Natural slate offers an economically competitive, totally sustainable alternative for roofs and cladding. Conducted by independent international studies, natural slate has been recognized for producing the least negative effects on the physical environment.
Mark Waghorn is a Welsh architect who has designed two homes that conform to the Wales One Planet Development guidelines for sustainable homes.
Two proposals have won a Tall Wood Building award. One is for Portland, Oregon and the other for New York City. Both use sustainable building materials.
The world’s largest green roof will be 30 acres atop The Hills At Vallco develpment in Cupertino, CA and will help it become LEED Platinum certified.
A green wall at the entrance to the new Prudential Tower in Newark, New Jersey speaks to the many sustainable architecture ideas in the building’s design.
For those sustainability designers and innovators wanting a net-zero product, take a look at the Chip House, a 2011 entry in the DoE’s Solar Decathlon, placing sixth.
The country’s first national green real estate company is the current next step in promoting green living. This company already exists. It is Green Key Real Estate and is based out of California. They offer residential and commercial buildings for sale that have already incorporated many green standards, they encourage buyers with green incentives and ten percent of their gross commissions go toward greening the homes that they sell.
Building a greener dwelling isn’t some lofty idea but practical solutions we all must make to build a more sustainable future. As we started with consideration of space in Green Building 101-Week 1; How Defines Us in Terms of Sustainable Building; Now, we look at the environment around us as we build our Eco-conscious dwelling. By building in harmony with the natural environment and cooperating instead of fighting with the regional climate; Green Building takes a passive approach which requires less energy to run once the building is erected. Bioclimatic design is utilized during the design phase of a home or building.
The Crossway House in Kent, UK, uses historical techniques intermixed with new modern ideals leaving a zero-carbon footprint.
The future of our planet and ecosystem seem to be in jeopardy according to most scientists, and it doesn’t help when there are catastrophic events like the BP oil spill to speed up the process. Despite all the gloom and doom, “Our Cities Ourselves: The Future of Transportation in Urban Life” is an exhibition that celebrates the future and urbanism as well. Ten of the world’s leading architects show how the integration of urban planning and transport can enable cities…