Sustainable Building

7-Story Indoor Green Wall is an Enormous Air Filter for Solar-Powered Seoul City Hall

7-Story Indoor Green Wall is an Enormous Air Filter for Solar-Powered Seoul City Hall

When the 13-story new Seoul City Hall was first unveiled in 2012, the curvaceous modern glass building sparked controversy for its incongruity in style with the former city hall, a preserved colonial-era

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Floating Mini Catamaran Cabin Offers a Serene Wilderness Retreat in The Netherlands

Floating Mini Catamaran Cabin Offers a Serene Wilderness Retreat in The Netherlands

Nature often has to compete for our attention with the interweb, video games, our iPhones and other forms of digital media. Beije figured that people would get outdoors more often if it was easy and

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China Transforms Soviet Warship Into World’s First Luxury Aircraft Carrier Hotel

China Transforms Soviet Warship Into World’s First Luxury Aircraft Carrier Hotel

What do you look for when choosing a luxury hotel - a gym? A swimming pool? How about the ability to launch over 30 aircraft at an enemy country? If you said yes to all of the above, then China's latest

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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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8 Ultra-Low-Energy Passive Buildings Around the World

8 Ultra-Low-Energy Passive Buildings Around the World

  Kaisermuehlenstrasse Apartment Building This multi-family apartment complex designed by Treberspurg & Partner Architects was built in Vienna, Austria. The climate-neutral design is deal for dense

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INFOGRAPHIC: Build Your Green Dream Home With These Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Conventional Building Materials

INFOGRAPHIC: Build Your Green Dream Home With These Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Conventional Building Materials

Given the chance, building a green home seems like a no-brainer. While green homes may cost three to five-percent more than conventional buildings to construct, that investment pays for itself in the long

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Swartberg Desert Passive House in South Africa is Perfect for Stargazing

Swartberg Desert Passive House in South Africa is Perfect for Stargazing

Located about four hours from Cape Town, the Swartberg House is situated between mountain ranges on a remote site in a semi-desert landscape. The remote location allows for dark, star-filled nights,

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Wheel Story House is West Africa’s Largest and Oldest Home Made from Reclaimed Materials

Wheel Story House is West Africa’s Largest and Oldest Home Made from Reclaimed Materials

Currently inhabited and fully functioning, the Wheel Story House recently opened for public tours earlier this year. Ansah hopes that by inviting others to view his unique house, he will inspire the

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Live in Harmony with Nature in These Super Sexy Tree House Cabins

Live in Harmony with Nature in These Super Sexy Tree House Cabins

Although the tree houses are custom made to order, the company builds each project with eco-friendly principles. Cutting edge computer technology is first used to detail every building aspect, and then

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Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

The first thing you notice about this gypsy wagon is the surrounding smell of cedar forest and the sound of crashing waves from the lake, which is just a stone’s throw over the hill. In the winter,

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North America’s Tallest Wood Building Opens in British Columbia

North America’s Tallest Wood Building Opens in British Columbia

The project officially opened to the world on October 31, 2014, on budget and on time, showing that wood construction can serve as a functional and reliable option for sustainable building. The WIDC is

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Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Galletly and The Bower realized early on that building a tiny house atop a 6x8 box trailer was nonviable, and so scaled back their plans to build a tiny bedroom instead. Constructed mostly from salvaged

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Los Angeles Metro Board Approves Union Station Master Plan by Grimshaw and Gruen

Los Angeles Metro Board Approves Union Station Master Plan by Grimshaw and Gruen

LA Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti called the approval "a milestone day in our goal to bring 'America’s Last Great Train Station' into the 21st century," adding that "Metro is now on the move

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Über Green Environmental Studies Center Practices What it Preaches in California

Über Green Environmental Studies Center Practices What it Preaches in California

iPad owners can keep an eye on the amount of energy that the building uses, since all of its systems are connected to the web-based Gen7 energy monitoring system. From the solar array onwards, all

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Beautiful Health Center for Poverty-Stricken Sudanese Refugees Cooled With Iranian Ventilation Technique

Beautiful Health Center for Poverty-Stricken Sudanese Refugees Cooled With Iranian Ventilation Technique

According to the jury, the Pediatric Center is an “exceptional” work, which “combines the highest aesthetic standards with the adoption of innovative and more efficient solutions for resource

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Thailand’s LEED Platinum-Seeking Super Tower Will be Southeast Asia’s Tallest Skyscraper

Thailand’s LEED Platinum-Seeking Super Tower Will be Southeast Asia’s Tallest Skyscraper

Bangkok will soon be home to the third tallest building in the world. Leading Thai property developer Grand Canal Land Public Company (G Land) recently broke ground on the Rama IX Super Tower project, a

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Revolutionary White Solar Panels Cool Down Buildings While Generating Electricity

Revolutionary White Solar Panels Cool Down Buildings While Generating Electricity

Swiss non-profit tech company CSEM has developed a new type of solar panel that can be seamlessly integrated into the walls of buildings. The photovoltaic panels are available in different colors and have

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Cape Schanck House Boasts Sweeping Views of the Australian Dune Landscape

Cape Schanck House Boasts Sweeping Views of the Australian Dune Landscape

The home's wood-clad, geometric form was inspired by the remnants of a hollowed out burnt log found by the Jackson Clements Burrows team on a site visit. Inspired by its raw form, the architects used the

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Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

Located in Nara, Nara Prefecture this small Japanese home was designed for a young family. The total site area is 107 sq m (1,150 sq ft), but the total living space is only 64 sq m (688 sq ft), making for

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Atelier Sacha Cotture Clads Filipino Courtyard House in Low-Cost Bamboo and Solar Panels

Atelier Sacha Cotture Clads Filipino Courtyard House in Low-Cost Bamboo and Solar Panels

Atelier Sacha Cotture stacked the living and bedroom areas into a three-story structure located at the farthest point from the access road. The first floor comprises the main communal areas, including the

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Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Mangrove forests are some of the most carbon-rich habitats on earth, but unintentional urban shifts continue to threaten these sensitive and essential environments. Policies to conserve and restore these

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INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

This interview was first published in November, 2011 Opened late 2009, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, has come to be Saudi Arabia's first LEED

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Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

In August 2014, Benjamin Garcia Saxe and Laura Morelli led an “International Workshop” at the Universidad Veritas in San Jose Costa Rica for a class of students. The month long workshop was intended

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Eternal Reefs Can Turn Your Remains into a Habitat for Marine Life

Eternal Reefs Can Turn Your Remains into a Habitat for Marine Life

Everyone knows that cremation is bad for the environment, and there are always more sustainable options for your funeral—such as liquidation or being frozen in liquid nitrogen. However, Eternal Reefs

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Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Located in central Alcácer do Sal, Alentejo, the 14 hectare property named ‘Sítio das Lezírias’ has long been used for farming. The surrounding region, near the navigable Sado river, is known as a

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s Important to Insulate Your Home Properly

INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s Important to Insulate Your Home Properly

Did you know that insulating your house properly can save you money in both winter and summertime? In winter, insulation keeps warm air from escaping your home and stops drafts from chilling you to the

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I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

Working with their love of all things natural, the energetic mud-loving team built this sustainable structure literally from the ground up. First, they worked the ground with their own feet to knead the

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Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs

Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs

The Gate Project boasts several renewable energy technologies meant to assure a 50 percent energy saving and a significant reduction in carbon footprint. A mesh surface unfolds above all the building

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The Coconut Lodge: a Tiny Prefab Home Made from Recycled Palm Wood in Hong Kong

The Coconut Lodge: a Tiny Prefab Home Made from Recycled Palm Wood in Hong Kong

Harvested from plantations that procure income for millions of people, coconut wood is a sustainable product par excellence. The cycle of coconut production, felling, processing and re-plantation,

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Prefab Passive-Solar House is Topped by a Striking Sawtooth Roof in Belgium

Prefab Passive-Solar House is Topped by a Striking Sawtooth Roof in Belgium

HUB chose to build the structure out of CNC-milled wood not only for the ease of prefab construction, but also to evoke the wooden dacha country homes belonging to the client's homeland, Russia. The

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