Sustainable Building

JRKVC’s IST House Uses Traditional Slovakian Building Techniques to Reduce its Footprint

JRKVC’s IST House Uses Traditional Slovakian Building Techniques to Reduce its Footprint

Built to follow a traditional three–room scheme, JRKVC's IST-Family House is organized around a central “service box” made from plywood. The box is able to accommodate a bathroom, a toilet, stairs,

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Foster + Partners Opens Doors to Lavish Clean Energy-Powered Yacht Club de Monaco Building

Foster + Partners Opens Doors to Lavish Clean Energy-Powered Yacht Club de Monaco Building

In celebration of Monaco's leading yacht industry, Foster + Partners designed the building after the likeness of a giant ship. Its large, sun-drenched terraces are shaped like ship decks and offer views

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Bespoke Terrapin Camper Handcrafted from Wood Boasts a Domed Roof and Plenty of Daylight

Bespoke Terrapin Camper Handcrafted from Wood Boasts a Domed Roof and Plenty of Daylight

Pavlowich began Casual Turtle Campers by designing and building slide in campers for truck beds. The campers are simple by design and do not include any plumbing, gas, heat or bathrooms. This keeps the

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Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Imagine a place where homes open onto gardens fed by streams from the rainwater flowing off nearby rooftops. Narrow cobblestone streets lead past vibrant storefronts to the village green where a group of

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Solaleya Domespace Homes Gently Rotate to Catch the Most Sun

Solaleya Domespace Homes Gently Rotate to Catch the Most Sun

Solaleya's dome homes feature 90 percent wood construction and are insulated with cork. The roofs feature sky-facing windows that suffuse interior spaces with light and an optional feature is a small

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Help Save This Incredible Hobbit Home in Wales From Imminent Demolition!

Help Save This Incredible Hobbit Home in Wales From Imminent Demolition!

Natural Homes and Living in the Future are distributing Charlie's petition to save his low-impact eco-home and we're joining them. Remember the extraordinary hobbit house Simon Dale built for just

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Brad Pitt’s Make It Right to Build 20 LEED Platinum Homes for Sioux and Assiniboine Tribes in Montana

Brad Pitt’s Make It Right to Build 20 LEED Platinum Homes for Sioux and Assiniboine Tribes in Montana

The Make It Right nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt is partnering with the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of Fort Peck, Montana, to build sustainable homes, buildings and communities on their reservation. In

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Azerbaijan’s 2015 Expo Pavilion Keeps a Small Energy Footprint Inside a Slatted Timber Shell

Azerbaijan’s 2015 Expo Pavilion Keeps a Small Energy Footprint Inside a Slatted Timber Shell

The designers created a modular system within the Azerbaijan pavilion so that various levels can be reconfigured to accommodate a variety of different uses. Each floor is connected via an escalator and

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Adobe’s 410 Townsend is a Collaborative LEED Silver Office in San Francisco

Adobe’s 410 Townsend is a Collaborative LEED Silver Office in San Francisco

Valerio Dewalt Train Associates also designed Adobe's Customer Experience Center and Work Anyplace space in San Jose. Their latest project for Adobe at 410 Townsend in Mission Bay works off the same

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Invisible Studio’s New Timber Office Was Built With Locally Sourced Materials for Just Over $25K

Invisible Studio’s New Timber Office Was Built With Locally Sourced Materials for Just Over $25K

The timber for the building was milled over the course of two days with just enough to partially clad the exterior of the new studio. Designed on a budget, the footings were mixed by hand and the

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Waste House: UK’s First Permanent Carbon Negative Building Made From Trash

Waste House: UK’s First Permanent Carbon Negative Building Made From Trash

Located on the University of Brighton's campus, the Waste House was designed by BBM Director Duncan Baker-Brown in collaboration with undergraduate Brighton students. The contemporary home is made from

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Northern California Church Boasts One of the Largest Rainwater-Collection Systems in the U.S.

Northern California Church Boasts One of the Largest Rainwater-Collection Systems in the U.S.

The church was originally built in Capitola, however after it was declared unsafe by the Fire Department it was moved to the Seacliff neighborhood of Aptos, California. The Santa Cruz Housing Authority

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Kerferd Place: Beautiful Barn-Like Addition Celebrates Reclaimed Materials and Natural Light in Melbourne

Kerferd Place: Beautiful Barn-Like Addition Celebrates Reclaimed Materials and Natural Light in Melbourne

The Kerferd Place addition complements an Edwardian redbrick home in Melbourne by providing it with a new open floor plan living, dining, and kitchen space and an upstairs master suite. Bedrooms for

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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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