rammed Earth, Passive Solar Principles, Sustainable Architecture, California Bungalow, Insulated Glass


Circular, solar-powered beach house is a sustainable holiday retreat

A charming, circular escape from the city has popped up on an idyllic stretch of beach in New Zealand. Powered with solar energy and built with weather-resistant materials, the St Andrews Beach House is the work of Austin Maynard Architects, a Fitzroy-based design practice that prides itself on sustainable architecture. The “Euclidean form” of the dwelling was inspired by the beauty of the remote site and is designed to take advantage of views in all directions. Located on Victoria’s Morningto...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, New Zealand, Victoria, Melbourne, Solar Power, Beach House, Carousel Showcase, Rainwater Harvesting, Derek Swalwell, Bach, Mornington Peninsula, Sustainable Architecture, Austin Maynard Architects, Solar Powered Home


Brilliant home made out of cascading concrete planter boxes grows more than 40 types of edible plants

Built for a retired couple who loves to grow their own food, this home design by Kuala Lumpur-based firm FormZero is comprised of several concrete blocks planted with more than 40 types of edible plants on every floor. With various patio spaces that double as mini home gardens, the Planter Box House oscillates between garden, farm and living space. The home’s overall design was heavily influenced by Kuala Lumpur’s vernacular. Being that the area is a tropical region, the homes are often built...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Sustainable Design, Green Architecture, Resilient Design, Home Gardening, Urban Gardening, Chi Minh City, Sustainable Architecture, Concrete Homes, Concrete Architecture, Resilient Home Design, Bamboo Homes


LEED-targeted Monroe Blocks breaks ground in the heart of Detroit

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has just broken ground on its first U.S. project, Monroe Blocks, a masterplan that the international architecture firm has described as “downtown Detroit’s most significant mixed-use development in decades.” Located in the heart of Detroit’s Central Business District, the project will span two city blocks and feature a striking high-rise office tower that will not only be the first of its kind in the downtown area in more than 25 years, but it is also expected t...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Michigan, Brussels, Detroit, Sustainable Design, Masterplan, High-rise, Urban Revitalization, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, SCHMIDT, Monroe, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Greektown


Are “Green” Building Designations and Certifications Truly Necessary?

Originally posted 2012-11-19 09:18:52. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) As anyone who reads this construction blog on a regular basis knows, I believe that the move to newer sustainable building practices (while bringing about a new or different set of potential risks) is both necessary and laudable.  Because of this fact, you may be asking why the headline for today’s post.  After all, I am a LEED AP and assisted in the drafting of the LEED/Green Building addendum to the ConsensusDOCS so I must b...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Sustainability, Green Building, Energy Star, Construction, Richmond VA, LEED, USGBC, US Green Building Council, Construction Law, Virginia Construction Attorney, Business of Construction, Sustainable Architecture, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, ConsensusDOCS


Energy-producing pavilion proposal for Expo 2020 mimics Brazil's biomes

 Architect Gabriel Kozlowski has proposed a stunning, energy-producing structure for the Brazilian pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Created in collaboration with Gringo Cardia, Bárbara Graeff and Tripper Arquitetura, the conceptual design showcases a variety of sustainable systems, from construction materials like rammed earth to passive solar design strategies. Although the competition entry was not ultimately chosen for the Expo, the design does offer an inspiring look at the integration of Braz...
Tags: Design, Amazon forest, Architecture, Gallery, Dubai, Brazil, Brussels, Rhino, Osaka, Carousel Showcase, Pavilion, Rammed Earth, Expo 2020, Sustainable Architecture, Energy Plus Architecture, Energy Plus


This home gently wraps around towering 80-year-old coconut trees

Bombay-based firm Abraham John Architects deftly crafted a beautiful home to carefully sit near 19 80-year-old coconut trees. The massive, 6,500-square-foot private residence is broken up into various fragmented volumes, taking on a small village feel that gives the home its name, Villa in the Palms. According to the architects, the unique layout was essential in ensuring that not a single tree was felled during the building process. To build the home around the trees, the architects created ...
Tags: Design, Trees, Architecture, Gallery, Preservation, Bombay, Green Design, Resilient Architecture, Reclaimed Wood, Sustainable Architecture, Local Materials, Stone Homes, Climate-based Architecture, Homes Built Around Trees, Stone Buildings, Abraham John Architects


Architects want to transform an old Dutch bridge into zero-energy apartments

In a bid to save, rather than tear down, a historically significant bridge in the Netherlands, Delft-based cepezed architects unveiled an adaptive reuse scheme for turning the defunct bridge into a base for energy-neutral dwellings and a conference center. Created in collaboration with Expericon, Hollandia Infra, Mammoet and the IV-Group, this innovative proposal was the result of a consortium that sought to sustainably redevelop the structure, which spans the river Lek near Vianen. Although th...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Bridge, Stockholm, Carousel Showcase, Pavilion, Green Renovation, Net-zero Energy, Adaptive Reuse, Lek, Netherlands Starting, Sustainable Architecture, Zero energy, Energy Neutral, IV Group


Carbon-neutral home in Australia conceals its energy efficiency with minimalist design

Perth-based firm Whispering Smith has unveiled a beautiful, concrete home that combines the best of brutalist architecture with sustainable materials. Built on a very compact infill lot outside of Perth, House A is an affordable and carbon-neutral home that was built with concrete, reclaimed brick, solar power and an underground water collection system. The 753-square-foot home was strategically designed to make the maximum use out of limited building space. Where many architects would have ta...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Energy, Solar Power, Smith, Perth, Brick, Interior Design, Minimalist Design, Carbon-neutral, Australian Architecture, Sustainable Architecture, Concrete Homes, Solar Powered Homes


War ruins are reborn as a sustainable home in Lebanon

Having survived the Lebanese Civil War as a torture and detention center for militia forces, The House With Two Lives has a colorful past to say the least. So when Lebanese design practice Nabil Gholam Architects was asked to renovate the structure — originally built as a resort building in the 1930s — the firm took its time to sensitively pick apart the site’s history and breathe new and positive life into the property. Described as a “difficult exorcism,” the design process saw the reuse of t...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Energy, Passive Solar, Lebanon, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Rainwater Harvesting, Passive Cooling, Bois de Boulogne, Pine Trees, Sustainable Architecture, Corten steel, High Performance Insulation


Solar-powered cork house pursues healthy, sustainable living

Berlin-based architecture office rundzwei Architekten recently completed a light-filled home that showcases the many material benefits of cork. Named the Cork Screw House, the sustainably minded abode boasts a facade and roof clad in natural cork, a material that not only gives the building a highly textured appearance, but also contributes significantly to the home’s energy efficiency thanks to high insulation values. The cork home is set on a base of rammed concrete and comprises a series of ...
Tags: Design, London, Berlin, Architecture, Gallery, Insulation, Cork, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Skylights, Sustainable Materials, Cellulose, Sustainable Architecture, Full-height Glazing, Cork Cladding, Timber Frame


Award-winning glass cabin is nestled inside an Australian rainforest

Lifted into the canopy of a lush rainforest, this guest retreat offers spectacular views while paying homage to Australia’s architectural heritage. Retired journalists and homeowners Colleen Ryan and Stephen Wyatt tapped architect Harley Graham and his Byron Bay-based design practice to realize the Hidden Studio, a breezy one-bedroom addition that complements the property’s two existing buildings — the main home and writer’s cabin — both designed by the late “Sydney School” architect Vale Ian M...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Pacific Ocean, Cabin, Carousel Showcase, Studio, Natural Ventilation, Open-plan, Sustainable Architecture, Corten steel, Outdoor Terrace, Colleen Ryan, Guesthouse, Bryon Bay


Mark your calendars for the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago!

Integrating nature into the built environment is no easy feat, but when done correctly, it can be a work of art that gives back to our world instead of taking from it. Greenbuild celebrates just that by exploring new ways of sustainable building and design through teaching, collaborating and empowering professionals. View the gallery below to learn about this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago, where you can find new inspiration, learn state-of-the-art techniques and...
Tags: Art, Sponsored, Design, Environment, Chicago, Architecture, Green Building, Green Design, Sustainable Building, Greenbuild, Sustainable Architecture, Greenbuild International Conference, Greenbuild Conference and Expo


Green Building, Litigation and Risk

Originally posted 2010-12-03 09:00:25. Green Building is all the rage. From the latest version of LEED, LEED 3.0, to discussions of “LEEDigation.” Every level of government wants in on the latest in sustainability. Musings discussed this trend in prior posts relating to Virginia and “green” building and Virginia Business Magazine chimed in as well. This trend is laudable, however, like any new technological or social change, risk follows. We have new technology being used for the first tim...
Tags: Law, Virginia, Insurance, Risk Management, Green Building, LEED, US Green Building Council, Construction Law, Business of Construction, Construction Law Musings Richmond VA, Sustainable Architecture, Construction Lawyer, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Virginia Business Magazine, Green Building Litigation


MIT develops a sustainable, mass timber-building prototype modeled after the longhouse

As sustainability measures become increasingly important in new construction, architects around the world are turning toward mass timber — even for large-scale projects. A workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is dedicated to exploring the design and engineering potential of wood-based technologies and recently unveiled one such example that can even be turned into an energy producer. Dubbed the Longhouse, the mass timber-building prototype is modeled after the traditional build...
Tags: Design, Mit, Architecture, Gallery, Newark, Passive Solar, Solar Panels, Carbon Footprint, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Timber Construction, Building Materials, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, CNC, Sustainable Architecture, Sawtooth Roof


Treehaus combines contemporary design and passive energy in the Utah forest

If you were lucky enough to have a treehouse as a child, you understand the thrill of having the wonders of nature at your fingertips instead of admiring them from afar. Now you can live every day in that wonderland in a home just put on the market in Summit Park, Utah. Treehaus, a beautiful passive house from Park City Design + Build, blends into the nearby forest, allowing residents to return to nature in an energy-efficient setting. With three diverse levels strategically stacked on top of ...
Tags: Utah, Design, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy, Passive House, Green Design, Treehouse, Green Architecture, Sustainable Style, Sustainable Architecture, Post-format-gallery, Summit Park Utah Treehaus, Park City Design Build


Abandoned house gets a gorgeous, energy-efficient refresh

Few homes undergo the trials and tribulations of Boston Villa – and fewer still receive a gorgeous renovation that also wins an architectural prize. But in the Fitzroy neighborhood of Melbourne, Australia, that’s exactly what happened. For years, Boston Villa stood abandoned, serving as a shelter for indigent wanderers. Even after Nest Architects‘ clients Dean and Lisa saw promise in the property, someone set it on fire halfway into the preliminary stages of the rebuilding process. The couple r...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy, Sustainable, Home Renovation, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Green Architecture, Green Materials, Adaptive Reuse, Daylighting, Melbourne Australia, Lisa