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5 Iconic Buildings Redesigned in Modern Architectural Styles

Architecture is a constantly changing art. As every building is created, it reflects the climate and culture of its time, with the most iconic buildings becoming classic symbols of entire cities or countries. Most of these famous landmarks were built well in the past. But what if they had been designed today? In this post by Green Building Elements, we explore 5 concepts examining that idea. The Eiffel Tower – Paris, France The first of these concepts is the Eiffel…

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The 10 Most Beautiful Metal Building Homes on Pinterest

As a smart homeowner, you already know that metal homes are a great choice. They provide unmatched durability, insulation, and sustainability that few other materials offer. Plus, they are by far one of the most affordable types of homes. But did you know that metal homes could also come in beautiful designs? Just in case you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve got you covered. Here, you’ll find the 10 most beautiful metal homes from Pinterest. By the time you’ve reached…

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Do These 7 Things to Slow RV Price Depreciation

Do you currently own an RV? If your answer is yes, then like 10 million other Americans you need to be aware of the steep price depreciation associated with owning an RV. It’s no secret that RVs don’t come cheap. They can cost anywhere between $10,000 and $500,000 depending on the model and type. But if you aren’t careful, the total cost could end up being a lot higher through Price Depreciation. What this means is over time, your RV…

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These Barndominium Designs are Going Crazy on Pinterest

Introduction Barndominiums are getting increasingly popular, especially on social media sites such as Pinterest where users can upload their favourite designs, or even their barndominiums, for collection on boards or be pinned by the masses. With a wide variety of designs to choose from, and interiors that range from open plan basics to fully kitted out and integrated rooms, you can customise your barndominium to match your exact needs. With that said, let’s take a look at the top 10…

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Prefabricated Steel Buildings Market 2019-2026 Report

Prefabricated steel buildings are durable, they are flexible and can be used for a variety of purposes and industries; such as agriculture, churches, for use in education and even residences. The prefabricated steel buildings market report, which covers 2019 to 2026, is a report that includes analysis of both the prefabricated steel building industry, as well as specific subjects that allow readers to learn more about crucial insights. This study can help you to learn more about the market, product…

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The Sustainable City

The Sustainable City: A Book Review & Exploration into Living Systems

Steven Cohen’s The Sustainable City is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the future of the built environment… or who is curious how to create an economic and resilient human habitat .. or who wants to focus on infrastructure that minimizes emissions of conventional air pollutants … or whose areas of interest are protecting biodiversity and enacting climate action goals. The Sustainable City, as you are now beginning to see, appeals to all of us who believe that a sustainable,…

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Feed that Desire for More Green Building Knowledge

Infusing green building knowledge into our lives starts with a yearning to create a positive, lasting change in the way we interact with the planet. That inspiration can lead us to seek out information and guidance from others to join a movement to a more sustainable lifestyle. We know that, although we may not be able to build or renovate a home or business so that it’s 100% sustainable, we can approach green building spaces with a goal to accomplish…

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Interview With RIBA International Prize-Winning Architect

UTEC (Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología) in Lima, Peru, recently won the first ever RIBA International Prize for 2016. The Royal Institute of British Architects judged the project as “setting a new global standard for architectural achievement.” In an interview with Figueras Seating, Alejandro Shell Montero of Shell Arquitectos spoke about the design and how it reflected both the surrounding natural environment and the people who would occupy it. Here are some excerpts from that interview: The shape of the building reflects…

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GBCI to Add Zero Waste Facility Certification

The Green Business Certification Institute (GBCI), which is the certifying body for the LEED system, added Zero Waste Facility Certification to its growing program list. It is partnering with the US Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) in providing this certification. GBCI will assume responsibility for the ongoing management of the Zero Waste Facility Certification and Zero Waste Business Associate programs created by USZWBC, and the zero waste principles will be aligned with GBCI’s other certification offerings. “GBCI is taking another important step…

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Canada To Reduce HFC Emissions By 85% By 2036

HFC (hydrofluorocarbon) emissions contribute to climate change, and Canada and many other nations are taking a stand to reduce their emissions by 85% in the next 20 years. HFCs are commonly found in refrigerators, air conditioners, foam products, and other items world-wide. Current global HFC emissions are the equivalent of approximately 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide annually. That is the same as emissions from nearly 300 coal-fired power plants or over 200 million passenger vehicles driven for one year, and…

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AGU Headquarters Net Zero Renovation to Begin March 2017

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) announced that they will be undertaking a major renovation of their headquarters in Washington, DC, with the hope of bringing the building to net zero status. This net zero renovation project is set to begin construction in March 2017. The 62,000 square foot office building, located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, will strive to keep its historic look while upgrading its systems to reach the net zero goal. Net zero buildings use only as much…

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Calatrava’s Sundial Bridge Was Spawned by Salmon

Spawned by the need to protect a seemingly insignificant patch of gravel, not many folks know that Redding’s iconic Sundial Bridge rose as a result of an eco-challenge surmountable only by architect Santiago Calatrava’s sensitive and innovative expertise. Abandoned since the long-gone days of mining in Redding, California, submerged quarry beds along the north shore of the Sacramento River have historically served as spawning grounds for Chinook salmon. Four endangered runs form a 300-mile upriver stretch ultimately guiding an annual…

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Masdar City Launches Phase 2 Master Plan

The fascinating cleantech evolution of Masdar City continues! Pushing the limits of urban design and community building, Masdar City is pressing forward in its pioneering quest for the highest quality of life with the lowest carbon footprint. Setting a new international precedent for sustainable urban planning, Boston-based CBT is presenting its award-winning Detailed Master Plan for Phase 2 of the “greenest city on Earth.” Recognizing its “leadership in design excellence, urban design and planning,” CBT’s detailed master plan (DMP) for…

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