Green Building Elements - Page 4 of 215 - From brick and mortar shops to city planning, we cover sustainable trends in construction, renovation, and more.

Bricks – The ABCs of Green Building Materials

Published on September 1st, 2016 | by

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In terms of sustainability and green building materials, brick is probably king. The process of making fired clay bricks has been around for over 5,000 years and just keeps getting greener. Today’s brick kilns use about 70 percent less energy to fire bricks than just 50 years ago. Brick is a term usually referring to […] read more

Cheap Off-Grid Cabin Built For Under $300

Published on August 29th, 2016 | by

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Alyssa Craft and Jesse Stafford completed a cheap off-grid cabin-add-on to the trailer they are living in while setting up their homestead in the Western US. The cabin was built to allow them to heat the air around the trailer and prevent the plumbing, and themselves, from freezing during the snowy winter months. The majority […] read more

Blocks – The ABCs of Green Building Materials

Published on August 24th, 2016 | by

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Blocks used for residential and commercial construction employ a wide variety of green building materials in their composition. The most popular and commonly used is the standard hollow concrete block, but there are many variations in shape, weight, and composition. Sand, cement, gravel, and water are the most commonly used elements in blocks, but there […] read more

Urban SkyFarm Soaring With Sustainability

Published on August 18th, 2016 | by

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Revisiting an oldy-but-goody originally published on Inspired by the ecological system of giant trees, the Urban Skyfarm is a prototype vertical urban farm project. Designed to support local food production and distribution, it also improves environmental quality through water and air filtration and renewable energy production. Urban Skyfarm Places First in Concept Category First […] read more

SolarWindow Window Coating – Versatile Solar Power Generation

Published on August 15th, 2016 | by

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SolarWindow™ window coating generates electricity from light, both from the sun, and artificial light, as well. It is extremely versatile, able to be printed onto glass, plastic, or even paper, making it easy to install this wonder material in many places. This coating sets itself apart from others we have featured, as it can be […] read more

Bamboo – The ABCs of Green Building Materials

Published on August 10th, 2016 | by

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Bamboo is a truly remarkable green building material. It’s twice as strong as concrete and slightly stronger than steel. It’s also a renewable resource that needs little energy to grow, prevents soil erosion, provides biomass, offers wildlife refuge, and produces a healthy food supply for both wildlife and humans. Offering significant remediation from the effects […] read more

Visit A Small Writer’s Shed & Haven In London

Published on August 9th, 2016 | by

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A visit to Surman Weston reveals a delightful small writer’s shed situated in the heart of London. Surman Weston has indicated their firm was “…commissioned by an author and illustrator to design & build a ‘writer’s shed’ in the borough of Hackney. Capitalizing on their multi-disciplinary backgrounds the firm acted as designers, project managers, and lead […] read more

An Eco-Lodge “Touching the Earth Lightly”

Published on August 5th, 2016 | by

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Originally published on Constructed with an eagle’s loft in mind, a newly renovated eco-lodge in South Africa offers a bird’s-eye view from a well-feathered nest. Overlooking lush vistas of Kruger National Park wildlife refuge, the view is so vast you might easily be inspired to sing a hymn in praise of Creation. Singita Lebombo […] read more

Anbaric Renewable Electricity Transmission Using High-Voltage Direct Current Technology

Published on August 3rd, 2016 | by

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Originally published on CleanTechnica In an era of producing multiple forms of renewable electricity, the transmission of high-voltage energy is becoming increasingly important. Anbaric often uses high-voltage direct current (HVDC) technology, heralded as one of the “advanced transmission technologies” in the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which provided for the development of a stronger energy infrastructure. […] read more

Aluminum – The ABCs of Green Building Materials

Published on August 3rd, 2016 | by

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Used in a wide variety of ways in the building construction market, aluminum is a very versatile green building material, especially when it’s recycled. Everything from huge external building structures to delicate window blinds can be manufactured from this lightweight, durable, and corrosion-resistant metal. Doors, windows, and awnings are popular products made from this material, […] read more

Artificial Turf Is The New Green Landscaping

Published on August 2nd, 2016 | by

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Artificial turf isn’t just for mini golf and football stadiums anymore! It has become the go-to product for homeowners suffering through drought or trying to reduce their water consumption. Tanner Shepard, owner of LawnPop, an Austin, TX turf installation company, says that their brand has been growing at a rapid pace. “Synthetic grass was a […] read more