10 sustainable Halloween decorations for your green home

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Halloween is just around the corner, but when it comes to decorating your home for the spooky holiday, it can be a challenge to keep things eco-friendly, thanks to most store-bought decorations being made with non-recyclable plastic and covered in toxic paint or synthetic fabrics.

But, there is no need for frivolous spending and waste when it comes to decorating for Halloween. There are some great DIY ideas that you can use to upcycle things that are already lying around your house, allowing you… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



A solar-powered home hides behind a colossal, sloped green roof

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MAD brings a surreal sports campus that mimics a green, martian landscape to China

Architect Ma Yansong and his Beijing-based firm MAD Architects’ surreal designs often look as though they come from outer space—and his new masterplan for the Quzhou Sports Campus in China is no different. The massive development just broke ground in the historic Chinese city in Zhejiang province and will bring with it an undulating green landscape with mixed programming. Inspired by the traditional Chinese painting style called ‘shan shui,’ MAD Architects conceived a park-like setting with… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Henning Larsen unveils green, mountain-inspired buildings for Shanghai

Henning Larsen Architects has unveiled designs for the first phase of the “The Springs,” a mixed-use development currently underway in Shanghai that aims to embrace a “green living” lifestyle. Inspired by a style of traditional Chinese landscape painting called ‘shan shui,’ the Danish architecture firm crafted the buildings in the image of the dramatic mountain landscapes found throughout rural China. Trees and gardens will grow on top and around the stepped towers to create an immersive… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This sustainable dog house has a green roof and solar-powered fan to keep cool

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10 money-saving tips for a green home

With more and more people becoming mindful about the environment, there has never been a better time to make your home greener. Not only does making your house more sustainable contribute to a better world, but it also puts money back into your pocket. Here are 10 ways in which you can turn your home into an environmentally friendly space.
1. Water Savings
We usually think about sustainability in terms of energy savings. But being environmentally minded also means taking a closer look at water… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Natural stone and an expansive green roof blend the stunning Gozu House into the Andes Mountains

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Chicago snags green city spotlight for second year running

A new study has revealed Chicago to be the greenest city to work in within the United States. About 70% of the Windy City’s office spaces are certified for environmental efficiency, up from 66% last year. Other top cities include runner-up San Francisco, Atlanta, Lost Angeles, and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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The annual survey is taken by the United States Commercial Real Estate Services (CBRE Group) and evaluated in… 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

A new study reveals that urban green spaces may be an antidote to depression

A new study published in JAMA Open Network on July 20th by a group of researchers in Philadelphia suggests that symptoms of depression could be reduced by access to green spaces for those living near them. While previous research has cross-studied the beneficial effects of green spaces on mental well-being, experts such as Professor Rachel Morello-Frosch from the University of California, Berkley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management are regarding this experimentation as “innovative.”… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building