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BioSkin Facade Wins Tall Building Innovation Award

NBF Osaki Building uses BioSkin facade system

BioSkin facade, a system of water-filled ceramic pipes that cools the exterior surface of buildings and their surrounding micro-climates, has won the 2014 Tall Building Innovation Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).  The initial use of BioSkin was at the NBF Osaki Building in Tokyo, Japan. BioSkin is a system of…

Biomimicry Inspires Squid-like Building

Biotic Tech Skyscraper by GPT Architecture

Biomimicry is the practice of using nature to inspire design.  It has become more popular as the green building movement has grown.  The Biotic-Tech Skyscraper City by GPT Architecture in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, is inspired by squid, using the qualities of transparency, flexibility, movement and protective pigmentation.  The design was the Jury Winner in the Architizer A+ awards for…

Earthbag Buildings – Functional to Beautiful

Divine Nectar retreat cabin

In homage to our previous post on all natural building products, here is a photo collection of earthbag buildings – built from bags of dirt or sand, stacked brick-like, and covered with mud mixed with straw. Divine Nectar retreat cabin – This stunning earthbag cabin was built as part of a retreat center in the desert…

3D Printed Buildings Speed Up Construction

3D printed house assembly

Will the buildings of the future be printed? Chinese construction materials company Winsun New Materials says it has printed 10 houses on its new 3-D printer that cost them about $3.2 million to develop and took 12 years to build. Winsun’s 3D printer is 6.6 meters (22 feet) tall, 10 meters wide and 150 meters…

Vertical Glass House

Architecture, like all art forms, has its lovers and its critics. If a new structure did not draw attention of both, then there would be nothing new to celebrate or berate. A new residential structure built for West Bund in China is one dwelling that is causing a stir. The building is the Vertical Glass…

Affordable Housing Goes Green in Georgia

NWGHA recently worked with Lord, Aeck & Sargent (LAS) Architecture creating 10 public-housing, energy-efficient, green apartments called Village Green in Rome, Georgia.

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.

Green Cement: Near Reality Or Just A Dream?

Cement is everywhere. The foundations of our buildings, the driveways that lead beyond suburban garage doors, the walls of our schools, and the mortar joints between every brick we lay contain a binding substance we call Portland cement. Cement is the binding agent used to hold together the tough aggregate (rocky gravel) in the concrete…

Green Building with Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) Part Two

This is the conclusion of Building with SIP series. Builders and potential home owners have the initial perception that SIP buildings are “kits” that you buy out of a catalog of predetermined designs and plans. This is not always the case. The home shown here are from a home built by DS Construction, a general contractor in Lake Tahoe, CA. We built a home using SIPs which were designed for conventional construction practices.

KeyBank Renovation Earns LEED Gold

KeyBank Higbee

KeyBank’s renovation of three floors in the historic Higbee Building on Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio has been awarded LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The building features a number of sustainability features, from automated lighting and ventilation systems to a design that maintains the building’s historic charm. “This renovation represents KeyBank’s commitment…

“Katrina Cottages” Spark Tiny House Movement

Katrina Cottage in New Orleans

In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the people of New Orleans were desperately looking for answers to their usable housing shortage. The now infamous FEMA trailers were brought in to provide residents semi-permanent housing.  At $70,000 a piece, it quickly became clear that the trailers would just be too expensive.  170 participants,…

LEED Gold certification awarded to InterContinental San Francisco

InterContinental San Francisco – recently featured by GBE – has been awarded LEED Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED EBOM).”

Atherton House; Sustainable Home Cooled by Man-made Pond

The Atherton House in Atherton, California is an ideal example of how to incorporate manmade elements that pre-exist on a site to benefit that site.

LEED for Homes Award Winners

LEED for Homes Awards

Several projects were honored at Greenbuild in November, including a LEED Platinum house built for under $100 per square foot, an affordable housing project named after General Colin Powell, and the most prolific LEED for Homes provider in the nation.

New Cement Absorbs Carbon Dioxide

cement flower

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.

Hurricane Katrina Ravaged Site Goes LEED Gold

Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center

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.

Smarter Cities ~ Project of the Natural Resources Defense Council

Have you heard about NRDC’s Smarter Cities? “When thinking about the urban environment, more often than not problems come first to mind.  Less commonly thought about is the potential presented by cities, potential to rethink and reshape their environments responsibly. Today urban leaders—mayors, businesses and community organizations—are in the environmental vanguard, making upgrades to transportation…