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Construction Gets Muddy With Cob Houses

Construction Gets Muddy With Cob Houses

If wanting to learn more about organic construction and sustainable building materials, the newest applications may have a lot to offer. However, there are also primitive means of raising a home that still provide durable designs. One natural homebuilding technique involves cob structures. These types of houses have been built for centuries in many parts of the world. Cob constructions are mostly made with a combination of mud and straw, and some regions may also mix in sand, clay or lime. The mud and straw blend are compacted by removing the moisture content and then dried into bricks. The mud bricks… read more

Yin Yang House Provides A Near Net Zero Design

Yin Yang House Provides A Near Net-Zero Design

Located in Venice, California, a team of designers, architects, contractors and solar setups turned a resident remodel into a family home and office combination that is a near record breaker on the efficiency scale. Called the Yin Yang House, it has enough green features to make sustainable design lovers drool. The massive renovation was assembled from fully reused or highly recycled content and local materials. Only ethically gathered woods were used in both indoor and exterior finishes, and there was also a focus on reduced chemical usage with all surfaces. Additionally, during the building process at least 80% of the… read more

App Helps Minimize Waterbird Disturbance

App Helps Minimize Waterbird Disturbance

A new mobile app can help calculate how construction noise and other factors will affect waterbirds in protected areas and help with mitigation efforts. The app, part of the Waterbird Disturbance Toolkit for the TIDE Project, is designed to help planners, developers, and managers in or near estuary systems to identify the potential disturbance to waterbirds from nearby construction activities. “The way noise affects birds is complex and existing information was poor, so we set out to not only gather much-needed scientific data but also make it useful and accessible to a range of users. As such, the app has… read more

Sports Arena Updated With Sustainable Design

Sports Arena Updated With Sustainable Design

Brazil is the home place of a large scale operation that modernized a sports stadium to meet greener operating standards. It is also the designated spot of the much awaited International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) 2014 World Cup. Initially built in1965, the Mineirão Stadium located in Belo Horizonte was in need of many upgrades. Sports stadiums use up enormous amounts of energy and materials in construction. Further, keeping them running can be costly and have a rather large, ongoing footprint. To make this particular structure more environmentally compliant several eco-focused designs were implemented, ending in a million dollar makeover. It… read more

The Depave Movement Battles Concrete Landscapes

Depave is a movement with a mission. The drive to replace excess concrete to green up city spaces has inspired and fueled their crusade. Located in Portland, Oregon, the nonprofit organization attempts to enrich existing dull pavement plots and to promote more aesthetically pleasing spaces. Their idea is that living in the city does not have to mean giving up green areas. It is against human nature to be constantly disconnected with outdoor surroundings, and bringing life back into urban spaces that are overabundant with concrete backdrops is a valuable way to put unused, stark sections of land to work. With… read more

Making Historical Buildings More Energy Efficient

Making Historical Buildings More Energy Efficient

Historical buildings that need restorations or energy updates have an added concern when trying to adhere to environmental considerations, since conserving the customary aspects of the space is also important. Preserving and operating antique sites can be costly, and renovating them can be even more so. However, as pointed out by South Carolina’s Preservation Society of Charleston, existing historic buildings are generally already green in nature, making them ideal for an efficiency overhaul. When compared to the financing and energy consumption required to replicate a new structure on the same scale, redesigning or performing energy audits to update problem areas… read more

Living Buildings: Responsible Design

Living Buildings: Responsible Design

The construction industry has progressed a great deal in environmentally conscious building efforts. Taking green structures to a higher level with heightened expectations of what a building can do though, are living buildings. Living buildings are exactly that – buildings that have whole systems implanted to practically run themselves. Buildings are considered living if they are able to efficiently create and sustain their own necessities, like energy and water. Renewable resources and on-site conservation techniques are employed to allow the building to function without an excess of energy consumption. One example of an inclusive living building is the Bullitt Center in… read more

Energy Efficient Homes

Energy Efficient Homes

Efficiency focused home improvement projects can save energy and money. However there are also aspects regarding how a home is initially designed that can make a noticeable difference from the start. Whether you are thinking about building a new construction or remodeling an older one, certain design features can make efficiency easier to obtain. Considering the actual structure of a house or building is important in understanding how to make it more energy resourceful. For instance, one example of a basic, energy minded design that is typically an inexpensive option is an environmentally manufactured home. These are pre-built constructions which… read more

Making Buildings Greener

Making a building greener

We’ve heard it time and time again in the news – “LEED is fine, but these touted green buildings use more energy than other buildings”. Or “LEED is great, but the buildings use more energy than predicted!”  Hold on – let’s take a look. First, many LEED buildings do use more energy than other buildings.  What is being compared? A science lab from 1940 will have entirely different usage parameters for energy, even if upgraded, than a science lab from 2012. A classroom of today employs better lighting and more controls and hopefully includes exceptional insulation and integration of daylight, but… read more

The Building Scraping the Sky

Dubai Tower landscape

Our population is growing at a rate of 77 million people per year, and shows no signs of slowing down. In countries like China and India,  their populated areas are full of dangerous and unsanitary housing, plumbing, rundown schools and major traffic snarls. It is clear that reformation is well overdue, and the solution may be found by reaching for the stars. The tallest building in the world right now is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE. Formerly known as the Dubai Tower, the Khalifa is home to approximately 30,000 people, or the population of a small city. It cost… read more