The Empowerhouse, a home that produces all of its own energy, has just been built in a Washington D.C. neighborhood. It was designed by students at the New School and Stevens Institute of Technology as part of a Solar Decathlon design competition, which partnered with the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development. This made one of the competition’s homes a reality for the first time ever. Read more »
This gorgeous Bala Park Island cabin designed by Altius Architecture is a 3-bedroom, 2,200 square foot seasonal home located near Lake Muskoka in Ontario, Canada. The home is separated into two sides, consisting of a public and open kitchen, dining and living areas, and a side with private bedrooms. The roof contains clerestory windows, offering views of the nearby ridge, and the Douglas Fir roof joists allow for a clean pattern across the ceiling on the ground floor. Read more »
A new type of concrete has been created by Spanish researchers for buildings in Mediterranean-like climates that encourages the natural, rapid growth of pigmented organisms within the concrete. It can be used as a facade that offers advantages such as reducing atmospheric CO2 and natural thermal comfort.
The concrete works great as a support for the growth and development of certain kinds of biological organisms such as microalgae, mosses, lichens, and fungi. The goal is to set it up so that the surface is covered in less than a year, and that the appearance will evolve over time, changing color according to the time of year and the dominating organisms. Read more »