Gardens By The Bay

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In June, one of the first phases of Singapore’s dramatic Gardens by the Bay project opened to the public following the completion of the 133 acre Bay South Garden. Gardens by the Bay is one of the largest garden projects of its kind in the world.  Ultimately, the site will total 250 acres which comprise of three distinct gardens. Those are the Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. Gardens by the Bay is located in Singapore’s new downtown at Marina Bay. Taking inspiration from the form of an orchid, Grant Associates’ planned an affluent fusion of nature, technology and environmental… read more

Green Building Tips

Green building tips

Whether you are constructing your dream home or renovating an existing one, it is wise to scope out your options. With so many factors to consider, researching can be extensive, so the following is aimed to stimulate your vision with tips to start you off. Size Matters In this case, less is more. Smaller houses are not only more efficient, they often cut a more interesting figure than larger houses. Plus, tall and slender buildings are better at utilizing space, and the additional nooks and crannies give a room its dimension, so you don’t feel like you are living in a shoebox. Perfect Placement When… read more

The Heidelberg Project

The Heidelberg Project

In 1986 in Detroit, Michigan Tyree Guyton decided to put his restlessness over revulsion to work in response to the dilapidated structures present in his hometown, especially in the area he grew up on Heidelberg Street. Sam Mackey, his grandfather, had long promoted Guyton’s love of painting and art. Together they took on the insurmountable mission of cleaning up their street, beginning with the abandoned and torn down areas. They saw more than empty lots but also opportunity. By using what could be found they craftily transformed it into unrestricted and imaginational works of art, and their vision changed their… read more

Winterize Your Home

Winterize your home

As the winter weather approaches there are a few tips that will help you keep it green while winterizing your home.  These tips will not only help you have less of an environmental footprint they will also help you save a few dollars for that ever-growing Christmas list. Programmable thermostats allow you to select different temperatures for your house based on a schedule. This investment of less than $100 will save you up to $180 per year. Use it to program the temperature a little lower when away at work. No reason to overheat when there is nobody at home…. read more

Lighting: The Greener Way

Energy efficient lighting

Light is the most dynamic element of the home décor. Home lighting today is much more than just about illumination. The light is not just a “utility”, rather it is the essence for the ambience for the home that echoes the mood and adds a flavor to the home decor. But considering the wastage on the inappropriate lighting solutions, it becomes a major concern when this issue is seen at the macro level. Say, for instance, in a country like India, over 10,000 MW can be saved if proper lighting is used, both domestically and commercially. This is just a… read more

Green Roofs of Norway

Green roofs of Norway

Time and again we see pictures surfacing on the web of these adorable green roof topped house with a mesmerizing scenery that are located in Norway. It is probably true that many people just assume it is some type of green technology, pin it, and move on with their day.  This is actually not a modern invention.  Norwegians have been planting greenery atop their roofs for hundreds of years.  During the time of Vikings or the Middle Ages, majority of the houses had sod roofs.  This allowed for more warmth in the home rather than some of the modern materials… read more

Greener Homes Required

Green architectural designs

Be it sun-lit mansions, garden duct cooling or solar heating. All these words sounded lame and too fictional a few years back. But now, due to awareness for the environment, houses are designed in order to reduce to the maximum wastage and dependence on non renewable energy and adopt use for the natural sources of energy. Reduction in housing spaces in cities and the ever increasing demand for power has forced people to design their houses to give them comfort without compromising the “green” factor for their house. For this, the easy and practical option is to switch over to… read more

Giant 3D House Printers

Contour Crafting Construction

While methods for assembling roads, bridges, and tunnels have evolved over the years, the procedures for home construction remain virtually the same. In Third World countries, this failure to modernize has cost many lives each year through dangerous construction practices, and delays the process of transforming impoverished nations into cultured societies. Recently, the method of 3D printing has gained popularity in the manufacturing and scientific industry. These printing devices are capable of taking certain construction materials and turning them into 3-Dimensional products. So far, organs, tools, artwork, and even guns have been printed and sold in retail stores worldwide. Scientists… read more

The Revival of Sisal

Naturally sustainable sisal

There is a revival of the use of sisal. Sisal is extracted from the fleshy leaves of the Agave Cactus plant and has a wide variety of uses these days. It yields a stiff, durable fibre used for a range of products, most notably rope and industrial fibres. Back in the 1970s, global production was booming with Kenya and Tanzania accounting for over 30 percent of the total produce and China, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Mozambique also taking part in its production. In 2006, however, production decreased  dramatically. This was due to the the fact that sisal initially caused… read more

Catch Your Own Water

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Each month we pay our bills: mortgage, electricity, insurance, phone, water, etc. Wouldn’t it be nice to cut back? Rainwater catching allows you to collect your own water, for free, and naturally. “Treated rainwater from a catchment system is in many cases safer, than treated drinking water from a city,” said Tim Pope, board member, former president and Educational Coordinator of the American Rainwater Catchment System Association. Both developed and undeveloped countries catch rainwater. Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America use rainwater as a substitute for some of their water usage.  Whether you are gathering rainwater at home or at… read more