Author Archives: Stephen Hanley

Biodegradable Plastic Made From Mushrooms

Mushroom Towers made from Ecovative mushroom based bioplastic at MoMA PS1 plaza

New York start-up Ecovative has created a biodegradable plastic from mushrooms. Its Grow It Yourself kit lets anyone create new products of their own design.

Sustainability Key To Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House captured the spirit and soul of an entire continent and is one of the first buildings designed with sustainability in mind. It was built to last 250 years.

Sustainability was one of the key considerations in the design of the Sydney Opera House, which was built to last 250 years.

Green Building With Renewable Rice Straw

For every ton of rice that is grown, 500 lbs of rice husks and straw are created. Typically, those husks and straw are burned as waste. But two innovations on opposite sides of the world are changing that. In India, 16-year-old Bisman Deu saw all those rice husks being burned and wondered whether they couldn’t be…

A House Fire Cut One Family’s Energy Bills in Half

When an electrical fire struck their home in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Keith and Jan Giezentanner never expected the repairs they made afterwards would save them over $1000 a year on their heating and energy bills! But, with the help of Garfield Clean Energy, they were able to learn about modern, energy efficient windows and doors and…

Introducing the Floor Plan Light Switch

Have you ever been faced with a gaggle of light switches placed side by side in a large home or building and wondered just what each one was for? Sometimes a newer home or office space can have 4, 5 or more switches without labels on a single plate! Even if it’s your own home…

Check it Out: Sustainable Mountain Home in Emerald Bluffs

Designing a sustainable mountain home within a nature preservation zone requires a deft touch. That’s the challenge architectural firm RTA Studio faced recently when it was asked to create a house that took advantage of a hillside location overlooking Lake Wanaka in New Zealand‘s Central Otago region. The main entrance to the Emerald Bluffs house is…

Net Zero Skyscraper For Jakarta

Indonesia’s state-owned energy company, Pertamina, began construction on its new headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia in January, 2014. Designed by US architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the 1740′ tall, 99-story net zero skyscraper will generate as much energy as it uses, have zero waste discharge, and feature reduced water demand. The architects say this is “the world’s first supertall…

Binishells Make Affordable, Energy Efficient Homes

Binishell Town

Looking something like homes for modern day Hobbits, Binishells are ideal for meeting the world’s need for affordable, energy efficient homes. They can be built quickly using locally sourced green materials with little or no waste. These column-free organic spans can be designed in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit any need while reducing carbon…