Costa Rica is known for the lush rain forests, beautiful beaches and amazing surf. Now they will also be known for their great sustainable buildings as well. The Boston Scientific medical device plant in Alajuela, Costa Rica, has just been recognized as the country’s first sustainable building. More are certain to follow!
Houses slated for demolition enjoy a new lease on life. Builders of Hope relocates houses, improves their energy efficiency, and sells them to working families at cost.
Despite dipping home sales, the number of new third-party certified green homes sold in Portland, Oregon has gone steadily up the last three years. Existing certified homes are selling for up to 32% more than existing code homes.
n an era when the adaption smart technologies for tracking energy usage and performance is becoming more commonplace, electricity pioneer, General Electric has selected San Diego-based Advanced Telemetry, developer of EcoView Residential – as a wireless energy monitoring dashboard product that can help lower homeowner energy usage, utility bills and carbon emissions.
For those wondering if they or their friends have attained the 21st century status of being electricity hogs, they might wish to get familiar with Michael Bluejay, known to many as Mr. Electricity on his website.
EcoTech, a Los Angeles based company, claims their new roofing materials are the greenest and most sustainable product to date. Their new roofing panels promise to reduce energy costs and increase a home’s value easily.
Cement is a strong and reliable building material, and the demand for it continues to go up. Unfortunately, the process used to manufacture most of the world’s cement creates 5 percent of the man-made carbon dioxide emissions. A new cement company, however, promises a new technique that will transform cement into a greener building material.
It has been five years since Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans, and many parts of the city are still waiting to be rebuilt. Thanks to the Make It Right Foundation, much of the rebuilding will focus on green and sustainable technologies. Home owners still coming back to the infamous 9th Ward will get to…
For those considering building without a septic tank or access to a sewer line, it might be time to look at composting alternatives, especially if putrid smells can be avoided. Swedish-based BioLet has manufactured waterless toilets for 35 years.
The Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center is the first state government-owned LEED certified building in Mississippi. The Center is built on land that was underwater during Katrina, and has special landscaping to protect it from forst fires.
Until now, almost all of the bamboo in products sold here has come from overseas. That could change soon, as new planting techniques may lead to millions of new acres of bamboo shoots in the American South.
When you buy a new garage door, hopefully one that is green, the old one is typically taken away and disposed of in a land fill. While some companies will take the old door and try to refurbish and sell it or will recycle the material, others simply toss it. But there are many creative…
Evidence of new buildings featuring an innovative and cost-effective roof can now be seen in a growing number of African nations, including Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Sudan, as part of a Roofs for the World initiative.
Hybrid cars are gaining in popularity thanks to sporty models like the Toyota Prius. These vehicles prove to the average consumer that you can drive a more fuel efficient vehicle without making a big trade off in style or power from a traditional gas only vehicle. These types of hybrids, known as parallel hybrids, still…
“By scientifically determining the arrangements of fibers of different lengths and types of underutilized wood and agricultural waste, we are now turning fiber residues into useful products.”
Students are encouraged to stay after the class to continue to work on the building. “This workshop looks like a good opportunity to learn straw bale building in an indigenous cultural setting,” says Culver.
Wonderfully natural in every sense and one hundred percent Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood floors are here with Mafi, a company that specializes in sustainable, engineered wide plank flooring. FSC is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation that supports environmentally-oriented, socially acceptable and economically sustainable use of our earth’s forests.
A master designed urban community in South Africa was chosen as one of the sixteen real estate project by the Clinton Climate Initiative Development (CCI) . The Zonk’izizwe Town Center, a development of planned urban community in Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa is participating in this CCI program which will strive to reduce the amount of…