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New Botanical Research Institute of Texas Campus is a LEED Platinum Green Think Tank

New Botanical Research Institute of Texas Campus is a LEED Platinum Green Think Tank

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is located in Fort Worth, Texas and provides new research facilities for scientists dedicated to the study of plants and the living world. Completed in

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Oasia Downtown by WOHA Places the Tropics in the Heart of Singapore

Oasia Downtown by WOHA Places the Tropics in the Heart of Singapore

The glass high-rises in Singapore’s commercial district will soon get a neighbor of an altogether different color. The Oasia Downtown tower by WOHA will be literally clad in greenery, with multiple

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Solar-Powered Prefab Skyville Complex Commences Construction in Singapore

Solar-Powered Prefab Skyville Complex Commences Construction in Singapore

Prefab construction has become so widely used that it's now possible to precast a building as large as WOHA's 960-unit Skyville @ Dawson housing complex in Singapore! The massive solar-powered city

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SOM’s Sheikh Khalifa Medical City Will Be a Healing Green Oasis in Abu Dhabi

SOM’s Sheikh Khalifa Medical City Will Be a Healing Green Oasis in Abu Dhabi

The Sheikh Khalifa Medical City is being designed by SOM for the SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Service company. The new eco hospital will rise up on the site of the existing facility, which will undergo a

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Foster and Partners’ Towering Hermatage Plaza in Paris Gets the Green Light

Foster and Partners’ Towering Hermatage Plaza in Paris Gets the Green Light

Foster + Partners’ massive Hermatage Plaza will be placed right on the Seine River east of La Défense as part as an effort to revitalize the area. The core design strategy is the twist in the

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Glass House Mountain House Celebrates the Environment on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Glass House Mountain House Celebrates the Environment on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Perched on the edge of the Glass House range, the Maleny House is sited to take in the views. Bark Design Architects looked to the site for inspiration and designed the home to make the most of the

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Perkins+Will’s Atlanta Office Is Now the Highest Scoring LEED-Platinum Project in North America

Perkins+Will’s Atlanta Office Is Now the Highest Scoring LEED-Platinum Project in North America

Perkins+Will's new Atlanta office is the current record holder as the highest scoring LEED Platinum project in North America under the 2009 version of LEED for New Construction. This super high

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6 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Company’s Carbon Footprint

6 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Company’s Carbon Footprint

While some companies become more sustainable by overhauling their workplaces into state-of-the-art, ecotastic offices, most businesses don't have the money or the ability to do that. Instead, we must try

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Vennesla Library’s Ribbed Prefab Design Features Energy Efficient Strategies in Norway

Vennesla Library’s Ribbed Prefab Design Features Energy Efficient Strategies in Norway

Vennesla Library by Helen & Hard is also a community center that provides an important cultural space in the downtown area of Vennesla. Located facing an urban plaza with a large glass facade used for

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GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Siting Your Home to Maximize Eco Efficiency

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Siting Your Home to Maximize Eco Efficiency

In the last two installments of our Green Guide to Prefab series on Inhabitat we highlighted the history of prefab design and the evolution of mobile homes into modular prefabricated homes. Within the

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Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School Encourages Green Change In Philadelphia

Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School Encourages Green Change In Philadelphia

KCAPA's new school is located on a challenging, long, narrow, north-south oriented site, directly next to the elevated transit line. Previously known as a haven for the homeless, drug activity and wild

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Palm Springs’ Rosa Gardens Affordable Housing Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Palm Springs’ Rosa Gardens Affordable Housing Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Rosa Gardens was constructed on an urban infill lot and it offers 57 units of 2 or 3 bedroom apartments. The project also includes a common laundry room, a community room, a pool, bike racks, a basketball

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Superb-A House is a Net-Zero Modular Prefabricated Home in Venice Beach

Superb-A House is a Net-Zero Modular Prefabricated Home in Venice Beach

mnm.MOD's building system relies on an advanced wall system made from recycled steel framing, incorporated insulation, and a mechanical chase to achieve high U and R values. Fabricated off-site, the walls

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University of Texas Students Integrate Sustainability and Education With Africa’s Promise Village School

University of Texas Students Integrate Sustainability and Education With Africa’s Promise Village School

In the Spring of 2011, graduate students in Professor Garrison's vertical design studio were tasked with the design of a school in rural Tanzania. Seeking sustainable design advice, Dr. Gunn, the

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Siemens’ Middle East Headquarters Will Be An Energy Efficient Model for Masdar City

Siemens’ Middle East Headquarters Will Be An Energy Efficient Model for Masdar City

Siemens and Sheppard Robson had one over-arching goal for the new middle east headquarters which was to maximize energy efficiency by building more with less. The 20,000 sq meter building is designed as a

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200 Chinese Workers Erect a 30 Storey Prefabricated Hotel in Just 15 Days (VIDEO)

200 Chinese Workers Erect a 30 Storey Prefabricated Hotel in Just 15 Days (VIDEO)

If we hadn't seen a video of the T30 Hotel going up in China, we might not have believed that anyone, anywhere could erect a prefabricated 30 storey tower in just over 2 weeks. But it's true - Broad

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Tarrant County College Opens New Sustainable Urban Campus in Fort Worth, TX

Tarrant County College Opens New Sustainable Urban Campus in Fort Worth, TX

Tarrant County College already had four healthy campuses, but decided to open another one in the downtown area. This new campus would serve the local population who had limited access to educational

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MIT Scientists Find Way to Maximize Concentrated Solar Plant Efficacy by Emulating a Sunflower’s Pattern

MIT Scientists Find Way to Maximize Concentrated Solar Plant Efficacy by Emulating a Sunflower’s Pattern

Scientists at MIT and RWTH Aachen University may have revolutionized the effectiveness of concentrated solar plants - by emulating the pattern found on a sunflower, otherwise known in science as Fermat's

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Brooks + Scarpa Unveil Airy Cloud-Like Renovation For the Kimball Art Center

Brooks + Scarpa Unveil Airy Cloud-Like Renovation For the Kimball Art Center

Yesterday we explored BIG's twisting timber tower for Park City's Kimball Art Center, and today we'll check out what Brooks + Scarpa has up its sleeve. The inspiration for the Kimball Cloud came directly

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Seattle’s Firestation 30 is a Copper-Clad Green Community Beacon

Seattle’s Firestation 30 is a Copper-Clad Green Community Beacon

Located at the juncture between the commercial activity of Rainier Avenue and the residential Mt. Baker neighborhood, Firestation no. 30 helps with the transition in scale between the two areas. Its

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LEED Gold-Designed Sanford Consortium Brings Scientists Together to Advance Biomedical Research

LEED Gold-Designed Sanford Consortium Brings Scientists Together to Advance Biomedical Research

The 150,700 sq ft research facility provides space for 330 multi-disciplinary scientists to work in a synergistic and collaborative atmosphere. The four-story building features new café and a 150-seat

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Unveils Plans for a Shimmering Eco Tower in Warsaw

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Unveils Plans for a Shimmering Eco Tower in Warsaw

Located at the center of the financial district, the Warsaw tower will create a striking landmark as it rises above the other surrounding towers. The tower is composed of three stepped volumes increasing

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UC Davis’ Newly Opened West Village Is the Largest Net Zero Project in the US

UC Davis’ Newly Opened West Village Is the Largest Net Zero Project in the US

The University of California at Davis has just opened the doors to the first phase of its West Village complex -- an ambitious net zero energy housing and recreation development that will eventually

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Spain’s Solar Chamber Apartment Complex Takes a Cue from Le Corbusier

Spain’s Solar Chamber Apartment Complex Takes a Cue from Le Corbusier

Larrea's design seems to capture all the qualities we like to see in sustainable building design. The shallow floor plate allows every unit to have access to the southern sun and northern cooling breezes;

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The Houl: A Sleek Net-Zero Carbon Long-House in Scotland

The Houl: A Sleek Net-Zero Carbon Long-House in Scotland

The house makes use of classic solar passive design strategies like clerestory windows on the north side, and principle rooms on the south side -- both arranged to take advantage of the sunlight and

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Angkasa Raya: Landmark Tower Set to Hover Amidst Sky Gardens in Kuala Lumpur

Angkasa Raya: Landmark Tower Set to Hover Amidst Sky Gardens in Kuala Lumpur

Comprised of two slab-like blocks set upon a lush plinth at the base, and third slab mounted on top of the sky gardens, the tower was designed to compliment but not mirror the iconic twin towers next

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Sacramento’s New LEED-Seeking International Airport Opens For Business

Sacramento’s New LEED-Seeking International Airport Opens For Business

Sacramento's nickname is the City of Trees and the design for the airport was directly inspired by the canopy affect of the tree-lined streets. The terminal is a reinterpretation of those shady streets

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The Hoefman’s Little Dutch House Stays Warm with Passive Design

The Hoefman’s Little Dutch House Stays Warm with Passive Design

In order to minimize the perceived distance between the inside and outside, Lautenbag constructed the home's southern facade entirely out of glass. This has the added benefit of naturally lighting and

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The Methow Cabin is a Cozy Washington Ski Retreat with a Tiny Footprint

The Methow Cabin is a Cozy Washington Ski Retreat with a Tiny Footprint

The cabin sits adjacent to the cross-country ski and bike trails that the owners love to enjoy, and is in close enough that they can pretty much step out the door, strap in, and go. Despite its diminutive

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Brisbane’s Dramatic Ecosciences Precinct is a Model for Eco Laboratories in Australia

Brisbane’s Dramatic Ecosciences Precinct is a Model for Eco Laboratories in Australia

The Ecosciences Precinct is a collaborative project involving Queensland's Department of Environment and Resource Management, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation and the

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