Sustainable Building

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

Inhabitat: What did the Research Triangle Foundation hope to achieve when it set out to develop the new RTP master plan? Liz Rooks: Our board recognized that, after fifty years, the way we were doing

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Register Now for AIA San Francisco’s 2013 Architecture and City Festival!

Register Now for AIA San Francisco’s 2013 Architecture and City Festival!

Calling all San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans! We're excited to announce the launch of one of our favorite annual events - the AIA SF Architecture and the City Festival! We're looking forward to an

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Solar-Powered Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Helps UC Davis Achieve Net Zero Goals

Solar-Powered Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Helps UC Davis Achieve Net Zero Goals

The 8,500 sq ft Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Building is the latest addition to UC Davis Winery, Brewery and Food Science Facilities in the central valley of California. We wrote last year about the

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Construction Begins on Chicago’s 2.7 Mile Long Bloomingdale Trail

Construction Begins on Chicago’s 2.7 Mile Long Bloomingdale Trail

Plans to turn the abandoned freight line into a community park and recreation trail began a decade ago. With construction now underway, Chicagoans will be able to take advantage of the new amenities in a

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Green-Roofed Beatrixpark Building Serves Local Children in Amsterdam

Green-Roofed Beatrixpark Building Serves Local Children in Amsterdam

Beatrixpark is known as one of the nicest parks in Amsterdam and features circular wading pool surrounded by a dramatic arcade. Children like to come and splash around in the pool, so to encourage that

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Canberra’s National Arboretum & Visitor Centre Protects 100 of the World’s Endangered Trees

Canberra’s National Arboretum & Visitor Centre Protects 100 of the World’s Endangered Trees

Planning for the National Arboretum actually began over 100 years ago when Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin envisioned an arboretum that would include iconic trees from all over the world.

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Høse Pedestrian Bridge Connects Local Residents to Hiking Trails in Norway

Høse Pedestrian Bridge Connects Local Residents to Hiking Trails in Norway

The town of Sand, on the west coast of Norway, is bordered by a small, rushing river to the south. On the opposite side is a large wooded area, which is used for running and recreation. Before the bridge

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NBBJ Unveils New Plans for Biosphere Greenhouses at Amazon’s Seattle HQ

NBBJ Unveils New Plans for Biosphere Greenhouses at Amazon’s Seattle HQ

Amazon's new Seattle headquarters will take over 3 blocks in downtown in the Denny Triangle area. The project will comprise 3.3 million square feet spread over three city blocks - including three 38-story

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Infographic Charts the Biggest, Greenest Office Buildings in the United States

Infographic Charts the Biggest, Greenest Office Buildings in the United States

Í Buildings account for more than 70% of Chicago's emissions, and the city's business sector is looking to reduce its footprint. The Sears Tower is a shining example - it launched plans for a $350

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Rugged Bridge House Stands Up to the Elements in Southern Victoria

Rugged Bridge House Stands Up to the Elements in Southern Victoria

Located on the coastline near Melbourne in southern Victoria, this home was designed to take in the view of the ocean through an old timber railway. Using this historic and industrial artifact, the home

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Newly Opened Bestie Brings a Beautiful and Unique Eatery to Downtown Vancouver

Newly Opened Bestie Brings a Beautiful and Unique Eatery to Downtown Vancouver

Bestie was inspired by German street food and local products, so the restaurant is dedicated to sourcing local foods. They bring in all natural, sustainably-raised meat from nearby farms and master

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Melbourne’s One Hot Yoga Uses Energy Efficient Heat Recovery to Make You Sweat

Melbourne’s One Hot Yoga Uses Energy Efficient Heat Recovery to Make You Sweat

One Hot Yoga is located in the South Yarra neighborhood to the southeast of Melbourne and offers Slow Hot Flow yoga. The chic studio has two yoga rooms designed by Rob Mills Architect that radiate a sense

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Vancouver Renovation Turns a 1950s Bungalow into a Modern, Efficient Home

Vancouver Renovation Turns a 1950s Bungalow into a Modern, Efficient Home

The 1950's bungalow in the Commercial Drive area of Vancouver featured a half-below grade basement and a first floor. The design team lopped off the old roof and added a new story to maximize living space

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NK Architects’ Park Passive is Seattle’s First Certified Passive House

NK Architects’ Park Passive is Seattle’s First Certified Passive House

Park Passive is a 2,710 square-foot, four bedroom, three bath house on an urban infill lot in the Madison Park area. It is the first house in Seattle to be certified by the Passive House Academy and

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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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Hydro-Flo Permeable Pavers Encourage Water Infiltration Without Gaps

Hydro-Flo Permeable Pavers Encourage Water Infiltration Without Gaps

Hydro-Flo is a permeable paving system that relies on science rather than gaps to encourage water infiltration. Composed of 48% recycled material, the pavers allow water to pass through the surface

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Kumar Residence is an Energy-Efficient, Zinc-Clad Renovation in San Francisco

Kumar Residence is an Energy-Efficient, Zinc-Clad Renovation in San Francisco

The original home was built in the 1950s, but was in need of some updating to make it work better for the new owners. It was expanded to include more entertaining space with a loft-like living space and

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Learn Green Building Techniques in Workshops Across the US

Learn Green Building Techniques in Workshops Across the US

If in general you're looking for some good, natural building workshops to learn about a variety of techniques, designs and options, check out the workshops provided by EcoNest in Ashland, Oregon and the

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Behnisch Architekten’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center Opens at the University of Baltimore

Behnisch Architekten’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center Opens at the University of Baltimore

Behnisch Architekten was selected to design the new law center after winning an international design competition in 2008. But the building isn't just nice to look at; its most impressive attribute is its

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FR8scape: Former Freight Yard Transformed into Green Gathering Space in Denver

FR8scape: Former Freight Yard Transformed into Green Gathering Space in Denver

FR8scape is a public courtyard and creative gathering space in front of the Freight building at the mixed-use Taxi Development in North Denver. Bordered by the Platte River to the east, the entire project

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Green-Roofed Caeaclaveles Art Studio & Hotel Melts Into the Landscape of Northern Spain

Green-Roofed Caeaclaveles Art Studio & Hotel Melts Into the Landscape of Northern Spain

Located just 4 km from the coastal town of Llanes and a 5 minute walk from the village of La Pereda, Caeaclaveles is a quiet retreat in the countryside. Trains from nearby Oviedo and Santander pass

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Modular Modern COMMOD House is Made From Recycled Shipping Containers

Modular Modern COMMOD House is Made From Recycled Shipping Containers

The COMMOD House by ContainMe! is a 100% recyclable modular house made from repurposed shipping containers. The modern home can grow or shrink according to its residents' needs, it features a low energy

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Folsom Powerhouse: A Mixed-Income Green Development for Center City, Philadelphia

Folsom Powerhouse: A Mixed-Income Green Development for Center City, Philadelphia

Postgreen Homes is teaming up with Equinox Management & Construction LLC to build a 31 unit, mixed-income green housing development near Center City in Philadelphia. Topped off with green roofs and

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Spring Street Park: Downtown LA Parking Lot Transformed into a Green Public Park

Spring Street Park: Downtown LA Parking Lot Transformed into a Green Public Park

In July, Mayor Villaraigosa and Council member Huizar opened Spring Street Park in Downtown Los Angeles. This is the 16th park to be opened as part of the City's 50 Parks Initiative, which aims to create

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MVRDV Unveils Plans for an Underground Shopping Mall Topped With a Lush Park in Barcelona

MVRDV Unveils Plans for an Underground Shopping Mall Topped With a Lush Park in Barcelona

Maquinnext is a proposal for a dramatic mixed-use shopping and residential development in Barcelona. At the core of the project is an open-air shopping center designed to draw new people to the area and

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The First Passive House in Texas is an Amazing DIY Renovation

The First Passive House in Texas is an Amazing DIY Renovation

Passive houses are some of the most energy efficient houses out there and completely prove themselves when it comes to the performance. Most of the time, passive houses are new construction in order to

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HASSELL’s Palm Island Uses Surrounding Pools to Keep Cool in Chongqing, China

HASSELL’s Palm Island Uses Surrounding Pools to Keep Cool in Chongqing, China

The recently completed hospitality and restaurant complex is built on an isthmus between two man-made pools. Water is central to the design of the project and the pools seep into the pedestrian courtyard

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Kleinwingerd is a Simple & Naturally Ventilated Vineyard Retreat in South Africa

Kleinwingerd is a Simple & Naturally Ventilated Vineyard Retreat in South Africa

The one bedroom home is located at the back of a rectangular plot. This layout provides the home with excellent views its surroundings and distances it from the road for increased privacy. The small

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New Mexico Highlands University Student Centre Responds to Desert Climate with a Sun-Tracking Louvered Facade

New Mexico Highlands University Student Centre Responds to Desert Climate with a Sun-Tracking Louvered Facade

Work began on the new Student Centre in 2010 and it was just recently completed this summer under the guidance of Diamond Schmitt Architects and aided by Studio Southwest Architects. Located at an

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Charming Tree Snake Houses Stand on Stilts at Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort

Charming Tree Snake Houses Stand on Stilts at Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort

Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort is a quiet retreat in the Parque de Pedras Salgadas, a pristine national park in northern Portugal. The popular spa & nature park started with seven little cabins perched on

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