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The first net-zero home under construction from Deltec Homes


The first net-zero home from Deltec Homes’ Renew Collection is under construction months after the line launched. The home was prefabricated at their manufacturing facility in Asheville, NC and shipped to Virginia. It will feature passive solar design, solar panels with battery backup, a double stud wall and mineral wool insulation.
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Ricola’s Headquarters Now Made of Mud


It’s always nice to see large companies acting responsibly and it is even nicer to see them building their business headquarters sustainably. Ricola, the makers of herbal cough drops from Switzerland, have recently unveiled a new herb processing center that is build out of mud. The work was carried out by Herzog & de Meuron, and the walls of the center were made out of rammed earth under the watchful eye of Martin Rauch of Lehm Ton Erde (Loam Clay Earth). The building will be used for the drying, cutting, blending and storing the herbs as part of the production of the cough drops.
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A Natural Concrete Made of Hemp


Using concrete as the primary construction material leaves a huge carbon footprint, which is why building green should focus on minimizing the use of it. Hempitecture is a firm, which is striving to create more awareness for one such green alternative, namely hempcrete, which is concrete made of hemp. However, since industrial hemp is still illegal in the US, hempcrete has to be imported, which raises the price of this building option.
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Cabin in the Woods is Supported by Salvaged Tree Forks


This modern cabin was built in Victoria, AU’s Central Highlands region built by Paul Morgan Architects. It is called Trunk House, due to the fact that its structural framework is made of tree forks, which is a part of the tree usually discarded by the commercial logging industry. The rest of the cabin is also made of wood harvested from the building site.
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Innovative Retreat Takes Advantage of Available Space


Building eco-friendly homes is sometimes about more than just using sustainable building materials and practices-it can also be about fitting new homes into the available space without disturbing or harming the existing landscape. The Forest Retreat house built by the Check firm Uhlik Architekti in the forests of Bohemia, near Prague is an excellent example of just such a construction method.
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Waste House is Made of Garbage


Waste House is a project recently completed by a team of 253 students and apprentices who were led by BBM Architects Director and senior lecturer Duncan Baker-Brown. The house is located at the University of Brighton’s Grand Parade campus and it is made entirely out of waste materials. It is quite an exercise in recycling, and the builders believe it is the first permanent house made entirely from waste in Britain.
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