TAG: Environmental impact

What Is The Living Building Challenge?

What Is The Living Building Challenge?

Projects that are able to meet the Living Building Challenge (LBC) standards are considered exemplary models of green construction and have received the highest level of environmental attention. Started by Jason F. McLennan, Bob Berkebile and the Cascadia Green Building Council the LBC is a program that encourages construction focused on sustainable energies, water and materials. Requirements are made up of different performance categories, or Petals, which are sectioned into Imperatives. These include: Place, Water, Energy, Health and Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Additionally, projects have to recognize their Living Transect, which concentrates on the actual site chosen for development…. read more

Slow Home: 12 Steps To A More Relaxed Living Space

Slow Home: 12 Steps To A More Relaxed Living Space

The slow home movement, initiated in 2006 by John Brown, Matthew North and Carina van Olm, produced an innovation in the way people see their home space. The chart and quiz below offer their fundamental views of what is considered a slow home. The designers felt the need to focus on a slow approach to homes due to the way they were being manufactured, which according to the team can be comparable to fast food eateries, popping up everywhere but sometimes offering products of questionable value. In order to figure out areas of significance that could lend to an optimal… read more

Cigarette Butts Get A Makeover

Cigarette Butts Get A Makeover

Eco fashions are available in many varieties and from many materials. However, one source for sustainable design that might seem a little outlandish has been used to make a handful of inventive custom wear. Littered cigarette butts are not the most inspiring source, unless you are Alexandra Guerrero. Mantis, her design company, unusually integrated the discarded butts into a line of haute couture a few years back that doesn’t look anything like what would come out of an ashtray. According to an interview with GreenMuze the idea began with a thesis topic proposal for school. A focus on recycled materials… read more