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VIDEO: Watch the Incredible 4-DAY Construction of a Prefab HUF HAUS

Pioneers of the pre-fabricated home HUF HAUS have constructed thousands of energy efficient houses across the globe. Their über-efficient designs have paved the way for a new wave of green modular homes, demonstrating a truly sustainable life cycle, beautiful architecture, and zero-waste build. To watch the construction of a HUF HAUS is like watching someone else flawlessly, and easily, assemble a giant IKEA product – and it’s deeply satisfying. Check out the video above and hit the jump for more details.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Save Money and the Environment by Changing Fonts and Spelling

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Did you know that printer ink costs up to thousands of dollars per liter? This pricey commodity is said to be one of the most expensive commercially produced liquids in the world and can cost double or more than high-end luxury perfumes like Chanel No. 5. But if you can’t swap your printer for good ol’ pencil and paper, you can still make a difference in your ink usage and the amount of printer paper used by changing your font and your spelling. Click through to learn more in this infographic by pixartprinting.

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California Lawmakers Pass Nation's First Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

by , 09/02/14
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California just scored a major potential win for the environment last Friday, when the State Senate approved the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags. The Senate passed the ban with a 22-15 vote just one day after the controversial bill won approval from the State Assembly. If Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signs the legislation into law by September 30, California’s plastic bag ban would go into effect starting July 1, 2015.

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The Mets' Citi Field Hits Another Environmental Home Run

by , 09/02/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, just hit an environmental home run! The Mets administration recently announced a number of green upgrades for the sports facility and organization, including a 100-percent alternative energy offset for the stadium’s electricity use through 2016.

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Tiny Wedge-Shaped Writer's Cottage Hangs Off the Hillside in Norway

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ESTIA is an Ethically Built Wooden Shelter that Overlooks Ancient Italian Ruins

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Toxin is Causing Pelicans to Drop Dead Out of the Sky in California

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All along California’s coastline fisheries have been shuttered, marine hospitals have been flooded and birds have been dropping dead right out of the sky. The problem? A dangerous neurotoxin called domoic acid. As nutrients from human activities are pushed into the ocean, dangerous algae blooms containing the toxin have started blooming more and more often and animals across the food chain are being poisoned as they eat it. And the danger isn’t restricted to sea life – the toxin poses a serious danger to humans as well.

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COBE Transforms Old Industrial Silo Into High-Rise Housing in Copenhagen

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Artist Buries $16k Worth of Gold Bullion that People Can Find and Keep

by , 09/02/14
filed under: Art

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Yarr, if it’s gold you be seeking, to England you should go: a German artist has buried $16,000 worth of gold bullion in the sand of the Outer Harbour beach in Folkestone, which people can come and search for this Thursday as part of the Folkestone Triennial. As part of an art project entitled Folkestone Digs, Michael Sailstorfer has buried the 30 bars of gold bullion under the sand of the beach as part of a participatory art project which he hopes will attract many people to the area at low tide on Thursday, Sept. 4 to search for it. “It’s about people coming to the beach and digging and possibly finding hidden treasure,” Triennial curator, Lewis Biggs told The Guardian. “Some people will get lucky, some people will not get lucky – and that’s life.”

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BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold's Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus, released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this publication she coined the term ‘biomimicry‘ and laid the groundwork for an emerging discipline that looks for innovative solutions to pressing global problems by emulating nature’s designs and processes. Since her book’s release more than 15 years ago, Benyus has evolved the practice of biomimicry research through numerous initiatives, including Biomimicry 3.8 — an amazing organization providing business consulting, professional training, and education on what humans can learn from the genius of nature that surrounds us. Though biomimetics is technically not a new idea, the relevance of this field has become increasingly apparent over the past few years as we’ve come to realize that Mother Nature is one of the universe’s most successful and time-tested designers, and we have much to learn from her. Watch our video above to hear from biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus as she chats with us about some of the incredible innovations that have come from Biomimicry, such as velcro, solar power, and more-efficient wind turbines.

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How-To: Make a Summery Coconut-Sea Salt Lip Scrub

by , 09/01/14
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Seoul Installing Hydro-Powered Smartphone Charging Stations

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The smartphone capital of the world has found an innovative and environmentally-friendly way to charge all those homegrown Samsungs and other mobile devices—Seoul, South Korea, is planning to install five charging stations powered by three mini-hydroelectric turbines embedded in the manmade Cheonggyecheon River that runs through the capital’s downtown.

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The Sochi Winter Village is Now a Ghost Town Just Six Months After the Olympics

by , 09/01/14
filed under: Architecture, News

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There was a lot of controversy over the Sochi Winter Olympics both before and during the competition, with allegations of corruption, shoddy construction work, and facilities not being ready for the athletes. However six months after the games ended, Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy decided to go explore the Olympic site and found it abandoned and desolate. In his own words, Belenkiy said Sochi was a “ghost town”, and a “huge wasteland that’s abandoned.”

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Le Grand Plateau House Peeks Out Elegantly Over Quebec Lake

by , 09/01/14

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Handcrafted Para Hammock is Made From Over 700 Pieces of Walnut

Handcrafted Para Hammock is Made From Over 700 Pieces of Walnut

Hammocks are usually made for the outdoors, but Los Angeles-based furniture designer Chaffee Graham has created a stylish wooden version that we're convinced would look just as great as…

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Bio-Hotel Ulrichshof's New Luxury Addition is Inspired by Old Bavarian Fairytales

Bio-Hotel Ulrichshof's New Luxury Addition is Inspired by Old Bavarian…

Located within the beautiful Bavarian Forest in Germany, the Ulrichshof hotel has earned a reputation as one of the most kid-friendly hotels in the world, but since last Easter, the…

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3XN's Semicircular High Rise Will Bring High Quality Affordable Housing to Denmark

3XN's Semicircular High Rise Will Bring High Quality Affordable…

Shaped as a semicircle that wraps around a landscaped courtyard, La Tour gradually terraces upwards to reach a height of over 300 feet. "The gradual elevation helps to convey the…

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Billionare Vinod Khosla Battles to Block Public Access to Popular California Beach

Billionare Vinod Khosla Battles to Block Public Access to Popular…

Surfers have been battling with landowners over access to beaches on America’s West Coast for years, but NBC News reports that the highest profile case of the lot to date involves…

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Victoria One: Melbourne's Tallest Residential Tower Will Feature a Botanic-Like Green Glass Facade

Victoria One: Melbourne's Tallest Residential Tower Will Feature a…

Inspired by Victoria's famous landscapes, Victoria One's form and facade recalls the southern state's diverse terrain, from its waterfalls and rainforests to its oceanside beaches. In…

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