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Sustainable Building

The Most Energy-Efficient Skyscraper Ever?

XPRIZE | Posted 01.14.2016 | Green

New York City scored a major coup when it successfully lured Cornell University to build a campus for Cornell Tech, its applied sciences program, on Roosevelt Island, smack in the middle of the East River.

Building the Future With Self-Healing Concrete

XPRIZE | Posted 07.22.2015 | Green

Geology and biology are blending in a fascinating way to create a breakthrough new construction material: concrete that can heal its own cracks. The secret weapon? Bacteria.

Smog-Eating Buildings Battle Air Pollution

XPRIZE | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green

Architects and environmental scientists have been teaming up to address an interesting question: is it possible -- and economically feasible -- to design and construct buildings that can passively clean smoggy urban air?

Behold, The Home That Turns Into A Boat

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 10.31.2014 | HuffPost Home

When UK design firm Baca Architects submitted their plans for a floating home on a small island in the River Thames, the response they got was, unders...

The Naked Table Project: Building a Sustainable Table With Charles Shackleton

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Sharon Kitchens

The tables built the day before were linked end-to-end smack in the middle of a beautiful outdoor setting. The day's menu was made of produce and meat sourced from local farms, bread from a nearby bakery, and cheese from a creamery located just down the road.

Treehouse Built on Centuries-old Oak With Local Materials (VIDEO)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 05.14.2012 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

When an extended Spanish family decided to build a treehouse for their five grandchilden on their estate in Extremadura, they knew they wanted to protect their beloved "encinas" (holm oak trees).

10 Green Building Questions To Ask Your Contractor

Earth911 | Posted 02.28.2012 | Green

From Earth911's Alexis Petru: Planning a home improvement project this spring? Whether you’re simply painting a room or undertaking an entire...

Green Building Trends For 2012

Posted 01.24.2012 | Green

From Earth Advantage Institute: Earth Advantage Institute, a nonprofit green building resource that has certified more than 12,000 homes, announced...

Incredible Video Shows Hotel Built In 360 Hours (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 01.09.2012 | Travel

Constructing a skyscraper once took months if not years to build. But not anymore, and certainly not in China. In this recently released time-laps...

From Model Ts to Green Start-ups

Peggy Brennan | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Peggy Brennan

I'm sitting in a 1920s-era building in Detroit, a former Model T showroom, that two years ago was an unsightly warehouse. The transformation of our building to an energy-efficient community space has been a fascinating one.

At Solar Decathlon, College Eco-Stars Reveal True Future of Solar

Brian F. Keane | Posted 11.30.2011 | College
Brian F. Keane

Solar Decathletes are students who, instead of partying at the beach or making money at temporary jobs, decide to help design, engineer and assemble solar-powered homes in their spare time.

Landscape Urbanism: The Challenge of Implementation

David Eisen | Posted 07.16.2011 | Arts
David Eisen

Designers will need to team up with scientists, sociologists and engineers -- and bureaucrats and bean counters, too -- if sustainable design solutions are to be pushed beyond the commonplace.

5-Part Web Documentary on Stylish & Sustainable Building (VIDEO)

Zem Joaquin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Zem Joaquin

I created a documentary to delve deeper into the process of creating a chic little cottage out of reclaimed materials and tenacity.

Creating a workforce

Jim Gibbons | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Gibbons

If you regularly read this blog, you may have already read about the Reconnect program. Reconnect began in 2004 when Goodwill first partnered with Del...

WATCH: Artistic Low-Income Homes Built From BONES, Bottlecaps And Other Reused Materials

Huffington Post | Travis Walter Donovan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Dan Phillips mortgaged his house in 1997 to start his construction company, Phoenix Commotion, and pursue his dream of using wasted construction mater...

Solar Decathlon: The Competition For The Best Solar-Powered House (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | ThienVinh Nguyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

University teams from around the world are busy constructing sustainable houses at this year's U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition...

A Cup of Coffee to Build Sustainable Communities

Cameron Sinclair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Cameron Sinclair

Through Architecture For Humanity's "Do A Latte Good" campaign, you can bid on coffee with one of our great supporters, and in return they'll contribute to help reconstruction efforts post-Typhoon Ketsana.

Shine On Sierra Leone: Building Sustainable, Permanent Schools And Houses

Tiffany Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tiffany Persons

In 2006, I saw an article about earth-bag building. I was thrilled that we could use this method for the schoolhouse we were planning to build in Sierra Leone. But then our plans changed.