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



War ruins are reborn as a sustainable home in Lebanon

Having survived the Lebanese Civil War and previously used as a torture and detention center for militia forces, The House with two lives has had a colorful past to say in the least. So when Lebanese design practice Nabil Gholam Architects was asked to renovate the structure—originally built as a resort building in the 1930s—the firm took their time to sensitively pick apart the site’s history and breathe new and positive life into the property. Described as “difficult exorcism,” the design… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This sustainable home in Chile is designed as an ‘unplugged’ retreat for a family of six

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“The most important thing is that the house is totally ‘unplugged,’” LLaumett says. “The electricity is provided by solar panels, and the water comes from a nearby river. It is stored in two elevated containers, delivering the flow to the services by gravity.” The scenery may be a dominant force, but from the perspective of the residents, it’s an enchanting backdrop.

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Celebrate the season with this guide to sustainable fall activities

As the leaves and sunsets transition to a fall landscape of yellow, orange and red, you’re probably dragging out your boots and sweaters. But the end of summer doesn’t mean the end of outdoor fun. In the midst of temperatures dropping and the smell of pumpkin everywhere is the perfect time to plan some fall activities. When considering your options think about the potential impact on the environment that you’re aiming to enjoy and choose earth-friendly options! Here’s a list of sustainable… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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

A sustainable tiny cabin powers this holographic lighthouse of the future

Lighthouses are beloved around the world for their architectural beauty and historical significance. But in recent times, the number of operational lighthouses has sharply declined due to the advancement of electronic navigation technology. In a bid to raise awareness of these romantic maritime towers and promote preservation, French designer Nicolas Abdelkader of Paris-based Studio NAB has proposed Hololightkeeper, an experimental and sustainable project that combines traditional maritime design… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A sustainable campus is built from 22 recycled shipping containers

The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute in Thailand is taking their own teachings to heart with the development of a 17-shipping-container sustainable architectural design for their campus. The multi-unit complex includes classrooms, a library, gym, conference rooms, office, restrooms, kitchen, and outdoor spaces. Another container houses a cafe.

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Sustainable desert home has a small water footprint in Nevada

Las Vegas-based Hoogland Architecture designed the Arroyo House, a forever home for a couple with a penchant for the outdoors and sustainable design. Located in the tiny town of Blue Diamond just outside Las Vegas in the Mojave Desert, the Arroyo House enjoys panoramic views of the landscape with nary a neighbor in sight. The 3,875-square-foot dwelling takes advantage of the views with full-height glazing that’s protected from the sun by large overhangs, while the water conservation and recycling… 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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Net-zero home brings sustainable design to a walkable Iowa City neighborhood

A 1960s home has been reborn into an eco-friendly abode with an impressive net-zero energy footprint. Designed by local architecture firm Neumann Monson, the Koser II is a single-family home that combines forward-thinking sustainable strategies within a contemporary envelope in a leafy and walkable Iowa City neighborhood. Powered by solar and geothermal energy, the home doesn’t sacrifice comfort or luxury in its pursuit of energy efficiency—it even includes a beautiful backyard pool.

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