Sustainable Building

ARKit’s Kensington Residence is a Tiny Green Prefab Home in Victoria, Australia

ARKit’s Kensington Residence is a Tiny Green Prefab Home in Victoria, Australia

The Kensington Residence is a 2 bedroom double story residence that was prefabricated offsite in 3 completely finished sections and environmentally engineered by GHD Australia. The tiny home measures a

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SAHMRI’s Striking Pinecone-Inspired “Living Skin” Uses Passive Solar Design in Australia

SAHMRI’s Striking Pinecone-Inspired “Living Skin” Uses Passive Solar Design in Australia

Inspired by the skin of a pinecone, Woods Bagot created a responsive, spiky facade that adjusts to reduce the effects of heat load, sun glare, and wind while allowing high amounts of natural daylight to

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Karolinska Institute’s Green Walled Future Learning Environment is a Home Away From Home for Students

Karolinska Institute’s Green Walled Future Learning Environment is a Home Away From Home for Students

The Karolinska Institute is one of Europe's largest and most prestigious medical universities. Tengbom won a design challenge to further enhance the institute's facilities by revamping an underutilized

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Architect Builds Tiny 196 Square-Foot Dream House From Scratch

Architect Builds Tiny 196 Square-Foot Dream House From Scratch

Dissatisfied by the lack of construction training at school, Miller seized upon the DIY design/build dream as both an educational and cash-saving opportunity. It wasn't until she began researching,

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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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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Make the Most of a Tiny Micro Apartment

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Make the Most of a Tiny Micro Apartment

In cities where space is limited and rent is high, micro-apartments are fast becoming a popular option for young professionals willing to forego square footage for a coveted neighborhood. However if

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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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Futuristic Villa Kogelhof Wins Prestigious ARC13 Architecture Award

Futuristic Villa Kogelhof Wins Prestigious ARC13 Architecture Award

Dutch firm Paul de Ruiter Architects has triumphed over 110 entries to win the highly-esteemed ARC13 architecture prize with their ecologically-minded Villa Kogelhof. The prestigious award is given to

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6 Bizarre Examples of Parasitic Architecture

6 Bizarre Examples of Parasitic Architecture

Cut-architecture's Rehearsal Room Paris-based Cut-Architecture has come out with an unusual idea for extending one of their clients' homes: They built a new, bright and airy "parasitic music room"

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Freedom Ship: Construction to Start Soon on the World’s First Floating City

Freedom Ship: Construction to Start Soon on the World’s First Floating City

The mile-long floating city is nearing start of construction, according to Florida-based Freedom Ship International Inc. It will boast 25 floors of activities, schools, hospitals, art galleries, shops,

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The Top 10 Innovations at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia

The Top 10 Innovations at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia

The halls were packed with an enthusiastic crowd, and you could tell that the business of construction was back in a big way. The first place we hit was the Passive House Zone where a strong contingency

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Infographic: Why 9 Million Wood Stoves Should be Upgraded in the United States

Infographic: Why 9 Million Wood Stoves Should be Upgraded in the United States

According to the EPA, more than 12 million American households heat their homes with wood stoves, yet 75% of those stoves are dirty and inefficient. For those with outdated wood stoves, transitioning to a

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Two Ohio Senators Propose a State-Wide Ban on LEED Certification System

Two Ohio Senators Propose a State-Wide Ban on LEED Certification System

Ohio Senators Joe Uecker (R-Loveland) and Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) have submitted a resolution in the state senate to ban the LEED rating system in public construction projects. Both senators claim that

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Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

The Tetris House is located on a narrow 40’ by 110’ lot with tight zoning that minimized the allowable building footprint. Compounding challenges from the compact footprint, the client asked for the

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World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

Some of the world’s most sustainable cities have been given special recognition at the COP 19 Climate Change Conference underway in Warsaw. Vancouver, Cape Town, and Abu Dhabi are the winners of the

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Most ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM One Angel Square Officially Opens in Manchester

Most ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM One Angel Square Officially Opens in Manchester

One Angel Square is a 500,000 sq ft, 14-story building right in downtown of Manchester. Now the largest building in the city, it is part of a larger effort to redevelop the core and is strategically

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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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Bloom: Floating Phytoplankton Farm Absorbs Carbon Dioxide and Monitors Rising Sea Levels

Bloom: Floating Phytoplankton Farm Absorbs Carbon Dioxide and Monitors Rising Sea Levels

The floating spherical structure is conceived of as a way to address global warming and rising sea levels. Large phytoplankton aquariums, supervised by a permanent staff of scientists and marine experts,

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Modscape’s Prefab Cottesloe House is a Gorgeous Daylit Home for a Family of Four in Australia

Modscape’s Prefab Cottesloe House is a Gorgeous Daylit Home for a Family of Four in Australia

The house was designed for a family of four, who have recently moved to Australia from Switzerland. Despite its simple and unobtrusive front façade, dominated by a vertical timber screen, the house

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Studio Gang’s Mega Efficient NRDC Office Retrofit Achieves LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification

Studio Gang’s Mega Efficient NRDC Office Retrofit Achieves LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification

Located in the Civic Opera House building, the open floorplan was key to the design because it allowed for a minimal amount of building materials and maixmum energy efficiency. An open layout office

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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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Meet the Winners of the First Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

Meet the Winners of the First Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

The Winners of the first Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge were announced this weekend at the Institute’s Innovation Celebration in New York City. Organized by the Cradle to Cradle Products

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USC Professor Receives NASA Grant to Develop 3D-Printed Space Homes

USC Professor Receives NASA Grant to Develop 3D-Printed Space Homes

We wrote about Dr. Berokh Khoshnevis’ revolutionary robot-builder that could 3D print entire houses, and now the ‘contour crafting’ technology has caught the eye of NASA and multinational building

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Gorgeous Skidmore Passivhaus Blends Contemporary Design and Energy Efficiency in Portland

Gorgeous Skidmore Passivhaus Blends Contemporary Design and Energy Efficiency in Portland

Two separate structures make up the design: a two bedroom home with an adjoining office space. The surrounding landscape connects the two structures, adding size and unity to the entire project. The

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Blu Homes Unveils New Balance Metro Prefab Designed for Narrow Urban Lots

Blu Homes Unveils New Balance Metro Prefab Designed for Narrow Urban Lots

Addressing the needs of city dwellers and families looking for their primary residence, Blu Homes reconfigured their Balance prefab to better fit into a narrow infill lot. The Balance Metro is oriented to

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UNStudio Completes Organic Ardmore Residence in Singapore

UNStudio Completes Organic Ardmore Residence in Singapore

UNStudio began work on Ardmore Residence back in 2006 and now the residential tower is finally complete. This bespoke tower is unique in its design and form compared to its surrounding block-like peers.

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KieranTimberlake Breaks Ground on LEED and BREEAM-Seeking US Embassy in London

KieranTimberlake Breaks Ground on LEED and BREEAM-Seeking US Embassy in London

Construction on the new US Embassy in London designed by Philadelphia-based architecture firm KieranTimberlake broke ground this week. Slated to be completed by 2017 and located at a former industrial

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Holst Architecture’s Karuna House Aims for Triple Certification in Oregon

Holst Architecture’s Karuna House Aims for Triple Certification in Oregon

The spectacular home will serve as a case study to examine the overlap and divergences between the different certifications. The findings are published in an insightful analysis on Hammer and Hand's

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Snøhetta’s Designs Updated for Golden State Warrior’s New Pavilion in San Francisco

Snøhetta’s Designs Updated for Golden State Warrior’s New Pavilion in San Francisco

This updated design of the Golden State Warriors’ new home comes almost three years after Joe Lacob and Peter Guber took over the franchise. “Going into this project, we wanted to build a world-class

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New Images of Apple’s Solar-Powered Spaceship Headquarters Unveiled

New Images of Apple’s Solar-Powered Spaceship Headquarters Unveiled

The “spaceship” will cover 2.8 million square feet and host up to 14,000 employees. Roughly 260,000 square meters of office space, corporate fitness facilities, auditoriums and cafeterias that will

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