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The buildings are alive: in biology, designers and architects seek answers

The buildings are alive: in biology, designers and architects seek answers | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
As the world’s population booms, architects and designers increasingly look to mimic biology to create less polluting, more efficient buildings...

Experts at the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change say the way we build and retrofit our cities, more than any other thing humankind can do, is number one tool the world can use to reduce greenhouse gases.

Right now, biomimetic innovations have already provided revolutionary ideas for how new buildings are cooled and heated, one of the most energy intensive systems in a structure. Unlocking these biological secrets — how an animal cools itself, such as using its body to absorb water in a hot, arid landscape where life sustaining resources are rare — has already provided tangible advances in sustainable design...

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Why Historic Buildings Are Greener Than LEED-Certified New Ones - Environment - GOOD

Why Historic Buildings Are Greener Than LEED-Certified New Ones - Environment - GOOD | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
For buildings of comparable size and use, old buildings are almost always the greenest buildings.

Buildings eat up a huge amount of energy—about two-fifths of the country’s total use—so to suppress their appetite for power, efficiency entrepreneurs are churning out a suite of nifty technologies, like automatically shading windows, smarter thermostats, and high-tech heating and cooling systems. But a new report from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Green Lab concludes that constructing new, energy-efficient buildings almost never saves as much energy as renovating old ones.

Renovated buildings outperformed new buildings on energy savings in every category: single-family homes, multifamily complexes, commercial offices, “urban village” mixed-use structures, and elementary schools. Though the conclusion may seem counterintuitive in an age of ambitious LEED standards in many new buildings, consider that it uses more energy and creates more impact to construct an entirely new building than to fix up one of the same size for the same purpose. The only exception to the lab’s finding was converting a warehouse to a multi-family dwelling, which required enough extra materials that creating a new building was the greener choice...

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Natural History Museum of Utah / Ennead Architects

Natural History Museum of Utah / Ennead Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The design for the new Natural History Museum of Utah embodies the Museum’s mission to illuminate the natural world through scientific inquiry, educational outreach, mutual cultural experience and human engagement of the present, past and future of the region and the world. Positioned literally and figuratively at the threshold of nature and culture, the building is a trailhead to the region and a trailhead to science. Utah’s singular landscape and the ways in which humans have engaged its varied character over time are the touchstone for an architecture that expresses the State’s cultural and natural contexts. Together with the interpretive exhibit program and landscape design, the architecture is intended to create an inspirational visitor experience and sponsor curiosity and inquiry.

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Passive Progressive in Philadelphia

Passive Progressive in Philadelphia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A pioneering green developer in Philadelphia is pushing the envelope of sustainability with a mixed-use project called The Ridge on the banks of the Schuylkill River, which is expected to become the nation’s largest Passive House, a net-zero energy building. In doing so, design-build development firm Onion Flats aims to redefine mixed-use development by example.

On December 5, Onion Flats was selected by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) to redevelop a vacant site bound by Kelly Drive, Calumet Street, and Ridge Avenue at the terminus of the Fairmount Park jogging and biking trails, forming a gateway for the East Falls neighborhood...

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Louver House, A Sustainable Architecture Building by LSS

Louver House, A Sustainable Architecture Building by LSS | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Louver House is a fusion of modern housing and traditional barn. It was designed by LSS to fulfill the client's passion for barns.

This sustainable architecture building combine the traditional barn structure (generous spaces; repetitive timber frames), modern building design, and an open and airy transparency in order to maximize the site’s dramatic views of of the adjacent corn field and nearby moody Atlantic coast.

This barn-like eco construction was built in on the edge of an open agricultural reserve, adjacent to a corn field, near the Atlantic shoreline. The unique of this house is the exterior. A series of louvers are the skin, creating transparency to let the natural day light flood the interior, also encourage the natural ventilation. When needed, these louvers can be closed for privacy. This system also creates a thin border between the indoor and outdoor spaces where five outdoor courtyards and gardens are arranged around the interior living areas under the peaked roof.

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Oceanfront Modern Home in Bridgehampton, New York

Oceanfront Modern Home in Bridgehampton, New York | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Dune Road Residence is a three-story contemporary home designed by Stelle Architects and located in Bridgehampton, New York. This new project was built after the demolition of a former residence constructed here, as present standards require a much higher elevation, adapted to the coastal terrain.

The home has three levels: one for the owners, one for their guests, and one for living and dining. A simple glass and shingle pavilion overlooks a negative edge pool while a path from the garage leads through a natural seaside landscape along the pool and up to the house. Solar control is achieved though the use of overhangs in the southern exposures. Extra thick walls allow for superior insulation, and a geothermal system is employed for cooling.

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Contemporary Design Employing Natural Materials: Lake Travis Residence

Contemporary Design Employing Natural Materials: Lake Travis Residence | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Lake Travis Residence was designed by Hsu Office of Architecture and is an imposing modern home located near Austin, Texas. According to the architects, “this two story custom residence utilizes a bisecting plan to offer flexible open space and respond to the grade of the site. Natural materials such as wood siding, stacked ledge stone and stucco are used to tie into the landscape. A large butterfly roof and expansive windows capture views and embrace the surrounding vista“. Some of the materials used for the exterior finishes are also present indoors, contributing to a sophisticated, yet cozy atmosphere. The interior design is contemporary and features plenty of inspiring details. A generous room on the bottom floor is separated (by a modern staircase leading to the upper level) into dining and living area. The bedrooms are located above and have floor to ceiling windows, allowing the inhabitants to fully enjoy the surrounding landscape.

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Home in the Forest

Home in the Forest | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

David has lived since 5 years in the wood, and spent $4,600 in material costs + 1000 to 1500 man hours to complete this house.
Living with the natural world and staying away from the noise and the contamination could be closer than you think, you’ll only need a chainsaw, a hammer, and a chisel....

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Mandatory Roof Gardens Urged as Solution to Singapore Flooding

Mandatory Roof Gardens Urged as Solution to Singapore Flooding | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Singapores fix could also include storage tanks, porous pavements and rain gardens.

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Istinye Residence by Tabanlioglu Architects

Istinye Residence by Tabanlioglu Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

As the crucial element of the architecture are the terraces and balconies; integrated with the existing green environment, the open areas divided from interiors only by transparent glass walls which are also flexible to operate wide open, so the living rooms may become an elongation of the exterior at times. Maintaining the height and the angles, the regular roof form is re-interpreted in the shape of wings; benefiting the daylight at optimum, in addition, extra volumes derived from this unusual manipulation of form and granted spacious rooms with high-ceilings. Less lighted section in the middle, where the two residential units join at each floor of the blocks, are reserved for the wet areas. The apartment blocks rise on a single console housing the shared areas reaching the landscape.

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Tangga House by Guz Architects

Tangga House by Guz Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Tangga House is another Singapore’s dream home designed by Guz Architects.
Completed in 2009, the 7,663 square foot residence is located in Holland Village, an elite district of Singapore that is famous amongst the expatriate community.
The luxury single-family home gives the owners the opportunity to live in harmony and comfort with nature, in Singapore’s hot tropical climate.

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Sustainable Prefab Garden Home by in.it.studios

Sustainable Prefab Garden Home by in.it.studios | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

in.it.studios, a prefab house designer from UK, has designed a sustainable prefab garden house. This sustainable architecture building is completed with sustainable features and constructed from sustainable building materials. With contemporary design, this prefab house looks very beautiful.

This eco friendly construction adopts open plan concept, where a large deck area is available connected with the interior through bi-folding doors. The owners needed an extra space for elderly parents, and this 1,055 sq ft house can meet the criteria. The separation and privacy for each generation can still be maintained...

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Built on Stilts: Tom Kundig's Sol Duc Cabin

Built on Stilts: Tom Kundig's Sol Duc Cabin | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Kundig cabin seals up tight, stands up tall above the flood line.

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A Garden Home – Modern, Spacious & Great Eco Design

A Garden Home – Modern, Spacious & Great Eco Design | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A GaThe site – the rear of a detached home in Kent, England, offers a unique contemporary living space for a couple who required additional room for elderly loved ones. Designed by in.it.studios, the 2 bedroom home provides 98 sq/m of independent living space for the elderly parents and offers a solution for bringing the family together whilst providing the necessary separate living spaces. This large Granny Annexe is a luxurious self contained home. The natural timber finish of the build blends well with its surroundings; fitted with best high quality sustainable materials.

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Rich, green, urban – Copenhagen’s “hedonistic sustainability”

Rich, green, urban – Copenhagen’s “hedonistic sustainability” | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Young architects in Copenhagen, Denmark are designing buildings and infrastructure that aim to be environmentally sound without sacrificing a bit of the convenience and pleasure that is synonymous with an affluent urban lifestyle.

Can the residents of the Danish capital have their cake and eat it too?

Award-winning architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG seems to think so. He believes the way towards sustainability is not by inconveniencing people, but rather by re-engineering the structures of society to make them less wasteful...


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Stylish Hunter House Relieving Stress Through Design

Stylish Hunter House Relieving Stress Through Design | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Unique amongst the traditional brick neighboring houses, the Hunter House in Australia displays a hard to ignore modern style. Designed by Darren Carnell Architect, the stylish villa follows the trending desire for a seamless floor plan that would incorporate interior and exterior spaces. An interior courtyard was shaped by placing the living room and gallery on each side and having an open plan made of the foyer and dining space surround the exterior space. This space arrangement also helps flood the interiors with natural light. Timber and stone shape an interesting interior design and large glazed walls connect both the private and public spaces to parkland views beyond the glass. If the downstairs is reserved for the social and entertaining spaces, the upstairs shelters private retreats and relaxation corners that make the house perfectly adapted to the inhabitant’s needs.

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Eco POD Hotel in Switzerland

Eco POD Hotel in Switzerland | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The POD Hotel is located in a small valley in Flims (Laax Falera), Switzerland. The POD Hotel is aimed to be a universal model for more sustainable tourism. The Pods are made of wood and easily assembled. It has basic amenities and are big enough to house two tourists and offer enough comfort and peace.

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Eco-Sustainable House With an Eye-catching Attic by Djuric Tardio Architectes

Eco-Sustainable House With an Eye-catching Attic by Djuric Tardio Architectes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This is possibly the most eco-friendly house on the market! The roof for example… its shaped like a pergola and has a specific function: on the one hand, it takes the archetype of the context, inserting the project in its environment without disrupting the urban rhythm, on the other hand, it won’t accommodate a closed roof that would become a catch-all attic or a wasted space. Another element I found interesting to mention is the structure of the walls… they illuminate the ground floor and they can be optionally removed, tomorrow perhaps working as railings and returning visual link between the two floors...

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Jess Carmona's curator insight, March 8, 2013 3:29 PM

casa sustentable

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Contemporary Eco-friendly Villa Design with Transparent Exterior Glass Walls

Contemporary Eco-friendly Villa Design with Transparent Exterior Glass Walls | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Villa BH is a modern and eco-friendly house by WHIM Architecture that is full of inspiration from mid-century modern homes as well as its natural surroundings. The architects created a modern and environmental friendly design that emphasizes the natural qualities of its context. The villa is positioned on a rectangular plot of 34.75 x 50m, that is enclosed at 3 sides with similar plots and free-standing houses. On the back of the plot there’s an old embankment with several tall trees, protected by local regulations. Villa BH is inhabited by a couple 60+ of age, and to optimize the accessibility of the house, all the program is situated on the ground floor around a patio.

The villa is designed as environmental friendly with extra insulated façades, roofs and floors. The roof is covered with sedum, that regulates the distribution of the rainwater gently. A neutral palette of white walls, light wood, and textiles muted keep the interior light and bright, and an open plan living style continues throughout, see the master bedroom equipped with bath, basin and en suite steam room, and an unobstructed view out onto the terrace.

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Ten Green Building Trends for 2012

Ten Green Building Trends for 2012 | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The Earth Advantage Institute has certified more than 12,000 green homes, so it's safe to say they know what's going on with green building.

Towards the end of 2011, the non-profit spoke with various policymakers, builders, developers, architects, brokers, appraisers, lenders, and homeowners to understand green building trends. Here are the 10 green building trends EAI says to watch for in 2012...

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Greenland Group Suzhou Center

Greenland Group Suzhou Center | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) proudly announces that it has won an international competition to design the Greenland Group Suzhou Center, in Wujiang, China.

Major high performance energy saving strategies include a high performance façade, utilizing cooler outside air at higher levels for natural ventilation of the atrium, natural light harvesting using daylight responsive controls, lighting energy optimization using efficient fixtures and occupant controls, energy recovery systems, demand controlled ventilation, and an onsite energy center with combined heat and power plant to capitalize on the overall load diversity of the development...

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Real Life Flintstones House Lures Tourists in Portugal

Real Life Flintstones House Lures Tourists in Portugal | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

It's a bit of a shame that the easiest way to describe this magnificent structure requires reference to a cartoon from the 1960s, but the way in which it incorporates its natural setting defies most conventional description. Located in the Fafe mountains of northern Portugal, A Casa do Penedo, or "the House of Stone," was built between four large boulders found on the site. Although the house may seem rustic, it is not lacking in amenities, which include a fireplace and a swimming pool--carved out of one of the large rocks. But, as word has spread, the sleepy little house has had visitors venturing to see it in droves.

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Jared Medeiros's curator insight, April 29, 2015 6:25 PM

A very rare and cool looking home here in Portugal.  Im very surprised to see this home here though.  I would think of many European countries that would have a home like this, especially somewhere in the United Kingdom.  But the portuguese people are usually very skilled in carpentry and take great pride in building certain styles of home.  Not that this is not an amazing feat to accomplish, it just seems out of charachter for the country.

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NASA's New Sensor-Driven, Ultra Green Building

NASA's New Sensor-Driven, Ultra Green Building | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A new building at NASA’s Mountain View, Calif. outpost mixes technologies designed for space travel with the latest in green building design –and takes directions from 5,000 smart sensors.

When it warms up outside, humans won’t have to be the ones to open the windows or lower the shades to block the sun. That will happen automatically, thanks to some of the 5,000 sensors in the 2-story, 50,000 square foot building...

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gracia studio: endemico resguardo silvestre

gracia studio: endemico resguardo silvestre | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Scattered along the sloping terrain of valle de guadalupe, mexico, 'endémico resguardo silvestre' is a cluster of twenty hotel rooms, designed by san diego-based practice gracia studio. Positioned within a landscape of vineyards, each ecoloft has panoramic vistas overlooking the scenic valley below. Placed upon steel stilts, the 20 square meter cubes hover above the rocky ground, minimally interfering
with the savannah continuing underneath. Corten steel was selected to surface the small structures, aging with time to blend into the rustic hues of the encompassing nature.

With each unit strategically oriented to unobstructed views directed towards the valley, guests may close their personal entry door and feel isolated in nature. Attached to each cabin, a personal patio and fireplace allow for comfortable lounging outside. The 99 hectare complex is completed with a nearby winery and pool.

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Green Roofs are Changing Architecture and Planning

Green Roofs are Changing Architecture and Planning | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Green roofs are not new; they have been used for thousands of years because they helped insulate, thrived in the sun instead of rotting, and other than the increased structure, they were cheap as, well, the dirt that they were planted in. Then flat roofs came in and were covered in tar and asphalt, which needed a lot of maintenance. Engineers and architects didn't worry much about them; nobody could see them. Roofs became parking lots for equipment.

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