Boston to Get an Energy Positive Building

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It’s always nice to see sustainable building projects get underway, especially when they’re being built in cities, which must become more energy efficient soon, or else. To this end, the firm Behnisch Architekten has recently unveiled their plans to expand Boston’s EpiCenter into the largest energy-positive commercial building in New England, and maybe even on the entire East Coast. Once finished the building will house the Artists for Humanity charity organization.
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By |December 12th, 2014|Green Building|1 Comment

Bright’n Green Net-Zero Building Unveiled in Brooklyn

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A net-zero apartment complex was recently opened in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NY. The construction of this sustainable building was put on hold by hurricane Sandy, which hit when the building was already under construction. According to Robert Scarano, the architect who designed the Bright ’n Green project, as it is called, did not suffer major damage, and the net-zero building was able to supply power to the neighborhood via extension cords during the aftermath of Sandy.

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By |December 6th, 2014|Green Building|2 Comments

New Luxury P.A.T.H. Houses are Very Energy Efficient

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The Prefabricated Accessible Technological Homes (or P.A.T.H.) are high-end, luxury prefab homes, which are capable of producing more energy that they require. These homes were created by French designer and architect Philippe Starck in collaboration with Slovenian prefabricated housing specialist Riko. The two partners are selling these homes under the name “Starck with Riko”.
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By |December 4th, 2014|Prefab|1 Comment

Are Mega-Buildings the Future of Our Cities?

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Cities of the future will almost certainly need to be both larger and much more sustainable than they currently are. Due to this assumption, the logical solution is huge mega-skyscrapers, which are capable of producing their own power and handling their own waste. One such design was recently put forth by Urban Future Organization in partnership with CR-Design in the form of the Cloud Citizen building complex which is to be built in Shenzhen, China. Their idea is actually a whole sprawling complex of interconnected buildings, which includes great spaces and comes with a number of sustainable features.
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By |November 26th, 2014|Modern design|3 Comments

Off-The-Grid Living in a Yurt

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When it comes to off-the-grid, sustainable living we have a lot to learn from our ancestors. The yurt is a great example of ancient architecture, which still makes sense today. The Scottish company Trakke recently unveiled the so-called Jero yurt, which makes for a great little shelter, that can easily become an off-the-grid dwelling, a guesthouse or a cabin. The yurt can be assembled very quickly, and can easily be towed to anywhere in the world.
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By |October 13th, 2014|Green Building|1 Comment

The first net-zero home under construction from Deltec Homes

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The first net-zero home from Deltec Homes’ Renew Collection is under construction months after the line launched. The home was prefabricated at their manufacturing facility in Asheville, NC and shipped to Virginia. It will feature passive solar design, solar panels with battery backup, a double stud wall and mineral wool insulation.
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By |September 15th, 2014|Green Building|0 Comments