In the Urca neighborhood near the base of Sugarloaf mountain and the shores of Rio de Janeiro, architect Alexandra Lichtenberg tackled a remodeling project that demonstrates that being green isn’t the exclusive domain of high-cost, luxury residences and backwoods off-grid dwellings. A good green remodel is within reach of the average well-intentioned homeowner in the average urban neighborhood anywhere in the world, and the EcoHouse proves it.

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  1. noor May 19, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Love the idea, particularly the green roof. Was wondering about copying this in Senegal. However, the all concrete roof and also the existing window shades are easy to absorb humidity and water, so how best prepare and protect the concrete ground before adding pebbles?, sand?, and/ or earth for the plants?
    Any ideas and tipps are welcome!!

  2. Inhabitat » Blog ... July 12, 2006 at 4:53 am

    […] The first step for increasing water efficiency at home is to reduce the use of drinkable water for non-consumption purposes. There are two ways to do this: collect rainwater and reuse indoor wash water. You can install cisterns above or below ground that will collect and store run-off from rooftops and other impervious surfaces; as well as from laundry machines, dishwashers, bathtubs and sinks (this is classified as grey water, meaning that it does not include human waste or sewage). […]

  3. Sarah January 23, 2006 at 11:31 pm

    Has been corrected! Thanks for pointing that out, Patrick!

  4. Patrick January 23, 2006 at 11:27 pm

    A quick note. The external link to is broken due to a syntax error.

  5. Max January 14, 2006 at 9:11 am

    This is inspiration. It’s practical, realistic and could be done in phases.
    I love reading about all those new modern designs, but in any given town or village most houses are build already and therefore I feel that conversion of existing houses with all their limitations and possibilities should get more attention of designers around the world. Most people, like myself, that would like to make a change won’t be able to build a new home with all the space needed for green solutions.

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