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Old Garage Transformed into Ultra-modern Studio Office

When renowned furniture designer Hugo de Ruiter decided to turn his Eindhoven home’s old brick construction into a sleek, inspiring design studio, he turned to the architects at Architecten|en|en. It was a solid move, because what they came up with- a unique, metallic workspace called “Studio R-1”- makes full use of the existing structure while […]

November 11th

WWII Air Base Gets Turned into Sustainable Farm

Recently, a local Essex family purchased a decommissioned air base that was once home to the 381st Bombardment Group with plans to turn it into a sustainable farm. Essex is located in the southeast corner of England near the English Channel. On a clear day, you can see Europe from Essex – which is exactly why […]

September 24th

Next Trend in Passive House Design: Passive Hospitals

Passive house design has gone from an emerging architectural trend to a firmly established movement that’s entrenched itself in the professional and public mind. Even so, most people – both industry experts and laypeople – take the term literally, and equate “passive house” with, you know, houses. The truth, meanwhile, is that the same principles […]

September 8th

San Francisco’s HOPE SF Renovates Libraries and Public Buildings in 10-Year Plan with Solar Technologies

Currently, as part of HOPE SF, the Bayview/Hunters Point Revitalization Program is underway. It began more than a decade ago with a ten-year plan devised between San Francisco’s Public Library and the Department of Public Works. It is a multi-million dollar plan to renovate every branch of the library in the city and is called the Branch Library Improvement Program.

October 4th

Engineering School Renovation Earns LEED Gold

The Duthie Center for Engineering on the University of Louisville campus recently earned LEED Gold for its renovation project. Highlights included 54% water savings, reuse of 95% of the existing building structure, and recycling 77% of the demolition waste.

August 30th

Showing the Green Building Process

What does it look like to build a house with lots of green features? We see pictures of the finished buildings, and we read about the features that make them green. We know about the importance of good insulation and reducing electrical loads and choosing efficient equipment. But what does it look like while it […]

July 30th

Low Impact Living: Green Your Kitchen

Editor’s note: Thinking about a kitchen remodel? This week, Low Impact Living takes a look at every element of kitchen use, and how you can both make the space more efficient, more livable, and more earth-friendly. This post was originally published on September 7, 2007. You may not know it, but your kitchen is one […]

Platinum LEED 19th Century Building

Harvard University has achieved several firsts with the recent renovation of an old power plant into an office building. It is the first LEED Platinum certified university building renovation, as well as Harvard’s first Platinum building. More interestingly though, it is the first Platinum building built before the turn of the the century–last century, that […]

March 27th