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New Study Shows White Roofs are Three Times More Effective than Green Roofs at Fighting Climate Change

New Study Shows White Roofs are Three Times More Effective than Green Roofs at Fighting Climate Change

Green roofs offer a lot of environmental benefits - they provide additional insulation, reduce rainwater runoff, and can lower your electricity bill. However a new study suggests that roofs painted white

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Public Urinals Help Amsterdam Harvest Pee as Fertilizer for Green Roofs

Public Urinals Help Amsterdam Harvest Pee as Fertilizer for Green Roofs

Photo of green roof via Shutterstock The idea of someone sprinkling urine on building rooftops sounds like a major health hazard, but that's just what Amsterdam's water utility, Waternet, recently

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Cantilevered Green Shield Protects McDonalds’ Customers from Adjacent Fuel Station

Cantilevered Green Shield Protects McDonalds’ Customers from Adjacent Fuel Station

The monolithic three story fast food joint and fuel station seem oddly out of place in what appears to be a rather run down area of the city, even if it is emerging as a new urban center. Stranger still

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Copenhagen’s Striking Green-Roofed Soil Treatment Center Resembles Two Giant Mud Hills

Copenhagen’s Striking Green-Roofed Soil Treatment Center Resembles Two Giant Mud Hills

Located north of Copenhagen, the new soil center was designed for cleaning vast amounts of soil dug up from construction projects and metro building sites. Once the soil is clean and decontaminated, it

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Mikou Studio’s Feng Shui Swimming Pool Provides a Refreshing and Spiritual Oasis in France

Mikou Studio’s Feng Shui Swimming Pool Provides a Refreshing and Spiritual Oasis in France

Paris-based Mikou Studio recently won a local competition to build a city pool for Issy Les Moulineaux in France. But this winning design is no ordinary public pool complex. While the green roof and

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New Photos Show ‘Bosco Verticale’ Vertical Forest Nearing Completion in Milan

New Photos Show ‘Bosco Verticale’ Vertical Forest Nearing Completion in Milan

At first glance it looked too fantastical to be real, but now the completion date for the world’s first vertical forest is drawing near. Located in Milan, Bosco Verticale is Boeri Studio’s answer to

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Lush Green Roof Terrace Crowns LEED Platinum-Seeking Office in Silicon Valley

Lush Green Roof Terrace Crowns LEED Platinum-Seeking Office in Silicon Valley

The tech giants of Silicon Valley are no strangers to sustainable design, and brick's recently completed office building bears no exception. Designed as the future home of Nuance Communications, the

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Great Green Roof Crowns the New St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion in Historic D.C.

Great Green Roof Crowns the New St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion in Historic D.C.

The building stands on a site formerly occupied by the St. Elizabeths Hospital which dates back to the times of the Civil War. Now the 18-[acre plot provides a setting for communal and public activities,

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Wiel Arets Architects Completes Energy Efficient Garden-Topped B’ Tower in Rotterdam

Wiel Arets Architects Completes Energy Efficient Garden-Topped B’ Tower in Rotterdam

The B' Tower composed of three volumes of retail and residential spaces is an extension of Marcel Breuer’s 1955 ‘Bijkenkorf’ department store. The residential tower is located on top of the retail

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Carpark Hidden Inside a Green-Roofed Bridge Respects the Mountains in Italy

Carpark Hidden Inside a Green-Roofed Bridge Respects the Mountains in Italy

The Municipal Administration of Moena needed a new carpark and a new bridge for the Longea, which is a popular tourist destination. Originally, the idea was to excavate a side of the mountain, build the

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Architecten CSK’s Breathtaking Energy Neutral Villa K is Surrounded by a Wild Oak Forest

Architecten CSK’s Breathtaking Energy Neutral Villa K is Surrounded by a Wild Oak Forest

The two story villa, which is almost 50 meters long and 19 meters wide, is built on one of the many historic beach ridges located in Bergen. While most private development projects in the area try to

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Ales Javurek Wins First Place in Shipping Container Vacation House Competition

Ales Javurek Wins First Place in Shipping Container Vacation House Competition

Ales Javurek beat out 300 entries to take home first prize thanks to his stellar contemporary and sustainable design made out of steel shipping containers and wood panels. The home's ability to blend in

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LEED Platinum Pine+Minor Apartments Mix Work & Living in Downtown Seattle

LEED Platinum Pine+Minor Apartments Mix Work & Living in Downtown Seattle

The new Pine+Minor apartment complex sits at the corner of Pine and Minor near the edge of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Located on the Pine-Pike corridor, the building is conveniently located for access

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UNStudio Wins Bid to Design Contemporary Baumkirchen Mitte Tower Topped with Multipurpose Green Roof in Munich

UNStudio Wins Bid to Design Contemporary Baumkirchen Mitte Tower Topped with Multipurpose Green Roof in Munich

The building’s ribbed façade includes bright metal and wooden elements to give the tower the appearance of a "custom-made furniture piece for the urban space." Using flexibility as a core design

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NL Architects Dream Up a Supermarket Topped with a Lush Park for China

NL Architects Dream Up a Supermarket Topped with a Lush Park for China

Sanya is a popular tourist destination and known for it's tropical climate, and Housing Corporation VANKE is developing a large resort there. As part of the development, they asked NL Architects to design

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BIG Wins Competition to Design Green-Roofed Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier

BIG Wins Competition to Design Green-Roofed Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier

The Museum of the Human Body will be located at the edge of Charpak Park in the newly developed Parc Marianne near City Hall. The museum will be dedicated to the artistic, scientific and architectural

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BDP Design Studio Inaugurates Striking Green-Roofed Planning and Exhibition Hall in Suzhou, China

BDP Design Studio Inaugurates Striking Green-Roofed Planning and Exhibition Hall in Suzhou, China

The combination of the two incongruous structures with opposing geometrics gives off a certain sophisticated character to the project while simultaneously providing an amazing display of energy

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Could Pollutants Trapped by Green Roofs Contaminate Nearby Water Sources?

Could Pollutants Trapped by Green Roofs Contaminate Nearby Water Sources?

Green Roof photo from Shutterstock Green roofs are thought to capture harmful air pollution particles and store them in their soil layer and vegetation, but a new study from researchers at the

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Timber-Clad Villa B is a Green-Roofed Bioclimatic Home Near Lyon

Timber-Clad Villa B is a Green-Roofed Bioclimatic Home Near Lyon

Villa B is oriented for solar exposure, but protected from overheating with a system of Larch wood slats that serve as a rainscreen and encourage natural ventilation. The ground floor features an office,

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Green-Roofed Tignespace Athletic Center Reflects the Mountains of Southeast France

Green-Roofed Tignespace Athletic Center Reflects the Mountains of Southeast France

Tignespace was originally a gymnasium at the base of an apartment complex overlooking the lake. The gym was replaced with a new, high performance athletic center that will better meet the needs of the

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Green-Roofed Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility Uses its Own Wastewater for Irrigation in California

Green-Roofed Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility Uses its Own Wastewater for Irrigation in California

The Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility living roof irrigated with the building's wastewater covers two buildings and an area of approximately 12,174 square feet. Located in an area prone to droughts,

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Architect Designs a Soccer Ball-Shaped House for Famous Footballer Lionel Messi

Architect Designs a Soccer Ball-Shaped House for Famous Footballer Lionel Messi

The One-Zero Eco-House is proposed for the forested land in the Llavaneres Sant Andreu municipality, about twenty miles north of Barcelona. At a birdseye view, the home appears like a soccer ball in

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Angled Green Roof Crowns Unique A-framed Allerød Clubhouse in Denmark

Angled Green Roof Crowns Unique A-framed Allerød Clubhouse in Denmark

Not your average clubhouse, this modern facility in the Danish municipality of Allerød has two differentiated faces. The entrance side of the building is shielded against the elements and features only a

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LA’s Solar-Powered Green Greenberg Green House is Topped With a Living Roof

LA’s Solar-Powered Green Greenberg Green House is Topped With a Living Roof

LA-based firm New Theme designed the Greenberg Green house around site conditions, constraints, programmatic use and views. The home's shape and orientation were expressly designed to minimize exposure to

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Germany’s Skyline Plaza Garden is a Versatile Green Roof Like We’ve Never Seen

Germany’s Skyline Plaza Garden is a Versatile Green Roof Like We’ve Never Seen

Active spaces are divided by a network of paths that create areas for complimentary gardens. If Frankfurters need serenity, but don't have time to leave the city, they can enjoy Yoga or Tai Chi or stroll

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Dramatic Greenhouses Accentuate Ecorium Eco-Park Opening in Korea

Dramatic Greenhouses Accentuate Ecorium Eco-Park Opening in Korea

The wedge-shaped glass enclosures are greenhouses that will each be a controlled environment home to different climate zones from tropical to polar. There are five total climates represented including

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Sustainable Day-lit House in Greenwich Boasts Enviable Panoramic Bay Views

Sustainable Day-lit House in Greenwich Boasts Enviable Panoramic Bay Views

Since the homes’ residents had lived in a house on the land previously, the orientation of the bedrooms and living rooms was required to follow specific guidelines in order to maintain the family’s

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Green-Roofed Beatrixpark Building Serves Local Children in Amsterdam

Green-Roofed Beatrixpark Building Serves Local Children in Amsterdam

Beatrixpark is known as one of the nicest parks in Amsterdam and features circular wading pool surrounded by a dramatic arcade. Children like to come and splash around in the pool, so to encourage that

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Garden Grows on Roof of Chicago Convention Center

Garden Grows on Roof of Chicago Convention Center

Fresh, healthy vegetables and herbs are sprouting in the most unlikely of places -- the rooftop of the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Botanic Garden began planting on

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Solar-Powered King’s Park Education Center Boasts a Massive Green Roof

Solar-Powered King’s Park Education Center Boasts a Massive Green Roof

The King's Park educational facility was designed primarily to educate children about sustainability, but its applicable for adults too and the building hosts the occasional public presentation. Run by

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