Green Building

Tropical Casa Flotanta Hovers Lightly Above the Pacific in Costa Rica

Tropical Casa Flotanta Hovers Lightly Above the Pacific in Costa Rica

Casa Flotanta is a two bedroom home built on a hillside overlooking the jungle near Puntarenas. Initial designs for the vacation home considered digging into the steep slope and putting up retaining

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Japan’s Namba Parks Has an 8-Level Roof Garden with Waterfalls

Japan’s Namba Parks Has an 8-Level Roof Garden with Waterfalls

Namba Parks was conceived when Osaka Stadium closed down, presenting a great redevelopment opportunity for a new commercial district right next to the Namba Train Station, which is just one stop away from

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Starbucks’ First Store in Colombia Serves 100% Locally-Sourced Coffee

Starbucks’ First Store in Colombia Serves 100% Locally-Sourced Coffee

Located near Bogota’s Parque de la 93 in the northern part of the city, the Starbucks is more than just a snazzy place to get a cuppa. Dedicated to locally-sourced goods, materials and most importantly

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Green-Roofed Ralph Allen Yard is a Zero Carbon Housing Complex in Historic Bath

Green-Roofed Ralph Allen Yard is a Zero Carbon Housing Complex in Historic Bath

Ralph Allen Yard is located in Combe Down, an area in the southern part of Bath that is well known as the source of the stone from which the city was built. To celebrate this rich history, the mixed-use

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Alvarez-Diaz Villalon’s LEED Platinum Office is a Green Design Gem in Latin America

Alvarez-Diaz Villalon’s LEED Platinum Office is a Green Design Gem in Latin America

The décor in Alvarez-Diaz Villalon's new headquarters is perfectly coordinated with minimalist paintings on the wall, designer furniture, and a cool slate grey color scheme. Though verdant green color

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Take a Peek at a Stunning Secret Swiss Villa Hidden Into a Mountainside!

Take a Peek at a Stunning Secret Swiss Villa Hidden Into a Mountainside!

In a location as picturesque as Vals, Switzerland, it’s difficult to imagine any new construction that wouldn't impose on the beautiful landscape. So, when the rare opportunity was granted to construct

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SOM Reveals Airy Plans for All Aboard Florida’s Ft. Lauderdale Station

SOM Reveals Airy Plans for All Aboard Florida’s Ft. Lauderdale Station

A new rail network will connect the southern tip of Florida to the center of the state, and SOM just revealed the latest plans for the Ft. Lauderdale Station. All Aboard Florida is a privately owned rail

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INTERVIEW: Building Science Pioneer Dr. Joe Lstiburek on the Good, Bad and Ugly Side of Buildings

INTERVIEW: Building Science Pioneer Dr. Joe Lstiburek on the Good, Bad and Ugly Side of Buildings

The term 'building science' is used quite often now in sustainable building circles, but much of what we understand of it can be traced back to the work of Dr. Joe Lstiburek, founder of

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The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

Located at the Simon Fraser University Campus on Burnaby Mountain just 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the UniverCity Childcare Center is on track for Living Building Challenge certification (LBC) –

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Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park

Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park

The transportation sector accounts for a whopping 28% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Improving public transit is one of the best ways to cut that figure down - and the Transbay

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Even McDonalds Can Build Green

Even McDonalds Can Build Green

McDonald’s is probably near the bottom of the list of transnational corporations that support the environment and human health. But among the 35,000 McDonalds restaurants, there are a few independently

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Perfectly Passive Ressò House Wins Architecture Award at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Perfectly Passive Ressò House Wins Architecture Award at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Like a box within a box, the double height 81m2 communal space provides multifunctionality and adapts to form a meeting space, dining hall, play space, dance room and even a basketball court. Playful rope

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Need a Rooftop Farm? Call This Company

Need a Rooftop Farm? Call This Company

  Installing a green roof on your home or business is not a matter that can typically be resolved by consulting the Yellow Pages. Companies that specialize in this subject are few and far

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The Biggest Hospital in North America to Feature a Green Roof with Medicinal Herbs

The Biggest Hospital in North America to Feature a Green Roof with Medicinal Herbs

The $2 billion, 772-bed facility is seeking LEED Silver status and seems likely to precipitate a paradigm shift in the way that health care is done. Architects at Canon Design designed the building with a

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Amazing Costa Rican Hotel Made from an Old Airplane Takes Flight

Amazing Costa Rican Hotel Made from an Old Airplane Takes Flight

The airplane was transported piece by piece from the San Jose airport to its current resting place on a pedestal 50 feet above the beach. It looks a bit like a model airplane on a stand, and we can only

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NL Architects’ Spordtgebouw Combines 8 Gyms and a Climbing Wall in One Sweet Facility

NL Architects’ Spordtgebouw Combines 8 Gyms and a Climbing Wall in One Sweet Facility

Rather than build each school its own gym, the three pooled their resources to build a single Mega-Gym that would provide their students lots of options for play and sport. Inside the Spordtgebouw are

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Spectacular Solar-Powered Oakland Zoo Vet Hospital Boasts an EV Charging Station

Spectacular Solar-Powered Oakland Zoo Vet Hospital Boasts an EV Charging Station

The new Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital replaces a 1960's facility with advanced equipment and expanded capacity to house and treat animals. At 77,000-square-feet, the two-story hospital provides space

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Gorgeous Green House is Wrapped in a Lush Vertical Garden in Belgium

Gorgeous Green House is Wrapped in a Lush Vertical Garden in Belgium

Dubbed Milly Film, the mixed-use building is designed to serve as a cinematographer’s residence, production studio, and workspace. The design began with the decision to maintain the existing structure

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Bespoke Terrapin Camper Handcrafted from Wood Boasts a Domed Roof and Plenty of Daylight

Bespoke Terrapin Camper Handcrafted from Wood Boasts a Domed Roof and Plenty of Daylight

Pavlowich began Casual Turtle Campers by designing and building slide in campers for truck beds. The campers are simple by design and do not include any plumbing, gas, heat or bathrooms. This keeps the

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Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Imagine a place where homes open onto gardens fed by streams from the rainwater flowing off nearby rooftops. Narrow cobblestone streets lead past vibrant storefronts to the village green where a group of

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Tour NYC’s First Prefab Emergency Housing Units (PHOTOS)

Tour NYC’s First Prefab Emergency Housing Units (PHOTOS)

The term "emergency housing" can have a negative connotation, conjuring up images of FEMA trailers or makeshift tents offering very few creature comforts. Fortunately, New York City and Garrison

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Solaleya Domespace Homes Gently Rotate to Catch the Most Sun

Solaleya Domespace Homes Gently Rotate to Catch the Most Sun

Solaleya's dome homes feature 90 percent wood construction and are insulated with cork. The roofs feature sky-facing windows that suffuse interior spaces with light and an optional feature is a small

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Adobe’s 410 Townsend is a Collaborative LEED Silver Office in San Francisco

Adobe’s 410 Townsend is a Collaborative LEED Silver Office in San Francisco

Valerio Dewalt Train Associates also designed Adobe's Customer Experience Center and Work Anyplace space in San Jose. Their latest project for Adobe at 410 Townsend in Mission Bay works off the same

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Kerferd Place: Beautiful Barn-Like Addition Celebrates Reclaimed Materials and Natural Light in Melbourne

Kerferd Place: Beautiful Barn-Like Addition Celebrates Reclaimed Materials and Natural Light in Melbourne

The Kerferd Place addition complements an Edwardian redbrick home in Melbourne by providing it with a new open floor plan living, dining, and kitchen space and an upstairs master suite. Bedrooms for

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Quebec Residence Gets An Eco-Modernist Facelift

Quebec Residence Gets An Eco-Modernist Facelift

In a quaint subdivision overlooking the St. Lawrence River, one of the brick ranch homes suddenly looks a little different. Local firm Est Architecture re-envisioned the home based on the clients requests

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Lush Green Roof Keeps This Tiny Cottage Home Cool in Oregon

Lush Green Roof Keeps This Tiny Cottage Home Cool in Oregon

The tiny cottage was originally built in the 1940s as shipyard working housing for Vanport Village. After the village flooded, the house was successfully moved by floating it down river to Sauvie Island

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PHOTOS: Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in New York

PHOTOS: Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in New York

It may seem like Hurricane Sandy was quite a while ago now, but many people are still displaced after losing their homes in the storm. In order to make sure the city is better prepared for future

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Seville’s New Shipping Container Cruise Terminal is a Flexible & Bioclimatic Port Stop

Seville’s New Shipping Container Cruise Terminal is a Flexible & Bioclimatic Port Stop

Despite Seville's inland location, the city does in fact have a port on the River Guadalquivir in the heart of town. River cruises arrive at the port and dock to let passengers on and off, with easy

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Starbucks’ 500th LEED Store Boasts a Roof of Coffee-Fed Lemongrass at Disney World Resort in Orlando

Starbucks’ 500th LEED Store Boasts a Roof of Coffee-Fed Lemongrass at Disney World Resort in Orlando

This latest of Starbucks exquisitely-designed coffee shops is located right in the heart of the magical kingdom of Disney World in Downtown Disney West Side. David Daniels, Senior Designer for Starbucks,

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

Here at Green Building 101, we’ve looked at many ways that you can design, build, and renovate your home with more attention to your health and the environment. Now that you've been thoroughly educated,

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