The recently opened Dubai Energy and Water Authority’s (DEWA) Sustainable Building in Dubai has been awarded LEED Platinum status, becoming the largest public sector building in the world to achieve that status and set a new standard in sustainable building construction. It is also the United Arab Emirates’ first public sector green building, was constructed with 36 percent recycled materials, features high-efficiency insulation, and has been designed to reduce water consumption by 48 percent and energy consumption by 66 percent.
Recently featured in Huffington Post, Chris and Malissa Tack worked in high-tech careers in New York City before relocating to Washington state where they determined to put the Tiny House Movement into place in their lives.
Researching possibilities online, Malissa, a 3-D artist with a specialty in animation, created mockup blueprints of favorite design elements. Desiring to build their home themselves, but lacking in construction skills, they learned what they could from other tiny home builders and looked for financing options.
From the Green Builder magazine’s annual Editor’s Choice list of The Top Hot 50 Products for green building, we have selected four of their featured eco-friendly products that will help to keep you warm for the rest of the winter (or help you get ready for the winter of you’re south of the equator). Selection criteria for the Green Builder editors included: How well-made is a product? How long will it last? How often does it need maintenance? How efficiently does the product process resources? Has the product been crafted in a renewable and sustainable manner?
Hwam 3055 FS Freestanding Wood Fireplace
Designed by Denmark’s Strand + Hvass, the Hwam 3055 FS fireplace is EPA-certified and burns for four to five hours to provide heat for as much as 1,900 square feet of living space. It features a glass fire-screen that easily swings up. Drawing air across the glass, it stays fairly clean, and it can be removed for more meticulous cleaning.