Bathroom cleaners are now environmentally friendly, we're using insulation to keep heating costs down and screwing in fluorescent light bulbs to reduce electricity bills. But even with all the options for greening a home, roofs are often left out of the equation. Bill Christensen, founder of Building Green, a group based in Austin, Texas committed to providing green building information, says roofing has often been a neglected part of sustainable building, leaving open valuable space that can easily contribute to lowering costs and protecting the environment.
However, that neglect appears to be changing. Ralph Velasquez, director of sustainable technology for Tremco, a sustainability focused roofing company in Beachwood, Ohio, notes a growing desire for environmentally friendly roofing products as Americans become more conscious of their environmental impact. Menlo Passive. The Greenest Commercial Building in the World — The Bullitt Center.
Retrofitting our Skyscrapers For Food and Power. Nicolai Ouroussoff writes about all the new glass towers architects are designing in New York these days; they are lovely things, but what will power them or feed their occupants in years to come?
Green roofs won't do it, they are too small. Daekwon Park has a great idea, seen in the 2008 Evolo skyscraper competition: a way to reunite the isolated city blocks and insert a multi-layer network of public space, green space and nodes for the city. Clipping onto the exterior of existing buildings, a series of prefabricated modules serving different functions would be stacked on top of each other, adding a layer of green space for gardening, wind turbines or social uses to make new green façades and infrastructures. There are modules for vertical gardens and connections to other buildings through a network of skywalks; Wind turbine units and program units that could serve many public functions.
Design for Reuse. The "Go Green" Guide for Industries. Achieving energy efficiency by ‘going green‘ has now become the most sought after methodology to not only bring down operational costs but strengthen the customer interest and loyalty towards the company as well.
This is the result of the growing awareness amongst common men as they are now keen to ensure that industry operations are contributing to raising the environmental safety – even if they aren’t part of a green industry. Many companies in the manufacturing sector are now under the radar of both governmental legislations and customers to clean up and go green. Here are a few ideas that will enable these businesses to achieve energy efficiency and go green! Eliminate Waste by Adopting Cleaner Production Implementing a cleaner production strategy will help bring down the levels of waste generated through improved process management, good house-keeping, new or modified production process/equipment/technologies and by producing useful by-products. Hydrogen-Producing Skyscraper Harvests Energy From Bolts of Lightning. Hydrogen power is an exciting alternative energy source because it burns clean and emits only water vapor and heat -- however the tech is crippled by the fact that it takes a lot of energy to produce hydrogen fuel.
This eye-popping Hydra Tower aims to solve the hydrogen conundrum in the most logical awesome way possible -- by harnessing bolts of lighting to smash molecules of water into hydrogen and oxygen. The spire's sinuous exoskeleton is made from graphene, a carbon super-material that is 200 times stronger than steel and highly conductive to heat and electricity - the better to channel incredible amounts of energy straight from the sky. Part lightning spire and part futuristic super-tower, the Hyrdra Skyscraper was designed by Milos Vlastic, Vuk Djordjevic, Ana Lazovic, Milica Stankovic, and was an honorable mention in the 2011 Evolo Skyscraper Competition. 15 Energy Efficient Designing Tips for Home. 15 Energy Efficient Designing Tips for Home Energy efficiency is often the number one concern for home owners.
How can you design a beautiful home that still helps you save each month on your energy bill? Listed below are 15 energy efficient designing tips that will give your home beauty and help you save money. Choosing fans over light fixtures. Green design will save the world. Lofted Forest Home: Organic Curves & Natural Materials. Rotating House Puts New Spin on Eco Living. An engineer in the Czech Republic has built himself a house that can rotate to face any direction he chooses.
It can also submerge into the hillside to make use of the earth's naturally cooler temperature. Published. Canada's Greenest Building: It's For The Kids. A new childcare center planned in Canada is expected to raise the bar on traditional green building practices.
The center serves the UniverCity community, which is walking distance to the Simon Fraser University campus on Burnaby Mountain, just outside Vancouver. The center is built to meet the Living Building Challenge certification, which takes into account seven different areas known as “petals.” They include: site, water, energy, health, materials, equity and beauty. DO IT YOURSELF. Hobbit Houses: 15 Grassy Hill-Shaped Dwellings.
“In a hole in a ground lived a hobbit.
Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing to sit on or eat: It was a hobbit hole and that means comfort.” This line by J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the beloved The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fantasy novels, has inspired hundreds of copycat underground hobbit homes around the world – and is itself inspired by ancient Viking hill houses. Green Building. Pub Grease Helps Heat Green Building Superstar One Embankment Place in London is the new all-time BREEAM score leader, in part thanks to a heating and cooling system that runs on biodiesel from used cooking oil.