The Passive House certification is hard to get, and this is especially true for the Passive House Premium certification. The latter is a new level of certification and was introduced in early 2015. It was created in order to account for the transition of building energy sources from fossil sources to renewable energy. […]
The Italian architect Stefano Boeri has been given a go ahead to create a “vertical forest” apartment building to be constructed in Lausanne, Switzerland. The innovative building will have trees planted on every level, while it will also feature a number of sustainable technologies, such as solar power and a rainwater collection system. […]
A few months ago the firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects of Vietnam unveiled the prototype of the so-called S House, which was aimed at providing a decent and affordable home for low-income families. The home is now about to go into mass production, and each unit will cost less than $1000 to build.
Shortage of drinking water is being faced by more and more communities worldwide. On the other hand, the current methods of turning salt water, which is abundant, into drinking water are expensive and damaging to the environment, and therefore not a viable long-term solution. […]
Few tiny mobile homes are as sustainable as the ones made by the Austrian firm Wohnwagon. It specializes in constructing trailer homes, which can function completely off-the-grid. They make great vacation homes, offices, guest houses, or even full-time residences.
For many apartment dwellers a balcony is but a dream, yet with this new fold out window it could well become reality. Architect Aldana Ferrer Garcia, who is based in Brooklyn, NY, has come up with the so-called “More Sky” window system, which can be installed in place of existing windows. […]