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This Self-Sufficient Floating Home Could Be Yours - EarthTechling

This Self-Sufficient Floating Home Could Be Yours - EarthTechling | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
This Self-Sufficient Floating Home Could Be YoursEarthTechlingThat lean, green profile has been achieved through the meticulous attention to detail all but mandated by Passive House standards, which requires a near-airtight building envelope and...
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designPH – The 3D Interface for Passive House Design with PHPP ...

designPH – The 3D Interface for Passive House Design with PHPP ... | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
Passive House planning has never been more convenient. The new designPH, a 3D model interface developed by the Passive House Institute, allows for graphic input of energy related design data. Details relating to the ...
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Largest non-residential Passivhaus project - Green Building Press

Largest non-residential Passivhaus project - Green Building Press | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
Green Building Press Largest non-residential Passivhaus project Green Building Press The University of Leicester's planned Centre for Medicine will be built to Passivhaus standards, providing a super insulated six-storey campus that will be home to...
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All new buildings to have rainwater harvesting systems - Irish Independent

All new buildings to have rainwater harvesting systems - Irish Independent | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
Irish Independent All new buildings to have rainwater harvesting systems Irish Independent The Government plans to change planning regulations next year to require all new buildings to be fitted with systems that divert rainwater from gullies into...
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25 Of The Strangest And Most Unusual Buildings On Earth - List25

25 Of The Strangest And Most Unusual Buildings On Earth - List25 | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
From family homes to public hotels these are 25 of the strangest and most unusual buildings on Earth.
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No to Minister Rabbitte’s Plan to Sell Off the Irish People’s Wind Power to the UK – Smart Taxes & Money

No to Minister Rabbitte’s Plan to Sell Off the Irish People’s Wind Power to the UK – Smart Taxes & Money | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
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This is my submisison to Minister Rabbitte of the Irish Department of Energy in response to his consultation round on the export of renwable energy directly overseas to teh UK and Europe. 

n these uncertain times on the brink of calamitous climate change while the 1% elite are frantically grabbing real resources in exchange for their spurious financial claims on the future, it is dangerous to commit to the permanent alienation of any Irish RE resources.  That means that while ‘top up’ and ‘spill’ is acceptable, the ‘dedicated’ RE export of electricity to the UK or any other State bypassing the Irish grid and consumer is not.  It is a time of accelerating technological development in wind and wave turbines, in electricity storage systems, in smart grid design which means that decisions can be disadvantageous in ways that simply cannot be foreseen by policy makers with all the good will in the world.  Here the precautionary principle should apply with force.

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Passivhaus: The dos and don'ts - Architects' Journal

Passivhaus: The dos and don'ts - Architects' Journal | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
Passivhaus: The dos and don'ts Architects' Journal At the UK Passivhaus Conference held yesterday (15 October) in Milton Keynes, six leading figures who have completed projects in both the UK and abroad were aked what they would and wouldn't do...
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World's Third-Highest LEED-Certified Structure Built On The Cheap - EarthTechling

World's Third-Highest LEED-Certified Structure Built On The Cheap - EarthTechling | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
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World's Third-Highest LEED-Certified Structure Built On The Cheap
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Think LEED Platinum buildings require a huge up-front investment? Think again.
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Building a house with hemp - Westlock News

Building a house with hemp - Westlock News | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
Building a house with hemp
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Hendyrsan said hempcrete, which is a mix of hemp fibres, water, lime, sand and some concrete, both insulates and radiates heat.
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Hempcrete, Made From Hemp, Used To Build Houses - Matter of Trust

Hempcrete, Made From Hemp, Used To Build Houses - Matter of Trust | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
hemp house. Imagine you had a building material that was energy-efficient, non-toxic and resistant to mold, insects and fire. The material may even have a higher R-value, or thermal resistance, than concrete, a claim that is ...
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Doris Sung explains the tech behind her breathing, eco-friendly architecture ... - Engadget

Doris Sung explains the tech behind her breathing, eco-friendly architecture ... - Engadget | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
Doris Sung explains the tech behind her breathing, eco-friendly architecture ...
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Doris Sung has spent the past few years designing "breathing" architecture that adapts to environmental conditions.
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Stanford scientists develop new type of solar structure that cools buildings in full sunlight

Stanford scientists develop new type of solar structure that cools buildings in full sunlight | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it

Homes and buildings chilled without air conditioners. Car interiors that don't heat up in the summer sun. Tapping the frigid expanses of outer space to cool the planet. Science fiction, you say? Well, maybe not any more.
A team of researchers at Stanford has designed an entirely new form of cooling structure that cools even when the sun is shining. Such a structure could vastly improve the daylight cooling of buildings, cars and other structures by reflecting sunlight back into the chilly vacuum of space.


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Awesome.
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Tiny frameless geodesic home costs only $2100

Tiny frameless geodesic home costs only $2100 | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
Built for $2100 and change, and easily broken down and transported. [Rig Some Light] It is 18 feet wide at the widest point and about 13 feet tall. It feels very spacious for it’s 209 square foot floor.

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This is a nice answer for short term shelter.

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Tulous: fortified earth buildings of China

Tulous: fortified earth buildings of China | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
Fujian Tulou is a type of Chinese rural dwellings of the Hakka and Minnan people in the mountainous areas in southeastern Fujian, China. They were mostly built between the 12th and the 20th centuries.

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Bullitt Center Rises To The Green Building Top - EarthTechling

Bullitt Center Rises To The Green Building Top - EarthTechling | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
Bullitt Center Rises To The Green Building Top
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The Bullitt Center in Seattle isn't shy about touting its sustainability, declaring itself “The Greenest Commercial Building in the World.” Seems World Architecture News wouldn't disagree.
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Buildings like these are a great idea, the system to collect and filter water is a good thing to have because not only is it providing clean water but its re using it, and the solar array it has to generate almost all the power it needs really makes this building a "green" building.

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Ecork Hotel / José Carlos Cruz - ArchDaily

Ecork Hotel / José Carlos Cruz - ArchDaily | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
Ecork Hotel / José Carlos Cruz ArchDaily Influenced by the vernacular and Arabic architecture, is created a monolithic volume with small openings to the outside ,which together with cork coating , fully recyclable , ensures thermal protection of...
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An Eco-Chic Passive House - Portland Monthly

An Eco-Chic Passive House - Portland Monthly | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
An Eco-Chic Passive House Portland Monthly But for his own home, Stern turned to a simpler blend of low-tech and high-performance building used in Europe for two decades but only now making inroads in the US: “Passive House.” The basic idea,...
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Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Dec 21) : DNews

Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Dec 21) : DNews | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
From a glass globe that harvests energy from the sun and the moon to a car built of Lego blocks, here are our favorite tech pieces from the week.
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!t might be efficient but sometimes less efficient but simple wins out.  For instance, roundy solar voltaics shapes don't fit onto flat facades and roofs.  I remain to be convinced that this is a breakthrough.  But great to see an architect designing technology!

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Community Rallies Against 'Wart On The Hillside'

Community Rallies Against 'Wart On The Hillside' | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
From Mother Nature Network's Matt Hickman: Today, a quick update on a heated story out of the close-knit community of Mazama, Wash.
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I am soo with the local community on this one. 

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Hempcrete Could Change The Way We Build Everything

Hempcrete Could Change The Way We Build Everything | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
When it comes to new and sustainable housing ideas, it seems to always be about creating a more efficient home in terms of insulation, lighting, electricity, etc.
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A cardboard cabin built in one of the wettest places on Earth - Mother Nature Network (blog)

A cardboard cabin built in one of the wettest places on Earth - Mother Nature Network (blog) | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
Mother Nature Network (blog) A cardboard cabin built in one of the wettest places on Earth Mother Nature Network (blog) Yet somehow, Ban, a man who specializes in erecting structures that can withstand the very same elements that damaged and/or...
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AFR's super green Marks & Spencer store smashes eco-targets - Architects' Journal

AFR's super green Marks & Spencer store smashes eco-targets - Architects' Journal | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
AFR's super green Marks & Spencer store smashes eco-targets
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Hempcrete walls and good levels of airtightness have resulted in the building using 60 per cent less heating fuel than originally predicted.
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“Designing Recovery” Winners: Resilient, Livable Homes for Vulnerable Cities - ArchDaily

“Designing Recovery” Winners: Resilient, Livable Homes for Vulnerable Cities - ArchDaily | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
“Designing Recovery” Winners: Resilient, Livable Homes for Vulnerable Cities
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The competition, which was a collaboration between the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Make It Right, Architecture for Humanity, the St.
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Philadelphia's First Passive House Multi-Family Complex Ready for Occupancy - Jetson Green

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Philadelphia's First Passive House Multi-Family Complex Ready for Occupancy
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After years in limbo, Philadelphia's first multi-family Passive House housing project is finished and on the market.
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Carbon-Free, Biologically-Grown Bricks Win Green Business Competition

Carbon-Free, Biologically-Grown Bricks Win Green Business Competition | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
This year's first-place winner of the London-based Postcode Lottery Green Challenge could revolutionize the brick and cement industries.
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Delighted to see that this greatidea came from a women architect.

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This Spray-On Chemical Could Make Window Blinds Obsolete

This Spray-On Chemical Could Make Window Blinds Obsolete | Ecological Construction | Scoop.it
NeverWet is so 2013. The next big spray-on coating, developed by a federally-funded team working on smart windows, will use electrical currents to actually stop heat--and light--from passing through your windows.

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I have my doubts..

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