This revolutionary sustainable community in Atlanta is still thriving 15 years after its founding

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I have a project that includes a sustainable community design and a net-zero house within it. I designed the masterplan for Serenbe Community located outside of Atlanta. The design began in 2001, the first house was built in 2004, and now there are 600 residents. The second image shows an aerial of one of four hamlets planned for the community in what we are calling a constellation of sustainable hamlets. The second image is of my house, just completed within the community with passive solar, PV… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The organic farm teaching sustainable growing techniques in Canada’s cold, dark north

Tucked inside the lush boreal forest in Canada’s Northwest Territories, you’ll find something unexpected. There, cheek to jowl with the ever-encroaching trees sits a thriving farm with snuffling pigs, lush fruit trees, and acres of vegetables, all in an environment that is anything but hospitable to agriculture. But creating a flourishing, regenerative landscape perfect for a productive local farm is exactly what the Northern Farm Traning Institute is all about, and their goal is to help people… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Microsoft is razing its Redmond campus to build a sustainable mini city

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Failed Palm Springs golf course is being repurposed into a sustainable community filled with olive groves

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“Miralon is dramatically large in scope and vision,” said Freehold California Division President Brad Shuckhart. “It is like no other place in Palms Springs and yet it emerges naturally from the Desert. This is a community that looks boldly forward with environmental advances while embracing the region’s great architectural history.”

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Students build a low-cost yet high-quality sustainable home from recycled materials

Affordable and sustainable housing is possible—and Studio 804’s many projects are proof. Working together with University of Kansas architecture students, Studio 804 produced their latest design/build project, called 1330 Brook Street, in a working-class neighborhood in the city of Lawrence. As with their previous projects, the energy-efficient home is designed with LEED standards in mind and makes use of passive solar strategies to save on energy.

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Sustainable Konbit shelter replaces home destroyed by Haiti earthquake

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UK man builds highly sustainable near-Passivhaus home for his elderly parents

A UK man has built his parents the ultimate gift: a highly sustainable home where they can comfortably live out their lives in one of their favorite places on Earth—and it’s also a house that’s won numerous awards to boot. The loving son is Richard Pender, who began the self-built project, called Shawm, as a master’s student studying renewable energy at Newcastle University. Richard worked in collaboration with Dan Kerr of MawsonKerr Architects to create a beautiful airtight home in rural… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Dwell Development’s net-zero home in Seattle is packed with sustainable goodness

This 5-Star Built Green luxury home in Mount Baker features several sustainable elements, including a solar-ready roof, that make it net zero ready. The house, designed by JT Architecture for Dwell Development– Seattle’s award-winning leader in sustainable home building– is perched on a peaceful hilltop in one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhood and offers expansive views of the city.

The design of the Mount Baker house is in line with the philosophy of Dwell Development and its net zero strategy… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

NASA unveils inflatable greenhouse for sustainable farming on Mars

A group of researchers from the University of Arizona, in collaboration with NASA scientists, have created an innovative inflatable greenhouse to help feed astronauts on other planets. The Prototype Lunar/Mars Greenhouse project would allow astronauts on deep space missions access to healthy, fresh food year-round.

The greenhouse is made of an inflatable material and functions as a closed loop, integrated with the astronaut’s life support systems. The carbon dioxide released by the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Solar-powered safari lodge offers sustainable luxury digs in Botswana

Elevated on stilts, the sustainable and cocoon-like lodge takes its inspiration from the pangolin, an endangered scaly animal native to the African bush. The architects clad the curvaceous facade with natural and locally sourced shingles and woven in a View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building