Sustainable Building

Uhl Foundation Headquarters Made from Salvaged Materials Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Italy

Uhl Foundation Headquarters Made from Salvaged Materials Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Italy

The new building serves as the Elisabeth and Helmut Uhl Foundation's new headquarters and houses a mix of room types, including a glasshouse for experimental plant cultivation, refectory, and meeting

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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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Solar-Powered Techstyle Haus’ Futuristic Fabric Shell Drastically Reduces Energy Consumption

Solar-Powered Techstyle Haus’ Futuristic Fabric Shell Drastically Reduces Energy Consumption

The 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe is an international competition that challenges 20 competing collegiate teams to design and build solar-powered, passive homes with cost-effective, consumer appeal. After

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Chiba University’s Post-Disaster Renai House Wins Second Place in Architecture at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Chiba University’s Post-Disaster Renai House Wins Second Place in Architecture at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Deeply affected by the Tohoku-Oki earthquake that decimated northeastern Japan in March 2011, the students of Chiba University focused on creating post-disaster architecture and communities for their 2014

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New Forest Study Centre: A Treehouse Retreat for Environmental Education

New Forest Study Centre: A Treehouse Retreat for Environmental Education

Nature lovers have always enjoyed being out in the woods and immersing themselves in the wild, and there's a stunning center in the UK that can help to make that experience even more magical. Commissioned

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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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Combating Urban Density with Airy Common Space in Bucharest

Combating Urban Density with Airy Common Space in Bucharest

Population density is a major issue all over the world, and Bucharest is no exception. As the urban core continues to fill with residents, innovative new ideas for living spaces have to follow, and ADN

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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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INTERVIEW: Tiny House Pioneer Dee Williams Discusses Living Large in 84 Square Feet in Her New Memoir “The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir”

INTERVIEW: Tiny House Pioneer Dee Williams Discusses Living Large in 84 Square Feet in Her New Memoir “The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir”

We've featured many a tiny house on Inhabitat, but did you know that one trailblazing lady was the inspiration behind many of those miniature homes? Meet Dee Williams: an early pioneer and sustainability

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The “Most Portuguese Town in Portugal” is Built Around, and On Top of Giant Boulders!

The “Most Portuguese Town in Portugal” is Built Around, and On Top of Giant Boulders!

Monsanto sits on the edge of a mountain not far from Serra da Estrela. The town overlooks the valley below, affording sweeping views of the region from many vantage points. The ancient population carved

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B_Rootstudio Creates Shade-Giving Chapel from Local Bamboo and Clay

B_Rootstudio Creates Shade-Giving Chapel from Local Bamboo and Clay

Candelaria Chapel sits atop a black clay hill special to villagers, where each year they visit on pilgrimage to honor Candelaria’s Virgin. Previously, the hill only held a concrete altar, but as the

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Swedish Studio Wingårdhs Unveils Prefab, Scented Apartment Block Made Entirely from Wood

Swedish Studio Wingårdhs Unveils Prefab, Scented Apartment Block Made Entirely from Wood

Erected for property developer Folkhem, the Strandparken tower shelters 31 apartments among its 8 floors. It was designed to explore the potential of multi-occupancy housing while offering inhabitants a

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Swiss Students’ Sustainability Vision for Lucerne: Your Room, Our Room, My Room

Swiss Students’ Sustainability Vision for Lucerne: Your Room, Our Room, My Room

The protoype was constructed with wooden materials and was built for maximum flexibility. The building is designed to produce a positive amount of energy that could be used to share energy as part of a

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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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Will The World Cup Bring More Visibility to the Greenest City In The World?

Will The World Cup Bring More Visibility to the Greenest City In The World?

Curitiba’s green initiatives originated in the 1960s with its mayor, Jaime Lerner, who famously said, “This city is not for cars,” well before smart growth principles were adopted in the more

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Gorgeous BioCasa_82 is Made From 99% Recyclable Materials and Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Gorgeous BioCasa_82 is Made From 99% Recyclable Materials and Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

BioCasa_82 is one of the few private residences in the world to have privately conducted carbon footprint analysis with great results. Built for Diadora CEO, Enrico Moretti Polegato and his wife Claudia,

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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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C.F. Møller Wins Bid to Design Environmentally Conscious Herningsholm Vocational School in Denmark

C.F. Møller Wins Bid to Design Environmentally Conscious Herningsholm Vocational School in Denmark

Located in an existing campus cluster of educational buildings, the approximately 50,000 square foot Herningsholm Vocational School is designed as a standalone structure that brings together three

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Uhlik Architekti’s Tiny Timber Forest Retreat Rests Atop a Giant Boulder

Uhlik Architekti’s Tiny Timber Forest Retreat Rests Atop a Giant Boulder

Finished with blackened timber and rabbet joints, the periscope-shaped retreat features two large glazed openings that let in natural light and direct views towards two different directions in the

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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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Geometric Green-Roofed Education Center Sinks Beneath the Czech Park Landscape

Geometric Green-Roofed Education Center Sinks Beneath the Czech Park Landscape

The angular, mountain-inspired rooftop comprises sedum-covered triangles framed by metal vectors that represent the slopes of the nearby mountain range. The sides of the building located above ground are

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Achieve Energy Independence Through Off-Grid Living

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Achieve Energy Independence Through Off-Grid Living

Did you know that if the US cut its energy consumption by just 23% we'd save $1.2 trillion? This infographic from the Institute for Energy and the Environment provides a look at exactly what it takes to

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Lucky Drops is a Lantern-Like Japanese Micro Home That Glows From Within

Lucky Drops is a Lantern-Like Japanese Micro Home That Glows From Within

The Luck Drops’ bold design was bred from necessity. It's located on a long and extremely narrow lot, so the architects were challenged to make the shelter feel open and airy while keeping it from

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Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Nestled within mature woodlands on the grounds of Benenden School in Kent, this new environmental education facility raises the bar for self-sufficient buildings in the UK. The designers claim it’s the

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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

MARTaK Live/Work Passive House is an acronym of the extended family names of those who will use the space as a retreat from Boston and the Bay Area. The site is my own off-grid home in the mountains where

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Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Built along the side of a highway, the Salvaged Ring coffee shop features a curved thatch roof that connects the roadway with the riverbank. The sloped roof helps soften the appearance of the building in

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Turett Architects Renovates Small NYC Loft With Sustainable Style

Turett Architects Renovates Small NYC Loft With Sustainable Style

The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances

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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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Natural Swimming Pools Let You Beat the Heat, and Ditch the Chemicals

Natural Swimming Pools Let You Beat the Heat, and Ditch the Chemicals

There are few experiences that are as refreshing as dipping into a cool swimming pool on a sweltering summer day. As climate change continues and summer temperatures soar, taking refuge in cool water is

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Torsten Ottesjö’s “Hönshus-1″ is a Beautiful, Serene Chicken Refuge by the Sea

Torsten Ottesjö’s “Hönshus-1″ is a Beautiful, Serene Chicken Refuge by the Sea

This design is the second in Torsten's series of biomorphic structures that transform ideas from nature and are based on improvisation. His simple concept is also complimented by the more complex idea of

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