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 .
Niagara Conservation has developed what it claims is the world’s only 0.8 gallons per flush toilet, the Stealth. The ultra high efficiency toilet — recently profiled as Alex Wilson’s Cool Product of the Week — uses a patented hydraulic technology to deliver a quiet flush with the performance of a pressure-assist toilet. It’s a water saver, too, using approximately 37% less water than a standard high efficiency toilet.