Sustainable Building

The First Active House in North America is Now Complete Near St. Louis

The First Active House in North America is Now Complete Near St. Louis

Active House specifications were first developed in Europe and the Smith House in St. Louis is the first to be built and certified in North America. The standards, like many other green building systems,

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MVRDV & Space Group Propose Plan for Green & Sustainable Growth in Norway

MVRDV & Space Group Propose Plan for Green & Sustainable Growth in Norway

Danish firm, MVRDV and the Norwegian firm of Space Group joined as a team to envision a future growth pattern for Stavenger, Norway on the southwest coast. The town, which is booming from growth in the

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Perkins + Will’s Prefab Sprout Space Classroom is a Healthy, Green Learning Environment

Perkins + Will’s Prefab Sprout Space Classroom is a Healthy, Green Learning Environment

Approximately 7.5 million students in the US are taught in more than 300,000 portable classrooms. Many of them are outdated. Sprout Space offers an alternative to yesterday's portable classrooms. Created

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BVN Architecture Unveils 3D Puzzle Emergency Shelter at Melbourne Exhibition

BVN Architecture Unveils 3D Puzzle Emergency Shelter at Melbourne Exhibition

The Melbourne Emergency Shelter Exhibition lasted from May 1-5, 2013 and was held in Federation Square where leading architects from the area designed and built emergency shelters. The purpose of the

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Spain’s Energy-Saving Ego Sport Center Supports a Healthy & Sustainable Lifestyle

Spain’s Energy-Saving Ego Sport Center Supports a Healthy & Sustainable Lifestyle

The new Ego Sport Center by Ferrer Arquitectos is a partial renovation of the pre-existing Ismael Moratón Sports Complex. This facility used to house an indoor and outdoor pool used for the Mediterranean

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ZGF Architects’ Randall Children’s Hospital Celebrates Healing Through Sustainable Design

ZGF Architects’ Randall Children’s Hospital Celebrates Healing Through Sustainable Design

The main design focus for the Randall Children’s Hospital was to enhance the sense of place for the Legacy Emanuel campus. This involved creating comfortable a healing environment for the children and

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West 8 Plans to Transform a Polluted Area of China into an Ecologically Sound Flower City

West 8 Plans to Transform a Polluted Area of China into an Ecologically Sound Flower City

Like much of China, the Flower City will inhabit an area of the country with heavily polluted waterways. In order to ensure the longevity of the region, the local government called for urban plans that

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Kagithane Gardens: JDS Architects Unveil Green-Roofed Daylit Office for Istanbul

Kagithane Gardens: JDS Architects Unveil Green-Roofed Daylit Office for Istanbul

Kagithane Gardens is a premier office and retail project that is designed to catalyze a new business district in Kagithane in the northern part of Istanbul. The M-shaped building rises up from courtyards

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New North Carolina Law Could Ban LEED Certification Due to Forestry Dispute

New North Carolina Law Could Ban LEED Certification Due to Forestry Dispute

There is a debate raging between the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) - and LEED certification is caught in the middle. Treehugger reports that the latest

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Studio-E Architecture’s Oregon Passive House Makes Use of Recycled Materials

Studio-E Architecture’s Oregon Passive House Makes Use of Recycled Materials

The Fern Ridge Lake Residence is located on a 40-acre site on a bluff outside of Eugene, Oregon. The home is joined by an artist studio, a three-car garage and a number of outdoor living spaces to enjoy

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Gensler’s LGBT Affordable Senior Housing to Break Ground in Chicago This Summer

Gensler’s LGBT Affordable Senior Housing to Break Ground in Chicago This Summer

Gensler was the architect for the LEED Silver Center on Halsted, which is a community center dedicated to the LGBT community with almost a quarter of its programs dedicated to seniors. Center on Halsted

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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill’s Imperial Tower Could Be Mumbai’s Tallest and Greenest Skyscraper

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill’s Imperial Tower Could Be Mumbai’s Tallest and Greenest Skyscraper

With projects like the Burj Khalifa under his belt, architect Adrian Smith has become synonymous with supertall skyscrapers - so it's no surprise that his firm, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, is the

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Gensler Unveils Triangular NVIDIA Campus for Santa Clara, California

Gensler Unveils Triangular NVIDIA Campus for Santa Clara, California

NVIDIA's massive new headquarters is set to rival those of California tech giants Apple and Facebook. The 250,000 square foot triangular structures conceived by Gensler, are designed to facilitate the

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Sunset Magazine to Develop First-Ever Sustainable Idea Town in Seabrook, Washington

Sunset Magazine to Develop First-Ever Sustainable Idea Town in Seabrook, Washington

“Seabrook is a charming seaside town built on big ideas that promote a true sense of community,” said Sunset Editor-in-Chief Kitty Morgan. “Seabrook’s ability to integrate these development

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American Institute of Architects Announces the Greenest Buildings of 2013

American Institute of Architects Announces the Greenest Buildings of 2013

Yin Yan House by Brooks + Scarpa The Yin Yan House is a nearly net-zero energy live/work home and office in Venice, California. A very tight building envelope reduces energy demand by more than 50

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Apartment No. 1 is Built Completely Out of Recycled Stone in Mahallat, Iran

Apartment No. 1 is Built Completely Out of Recycled Stone in Mahallat, Iran

The region around Mahallat has considerable travertine deposits, which is mined and cut into tile in factories. However the process of cutting tile is incredibly energy intensive, and the production of

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Historic Barn to be Transformed into Live-Work Architecture and Art Studios Near Moscow

Historic Barn to be Transformed into Live-Work Architecture and Art Studios Near Moscow

Nikola-Lenivets is a creative cluster about 100 miles outside of Moscow and started by Nikolay Polissky, a landscape painter from Moscow. During the Soviet Era, the area was a kolkhoz, or state-run

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Green Cabinet’s Mirrored Pavilion is Made From a Recycled Shipping Container

Green Cabinet’s Mirrored Pavilion is Made From a Recycled Shipping Container

Green Cabinet recently unveiled plans to transform a shipping container into an elegant pavilion for exhibiting arts and crafts. The pavilion is opaque from the outside-in but transparent from the

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Abandoned Pearl Brewery Adapted into a Vibrant Mixed-Use Project in San Antonio

Abandoned Pearl Brewery Adapted into a Vibrant Mixed-Use Project in San Antonio

Pearl Brewing Company was originally founded in 1883 in San Antonio and this brewery was built in 1973, but in 1985, the company was bought out by Pabst Brewing Company. They shut the brewery down in 1991

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Solar-Powered Salam Cardiac Centre is a Shipping Container Medical Facility in Sudan

Solar-Powered Salam Cardiac Centre is a Shipping Container Medical Facility in Sudan

The Salam Centre has been offering up free pediatric and adult cardiac health care since 2007 and is run by the Italian humanitarian organization EMERGENCY. During the design phase, TAMassociati

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WOHA’s Met Tower Keeps its Cool in Bangkok’s Tropical Climate With Natural Ventilation

WOHA’s Met Tower Keeps its Cool in Bangkok’s Tropical Climate With Natural Ventilation

The Met was designed following the logic of low-rise tropical housing, with a layout that allows cross-ventilation and establishes communication between the inside and the outside through the introduction

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Shortlist for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Announced

Shortlist for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Announced

The shortlist of nominees for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were just announced in Spain - and the list includes outstanding projects ranging form a school in Afghanistan to a cemetery in

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Green Renters Offers Tips, Tutorials, and Workshops For Greening Your Rental

Green Renters Offers Tips, Tutorials, and Workshops For Greening Your Rental

Green Renters is a not-for-profit organization based in Australia that provides sustainability advice specifically for those living in rental accommodations. Over 30% of Australians live in rentals, and

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Friends For Life Houston is the Only LEED-Certified No Kill Animal Shelter in Texas

Friends For Life Houston is the Only LEED-Certified No Kill Animal Shelter in Texas

The Don Sanders Adoption Center is located in an existing warehouse in an urban, mixed-used community near downtown. Instead of opting for a remote, out-of-town site, an urban location like this places

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Rugged Prefab Patagonia Lodge Adapts to Rough Climate Conditions in Chile

Rugged Prefab Patagonia Lodge Adapts to Rough Climate Conditions in Chile

The Robinson Crusoe Deep Patagonia Lodge is located in the Aysén Region of Southern Chile at the end of the Austral Way. This lodge is set at the departure point for the main access route to the

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Historic Horse Stables Converted into a Contemporary Home in the UK

Historic Horse Stables Converted into a Contemporary Home in the UK

After winning the 1946 Grand National, Lovely Cottage came home to enjoy a well-deserved rest in his stables on the outskirts of Winchester. Despite the dilapidation, the long, one-story block building

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The Angelic Organics Learning Center in Illinois is Made from Whole Trees and Straw Bale

The Angelic Organics Learning Center in Illinois is Made from Whole Trees and Straw Bale

We've featured Gunderson and Whole Trees Architecture here on Inhabitat before. The innovative firm uses unmilled tree trunks and branches as structural components of buildings, which is much more

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INRA Research Laboratory is Dedicated to Ecology and Forest Genomics in France

INRA Research Laboratory is Dedicated to Ecology and Forest Genomics in France

The new INRA Research Laboratory is an expansion of the existing facilities. To match these buildings, Tectoniques designed the north facade as smooth and contemporary. Consistent light and no excess heat

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LEED Platinum-Certified George W. Bush Presidential Library Opens in Dallas

LEED Platinum-Certified George W. Bush Presidential Library Opens in Dallas

Each president gets a library and museum to house his collection of material, gifts and artifacts received during his time in office. The George W. Bush Library is housed on the edge of SMU, which is the

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Save the Thorncrown Chapel by Signing a Petition to Stop SWEPCO from Destroying the Surrounding Landscape!

Save the Thorncrown Chapel by Signing a Petition to Stop SWEPCO from Destroying the Surrounding Landscape!

  In 1980, E. Fay Jones, noted architect and apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright, unveiled the Thorncrown Chapel – a magnificent glass and timber construction located in the middle of a

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