Garden-facing timber home uses highly efficient SIPs to minimize waste

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When asked by a long-time friend to build a garden-facing retirement home in Hobart, Australia, Brunswick-based architectural practice Archier created the Five Yards House, a timber-clad abode that takes its name from the numerous “yards,” or gardens, integrated into the design. To minimize waste on site and to ensure rapid installation, the design firm turned to SIP (structural insulated panel) construction, a high-performing methodology that “provides structural, insulative and aesthetic… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



A dark, timber home rests peacefully among evergreen pine trees

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Architects recycle shipping containers into a breezy Dhaka home

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, local architecture firm River & Rain transformed four shipping containers into a light-filled, three-story house spanning 134 square meters. Completed in 2017, the cargotecture dwelling doesn’t hide its shipping container roots yet manages to exude a welcoming and livable atmosphere through strategically cut openings, terraces that emphasize indoor/ outdoor living, and greenery that grows up, around and through the building. Recycled materials were also used throughout… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Solar-powered Technova College nearly hits net-zero energy in the Netherlands

Designed by Delft-based cepezed and cepezedinterior, the Technova College in Ede has recently opened its doors as the newest branch of the Regional Education Center ROC A12 with a strong focus on sustainability. Powered by energy from a biomass plant and on-site solar panels, the near-energy neutral building largely owes its eco-friendly design to an executive consortium (Team Technova) responsible for overseeing maintenance and the energy supply. The school’s highly transparent design fills the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The peaceful Micro House serves as an artist’s refuge in Vermont

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How to cook and enjoy 10 types of squash other than pumpkin

‘Tis the season for squash. And that means it is time for pies, soups, breads, and side dishes. Whether you roast, puree, bake, or sauté it, squash is one of the few fall/winter options for cooking with fresh produce, thanks to their tough outer skins that shield them from cold temperatures.

From butternut squash to sweet dumpling squash, there are endless ways to prepare this amazing vegetable. To help you add squash to your cooking repertoire, here is a guide that will allow you to incorporate… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Slide down a fire pole in this classic fire truck converted into a quirky hotel

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Earthquake-resistant Christchurch Central Library is a stunning symbol of rebirth

Nearly eight years after a magnitude-6.3 earthquake ravaged the New Zealand city of Christchurch, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects completed the Christchurch Central Library, a “stunning symbol of hope, unity and rebirth” built on the concepts of resiliency and sustainability. Dubbed Tūranga—Maori for “foundation”—the earthquake-resistant building also pays homage to the deep cultural heritage of Ngāi Tūāhuriri, the local Māori people, through various artworks as well as with its… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

An off-grid home in South Africa features a conservatory for fully enjoying nature

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This rammed earth home in India uses recycled materials throughout

When a family of six approached Indian architectural practice Wallmakers for a low-cost home, the architects saw the limited budget as an opportunity to innovate and experiment rather than a drawback. To keep costs low, recycled and natural materials were prioritized in their design of the Debris House, an approximately 2,000-square-foot dwelling that makes the most of its compact site. In addition to locally sourced materials, the eco-sensitive home includes a rainwater harvesting and recycling… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building