Matthew and Sue Seip recently purchased a house in Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania to be near family members who live in the Philadelphia area. Sue Seip, a professor at Philadelphia University, specializes in interior design, and Matt Seip has an architecture degree, so “we are very green-conscious, so to speak, and are both LEED-certified professionals,” she said. “Green building…
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The Sydney Opera House has become a symbol for Australia. It is also a sustainable building designed before sustainability became popular. Here is the story of how and why it was built.
One Airport Square in Accra, Ghana uses an innovative brise soleil of concrete to let light in while keeping heat out, which greatly reduces the cost of cooling.
Researchers at Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi have created a new coating for glass that blocks heat transfer at less cost than traditional methods.
HUmanihut is an Australian start-up company that makes refugee shelters that are highly portable and durable. They contain sanitary facilities as well as living and sleeping quarters.
3.0 University Place will feature 50,000 square feet of SageGlass electrochromic glass from St. Gobain. The glass will help reduce cooling costs by 50%.
GreenScreen is a framework for companies that manufacture building materials to evaluate the toxicity of the chemicals they use and to suggest alternatives.
A sustainable house in Sweden produces food instead of waste. Built from a re-purposed Swedish barn, it grows its own fruits and vegetables for inhabitants.
Wind power is a major source of renewable electric power in many places around the world. We usually associate wind power with tall wind turbines located in remote locations or far out to sea. In July, Denmark produced 140% of its domestic energy from just such turbines, according to The Guardian. Yes, that record was…
The DOE Single-pane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Designs (SHIELD) program will research ways to boost the insulating power of single pane windows.
Kebony, an environmentally safe manufactured wood product, has been used to transform a traditional Norwegian home and bring it to Passive House standards.
Wangjing SOHO took first prize in the 2015 Emporis Awards competition. Its fluid design and energy efficiency impressed the panel of international experts.
The Freedom Yurt Cabin is an affordable, energy efficient, transportable space that goes up easily and provides shelter for a minimum amount of money.
BioSIPs are construction products made from waste products like cardboard, hemp, weeds, and discarded forest products. They are lightweight and efficient.
The Australian government has begun making free sustainable home designs for single family homes available online. The plans showcase modern, sustainable designs featuring a large main bedroom with a generous walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom. There is also an open plan living and kitchen area with cathedral ceilings, bathroom and laundry. The flexible, functional floor plans are available in…
The world’s largest green roof will be 30 acres atop The Hills At Vallco develpment in Cupertino, CA and will help it become LEED Platinum certified.
Solar power windows that can generate electricity from sunshine will soon be available from two companies. The cost more but pay for themselves in 1 year.
The world’s largest rooftop greenhouse is as large as a city block and will grow over a million pounds of pesticide free vegetables a year for local markets