When you think about sustainable landscaping, you probably consider water efficiency and using low-maintenance native plantings. But do you think about energy efficiency? Cooling the air, cooling the ground, and harnessing the sun, wind, and water? Landscape architect Sue Reed has put together a comprehensive resource on the topic in Energy-Wise Landscape Design: A New Approach for your Home and Garden. In the new book by New Society Publishers, Reed explains how to save money and energy, while creating a beautiful and natural landscape.
This affordable, 1,400 square-foot home is under construction near Reims, France, according to Dezeen. With a curvy green roof — somewhat similar to the one seen at Birchway Eco-Community — Wave House has a double-skin polycarbonate glass facade and a vegetated surface to shield against summer heat and winter cold .
Hopefully you're catching a little rest and relaxation while observing this fine Memorial Day holiday. As is the customary at the end of the month here, I've linked up all of our coverage from May in groupings — Developments & Projects, Prefab & Homes, Technology & Products, and Interesting & Green News — in case you missed something. Here's the good stuff:
When using shipping containers for a structure, you'll want to do your homework, but often the results can be stunning, as is the case here. Located in Brittany, France, Crossbox was built with four containers and topped with greenery. Two modules cantilever over the other two, but you can hardly tell what's going on as drywall and cladding camouflage the industrial skeleton.
- How much does LEED actually cost?
- The change leadership sustainability demands.
- McDonough launches Green Products Innovation Institute.
- Feds serve as a green technology test bed.
- Fact and fiction: demystifying living walls.
- Will Fannie and Freddie derail PACE.
- Green ≠ Sensible.
Dwell Development Design + Build, a firm in Washington state focusing on urban infill development, recently completed these four homes located at 1105 23rd Avenue South in Seattle. Targeted to exceed 5-star Built Green certification, the modern homes at 1105 Dwell are being offered for sale from $479,000. Sizes vary from 1,647 to 1,772 square feet.