Sustainable Building

These Earthen “Beehive” Houses Have Been Keeping Syrians Naturally Cool for Centuries

These Earthen “Beehive” Houses Have Been Keeping Syrians Naturally Cool for Centuries

Beehive homes can be found in the thick of hot deserts and cities. Most are found in rural farming communities, but there are even villages of them located in Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, which has

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VIDEO: Mitchell Joachim on How to Grow a Treehouse with TeReForm

VIDEO: Mitchell Joachim on How to Grow a Treehouse with TeReForm

We love treehouses here at Inhabitat, and are enamored with eco-architect Mitchell Joachim's visionary ideas about how to grow living treehouses from ficus molded around frame structures. We've covered

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World’s First Integrated Solar System Generates Electricity and Heat

World’s First Integrated Solar System Generates Electricity and Heat

In what could be a game changer for the solar energy industry, a house in suburban Sydney, Australia has installed the world's first building integrated solar system that generates electricity and heat.

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Why Small Homes Make Better Homes

Why Small Homes Make Better Homes

The traditional dream of a large and spacious home may be becoming a thing of the past. Smaller homes are rising in popularity as more and more people begin to make the most of the benefits that having a

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Denmark’s Low-Carbon Affordable Brick Houses are Built to Last at Least 150 Years

Denmark’s Low-Carbon Affordable Brick Houses are Built to Last at Least 150 Years

Copenhagen office Leth & Gori decided to create sustainable homes by revisiting materials and solutions from historic houses that have proven to be robust and have a long life span. Part of a

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BVN Donovan Hill’s Passive Solar Australian PlantBank Houses 25,000 Indigenous Seeds

BVN Donovan Hill’s Passive Solar Australian PlantBank Houses 25,000 Indigenous Seeds

Built to preserve Australia's indigenous botanical heritage, the PlantBank consists of research laboratories and teaching facilities that specialize in studying a collection of 25,000 native seeds.

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CleverHomes Completes Outstanding Palo Alto Prefab Clad in Reclaimed Barn Siding

CleverHomes Completes Outstanding Palo Alto Prefab Clad in Reclaimed Barn Siding

The Palo Alto prefab is located on a small lot near Stanford University and replaces an older home. Primarily constructed off site in the Irontown Homes prefab factory in Utah, the modules were then

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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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Green-Roofed Bourne Lane House Treads Lightly on the English Landscape with Locally Sourced Materials

Green-Roofed Bourne Lane House Treads Lightly on the English Landscape with Locally Sourced Materials

Split into two barn-like wings connected by a central entrance hall, the asymmetric Bourne Lane House and its position in the landscape was largely informed by the client's desire to maximize natural

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Mali’s Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage is Cooled Entirely by Natural Ventilation and Green Building Strategies

Mali’s Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage is Cooled Entirely by Natural Ventilation and Green Building Strategies

F8 Architecture established a set of key principles while designing the Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage: Reduce solar gain, embrace natural ventilation, and improve thermal mass. To this end, hollow

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Modern House on the Prairie Complements its Natural Surroundings

Modern House on the Prairie Complements its Natural Surroundings

On the expansive prairies of Yelm, Washington, almost every home is traditional and decidedly farmhouse, except one. Eric and Melinda and their two Labradors live in a “modern home on the prairie,”

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Oregon Man Lives Inside 727 Airplane Home in the Middle of the Woods!

Oregon Man Lives Inside 727 Airplane Home in the Middle of the Woods!

Rather than turning the plane into something like a modern house, Campbell is reusing much of the original equipment for his needs. After a decade Campbell’s enthusiasm for the project has not waned. He

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Health and Well-Being

GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Health and Well-Being

Lighting is one of the most critical—and most visceral—qualities of an indoor space, and the difference between good and bad lighting can make or break comfort, mood and overall happiness in your

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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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Fakro’s Innovative Windows Transform Into Airy Rooftop Balconies!

Fakro’s Innovative Windows Transform Into Airy Rooftop Balconies!

Designed for skylight windows on a pitched roof, the system works by installing two upward- and downward-opening windows instead of just a single skylight. The bottom window sash opens forward, creating a

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Spain’s Cubic GG Bioclimatic House Cuts Heating Bills by 76.77%

Spain’s Cubic GG Bioclimatic House Cuts Heating Bills by 76.77%

In order to optimize construction details while minimizing costs, Alventosa Morell Arquitectes opted to use wood as the sole building material. This forced them to work with a specific industry, which

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Eco-Power and Energy Efficiency

GREEN BUILDING 101: Eco-Power and Energy Efficiency

Most of us underestimate or ignore our incredible dependence on electricity, but there's nothing like a blackout caused by overzealous summertime air conditioner use to remind us of the importance of

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Gorgeous Sustainably-Built Fall House Conforms to the Landscape in Big Sur

Gorgeous Sustainably-Built Fall House Conforms to the Landscape in Big Sur

Fall House is a long, thin volume that conforms to the natural contours of a sloping cliff above the ocean. The dramatic landscape called for a dramatic solution, and Fougeron Architecture crafted a home

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OMA Receives $230 Million to Rebuild New Jersey Area Devastated by Hurricane Sandy

OMA Receives $230 Million to Rebuild New Jersey Area Devastated by Hurricane Sandy

Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: A Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken from Rebuild by Design on Vimeo. The OMA proposal focuses on implementing resiliency through the integration of key infrastructural

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Eco Hotel Endemico is a Gorgeous Green Retreat in Baja, Mexico

Eco Hotel Endemico is a Gorgeous Green Retreat in Baja, Mexico

The eco hotel is located on roughly 100 hectares of the Encuentro Guadalupe development outside of Ensenada, which also includes a residential area and a winery. The hotel is made up of 20 EcoLofts, which

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SOM Unveils Miami Multimodal Hub for All Aboard Florida’s New Rail Network

SOM Unveils Miami Multimodal Hub for All Aboard Florida’s New Rail Network

Both Florida residents and visitors utilize the heavily congested highways to travel between Central and South Florida. To ease the congestion and take cars off the road, a private company called Florida

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Bombay Sapphire’s 18th Century Paper Mill Renovation Wins BREEAM Award for Industrial Design

Bombay Sapphire’s 18th Century Paper Mill Renovation Wins BREEAM Award for Industrial Design

Located in rural Hampshire, UK, the historic paper mill printed banknote paper for the Bank of England and British Empire for over 225 years and is currently registered as a Conservation Area and Site of

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B9 Architects’ Family Share Residence Maximizes Space & Light in Seattle

B9 Architects’ Family Share Residence Maximizes Space & Light in Seattle

The owner wanted to maximize site use by creating multiple residences, so she hired b9 Architects to design a double family residence. First, the original 1930s home was completely deconstructed by

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Rhino Cubed’s Zulu Queen Micro Container Home is a Living Sculpture

Rhino Cubed’s Zulu Queen Micro Container Home is a Living Sculpture

Rhino Cubed was founded by former high tech executive Jan Burton and architect Sam Austin to combine their love of art and design with tiny homes. The company offers two different sizes of container home

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Net Zero Georgina Residence Blurs the Indoor-Outdoor Boundary in Santa Monica

Net Zero Georgina Residence Blurs the Indoor-Outdoor Boundary in Santa Monica

Yudell and Beebe used to have a larger house on the ocean in Malibu, but they grew tired of their commute into Santa Monica where they both work at Moore Ruble Yudell. To be closer to work, friends and

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UNStudio Completes Qingdao International Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion

UNStudio Completes Qingdao International Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion

Although Qingdao is best known for its Tsingtao Beer, the coastal city hopes to use the expo to enhance its eco-friendly image and spur the development of other environmentally minded initiatives.

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House in the Clouds is an Old Water Tower Converted into a Bed & Breakfast!

House in the Clouds is an Old Water Tower Converted into a Bed & Breakfast!

When the tower was first being built, Thorpeness residents were worried about introducing an eyesore upon their unspoiled landscape. So their design solution? Disguise it as a sky-high cottage! Problem

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How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

Have you ever thought about how the design of our cities, towns, and communities has wide ranging effects on both our own lives and on larger global issues? Yes, simply by changing the way we design our

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Green Air Hotel Concept Wants to Upcycle China’s Old Hotels into Lush, Pollution-Eating Environments

Green Air Hotel Concept Wants to Upcycle China’s Old Hotels into Lush, Pollution-Eating Environments

According to Lip Chiong and Studio Twist, there are nearly 200,000 independent hotel companies in China that operate out of outdated buildings in urgent need of renovation. Rather than tear those

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