Foldable Solar-Powered Geodesic DOM(E) Home Can be Erected Anywhere Imagine if you could pack your own Geodesic Dome, pop it up anywhere in the world and feel safe, sheltered and warm? Well, that dream could become reality if NRJA's design for a prefabricated, off-grid DOM(E) hits the market. The 120 square meter home features a self-supporting structure that is well-insulated to ensure the best living conditions, and it also boasts a small rainwater and solar collection system. The DOM(E) is an appropriate off-grid home for locations as far afield as the Namibian desert and Siberia since the unique construction and insulation provides a comfortable interior climate regardless of outdoor temperatures. Entirely self-sufficient, it has a small solar rooftop system on the house that heats hot water and a rainwater capture system.
Beehive Tower is a Honeycomb Inspired Vertical Farm for London The aim of the Beehive Tower is to provide the Canary Wharf community of city dwellers a place to garden and live. The tower’s hexagonal mega structural lattice contains greenhouse spaces that also serve as a place for people to meet and socialize. Each hexagon is 8 stories high and contains 8 duplex apartments. A number of the hex cavities are dedicated to gardening and face in different directions so that each element gets a fair share of sun. Atop the tower, fourteen Quiet Revolution QR12 turbines collect enough wind to generate 420,000kWh a year.
Sustainable Design - Buildipedia.com™ Upgrade your home’s insulation and air-seal gaps and cracks sooner rather than later. This is one home improvement that will pay for itself relatively quickly and then continue to generate savings for as long as you live in your home. Even if a full upgrade is not in your budget this year, you can tackle several low- or no-cost improvements right now. Here are 10 tips to keep your home comfortable this winter. 1. New Guidelines to Bring Nature Play to Every Community National Wildlife Federation and Natural Learning Initiative – September 09, 2014By NWF and NLI Nature Play & Learning Places is a project of the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Learning Initiative at the College of Design, North Carolina State University. The guidelines draw from principal author Robin Moore’s extensive landscape design experience, case studies of 12 existing nature play areas across the country, and the contributions from the members of a national steering committee and a technical advisory committee, which consisted of representatives from more than 20 national organizations. The project was funded by the US Forest Service. “Playing outdoors in nature gives children the chance to develop a connection with nature and wildlife, and is good for their overall well-being,” said Kevin Coyle, Vice President for Education and Training at National Wildlife Federation. For more information: Allen Cooper, National Wildlife Federation 512-610-7769 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Shoebox Tiny house on wheels built by Tennessee Tiny Homes. Photographed by Butch Boyd. Kitchen Compost Pail (Bucket, Bin) – DIY, Easy, and Frugal Making Dirt – Part 1 Note: This is part one of a two part article on compost. Read part two – DIY vermicomposting worm farm – here. I knew I was getting old the day I started to think that making my own garden dirt was cool. Don’t get me wrong… I don’t think I’m old, and I don’t dislike the fact that I am getting older, actually I think it’s pretty cool. Sustainable Building Article Directory This directory links to hundreds of free sustainable building articles on the Internet. In many cases these links point directly to the article, saving time and effort searching through entire websites. Websites with lots of articles are listed under Major Sites. Enjoy! Search these articles: Adobe Adobe Adobe Builder.com Newsletter Archives Adobe and Super Block Technology Some Thoughts on Adobe Codes
Unlimited Thinking For Limited Spaces July 23, 2009 by Robin Plaskoff Horton Three young German architects have created a new area of architecture: arbo-architecture. Ferdinand Ludwig and fellow architects, Oliver Storz and Hannes Schwertfeger, call their new specialty “building botany.”