The tent of the future by Abeer Seikaly, is designed to be portable and sturdy. Its fabric skin heats hot water and makes electricity from solar power.
A ground source heat pump is the most efficient way to heat or cool your home or business. Tax credits and creative financing are critical to wide adoption.
LED lighting by Cree has helped the Sandy Grove Middle School in Lumber Bridge, North Carolina achieve LEED Platinum status and save $16 million in energy.
A geothermal heat pump system is about 45% more efficient than a conventional heating or air conditioning system, saving much more money than it costs.
Bamboo decking from Cali Bamboo is sustainable and durable. It is stronger and lighter than regular composite with a surface that looks like real wood.
Hempcrete is made from hemp fiber, lime and water. When cured, it floats, has excellent insulating power. It’s fireproof and resists insects and termites.
Dow Liquid Armor is a new rubberized sealant that is sprayed on and seals cracks and gap against air intrusion. It takes less time that traditional taping.
A study from Queensland Australia shows that a cool roof coating can deflect up to 88% of the sun’s energy, lowering temperatures and electricity usage.
Green Boot Camp is a program of Honeywell Hometown Solutions. It teaches middle school teachers about sustainability so they can teach their own students.
if you have old wooden windows in your house, spend less to rebuild them instead of replacing them with newer windows only designed to last 10 -15 years.
Climate change means architects must stop designing ideal buildings and start designing structures that conserve precious natural resources.
Researchers at the University of Sydney are using discarded macadamia nut shells to make 3D printed microtimber for specialized exterior uses.
Architect Michael Green has propose a 35 story wood skyscraper for the Reinvent Paris design competition. The tower’s bike paths and green space would resemble the High LIne Park in New York City.
Arup Engineering of Amsterdam has designed new 3D printed construction connectors that are lighter, stronger, weigh less and create less waste for building.
Water Tank House in Melbourne, Australia asks, “How far would you go to promote sustainable living for your family?” It features vertical exterior gardens.
Rammed earth is cheap, tough and green and has been around for centuries. But modern architects are just rediscovering its many uses in construction.
Wood building materials are sustainable and renewable. They use less energy to make than concrete or steel and create a healthy indoor environment.
Ecovative, a New York design firm, is using mycelium from mushrooms to manufacture 100% compostable building materials without formaldehyde and resins.