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Get the Facts on Formaldehyde in Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo is an excellent green building material. It’s fast growing, sustainable, and really beautiful. Bamboo floors are a wonderful choice when renovating or building new. But even these sustainable floors contain a bit of formaldehyde. Learn what standards to look for when purchasing and how to ensure you are not exposed to the chemical.

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Bamboo – The ABCs of Green Building Materials

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 of climate change, bamboo produces more oxygen than other plants, and captures higher amounts of CO2. The first harvest can be taken in three to…

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Bamboo, Plastic Bottles Make Eco-Friendly Greenhouse

Hanoi architecture firm 1+1>2, in collaboration with Action For The City, has designed an eco-friendly greenhouse that protects growing plants from the elements, provides a place for farmers to rest and a offers a creative play space for children to learn more about their environment. It also offers a break from the visual sameness of traditional rice patties. The plastic bottles were donated by students and the local community. They filter the sunlight during the day, protecting the growing plants from…

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Organic skyscraper grows as needed, adding additional floors

Organic Skyscraper Made From Trash Grows As Needed

‘Organic’ skyscraper made from paper and plastics is modelled on bamboo; it ‘grows’ as new floors are needed and it is set to be the latest addition to the London skyline A new green skyscraper that ‘grows’ when new floors are needed and would be constructed out of its own rubbish could be built in London. Taking its inspiration from bamboo scaffolding used in Asia, the structure of the building – being called the Organic Skyscraper – can be extended…

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10 Earth-Friendly Building Materials for Earth Day

Borrowing from Discovery.com’s 2012 top ten list of natural building materials, here are ten earth-friendly building materials, some old and some new. 1. Rock Locally sourced rock is the most earth-friendly, due to short transportation distances. Extraction may be the most energy intense part of the life cycle of this material. Rocks can be mortared together with earthen plasters such as sand and clay or lime. Rock walls have very good thermal mass, which means that they absorb the outside temperature,…

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Guest Post: Green Construction Trends

The Green movement has reached the construction trade. From affordable public housing that has adopted green construction methods — such as ergonomically designed furniture in common areas and the use of sustainable, renewable building materials — to the use of green building standards throughout the country, construction companies are embracing the opportunity to construct eco-friendly buildings. The need for green construction has been aided by a study that found that buildings in Europe use 8 percent more energy than industry…

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Top Five Eco-Friendly Building Materials

If you’re trying to be eco-friendly while building your dream home, you might think there’s no way you can compensate for the carbon emissions and resources that you use. However, if you stick to using green companies and you choose your building materials carefully, you could stand to create a truly environmentally friendly home. Make sure you use materials such as the following: 1. Bamboo Bamboo is an incredibly eco-friendly building material that can be used for a variety of…

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Guest Post: Seasonal Landscaping

Landscaping is not limited to those with the green thumb or professional gardeners. It can be done by anyone even if you have no experience in gardening. A good eye for space and scale, a dash of creativity, and a touch of color are all you need to create a beautiful landscape. There are many ways you can make your yard look attractive and vibrant at any given season. Here are some ideas you can explore for your garden. Winter…

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Make it Green: What Are the Greenest Choices of Wood for Building?

“The argument that somehow non-wood construction materials are ultimately better for carbon emissions than wood products is not supported by our research.
“Trees removed in an environmentally responsible way allow forests to continue to sequester carbon through new forest growth. Wood products continue to benefit the environment by storing carbon long after the building has been constructed,” he added.

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The Bamboo Garden

With the approach of springtime comes a cartload of ideas worth considering. Her we share some photos that might spark the imagination. Creative types will soon find bamboo offers as may design options as the painterly mind wishes to put on the garden easel.

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A DAtE with Disaster: Design Against the Elements 2011 Winner is Announced

DAtE is a global architectural competition meant to find solutions to the problems occurring due to climate change. “Climate change refers to the variation in the Earth’s global climate or regional climates over time scales ranging from decades to millions of years. Changes may be driven by internal processes, external forces or, most recently, by human activities.” This is the third competition of its kind all originating in the Philippines with the winner being announced in early 2011.

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Bamboo in America

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.

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Cool Designs for the Bird Island Dream Green Retreat

Shown here is a winning green building design for Bird Island, a private and gated residential park in the center of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which peacefully shares the environment with many local and migratory birds. The Bird Island Green Homes Competition had a challenge for eight of the world’s top architects to try and create eco-friendly living spaces. Global firm Graft Lab submitted plans for Bird Island rendered above. Inhabitat mentions that Bird Island will also be constructed with a…

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Harvard Offers Students Sustainable LEED Certified Dorms

In keeping with Harvard’s university-wide commitment to sustainable building practices and campus operations, the university has just completed graduate housing that is set to achieve a high level of LEED certification. The 115,000 sq ft project houses 215 beds in over 30 different suite types, and includes a faculty director’s suite, a fitness room, study lounge spaces, a multipurpose room, and a garage that extends under the building. The swanky housing is packed with renewable bamboo flooring, considered wall paneling,…

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Structural Bamboo

The newest structural element has been used in Asia for years. Now it is tested and certified for use in the western world. It can be grown and harvested in three years, and is actually good for the environment. But, will it catch on?

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