This eco-friendly wooden laptop is designed to curb e-waste

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The innovators at I Am Eco (www.iameco.com) have produced the first eco-friendly computer system. The Dublin group took a look at computers on the market and became frustrated with the waste, the earth-damaging materials, and the toxic chemicals used in the mainstream electronic market. So they decided to do something about it.

The sustainability of the iameco products starts with the design, which focuses on longevity. The company claims that their computers execute up to three times longer… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Environmental campaign floods UK Royal Mail with empty potato chip bags

The UK postal service has implored its public to stop mailing empty potato chip bags addressed without an envelope after a surge in chip bag mailings was encountered by their courier offices. The mailings are spurred by the launch of an environmental campaign urging the most popular brand of British spuds, Walkers, to reevaluate its packaging. The producer, owned by PepsiCo, is being met with a petition signed by over 310,000 people and an online campaign that is sending unknown numbers of empty… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A dome made of rearview mirrors, seat belts and soda bottles floats on Grand River

Husband-and-wife team Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of New York City-based SLO Architecture recently set afloat their latest iteration in their series of Harvest Domes—massive dome-shaped installations made from locally sourced, repurposed materials. Dubbed Harvest Dome 3.0, their most recent buoyant installation can be found in the Grand River of Grand Rapids, Michigan where it celebrates the waterway’s heritage and role in powering the city’s manufacturing legacy. Measuring twenty feet… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

LEED Gold home celebrates Utah’s brilliant light and beauty

Designed to “celebrate Utah’s brilliant light and raw beauty,” this LEED Gold-certified family home in Utah embraces indoor-outdoor living throughout. Salt Lake City-based Sparano + Mooney Architecture crafted the home for clients who sought the perfect mountain home in Park City, Utah. Working in step with interior designer Julie Chahine of J Squared interior design and the clients who had a clear idea of what they wanted, the architects pulled together a sustainable and contemporary dwelling… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Valuable wetlands are disappearing 3 times faster than forests, new study warns

Wetlands around the world are disappearing at an alarming rate. New research shows these valuable ecosystems are vanishing at a rate three times that of forests. Unless significant changes are made, the disappearance of wetlands could cause severe damage around the globe.

The study, which was complete by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, found that over a third of the wetlands on Earth disappeared over a 45-year period. The pace that wetlands are vanishing jumped significantly after the year… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Architect crafts a new work studio from an old shipping container

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MIT develops a sustainable, mass timber-building prototype modeled after the longhouse

As sustainability measures becomes increasingly important in new construction, architects around the world are turning towards mass timber—even for larger scale projects. A design workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is dedicated to exploring the design and engineering potential of wood-based technologies and recently unveiled one such example project that can even be turned into an energy producer. Dubbed the Longhouse, the mass timber-building prototype is modeled after the traditional… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This family-friendly home is a beacon of modern energy-efficient design in Calgary

Located in one of the most coveted lots in Calgary’s inner-city neighborhood of Rosedale, this modern single-family home crafted by local design/build firm Alloy Homes was, as the firm puts it, “designed to lead by example.” Created with an undeniable contemporary aesthetic, the Rosedale House also pays homage to the local neighborhood vernacular with a large front porch, subdued color palette and other details that match the nearby homes. The home also emphasizes energy efficiency with its… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A green-roofed ski cabin blends into the lush Canadian landscape

Wrapped in cedar planks dyed black and topped with a lush green roof, the Cottage in Sutton appears to meld into the landscape from afar. Montreal-based architecture firm Paul Bernier Architecte designed the 2,400-square-foot residence as a weekend retreat for a family of four avid skiers. Modern yet minimalist, the home prioritizes views of the outdoors, in particular the vistas towards Mount Sutton in the south.

Set on a north-south axis, the rectangular home appears to emerge from… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

California implements plastic straw ban at dine-in restaurants

A monumental week of reforms forged by California lawmakers saw no signs of slowing by Thursday when groundbreaking legislation was brought into effect by Governor Jerry Brown. The statesman, who has chastised the overuse of single use plastics on several occasions in the past, proudly signed a bill banning restaurants from distributing plastic straws with their customers’ beverages. While diners will still be given a straw if they specifically ask for one, the small hurdle could make leaps in curtailing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building