rainwater harvesting

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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Unique Dome Garden Offers an Unforgettable Eco “Glamping” Adventure Just 2 Hours from London

Unique Dome Garden Offers an Unforgettable Eco “Glamping” Adventure Just 2 Hours from London

There are 10 domes in all and they come in four different sizes. Depending on the size of each family and budget, visitors to The Dome Garden can request a 12, 16, 20, or 24 ft dome. The skeleton is made

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Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects Renovate a 1930s Residence with a Gorgeous Faceted Extension

Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects Renovate a 1930s Residence with a Gorgeous Faceted Extension

In addition to the five year renovation works, the architects designed an angular rear extension that acts as a counterpoint to the resident's traditional street façade. Multiple sloping surfaces of the

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Lotus-Shaped Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper Harvests Rainwater to Fight Fires in the Amazon

Lotus-Shaped Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper Harvests Rainwater to Fight Fires in the Amazon

The general shape of the Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper is inspired by the lotus flower, a plant well known for its ability to survive for many decades in a watery environment. Like the lotus flower, the

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Benoy Architects Top Taiwan High Speed Rail’s Hsin Chu Station Mall with a Lush Green Roof

Benoy Architects Top Taiwan High Speed Rail’s Hsin Chu Station Mall with a Lush Green Roof

Benoy Architects masterminded a green architectural design for Taiwan High Speed Rail's (THSR) Hsin Chu Station Mall. The low density green-roofed retail project combines the futuristic look of high speed

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San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

While driving over the bridge one day, David Grieshaber came up with the idea to convert the bridge into a house in order to save the old urban monument for posterity. Following a whole host of ideas on

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Eco-Friendly Tinbeerwah House Rises on Steel Stilts in the Australian Bush

Eco-Friendly Tinbeerwah House Rises on Steel Stilts in the Australian Bush

Though the Tinbeerwah House may be small in size, the three-bedroom abode more than makes up for it with its beautiful natural environment rich with the sounds of Kookaburras and the nearby creek. Large

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Populous Completes Brazil’s Arena das Dunas World Cup Stadium Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget

Populous Completes Brazil’s Arena das Dunas World Cup Stadium Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget

Populous’ World Cup Arena in Natal has been completed ahead of schedule and 3 percent below budget. Brazil’s president Dilma Rouseff officially inaugurated the Arena das Dunas and congratulated the

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Tokyo Techno Station Achieves Japan’s Highest LEED Certification Rating

Tokyo Techno Station Achieves Japan’s Highest LEED Certification Rating

The project boasts dozens of sustainable features, including RFID-activated heating/cooling and lighting systems that can be programmed by the employees themselves. Energy efficiency is strengthened

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MAPA Architects’ Tiny MINIMOD House is a LED-Lit Prefab Home for Off-Grid Living

MAPA Architects’ Tiny MINIMOD House is a LED-Lit Prefab Home for Off-Grid Living

The house is assembled in a factory and transported to the site as a ready-made living unit. Its large openings provide a visual connection to its natural surroundings, while different coating used for

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MOS Architects’ Sustainable Nepal Orphanage is a Green Model For Other Communities

MOS Architects’ Sustainable Nepal Orphanage is a Green Model For Other Communities

The project grew from a partnership between MOS Architects and the Seeds of Change Foundation, which focuses on educational and environmental work in Nepal. The region where the orphanage will be located

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Christopher Megowan’s Convertible Courtyards House Acts Like a Chameleon in Melbourne, Australia

Christopher Megowan’s Convertible Courtyards House Acts Like a Chameleon in Melbourne, Australia

The architects created a central courtyard between the weatherboard and the extension, and brought plenty of natural lighting to the open kitchen, dining area and living room. A glazed linkway runs along

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Young at Art Museum: Florida’s First LEED Gold Certified Children’s Museum Completed

Young at Art Museum: Florida’s First LEED Gold Certified Children’s Museum Completed

The main idea behind the Young at Art project is to focus on the way children experience the world. Inspired by the possibility of facilitating interaction between children and the space, the architects

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Gorgeous Beautour Biodiversity Museum Updates Historic French Mansion With Thatched Facade

Gorgeous Beautour Biodiversity Museum Updates Historic French Mansion With Thatched Facade

The historic Durand mansion was used as a starting point for the project, which has been converted to house research labs and event space. The new building is home to permanent and temporary exhibition

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MenoMenoPiu Unveils Plans for Wind-Powered Alvar Aalto Campus Otaniemi

MenoMenoPiu Unveils Plans for Wind-Powered Alvar Aalto Campus Otaniemi

The four sides of the courtyard unfold along the axis of the main road and create an urban square that is shared by students and other inhabitants of the city. The courtyard frames the view of the main

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Super Resilient DesertSol House by Team Las Vegas Captures the Mojave Desert’s Sun and Soul

Super Resilient DesertSol House by Team Las Vegas Captures the Mojave Desert’s Sun and Soul

Team Las Vegas is made up of 60 students from various disciplines and already they have shown themselves to be highly organized and poised to win with a design that is not only befitting to the Mojave

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KAMJZ Tower in Taiwan Protects Itself from Earthquakes Using Just Rainwater

KAMJZ Tower in Taiwan Protects Itself from Earthquakes Using Just Rainwater

By gathering water during heavy periods of rainfall, the building would be able to use its mass, in combination with an impressive set of design features, to act as a defense mechanism against

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Isla Urbana’s Rainwater Harvesting Revolution Tackles Mexico City Water Shortages

Isla Urbana’s Rainwater Harvesting Revolution Tackles Mexico City Water Shortages

Mexico City residents face huge water scarcity issues. In fact, eight million people living in the country’s capital suffer from inadequate water supply. Sometimes this means going months without access

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Studio RMA’s Hi’ilani EcoHouse is America’s First Carbon-Neutral Concrete Structure, and it’s Volcano-Adjacent!

Studio RMA’s Hi’ilani EcoHouse is America’s First Carbon-Neutral Concrete Structure, and it’s Volcano-Adjacent!

Hawaii is paradise, but building a home there takes an experienced hand and a strong working knowledge of its unique climate and geology. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the 4,000 sq. foot Hi’ilani

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Architecture For a Change Completes Tiny Prefab Eco Home in Mamelodi, South Africa

Architecture For a Change Completes Tiny Prefab Eco Home in Mamelodi, South Africa

Architecture For a Change recently completed their second transition housing unit in Mamelodi, Pretoria. The unit's 220 mm masonry walls give it excellent thermal performance, it uses solar energy for

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Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

The floating locality of Makoko has around 100,000 habitants, a congregation of fishermen that settled in the area 200 years ago. Dubbed "Africa's Venice," it is situated on a lagoon at the edge of Lagos

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Locomotive Ranch Trailer House is Built Around a Vintage Trailer in South Texas

Locomotive Ranch Trailer House is Built Around a Vintage Trailer in South Texas

The river is prone to flash flooding, so to ensure the house and surrounding landscape would be safe, careful consideration was applied to the foundation. The vintage trailer is cradled in a steel-framed

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