One World Trade Center Awarded LEED Gold

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One World Trade Center, built by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, has recently been awarded the LEED Gold certification due to its sustainable design. Given its height, and its completely glazed façade, that’s quite impressive.

One World Trade Center was completed in 2016, and measures exactly 1,776 ft (541 m) in height. This number is symbolic and represents the year 1776, which is when the US declared its independence. It was built on the spot where the North Tower once stood. As already mentioned, the façade is glazed and features a glass curtain wall, which surrounds the building from the 20th floor all the way up to the observation deck. The glass is coated so that glare, ultra-violet and infrared light is reduced, while it allows natural light through, so that it reaches over 90 percent of the total office area in the building. This greatly offsets the need for artificial lighting. (more…)

By |October 11th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Couple Build a Tiny Home Together

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It’s great when two people whose outlook on life come together, and such is certainly the case with Carissa and Noel, a Californian couple who recently finished constructing their tiny home. Carissa is an interior designer and Noel comes from a construction background so they were perfectly matched in this area too. (more…)

By |October 10th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Affordable Off-Grid Flat Pack Home

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The firm Big World Homes from Australia have designed a tiny modular home that is shipped flat-packed, and can be assembled by two people in just a couple of days using only a drill and a hammer. It will also be a lot cheaper than the alternatives. The project is still in the design stage, but if it ever sees the light of day, it would certainly be very well-received by those looking to buy their own home. (more…)

By |October 4th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments

Expanding Tiny Home

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In order to be able to tow them, tiny homes must stay within a certain set of dimensions. But this greatly limits the amount of interior space you get. The Idaho-based firm Tiny Idahomes came up with a clever solution to this problem, though to be fair this solution was first adopted by RV and trailer makers. Tiny Idahomes have figured out a way to attach a bedroom, dining room, and lounge to their existing tiny home models in a way that these areas slide out at the push of a button. (more…)

By |October 3rd, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

Tallest Wooden Tower in the World is Almost Complete

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Say what you will about wooden construction, it is sustainable. So it’s great that even large structures are now being built out of wood. One awesome example of this type of architecture is Brock Commons, a University of British Columbia student housing tower. It will rise to an impressive 174 ft (53 m) and will be the tallest wooden residential tower in the world once it is complete. Which it very nearly is. (more…)

By |September 29th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments

Home Insulated With Pumice Stone

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Advancements in technology and science have revolutionized architecture and construction, but often to the detriment of traditional building methods. Over the ages, cultures around the world developed construction methods that best fit the climate they live in, and perhaps it is time to go back to the basics. That’s exactly what architects Luis Velasco Roldan and Ángel Hevia Antuña from Ecuador thought. They designed a prototype of a home built using traditional methods once used in the area, and materials that were sourced locally. (more…)

By |September 28th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments