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

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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



Energy-plus home is a beacon of sustainability in Tel Aviv

Israeli architecture firm Geotectura recently completed a striking modern home that can produce more energy than it needs. Located in Tel Aviv, the single-family home—called the Eco360—combines traditional passive design principles with improved energy-efficient systems such as solar photovoltaic panels and a gray water system. The sustainable dwelling also embraces views of the outdoors as well as plenty of natural light.

The project brief was for a modern home that could elegantly… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

LEED Gold Cambie Fire Hall is a beacon of sustainability in Richmond, BC

Vancouver-based Assembly Architecture and Alberta-based S2 Architecture recently completed the Cambie Fire Hall No. 3 and BC Ambulance Services Station, a LEED Gold-certified facility that shows how civic architecture can be beautiful, effective and sustainable. Built to serve the City of Richmond in British Columbia, the new building spans over 26,000 square feet in size and rises to three stories with room for fire rescue vehicles and up to six ambulance vehicles. The building is illuminated by… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Sleek fiberglass visitor center is a beacon for wind energy in Denmark

The wind turbines at Thisted, Denmark don’t just generate renewable energy—these massive structures are among the world’s largest offshore wind turbines and have become a big draw for tourism too. In light of the site’s popularity, Cubo Arkitekter was tapped to design the Østerild Visitors and Operation Center that offers insight on wind energy and other sustainable technologies.

Completed last year in the National Park Thy, the nearly 7,000-square-foot Østerild Visitors… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Zero-carbon Nanjing Green Lighthouse is a beacon for sustainable design in China

The 5,500-square-meter Nanjing Green Lighthouse takes on a spiral form and is centered on a light-filled atrium that funnels natural light and fresh air to all floors. “We would all like to produce more ‘green’ buildings with lower energy consumption or low carbon emission,” says Archiland International. “The challenge is at the same time to make this necessary new buildings even more attractive than buildings of today and not just making engineering technology driven machines. With this… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building