Green renovation

Lessons We Can Learn From Old Buildings And Apply to New Ones

Lessons We Can Learn From Old Buildings And Apply to New Ones

Buildings consume 76% of electricity generated; they create 48% of our greenhouse gases; a quarter of our waste in landfills comes from construction. Yet we continue to tear down perfectly good ones and

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Sustainable Renovation of Zoo Showcases Conservation Efforts

Sustainable Renovation of Zoo Showcases Conservation Efforts

A historic zoo in Vincennes, France, originally built in 1934 is looking to complete a major renovation, boosting itself to sustainable park status. Backed by the French government, the Prime Minister

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Bay Line: A High Line Park for San Francisco’s Bay Bridge

Bay Line: A High Line Park for San Francisco’s Bay Bridge

San Francisco's Bay Bridge is currently undergoing a massive renovation as an aging section of the East Bay span is replaced with a new one, and the old conduit has fired up architects' imaginations for

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Ames Cottage: A Small Space Marvel with Historic Roots

Ames Cottage: A Small Space Marvel with Historic Roots

One trend we noticed in this year’s AIA Homes Tours in San Francisco was how the frugal use of floor space and an abundance of natural light can add volume to otherwise downsized floor plans. Boor

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Warehouse Renovation Showcases Sustainable Materials

Warehouse Renovation Showcases Sustainable Materials

When Atlanta based ad agency The Jones Group decided it was time to revamp their image and headquarters, they turned to designer Caryn Grossman of CG Creative Interiors to complete the task. With two

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The White House Takes Aim at LEED Certification

The White House Takes Aim at LEED Certification

The White House is doing its part in leading the way to a more sustainable nation. Not only are they growing their own food on site with Michelle Obama's garden, but now even they're aiming for LEED

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Retrofitted Hotel Revives Past For Eco-Friendly Future

Retrofitted Hotel Revives Past For Eco-Friendly Future

Recover, restore, and reuse.  That was the mantra employed by Portugal-based architecture team Ezzo, led by César Machado Moreira, in designing Paço De Pombeiro, a twentieth-century rural hotel in

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Zeppelin House is a Treetop Escape

Zeppelin House is a Treetop Escape

Magically appearing from the trees along Great Ocean Road, Australia is Cocoon, an incredible weekend getaway by the terrific design duo Bellemo & Cat. One part zeppelin, one part finely-crafted

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Urban Sprawl Repair Kit Offers Simple Plans to Fix Suburbia

Urban Sprawl Repair Kit Offers Simple Plans to Fix Suburbia

The suburban landscape consists largely of endless expanses of paved parking lots pocked with strip malls, gas stations, chain restaurants, and McMansions. Rather than razing these structures with the aim

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ReBurbia Favorite Notable Mentions

ReBurbia Favorite Notable Mentions

With voting on our top 20 ReBurbia finalists set to close in less than 8 hours, we'd like to take a moment to pause and consider some of incredible submissions that didn't quite make the list. Greening

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Renovated Seattle Residence Part of Eco-Community Living

Renovated Seattle Residence Part of Eco-Community Living

Located on a dense shoreline on Portage Bay in Seattle, WA, the Lobster Boat Residence, designed by Seattle-based Chadborne + Doss Architects, is beautiful home that leaves a small footprint. The home was

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REMINDER: Enter the ReBURBIA Design Competition!

REMINDER: Enter the ReBURBIA Design Competition!

CALLING ALL ARCHITECTS, DESIGNERS & ECO-EVANGELISTS! In case you missed it, last week we announced a design competition with Dwell Magazine called ReBURBIA: which asks you how you would redesign the

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Renovated Beach House Gets Ventilated Wood Skin

Renovated Beach House Gets Ventilated Wood Skin

Home renovations and upgrades typically involve painting the house, re-tiling the bathroom floor or converting the garage into a room for Grandma. But when presented with the opportunity to re-vamp an

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Sears Tower Going Green With $350 Million Renovation

Sears Tower Going Green With $350 Million Renovation

Just like the Empire State Building, the famed Sears Tower in Chicago will be soon receiving some major eco upgrades to become more energy efficient. Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is responsible

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Vote for Your Favorite Comcast Town Apartment Design!

Vote for Your Favorite Comcast Town Apartment Design!

Thousands of you tested out your virtual home renovation skills in our Comcast Town Contest but only 4 talented apartment designs made the final cut. Now it's time for your vote to decide the winner of a

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Toronto’s Ambitious Tower Renewal Project

Toronto’s Ambitious Tower Renewal Project

Much like every big city, Toronto has an aging array of Post WW-II high rise apartment buildings. When they were built in the 1960's they were considered the height of modernity and dense urban design,

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Create a Virtual Room in Comcast Town and Win a Real Remodel!

Create a Virtual Room in Comcast Town and Win a Real Remodel!

Have a vision for your dream apartment? Great - Comcast recently rolled Comcast Town, a blue-sky space to live out your wildest interior design dreams! It's a bit like Google Sketchup, except that you can

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Empire State Building to Receive Eco Renovation

Empire State Building to Receive Eco Renovation

The Empire State Building, once the world's tallest building and the skyscraper famously scaled by King Kong, is now set for a $100 million 'green renovation.' The great symbol of New York and America,

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Re-Cover House Wins AIA Award for Renovations

Re-Cover House Wins AIA Award for Renovations

When the new owners of this beautiful wood-clad home decided they needed to update and add a bit more space to the house, who better to renovate it than the architects who designed the original? Re-enter,

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