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One World Trade Center Awarded LEED Gold

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One World Trade Center, built by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, has recently been awarded the LEED Gold certification due to its sustainable design. Given its height, and its completely glazed façade, that’s quite impressive.

One World Trade Center was completed in 2016, and measures exactly 1,776 ft (541 m) in height. This number is symbolic and represents the year 1776, which is when the US declared its independence. It was built on the spot where the North Tower once stood. As already mentioned, the façade is glazed and features a glass curtain wall, which surrounds the building from the 20th floor all the way up to the observation deck. The glass is coated so that glare, ultra-violet and infrared light is reduced, while it allows natural light through, so that it reaches over 90 percent of the total office area in the building. This greatly offsets the need for artificial lighting. (more…)

By |October 11th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Couple Build a Tiny Home Together

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It’s great when two people whose outlook on life come together, and such is certainly the case with Carissa and Noel, a Californian couple who recently finished constructing their tiny home. Carissa is an interior designer and Noel comes from a construction background so they were perfectly matched in this area too. (more…)

By |October 10th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Bed and Walk-in Closet in One

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Having adequate storage space is certainly one of the biggest challenges when living small. There have been a number of very ingenious solutions to this problem in the past, from hiding storage into the stairs, or installing large pieces of transformer furniture which house everything from the closet to the bathroom. But one of the more ingenious solutions is certainly the transformer bed, which opens up into a walk in closet. These are nothing new I grant you, but here are two which look very easy and comfortable to use, and would make a nice addition to any small modern home. (more…)

By |October 7th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

Nike Unveils a Sustainable Warehouse

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At the end of May, Nike opened its new warehouse, which will be used to serve all of Europe from a single location. This warehouse is incredibly sustainable, which is always welcome when it comes to large companies. The Nike European Logistics Campus as the place is called spans an area of 1.6 million sq ft (150,000 sq m) and is located 31 miles (50 km) outside of Antwerp, Belgium. (more…)

By |October 6th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

New and Much More Affordable Solar Power System

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Fitting a home with a solar power system is still very cost-prohibitive for many, but a new startup project could change all that. The company SunCulture has come up with the so-called SolPad solar panels, which have the battery integrated into them. Such a system would cut the overall costs of installing a solar system in homes quite considerably. (more…)

By |October 5th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

Affordable Off-Grid Flat Pack Home

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The firm Big World Homes from Australia have designed a tiny modular home that is shipped flat-packed, and can be assembled by two people in just a couple of days using only a drill and a hammer. It will also be a lot cheaper than the alternatives. The project is still in the design stage, but if it ever sees the light of day, it would certainly be very well-received by those looking to buy their own home. (more…)

By |October 4th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments