The Boomer makes a big bang in the tiny home market

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Not everyone goes gaga over tiny houses at first sight. Claustrophobes run in the opposite direction, likely to never return, but many feel the need to take a tiny house for a test drive, so to speak, before making a commitment. Build Tiny’s newest design, The Boomer, is aimed to fill the short-term rental niche made popular by Airbnb to offer a try-out before going all-in.

 

The Boomer comes ready to roll – or not. All the amenities of a modern home are standard in this model, including… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



This gorgeous tiny home is perfect for entertaining guests

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MAD reactivates an abandoned Japanese tunnel using surreal immersive art

How do you bring young people back into Japan’s rural areas? One popular answer seems to be with art and architecture. In one of the country’s latest rural revitalization efforts, Beijing-based design studio MAD Architects was invited to reactivate the long-forgotten Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel in the Niigata prefecture. Created for the 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, this series of permanent artistic interventions aims to help bring back “the cultural energy that once empowered the region.”

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Photovoltaic glass clads a sustainably minded residential tower in Melbourne

Melbourne based architecture firm C. Kairouz Architects recently completed The General, an eight-story building that’s said to be Australia’s first-ever large-scale residential structure to use photovoltaic glass on its facade. Located in the inner-suburb of Northcote in Melbourne, the building comprises 87 apartments as well as mixed-use commercial space on the first two floors. Thanks to photovoltaic glazing as well as a slew of other energy-efficient systems and resource-saving measures, The… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Thailand bans the import of e-waste

Over the course of the next six months, Thailand will ban the import of 432 types of scrap electronics also called e-waste. E-waste includes any device with an electric cord or battery and recyclers often mine these trash deposits for valuable metals such as gold, silver and copper. The devices can also contain hazardous and polluting chemicals however, such as lead, mercury and cadmium. The announcement was made official by the country’s Environment Ministry as Thailand has been struggling to deal… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Endangered green and loggerhead turtles make Mediterranean comeback

For 10,000 years, green and loggerhead turtles have been nesting on the Mediterranean coast of Cyprus. In the last 100 years they have been hunted to the brink of extinction. Thankfully, due to pioneering conservation efforts made by Cypriot marine biologists, their endearing reptile compatriots are seeing a bounce back in numbers this year.

Related: Turtle hatchlings spotted on Mumbai beach for the first time in nearly 20 years

The ancient marine animals hatch on Cyprus’s Lara Beach before… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Canada moves to ban bee-killing pesticides

Environmentalists scored a victory in Canada on Wednesday, securing restrictions on two crop chemicals that have been posing threats to bees and aquatic insects. The Canadian government’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), branched under the division ‘Health Canada,’ has agreed to impose constraints on the pesticides, slowly phasing them out of appliance over the course of the next three to five years.

Related: EU approves complete ban on bee-killing insecticides

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New study finds glyphosate in kids’ cereals and snack bars

A recent study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested 45 conventional oat products such as popular kid’s cereals, oatmeals and granola bars. Of the products tested, popular brands such as Quaker, Cheerios, Giant and Back to Nature all made it to the table. The results were alarming, to say the least, as 43 of the products – rounded out to 95.5% – contained glyphosate weedkiller in them. Of the 43 products that indicated traces of glyphosate 31 were above the EWG’s Health Benchmark of safe… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A beer crisis is brewing in Germany as bottle recycling slows amid heatwaves

With summer still in full swing breweries around Germany have been scrambling to keep up with the demand of beer from their hot and thirsty customers. While the brewmasters have enough of the bubbly beverage to go around, the problem is they are running out of bottles and cans to distribute their goods.

Related: The world’s largest beer brewer invents low-carbon beer bubbles

While there are approximately 4 billion beer bottles in circulation within Germany, the hot summer months leaves many… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Trump Tower river violations incur a swift lawsuit by Illinois attorney general

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has pledged to combat the infractions made by the Trump International Hotel & Tower to the Chicago River. The lawsuit was filed in the Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois this Tuesday against the construction conglomerate. The Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club and Friends of the Chicago River groups have also joined the counteraction n working with the attorney general’s office. The suit cites infringements made to the Chicago River under the EPA’s U.S. Clean… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building