rainwater harvesting

NexusHaus is an affordable, plus-energy house built for the 2015 Solar Decathlon

NexusHaus is an affordable, plus-energy house built for the 2015 Solar Decathlon

NexusHaus is an plus-energy affordable one-story pavilion built by the students from the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the University of Texas at Austin (UTA) for the Solar Decathlon

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India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas

India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas

By using an ancient method of rainwater harvesting, Rajendra Singh is bringing about massive change to drought-stricken areas of India. 30 years ago, Singh visited Rajasthan--one of the most

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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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Rainwater-harvesting Topique Sky mirror unveiled at Saint-Etienne Biennale 2015

Rainwater-harvesting Topique Sky mirror unveiled at Saint-Etienne Biennale 2015

On view at Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne, Isabelle Daëron has designed a sky mirror with rainwater. Topique-sky is a local rainwater micro-network dedicated to contemplation. It consists

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Cabin 2 is a gorgeous contemporary extension to a mid-century holiday retreat

Cabin 2 is a gorgeous contemporary extension to a mid-century holiday retreat

The 110-square-meter holiday home extension was created to accommodate extended visits from family members and guests. Since Cabin 2 was designed as a separate unit from the existing cabin, the new

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Casa MMMMMS is a beautiful solar-powered Catalan stone house in Spain

Casa MMMMMS is a beautiful solar-powered Catalan stone house in Spain

The exterior of the house is dominated by a canopy which offers shade, views and creates a central space for the house, while pertaining to its exterior. The large volume of the house has smaller

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Low-cost bamboo restroom in Vietnam is completely covered in leafy foliage

Low-cost bamboo restroom in Vietnam is completely covered in leafy foliage

According to H&P Architects, Toigetation was inspired by "the iconic image of a large tree with wide canopy giving shade for the space below and within." It sits near the school at the foot of Phja Da

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Moshe Safdie’s Jewel Changi Airport biodome breaks ground in Singapore

Moshe Safdie’s Jewel Changi Airport biodome breaks ground in Singapore

The 134,000 square meter addition to Singapore's main airport will wow travelers with an environment unlike any other. Retail, leisure and entertainment facilities will be combined with green areas open

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Off-the-grid truck house transforms into a spectacular fantasy castle

Off-the-grid truck house transforms into a spectacular fantasy castle

The family of three decided to build a home which would suit their active lifestyle and allow them to travel without having to compromise on quality of life. Their castle house has beautifully crafted

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Puerto Rico’s Little Malibu House is an eco-retreat with extraordinary ocean views

Puerto Rico’s Little Malibu House is an eco-retreat with extraordinary ocean views

The property was developed with ecological respect for one of the world’s great surf towns and was designed to maximize dramatic ocean views to create a sense of complete escape. Each lot has privacy

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Atkins’ H2 low carbon building is an “ecological sandwich” in China

Atkins’ H2 low carbon building is an “ecological sandwich” in China

The newly opened TEDA H2 Building in China is the world-first low-carbon building that has been accredited with four green building certificates: the US LEED (Gold), Chinese 3-Star, Japanese CASBEE (S

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Architecture for a Change Builds Off-Grid, Prefab Primary School Out of Shipping Containers in Malawi

Architecture for a Change Builds Off-Grid, Prefab Primary School Out of Shipping Containers in Malawi

Although Malawi is one of the world's most-densely populated countries, the land-locked nation is also one of the least-developed countries in the world. The majority of the population subsists on an

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Malmö Marine Education Center Teaches Visitors About Global Warming by Replicating Marine Ecosystems

Malmö Marine Education Center Teaches Visitors About Global Warming by Replicating Marine Ecosystems

The architects have just released designs for their new building, which won first prize in a competition organized by Malmö City. The 32,292-square-foot, landscaped complex will feature a

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Rainwater-Harvesting Artscience Museum Floats Like a Lilypad on the Singapore Waterfront

Rainwater-Harvesting Artscience Museum Floats Like a Lilypad on the Singapore Waterfront

The museum, the structure of which was conceived by Arup, is supported by a complex steel lattice and 10 columns that come together toward the bottom in a basket-like shape. The envelope is made out of a

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Hero MotoCorp Produces Food, Energy, and Vehicle Parts at Their Green Garden Factory in India

Hero MotoCorp Produces Food, Energy, and Vehicle Parts at Their Green Garden Factory in India

The Garden Factory consists of the Manufacturing Plant and Global Parts Center located in the arid climate of northeast Rajasthan in India. The buildings boast photovoltaic panels producing 1.5 Megawatts

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Philippe Starck’s New Wind and Solar-Powered Home Produces 50% More Energy Than it Consumes

Philippe Starck’s New Wind and Solar-Powered Home Produces 50% More Energy Than it Consumes

The two-story house is one of the four different types of homes designed to consume much less energy than traditional dwellings. This made-to-order-type home is located just outside of Paris and will soon

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INTERSTICE Architects Unveil Fibonacci-Inspired Green Landscape at the USF Center for Science

INTERSTICE Architects Unveil Fibonacci-Inspired Green Landscape at the USF Center for Science

INTERSTICE teamed up with the university, an engineering team and the building's architects to conceptualize a “campus walk” that refocused the campus center experience on pedestrians, rather than

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Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

Shigeru Ban Architects' TMFA takes the shape of a pentagon - a subtle symbolic representation of Tainan's city flower, the Phoenix Blossom. Beneath the pentagon-shaped canopy, the museum comprises a

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DHK and Louis Karol Architects Complete Greenest Tower in South Africa

DHK and Louis Karol Architects Complete Greenest Tower in South Africa

Set against the backdrop of Table Mountain, Portside covers an entire city block in Cape Town's emerging financial district and is considered the city's first significant high-rise since the early 1990s.

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Pittsburgh’s Net-Zero Energy Center for Sustainable Landscapes Blows Fracking Out of the Water

Pittsburgh’s Net-Zero Energy Center for Sustainable Landscapes Blows Fracking Out of the Water

If you think of the greenest building imaginable, then you are imagining what Phipps' CSL is like. In addition to relying on numerous clean energy sources for its power, such as geothermal, wind, and

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Kenya’s New Rainwater-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Store 1.5 Million Liters of Water!

Kenya’s New Rainwater-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Store 1.5 Million Liters of Water!

In 2013, PITCHAfrica's Waterbank School in Kenya was named the "Greenest School on Earth." Now another of their projects has just officially opened at the Endana Secondary School in Laikipia, Kenya. The

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Brighton’s Pod-Like Observation Tower to Offer an Awe-Inspiring 30-Mile Radial View

Brighton’s Pod-Like Observation Tower to Offer an Awe-Inspiring 30-Mile Radial View

The tower will have a pod-like structure that will function as an observation platform. Visitors will be able to board the doughnut-shaped pod and take a 20-minute long ride along the tower. The entire

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How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California’s Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California’s Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

The worst drought in 500 years Most authorities agree that this is the worst drought in the last 500 years, and many believe that it will continue for at least another year – though there is evidence

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NCTU’s Energy Efficient Evaporative Cooling Orchid House Wins Best Urban Design at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

NCTU’s Energy Efficient Evaporative Cooling Orchid House Wins Best Urban Design at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Given that the NCTU Unicode is based in Taiwan, a country notorious for its muggy and oppressive tropical summers, it's little surprise that the team honed in on their country's unsustainable and

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Watersquare Benthemplein is the World’s First Public Water Park Fed by Collected Rainwater

Watersquare Benthemplein is the World’s First Public Water Park Fed by Collected Rainwater

Watersquare Benthemplein brings a cool oasis to Rotterdam locals amidst an otherwise dense urban environment. The square is centered around a multi-use sports field, which can be used for soccer,

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Gorgeous BioCasa_82 is Made From 99% Recyclable Materials and Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Gorgeous BioCasa_82 is Made From 99% Recyclable Materials and Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

BioCasa_82 is one of the few private residences in the world to have privately conducted carbon footprint analysis with great results. Built for Diadora CEO, Enrico Moretti Polegato and his wife Claudia,

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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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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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Peter Rose + Partners Unveil a Gorgeous Energy-Efficient Island Residence in Massachusetts

Peter Rose + Partners Unveil a Gorgeous Energy-Efficient Island Residence in Massachusetts

The architects conceived the house as a four-partite structure comprised of a main residence, garage, storage shed and a boat house. After demolishing the previous house and garage, the architects decided

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MAT-TER Architects Unveil Plans for Typhoon-Resilient Guiuan National High School in the Philippines

MAT-TER Architects Unveil Plans for Typhoon-Resilient Guiuan National High School in the Philippines

MAT-TER Architects designed the typhoon-resilient school as part of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that crowdsourced design concepts for an affected area where Typhoon Haiyan destroyed 4,500 schools.

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