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Planning a smart city for the future involves planners, architects, engineers, and designers– rather than bureaucrats, bureaucracies, and politics as usual. According to the Smart Cities Council, a smart city is “one that has digital technology embedded across all city functions.” And per Frost & Sullivan, there are eight elements (each with the word “smart” in […]
The right tools are important for all contractors, and here are the best tools for renovations.
Massimino Moretti and his WASP organization say they have developed a process that makes a 3D printed mud house out of earth.
The Omega Center for Sustainable Living exists to educate designers, architects, and young people about design and construction techniques that use natural phenomena like wind and shade to heat, cool, and even power the building itself. The program is holding a conference next weekend, which was reported on by our sister site, Cleantechnica. You can […]
As new construction moves away from the McMansions of yesterday, they’re not going smaller, they’re going boxier. The essence of green design means more efficient homes that typically need less square footage. Unfortunately, new homes are being built as big as ever before.
Some diehard environmentalists consider eco-mansions an oxymoron at best, with militant types even setting fire to greenwashed mega-homes! But eco-mansion haters sometimes ignore an inconvenient truth: Huge homes are constantly getting built, and most of these are anything but green. That’s the impetus behind “Playa” (above), a case study green home being built in Westchester, […]
Editor’s Note: This post was provided by one of our paid sponsors, Solar Energy International (SEI), a USA non-profit organization whose mission is to help others use renewable energy and environmental building technologies through education. SEI teaches individuals from all walks of life how to design, install and maintain renewable energy systems, and how to […]
At the heart of all building projects are the materials, the stuff, the bricks and sticks, the elements that are assembled to build a building. Different materials have different impacts on the Earth. Some require extensive resources for their manufacture. Steel and other metals need to be refined from ore and processed into their final […]