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Manchester’s One Angel Square is the UK’s Most BREEAM “Outstanding” Building

Manchester’s One Angel Square is the UK’s Most BREEAM “Outstanding” Building

One Angel Square is the largest commercial building in Manchester, England - and it is now the highest scoring BREEAM Outstanding building in the United Kingdom. Designed by 3DReid, One Angel Square will

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Energy-Efficient Boat House Rises Like a Reed From Austria’s Milstätter Lake

Energy-Efficient Boat House Rises Like a Reed From Austria’s Milstätter Lake

Inspired by the ecology of the shoreline, MHM Architects designed and built this striking boat house on Milstätter Lake in Austria. The structure is set on pier foundations over the water, but it is

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US Army Corps of Engineers Unveils New LEED Gold Headquarters in Seattle

US Army Corps of Engineers Unveils New LEED Gold Headquarters in Seattle

Already on its way to achieving an Energy Star Score of 100, the Federal Center South Building will use one-fifth of the energy used by other air-conditioned buildings in the region. This is partly due to

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Solar-Powered Modular N2X035 Home Peers Overs the Ocean in Portugal

Solar-Powered Modular N2X035 Home Peers Overs the Ocean in Portugal

Completed earlier in 2012, the 156 square meter home was designed to fill in some ruins on the elevated site. The beautiful stone walls were left virtually undisturbed and two identical modular boxes

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AIA Portland Center for Architecture is a Former Carriage House Transformed into a LEED-Platinum Office Space

AIA Portland Center for Architecture is a Former Carriage House Transformed into a LEED-Platinum Office Space

The AIA Center in Portland was formerly a livery stable, and is thought to be the oldest surviving structure in Portland’s now-thriving Pearl District, a former industrial zone. The building was also

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The 7 Most Energy-Efficient Baseball Stadiums in the U.S.

The 7 Most Energy-Efficient Baseball Stadiums in the U.S.

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Davis Brody Bond Wins Competition to Design Sustainable St. Elizabeth’s Gateway Pavilion in DC

Davis Brody Bond Wins Competition to Design Sustainable St. Elizabeth’s Gateway Pavilion in DC

The north and south oriented plaza in front of St. Elizabeth's Hospital is currently underutilized and fenced-off to the public. Davis Brody Bond's design will transform the space into a useful

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Matteo Cainer Architects’ National Museum of Afghanistan is a ‘Timeless Cube’ of Sustainable Design for Kabul

Matteo Cainer Architects’ National Museum of Afghanistan is a ‘Timeless Cube’ of Sustainable Design for Kabul

Complete with a host of symbolic references befitting an Islamic state, this conceptual design is for a 55 square meter center with sculptural staircases overlooking a large foyer. The stairways lead to a

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Dom Aquitectura Unveils Green Master Plan to Clean Air and Reduce Pollution in Huizhou, China

Dom Aquitectura Unveils Green Master Plan to Clean Air and Reduce Pollution in Huizhou, China

With respect to the practice of feng shui, the neighborhood is laid out to coincide with energy and air flow. After thoroughly studying the land and climate of the region, Dom Arquitectura chose the

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Carl Turner’s London Slip House Showcases Seductively Sustainable Design

Carl Turner’s London Slip House Showcases Seductively Sustainable Design

Positioned delicately among a row of traditional Victorian houses, Turner's "Slip House" is both understated and bold. The first thing one notices about the three-story residence is its staggered upper

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Prefab Ekó Solar Decathlon House is an Awesome Sustainable Housing Solution for Brazil

Prefab Ekó Solar Decathlon House is an Awesome Sustainable Housing Solution for Brazil

Team Brasil chose wood as the main construction materials for their solar-powered Ekó House since these are more readily available in their home country and because they help to raise awareness of the

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Sustainable Keast Park Community Pavilion is the Ultimate Lawn Sports Haven in Australia

Sustainable Keast Park Community Pavilion is the Ultimate Lawn Sports Haven in Australia

The original community facility was in disrepair and badly in need of an update, so Jackson Clements Burrows worked with the city and local residents to design a multi-purpose space for everyone. The

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Team Basque’s Solar Decathlon Ekihouse Promotes Self-Sufficiency and ‘The Simple Life’

Team Basque’s Solar Decathlon Ekihouse Promotes Self-Sufficiency and ‘The Simple Life’

The Ekihouse utilizes simplicity and functionality as its founding principles, and the result is an easily replicated dwelling that has a unique beauty to its facade. The multi-purpose design of the

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Super-Efficient MED in Italy House Takes the Lead at the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe

Super-Efficient MED in Italy House Takes the Lead at the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe

MED in Italy is a clever play on words that refers to the fact that the home was made in Italy, but it also refers to the Mediterranean climate around which the home was designed. In order to be able to

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Lufa Farms Brings Large-Scale Rooftop Farming To Montreal

Lufa Farms Brings Large-Scale Rooftop Farming To Montreal

When designing the greenhouse, the Lufa Farms team investigated what conditions suit each type of food grown in order to maximize yield. They use a rainwater harvesting system to put a minimal burden on

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Renzo Piano’s MUSE Museum is a Sustainable Building that Will Help Revitalize Trento’s Riverfront

Renzo Piano’s MUSE Museum is a Sustainable Building that Will Help Revitalize Trento’s Riverfront

The museum is part of a larger redevelopment effort in this part of Trento which will include housing, leisure, retail and office space, all to be designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The former

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58 Stevens Street: Zero-Carbon Aussie House Wins AIA Sustainability Award

58 Stevens Street: Zero-Carbon Aussie House Wins AIA Sustainability Award

In order to understand the magnitude of what has been achieved at 58 Stevens Street, we must first understand what "zero carbon" really means. There are some variations in interpretation, but most agree

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A House for Three Sisters Combines Multiple Families and Sensitive Design in Spain

A House for Three Sisters Combines Multiple Families and Sensitive Design in Spain

A House for Three Sisters is essentially three homes joined together and united by shared common spaces in the center in Bullas, Spain. Each home has great views, an upstairs master suite and its own

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Seal Rocks House is a Net Zero Energy Surfer’s Haven in Australia

Seal Rocks House is a Net Zero Energy Surfer’s Haven in Australia

Seal Rocks House 4 is organized as a basic square shape on a single level with a large open courtyard in the middle. The home has an area of 219 sq m (2,357 sq ft) with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, a laundry area,

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Ta Phin’s Bright Red Solar-Powered Community House is Made by and for Local Vietnamese

Ta Phin’s Bright Red Solar-Powered Community House is Made by and for Local Vietnamese

Easily visible from afar, the Ta Phin community house sits amid a verdant setting 17km from Sapa, which is popular among tourists. It comes with an herb garden to promote sustainable agriculture, along

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Pelli Clarke Pelli’s Yale-NUS Campus Breaks Ground in Singapore

Pelli Clarke Pelli’s Yale-NUS Campus Breaks Ground in Singapore

The architectural language used by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects seeks to balance the traditions of Yale's campus in New Haven with those of Southeast Asia. According to the Pelli Clarke Pelli

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Self-Sufficient Brick Home in China Relies on Pigs for Energy

Self-Sufficient Brick Home in China Relies on Pigs for Energy

Lin's design follows a number of sustainable principles so that during the rainy season water is harvested on the roof and filters down to be stored in a large container for the rest of the year. Space is

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Solar-Powered Swiss Clockwork Embassy in Cameroon Will Have a Green Roof

Solar-Powered Swiss Clockwork Embassy in Cameroon Will Have a Green Roof

The Swiss embassy complex has been designed to have three main functions: the Chancellery, the Ambassador's residence and staff quarters. Private and public functions have been separated, and the

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Probiomed is a High-Tech & Eco Friendly Medical Research Center in Mexico

Probiomed is a High-Tech & Eco Friendly Medical Research Center in Mexico

Located in the small town of Tenancingo in the State of Mexico (about 150 kilometers southwest of Mexico City), Probiomed is a medical research and production facility that produces biomedical products,

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Terracotta-Colored High School in Senegal Only Needs A/C 2 Months a Year

Terracotta-Colored High School in Senegal Only Needs A/C 2 Months a Year

Mostly locally-sourced materials were used to construct the Jean Mermoz High School in Dakar, which cut down the project's carbon footprint considerably. Further reducing its environmental impact, the

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Phipps Conservatory’s Net-Zero Center for Sustainable Landscapes Opens Next Month

Phipps Conservatory’s Net-Zero Center for Sustainable Landscapes Opens Next Month

Quite impressively, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory is expected to meet or exceed the three toughest green building and landscape standards: the Living Building Challenge,

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Urban-Think Tank Awarded Silver Holcim Award For Colorful Community Center in São Paulo

Urban-Think Tank Awarded Silver Holcim Award For Colorful Community Center in São Paulo

Although Grotão is located in the center of the city, only one road connects it to the larger circulation systems of Sao Paulo, which limits the residents access to essential amenities. The goal of

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Prefabricated Parabolic Camping Pods in Steamy Australia Require no A/C

Prefabricated Parabolic Camping Pods in Steamy Australia Require no A/C

The Drew House was also restricted by serious bush fire requirements, so Laws chose to "build the pods using a simple steel and plantation timber frame with low density cement sheet walling and steel

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Singapore’s Supertree-Sprouting Gardens by the Bay Set to Officially Open This June

Singapore’s Supertree-Sprouting Gardens by the Bay Set to Officially Open This June

Singapore’s sprawling supertree-sprouting Gardens by the Bay are rapidly nearing completion - and one of the three indoor gardens, Bay East has already opened to the public with rave reviews. Designed

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Gorgeous 19th Century Georgian Farmhouse Gets a LEED Gold Renovation

Gorgeous 19th Century Georgian Farmhouse Gets a LEED Gold Renovation

The farmhouse, built in 1870, is an exquisite example of old world charm, complete with plentiful porches and capped with a cupola on the third floor. The house sits on Hardman Farm, a 173-acre site that

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