Sustainable Building

World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

Luxury treehouse design and construction firm Blue Forest has charmed us before with their beautiful timber structures and this year’s Quiet Treehouse is no exception. Inspired by the shape of a small

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Taco Bell unveils its first shipping container store at SXSW

Taco Bell unveils its first shipping container store at SXSW

That'll be one sustainable chalupa, please! Taco Bell surprised many SXSW attendees by building a Taco Bell stand out of shipping containers. The modular structure was built in just three days and will be

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Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge certification

Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge certification

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has broken ground after becoming the fourth Living Building Challenge™ in the world for its Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL).

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New Hong Kong school campus to boast a green, bioclimatic facade

New Hong Kong school campus to boast a green, bioclimatic facade

The THEi design was built around the goal of integrating the new campus into the existing urban fabric. Thus, the architects introduced a twin-block design to open the campus up to the neighboring public

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Weingartner Architects’ Elastic Woodscraper II is made up of flexible skycubes

Weingartner Architects’ Elastic Woodscraper II is made up of flexible skycubes

Weingartner Architects designed this tower as a vertical structure whose 70 percent would be made from wood. Elastic Woodscraper II prototype can hold up to nine so-called "skycubes" attached to a central

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5 great reasons to build a geodesic dome home

5 great reasons to build a geodesic dome home

Domes. They’re kind of weird looking. They don’t exactly fit into those perfect little neighborhoods you see when walking around a cute downtown or a clean cut suburban gated community. But

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Green-roofed Hong Kong health center is 100 percent naturally lit and ventilated

Green-roofed Hong Kong health center is 100 percent naturally lit and ventilated

The design concept behind SK Yee Healthy Life Center was based on the idea of “the green pulse,” where nature punctuated the building to create a “constant interplay between interior and

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Lanterns Sea Village offers temporary housing for surfers in Spain

Lanterns Sea Village offers temporary housing for surfers in Spain

Lanterns Sea Village is a proposed temporary housing solution for the many surfers who visit Tarifa's shores in southern Spain. Hundreds of bamboo tetrahedra combine to create a strong, solid structure

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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

We've seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the

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This tiny off-grid Hawaiian home cost just $11,000 to build

This tiny off-grid Hawaiian home cost just $11,000 to build

From her Tiny House on the Prairie in Boise, Idaho, minimalist designer and dressmaker Kristie Wolfe dreamt up her mini vacation home in Hawaii. The funds she saved by downsizing enabled her to build a

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Luciano Pia’s incredible urban treehouse protects against air and noise pollution in Turin

Luciano Pia’s incredible urban treehouse protects against air and noise pollution in Turin

When Luciano Pia undertook to design a five-storey, 63 unit residential apartment building in Turin, he sought to break from the homogenous urban development that was consuming the area. What resulted was

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Fernandes Architects will transform the Campos do Jordão railway station into a new community hub for São Paulo

Fernandes Architects will transform the Campos do Jordão railway station into a new community hub for São Paulo

The redevelopment project—in partnership with EBEI Engineering—aims to dust off the architectural grandeur of the historic Emilio Ribas Station and expand and modernize its services. When complete,

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Singita switches on solar energy in South Africa’s Kruger National Park

Singita switches on solar energy in South Africa’s Kruger National Park

Built lightly into a 33,000-acre concession on the eastern reaches of Kruger National Park near the South Africa–Mozambique border, Singita Sweni Lodge and Singita Lebombo are dedicated to respecting

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Fornebu S in Norway is the first shopping mall to receive BREEAM Outstanding certification

Fornebu S in Norway is the first shopping mall to receive BREEAM Outstanding certification

Fornebu S shopping mall outside Oslo is the first shopping mall to receive BREEAM Outstanding certification. It is part of a larger development owned by KLP Eiendom and predicted to become a medium-sized

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INFOGRAPHIC: The true energy savings of living sustainably

INFOGRAPHIC: The true energy savings of living sustainably

If you want to reduce your energy bills and be kinder to the environment or if you’re looking to move into a new build home that’s more energy efficient then you’ll love this infographic by Miller

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World’s tallest prefab tower is now complete in China

World’s tallest prefab tower is now complete in China

As reported by Lloyd Alter at Treehugger, Broad Sustainable Buildings (BSB) has just completed the world's tallest prefabricated building: a 57-storey tower in Changsha, China. The tower, which provides

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This 130-square-foot modular Nomadic Shelter sleeps 12 people

This 130-square-foot modular Nomadic Shelter sleeps 12 people

If you thought hostels provided a densely packed sleeping space for travelers, this 130 sq ft Nomadic Shelter almost certainly takes that to the next level. Built as part of an architectural workshop at

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LEO A DALY created a green-roof underground passage for the students of Minnesota State

LEO A DALY created a green-roof underground passage for the students of Minnesota State

The 140-foot long, 12-foot wide underground structure connects Minnesota State Mankato’s Memorial Library and the recently renovated Centennial Student Union (CSU), but also creates an outdoor

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Barndominium: Green Live-Work Space is a Modern Update to the Vernacular Barn

Barndominium: Green Live-Work Space is a Modern Update to the Vernacular Barn

The Barndominium is a long and narrow barn-like building with a wood exterior and a high-pitched roof. One half the building is occupied by a double-height wood workshop and the other half is a 1 bedroom,

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Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable

Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable

The 100-square-foot floating pod-shaped home measures 12 meters in diameter and 4 meters tall. Its curved body is constructed from recycled glued laminated timber and a recycled aluminum hull. The rounded

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“Moneyless man” Mark Boyle builds the world’s first free pub

“Moneyless man” Mark Boyle builds the world’s first free pub

Mark Boyle, better known as the "Moneyless man" is bringing his message of unconditional giving to a permaculture project in Ireland called An Teach Saor, Gaellic for "the free house." When it's complete,

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Tiny Heirloom’s luxury micro homes let you live large in small spaces

Tiny Heirloom’s luxury micro homes let you live large in small spaces

Style isn’t the only thing that’s big in Tiny Heirloom’s luxurious and beautifully detailed tiny homes—the custom base model package starts at a hefty $65,000 price tag. For that price however,

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

  The very root of what makes a home green is how effectively it responds to its surrounding environment. You could say that this has defined the primary material pursuit of mankind for all

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Gorgeous Hawaiian school features an outdoor auditorium and reef pool so no child is left indoors

Gorgeous Hawaiian school features an outdoor auditorium and reef pool so no child is left indoors

This multi-building campus features at its heart a winged-canopy open air auditorium, where students gather for announcements, assemblies, and other events. The eight-paneled pavilion "roof" is brightly

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Pani Community Center in Bengal is made entirely from local and recycled materials

Pani Community Center in Bengal is made entirely from local and recycled materials

A new bamboo multi-use structure designed by SchilderScholte has popped up in the Bengalese town of Rajarhat. Funded by the Pani foundation out of the Netherlands, the building was made entirely from

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World’s highest LEED-scoring school is powered by D.C.’s largest geothermal system

World’s highest LEED-scoring school is powered by D.C.’s largest geothermal system

Located a few streets down from the U.S. Capitol, the historic Dunbar High School was founded in 1870 as the nation’s first public high school for African Americans. The school was partially demolished

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a21studio levitates a stone slab to create a unique Buddhist temple in Vietnam

a21studio levitates a stone slab to create a unique Buddhist temple in Vietnam

The pavilion is located on a rocky slope accessible via stone steps that create a promenade and lead to a small clearing among a patch of trees. The structure is open on all sides and is surrounded by

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The Rock Bottom is a tiny off-grid reading cabin built for just $300 in Vermont

The Rock Bottom is a tiny off-grid reading cabin built for just $300 in Vermont

The construction cost of the Rock Bottom Cabin was incredibly low thanks to Diedricksen's deft scrap scavenger abilities. In fact, most of the cabin is made up of recycled parts and creatively reused

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Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature

Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature

Moldovan architect Maxim Calujac has a unique vision for sustainable urban design, and he has named it "Calotopos". Based on a set of principles including polycentrism, population dispersion, transport

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

Inhabitat: When did it first occur to you to use an old airplane to create parts of the house? David: I have been interested in what we Take, Make and Waste, from our society's waste streams for almost 3

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