Sustainable Building

Solar Prefab Phoenix House Rises From the Rubble After Natural Disasters

Solar Prefab Phoenix House Rises From the Rubble After Natural Disasters

Team Kentuckiana makes use of the engineering, business and communication skills from the University of Louisville, the architecture and construction expertise from Ball State University, and engineering

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Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

If you’re reading Inhabitat, you’re probably interested in green building, and if you work in the building and construction industry, it’s likely that you strive to build in as environmentally

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Ask U.S. Solar Decathlon Teams Pressing Green Questions TODAY on Google+!

Ask U.S. Solar Decathlon Teams Pressing Green Questions TODAY on Google+!

Want to know the latest in energy saving technologies or what app best controls your lights? Then you might want to ask those in the know—specifically members from this year's Solar Decathlon teams.

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INFOGRAPHIC: 19 Brilliant Student Teams Headed to the 2013 Solar Decathlon

INFOGRAPHIC: 19 Brilliant Student Teams Headed to the 2013 Solar Decathlon

In just two weeks 19 teams of brilliant students from across the states and around the world will compete to build the most efficient solar-powered house in the 2013 Solar Decathlon! So far we've featured

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House in Melides Promotes Peace and Tranquility Through Modern Design in Portugal

House in Melides Promotes Peace and Tranquility Through Modern Design in Portugal

The House in Melides is separated into two major programmatic areas within the two stacked rectilinear volumes. The lower volume hosts the sleeping and service areas, while the suspended upper volume

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Fun Chalkboard-Covered Passive House Explores Public/Private Space in Belgium

Fun Chalkboard-Covered Passive House Explores Public/Private Space in Belgium

BLAF Architecten finished this two-story single family residence back in 2009 in Asse, Belgium. The surrounding region is relatively dense and there is not much space available for homes with private

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Adelaide Green Cultural Hub Comes Complete With an Energy-Generating Skyscraper!

Adelaide Green Cultural Hub Comes Complete With an Energy-Generating Skyscraper!

Due to the relocation of the existing Royal Adelaide Hospital, the South Australian government called for an international competition to take a fresh look at how the existing hospital site could be used.

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Low Energy House S Boasts Sliding Shutters to Block Sun and Wind in Bavaria

Low Energy House S Boasts Sliding Shutters to Block Sun and Wind in Bavaria

Located at the foothills of the Alps in Wiggensbach, Bavaria, House S is a two-story single family residence. Designed by Becker Architekten to be used as both a home and office space, the building enjoys

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Solar-Powered Bauhaus Barge Offers Luxurious Living with a Low Carbon Footprint

Solar-Powered Bauhaus Barge Offers Luxurious Living with a Low Carbon Footprint

The Bauhaus Barge is a unique solar-powered cruising houseboat that prides itself on using no fuel at all. Built by Jurgen Huber, the zero energy Barge is designed to offer “carbon neutral cruising

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Solar Chameleon House Transforms to Meet the Needs of Its Occupants

Solar Chameleon House Transforms to Meet the Needs of Its Occupants

Missouri University of Science and Technology has had a team of students competing in the Solar Decathlon competition almost every time except in 2011. The team gets back into the 2013 competition for the

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Norway’s Jektvik Ferry Quay Area is an Efficiently Built Daylit Building

Norway’s Jektvik Ferry Quay Area is an Efficiently Built Daylit Building

This Jektvik Ferry Quay Area was constructed in phases off-site, and it's able to adapt to the cold winter conditions of Norway. The building's transparent panels are composed of colored and frosted

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Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

The Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) recently earned the highest LEED Platinum certification yet achieved for a new green building. The project systematically demonstrates high performance

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Mobile Machine Home in Spain is an Amazing Self Sufficient Module

Mobile Machine Home in Spain is an Amazing Self Sufficient Module

From the outside, the Mobile Machine has something of a mechanical appearance given its metalic facade and a double hydraulic door system. But the interior is finished in wood and looks more snug than

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J. Mayer H. Completes Transparent, Tree-Inspired Court of Justice in Hasselt

J. Mayer H. Completes Transparent, Tree-Inspired Court of Justice in Hasselt

The Court of Justice is one of two towers built for a new master planned area in Hasselt that includes a park, public buildings, offices and hotels, as well as urban residential blocks. The original plan

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Bentleigh College’s Eco Meditation Center is the Perfect Spot for Introspection in Melbourne

Bentleigh College’s Eco Meditation Center is the Perfect Spot for Introspection in Melbourne

DWP Suters completed Bentleigh's sustainable campus in South East Melbourne in 2009 and is now responsible for their new Meditation and Indigenous Culture Center (M&ICC). The small building is set in

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Bjorke Arkitektur’s Trond Clubhouse Has a Comfy Lounge Made From Recycled Soccer Goals

Bjorke Arkitektur’s Trond Clubhouse Has a Comfy Lounge Made From Recycled Soccer Goals

The Trond Clubhouse by Bjørke Arkitektur recently received the 2013 Trondheim Architecture Award. The project was initiated and partly built by the local community, and it aims to establish a year-round

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Harvest Home: Team Capitol DC Unveils Net-Zero 2013 Solar Decathlon Entry!

Harvest Home: Team Capitol DC Unveils Net-Zero 2013 Solar Decathlon Entry!

Students from the Catholic University of America, George Washington University and American University have been working long and hard on their net-zero home to compete in this year's Solar Decathlon.

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Ohio State University’s Psychedelic New Chiller Plant Earns LEED Silver Certification

Ohio State University’s Psychedelic New Chiller Plant Earns LEED Silver Certification

The OSU Chiller Plant provides 30,000 tons of chilled water to the university's medical district. It is sited on the edge of campus in a prominent location that also serves as an important gateway along

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PHOTOS: Tour The National 9/11 Memorial in NYC

PHOTOS: Tour The National 9/11 Memorial in NYC

Originally published on Sept 11, 2011, republished on September 11, 2013 After nearly a decade of planning, arguments, and heated discussions, the National 9/11 Memorial opened to the public in New

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Energy Box Passive House is an Earthquake-Proof Sustainable Home in Northern Italy

Energy Box Passive House is an Earthquake-Proof Sustainable Home in Northern Italy

Pierluigi Bonomo used CLT to replace the damaged brick house. He built a box inside the remnants of the previous house, creating a “new home” for the inhabitants. The passivhaus principles are

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More States Ban LEED Certification System Due to Timber Industry Opposition

More States Ban LEED Certification System Due to Timber Industry Opposition

Though the amendments and executive orders banning green certification do not actually cite LEED by name, they challenge any green building certification not recognized by the American National Standards

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Tower Infinity: ‘Invisible’ Anti-Skyscraper Gets the Green Light in South Korea

Tower Infinity: ‘Invisible’ Anti-Skyscraper Gets the Green Light in South Korea

Tower Infinity will be located at the heart of the Yongsan International Business District, whose master plan was originally designed by Samoo. The superscraper will be a landmark project for the area,

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BARNagain Solar-Powered Home Built With Family’s Own Reclaimed Wood

BARNagain Solar-Powered Home Built With Family’s Own Reclaimed Wood

Family barns in southwestern New York were deconstructed and the material was saved, milled and shipped 65 miles to the north to Southern Tier where the new home would be. The reclaimed wood was used for

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Report Reveals Unoccupied “Vanity Space” in the World’s Tallest Skyscrapers

Report Reveals Unoccupied “Vanity Space” in the World’s Tallest Skyscrapers

Just as a sugary dollop of frosting can double the height of a cupcake, it turns out that today's tallest skyscrapers are topped with useless space to inflate their height. The Council on Tall Buildings

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Cozy Daylit Home in the Netherlands Stands on Locally Sourced Wood Stilts

Cozy Daylit Home in the Netherlands Stands on Locally Sourced Wood Stilts

The small cozy home is positioned to prevent intrusive looks but still capture stunning views of the river and the surrounding countryside. Its glass facades let the sunlight in and optimize the home’s

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ecoMOD South Affordable Homes Will Analyze Passive House Construction Standards

ecoMOD South Affordable Homes Will Analyze Passive House Construction Standards

The ecoMOD South project is the next generation in a long line of modular houses designed by the University of Virginia team. The two homes look exactly the same on the exterior and have the same floor

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Urban Villas Constructed from Ancient Jurassic Limestone Melt into Grassy Surroundings

Urban Villas Constructed from Ancient Jurassic Limestone Melt into Grassy Surroundings

The four townhouses that make up Urban Villas are constructed on a slope, the main reason to keep their forms as simple as possible. Along the borders of the property are dense bushes and shrubs, as well

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Raw and Elegant Casa Y is an Energy-Efficient Home Near Turin

Raw and Elegant Casa Y is an Energy-Efficient Home Near Turin

The two story geometric volume is built into the hillside to take advantage of both the view and the constant temperature of the earth to buffer climatic changes. Upstairs, Casa Y features three bedrooms,

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Famous Architects Unveil Amazing Energy-Generating Buildings for the 2017 Astana World Expo!

Famous Architects Unveil Amazing Energy-Generating Buildings for the 2017 Astana World Expo!

The last World Expo was held in Shanghai in 2010 and it featured a plethora of amazing designs and eco-themed pavilions from around the world. Unfortunately, many of the pavilions were removed after the

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

Inhabitat: What did the Research Triangle Foundation hope to achieve when it set out to develop the new RTP master plan? Liz Rooks: Our board recognized that, after fifty years, the way we were doing

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