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6 Common Indoor Air Pollutants That Could Be Lurking in Your Home

6 Common Indoor Air Pollutants That Could Be Lurking in Your Home

We like to think of our homes as a safe haven, a place where we have control over our environment and where we can protect ourselves from the toxins and pollutants that come with modern living. But

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Eco-Friendly Tribeca Loft Marries Old World Charm with Modern Finishes

Eco-Friendly Tribeca Loft Marries Old World Charm with Modern Finishes

We're sure this dreamy Tribeca loft broke a lot of hearts when it was recently sold to some very lucky new owners. Featuring ample windows and eco-friendly finishes, the historic Pre-WW II apartment

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Berlin’s Creepy Abandoned Amusement Park is Now for Sale on eBay

Berlin’s Creepy Abandoned Amusement Park is Now for Sale on eBay

Several years ago Inhabitat visited Berlin's abandoned Kulturpark - and the overgrown amusement park can now be yours for the modest sum of 1.62 million Euros! The former Spreepark has been abandoned

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Prodigy Network Crowdfunds and Crowdsources Design for New 17 John “Cotel” in Downtown New York City

Prodigy Network Crowdfunds and Crowdsources Design for New 17 John “Cotel” in Downtown New York City

These days you can crowdfund pretty much anything, from flying bikes, to glowing plants, and a headset that lets your dog talk - so why not a building? That's precisely the idea behind Prodigy Network, a

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Will Buyers of Ancient Hawaiian Cloud Forest Harvest or Protect the Rare Koa Tree?

Will Buyers of Ancient Hawaiian Cloud Forest Harvest or Protect the Rare Koa Tree?

Shopping this holiday season for the millionaire who has everything? Perhaps they would enjoy a little slice of paradise in the Ohana Sanctuary on Hawaii's Big Island. The 3,127 acre plot features the

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Vali Homes Creates Hip Net-Zero Energy Home for the Arizona Desert

Vali Homes Creates Hip Net-Zero Energy Home for the Arizona Desert

This house remains cost-effective even while achieving net-zero energy consumption by being extremely energy efficient. Two major strategies used to achieve this include insulation and passive solar

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

Inhabitat: What did the Research Triangle Foundation hope to achieve when it set out to develop the new RTP master plan? Liz Rooks: Our board recognized that, after fifty years, the way we were doing

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Salt Lake City’s New Zero Home is One of the Most Energy-Efficient Houses in the US

Salt Lake City’s New Zero Home is One of the Most Energy-Efficient Houses in the US

The Zero Home uses a combination of new construction materials, improved building practices and high-tech infrastructure to achieve remarkable energy efficiency. By using 2x6 studs 24 inches on center

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In San Jose, Purchase a Net Zero Home and Get a Free Tesla

In San Jose, Purchase a Net Zero Home and Get a Free Tesla

If the American Dream is to own your own home with a car in the driveway, then a real estate agent in San Jose has quite possibly created the American Fantasy. Anyone willing to put down $1.35 million for

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London’s 2012 Olympic Village to be Transformed into Affordable Housing Units

London’s 2012 Olympic Village to be Transformed into Affordable Housing Units

The greenest building is the one that's already standing, and this week London officials announced that the buildings from the 2012 Olympic Village will be transformed into rental units, and many of them

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HKS Architects’ Renovated Warehouse Earns San Francisco’s First LEED for Homes Mid-rise Gold Certification

HKS Architects’ Renovated Warehouse Earns San Francisco’s First LEED for Homes Mid-rise Gold Certification

The Arc Light Co. building originally served as the historic California Electric Light Company, Station B. The building housed arc and incandescent lights used to generate electricity for electric light

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Great City: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Unveil Plans For China’s First Self-Sufficient, Carless City

Great City: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Unveil Plans For China’s First Self-Sufficient, Carless City

The project envisions a city that avoids the high energy consumption and carbon emissions associated with suburban sprawl. According to the architects, Great City will be developed by Beijing Vantone

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The Yard is an Ambitious Self-Build Estate Constructed to BREEAM Standards in the UK

The Yard is an Ambitious Self-Build Estate Constructed to BREEAM Standards in the UK

The plan for the site was split into three phases; the first construction phase formed a ring of self-built houses around a communal green space. The second phase saw the homes finished with external

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Sinclair Meadows: Residents Move Into the UK’s First Carbon-Negative Street

Sinclair Meadows: Residents Move Into the UK’s First Carbon-Negative Street

Each of the buildings at Sinclair Meadows in South Shields has been constructed with natural materials at the forefront, such as timber frames, hemp insulation, lime render, and sustainable timber. In

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Twitter Co-Founder Irks Neighbors with Plans to Raze $3 Million House to Build Zero Net Energy Mansion

Twitter Co-Founder Irks Neighbors with Plans to Raze $3 Million House to Build Zero Net Energy Mansion

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams’ plans to build a state-of-the-art net zero energy house in San Francisco has the neighbors up in arms. Why? His green dream home involves tearing down a 1911 $3 million

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Beachaus II is a Smart LEED Platinum Home in White Rock, British Columbia

Beachaus II is a Smart LEED Platinum Home in White Rock, British Columbia

Designed to take advantage of the available light, the home maximizes privacy and views of the bay. With over 2,000 square feet of living space, Beachaus II includes three bedrooms, four bathrooms and a

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GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: The History of the Mobile Home and Its Influence on the Modern Prefab

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: The History of the Mobile Home and Its Influence on the Modern Prefab

Last month we kicked off our Green Guide to Prefab series with an article exploring the history of prefabricated housing. Now we’re back with another article in this series to take a look at mobile

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Tom Dixon’s Converted Water Tower in London is a Modernist Home in the Sky—and it’s Up for Rent!

Tom Dixon’s Converted Water Tower in London is a Modernist Home in the Sky—and it’s Up for Rent!

Dixon purchased the old 5,000-gallon water tank in 2005 with plans to build one of the most unique houses in London. Construction began in 2009, and although it isn't finished just yet, three floors of

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Mozilla’s New Corporate Offices in San Francisco Create a Collaborative Atmosphere

Mozilla’s New Corporate Offices in San Francisco Create a Collaborative Atmosphere

Mozilla, the nonprofit tech company behind the ubiquitous Firefox web browser, recently announced that it will branch out and open a new office in downtown San Francisco later this summer. To reflect an

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Honest Buildings Website Launches To Make Building Research Easier

Honest Buildings Website Launches To Make Building Research Easier

Every building is unique, and each has good things and some not-so-good things. The new website Honest Buildings launched today to make it a lot easier to learn about projects and open up a discourse on

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Architect Dominic Stevens Builds His Dream House For Under $33,000

Architect Dominic Stevens Builds His Dream House For Under $33,000

Many of us dream of one day designing and building our own house - and with economic issues ravaging many countries around the globe and ensuing mortgage crises, it's not surprising that the self-build is

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Artist Damien Hirst Unveils Plans to Build 500 Eco-Homes in UK

Artist Damien Hirst Unveils Plans to Build 500 Eco-Homes in UK

Damien Hirst is perhaps best known as an extraordinarily provocative, sometimes playful artist who makes an incredible amount of money from his conceptual art — in a surprising shift, he now aims to

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EcoVillage at Ithaca Offers Sustainable Living in a Community Setting

EcoVillage at Ithaca Offers Sustainable Living in a Community Setting

Joan Bokaer and Liz Walker were the founding co-directors of EcoVillage Ithaca. Inspired by co-housing projects that appeared in Denmark in the 1960s, the two were drawn to the balance of having a rich

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Ikea To Build Massive 26-Acre Suburb in East London

Ikea To Build Massive 26-Acre Suburb in East London

It's official: Ikea is taking over the world. Yesterday, Inter Ikea Systems, owner of the popular furniture chain, announced plans to build an enormous 26-acre, environmentally friendly suburb next to

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LichtAktiv Haus is the Energy Efficient Home of the Future

LichtAktiv Haus is the Energy Efficient Home of the Future

The LichtAktiv Haus looks nothing like its traditional former self. VELUX opened up the boxy design, created larger rooms, outdoor areas, and an extended living area. Each room has been fit with large

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One of the Safest Investments of All Could be Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

One of the Safest Investments of All Could be Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

As we see the stock market spiral downwards while investors pick their jaws off the floor and rush to safer securities, we have an investment suggestion of our own. Home energy efficiency retrofits can be

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Massive Hunters Point Shipyard Brownfield Project Primed to Set Sail in San Francisco

Massive Hunters Point Shipyard Brownfield Project Primed to Set Sail in San Francisco

The seven-mile-per-side square of land that is San Francisco, densely settled for decades with precious little to spare in the way of developable land, is poised to embark upon one of the country’s most

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The Top 10 US Cities With the Most Energy Star Buildings

The Top 10 US Cities With the Most Energy Star Buildings

Energy Star-certified buildings are on the rise in the United States! In 2010 alone, the number of Energy Star buildings in big cities has doubled in size compared to the past ten years combined. A

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Vashon Island Cabin Creates an Energy Efficient Family Retreat from the City

Vashon Island Cabin Creates an Energy Efficient Family Retreat from the City

Who doesn't love a quiet country escape after a long week in the urban mix? Surrounded by nature and stunning views, one lucky family in Washington has found itself with a stylish escape they've named

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