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The NativeScapeGR Project Encourages Green Roofing with Native Species

The NativeScapeGR Project Encourages Green Roofing with Native Species

Developed at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, The NativeScapeGR project focuses on uses native plant species and biocrusts to create green roofs with low water requirements, adapted to

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Architect Alex Michaelis Went Underground to Build His Elegant Notting Hill Home

Architect Alex Michaelis Went Underground to Build His Elegant Notting Hill Home

A self-proclaimed advocate of eco-friendly design, Michaelis did his best to source materials responsibly, bringing them in from all over Europe. When scanning the list of environmentally-conscious

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Germany’s Allianz Insurance Company Building Wins the Country’s 2014 Green Roof Prize

Germany’s Allianz Insurance Company Building Wins the Country’s 2014 Green Roof Prize

The oldest green roof association in the world, FBB (Fachvereiningung für Bauwerksbegruenung e.V.), has awarded a prize for Green Roof of the Year 2014 to a 30-year-old green roof atop the Allianz

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Oregon’s Largest Education Building Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Oregon’s Largest Education Building Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Designed by Portland-based SERA Architects and Los Angeles-based CO Architects, the Collaborative Life Sciences Building is comprised of two volumes--a 12-story north tower and a five-story south

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Mixed-Use Butterfly Square Absorbs Solar Energy Through Wing-Like Green Roofs

Mixed-Use Butterfly Square Absorbs Solar Energy Through Wing-Like Green Roofs

Heavily landscaped with green roofs, planting beds, and water features, Butterfly Square was designed to look like an extension of the neighboring park. To keep the development pedestrian-friendly and

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PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical University’s School of Design

PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical University’s School of Design

We visited NTU's School of Art, Design and Media as part of a recent trip hosted by Singapore's Buildings and Construction Authority. We'd always known that the 5-story building had a spectacular green

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This Massive Rooftop Sky Farm Might Just Make Hospital Food Taste Good

This Massive Rooftop Sky Farm Might Just Make Hospital Food Taste Good

The team who designed the CommonGround was led by David Rubin, principal at LAND COLLECTIVE, the two fountains were designed in collaboration with design studio Fluidity, while Diller Scofidio Renfro

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Vo Trong Nghia Breaks Ground on Checkerboard Building With Tree-Filled Balconies in Vietnam

Vo Trong Nghia Breaks Ground on Checkerboard Building With Tree-Filled Balconies in Vietnam

Designed to evoke the image of a flying dragon, the building's curved shape and green additions help to soften the harsh appearance of stacked modular concrete blocks. Since the building serves as the

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Labyrinthine Green-Roofed Hangzhou Duolan Complex Combines a Mall With Urban Homes in China

Labyrinthine Green-Roofed Hangzhou Duolan Complex Combines a Mall With Urban Homes in China

Topped with a sloping green roof, the complex attempts to provide every floor with an immediate access to the roof and address the isolation of living and working practices. The architects sliced

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vPPR Architects’ Ott’s Yard is Topped With a Pinwheel Patterned Green Roof!

vPPR Architects’ Ott’s Yard is Topped With a Pinwheel Patterned Green Roof!

Each of the twin triangular houses has its own courtyard, which are complemented with a shared communal space. The geometry of the development is based on a pinwheel arrangement that can also be read in

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The Cloak: Fearon Hay Architects Install a Māori-Inspired Green Roof at Auckland International Airport

The Cloak: Fearon Hay Architects Install a Māori-Inspired Green Roof at Auckland International Airport

Fearon Hay Architects were commissioned to design a facility in a developing precinct at Auckland International Airport, on the corner of two recently upgraded streets. The building has a flexible

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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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Green Air Hotel Concept Wants to Upcycle China’s Old Hotels into Lush, Pollution-Eating Environments

Green Air Hotel Concept Wants to Upcycle China’s Old Hotels into Lush, Pollution-Eating Environments

According to Lip Chiong and Studio Twist, there are nearly 200,000 independent hotel companies in China that operate out of outdated buildings in urgent need of renovation. Rather than tear those

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

There are few things we take for granted as much as our ability to turn on the tap and get water in a seemingly endless supply. Even during droughts, and despite warnings about shortages and conservation,

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites—How to Live in Harmony with the Natural Environment

GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites—How to Live in Harmony with the Natural Environment

Welcome back to Green Building 101. In our last post, we touched upon how to select an environmentally responsible location for your new abode, and in this piece, we'll begin to discuss ways you can

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Designs Green Roofed Cultural Hub for Ningbo’s Labor Union

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Designs Green Roofed Cultural Hub for Ningbo’s Labor Union

Built to accommodate the almost 3 million Ningbo Labor Union members, the cultural hub is split into two separate buildings that are terraced downwards toward the center of the site, where a landscaped

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gmp Wins Competition to Build Shanghai’s First Closed Cavity Facade Office Buildings

gmp Wins Competition to Build Shanghai’s First Closed Cavity Facade Office Buildings

In addition to its emphasis on sustainable design, the real estate giant has secured a prime location for its new office buildings near the Shanghai South Railway Station. The 900,000 square foot offices

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NL Architects’ Mixed Use Center Mimics Lush Green-Roofed Hills in Xiamen

NL Architects’ Mixed Use Center Mimics Lush Green-Roofed Hills in Xiamen

NL Architects' mixed-use shopping center comprises three major layers: a network of SOHO (small office) spaces, a residential program, and approximately 100,000 square feet of retail space. Vankely's

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BIG’s Hualien Residences Look Like Gigantic Green-Roofed Mountains

BIG’s Hualien Residences Look Like Gigantic Green-Roofed Mountains

The development is located on the eastern coast of Taiwan, which has recently seen a dramatic outflux of young people going to larger urban centers in search of better jobs. The area has since seen a

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K-Architect Unveils Green-Roofed Da-Yo Fire Station in Taiwan

K-Architect Unveils Green-Roofed Da-Yo Fire Station in Taiwan

The project is located in an existing park. In order to maintain its natural environment without excluding the possibility of building the fire station, the architects decided to elevate part of the

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VASHO’s Green-Roofed and Energy-Efficient RD House Blends into a Dominican Republic Hillside

VASHO’s Green-Roofed and Energy-Efficient RD House Blends into a Dominican Republic Hillside

By burying RD house into the hillside, the architects were able to take advantage of the earth’s natural insulating properties to make the house more energy efficient. The rear of the home, which is the

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New Study Shows White Roofs are Three Times More Effective than Green Roofs at Fighting Climate Change

New Study Shows White Roofs are Three Times More Effective than Green Roofs at Fighting Climate Change

Green roofs offer a lot of environmental benefits - they provide additional insulation, reduce rainwater runoff, and can lower your electricity bill. However a new study suggests that roofs painted white

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Public Urinals Help Amsterdam Harvest Pee as Fertilizer for Green Roofs

Public Urinals Help Amsterdam Harvest Pee as Fertilizer for Green Roofs

Photo of green roof via Shutterstock The idea of someone sprinkling urine on building rooftops sounds like a major health hazard, but that's just what Amsterdam's water utility, Waternet, recently

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ONZ Architects Unveil Plans for Tiered, Green-Roofed Ostim Eco-Park

ONZ Architects Unveil Plans for Tiered, Green-Roofed Ostim Eco-Park

ONZ’s Ostim Eco-Park was designed to minimize impact on the existing natural landscape, while also fostering new vegetation. By planting grass and shrubbery in and on the buildings, the project lets

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Great Green Roof Crowns the New St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion in Historic D.C.

Great Green Roof Crowns the New St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion in Historic D.C.

The building stands on a site formerly occupied by the St. Elizabeths Hospital which dates back to the times of the Civil War. Now the 18-[acre plot provides a setting for communal and public activities,

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Nice Architects Propose a Hill Built from Construction Rubble for Adelaide Rocks in Australia

Nice Architects Propose a Hill Built from Construction Rubble for Adelaide Rocks in Australia

The artificial hill in the middle of the block is a multi-layered space built around the principles of sustainability and public accessibility. The proposal comprises a strong urban gesture - a hill built

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Green-Roofed Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility Uses its Own Wastewater for Irrigation in California

Green-Roofed Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility Uses its Own Wastewater for Irrigation in California

The Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility living roof irrigated with the building's wastewater covers two buildings and an area of approximately 12,174 square feet. Located in an area prone to droughts,

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INDEX Award Winner: Copenhagen Unveils Comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan to Reduce Flooding and Boost Local Economy

INDEX Award Winner: Copenhagen Unveils Comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan to Reduce Flooding and Boost Local Economy

Storms, sea level rise, and extreme drought are only predicted to accelerate in the decades ahead. Combined with unprecedented urban population growth, this unpredictable weather is a recipe for costly,

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Vietnamese Kindergarten Feeds 500 Students With Rooftop Vegetable Garden!

Vietnamese Kindergarten Feeds 500 Students With Rooftop Vegetable Garden!

Respect for the environment and the skills needed for self-sufficiency must be taught at a young age. In addition to "reading, writing, and arithmetic," why not also teach kids how to grow their own food

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BOOK REVIEW: Angela Youngman’s Light and Enjoyable Read Will Increase your Green Roof Smarts

BOOK REVIEW: Angela Youngman’s Light and Enjoyable Read Will Increase your Green Roof Smarts

Author Angela Youngman has released a guidebook that will immerse you in world of green roofs through case studies, imagery, and must-know terminology related to design, build, and installation of these

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