Building a Sustainable Future...

By Architecture, Design & Innovation | A conscious approach to energy  & ecological conservation in the design of the built environment. Exploring new technologies, striving to build a sustainable future through green architecture, renewable energy & smart design

UK has passed 1,000 hours without coal this year

Earlier this year, the UK passed 72 hours without burning any coal. This was an impressive feat, but could it be sustained? Apparently so.<p>The …

Wind Power

Encouraging good practice in the Design of Homes

Carbon

Net-zero Sawmill House is 100% self sufficient in California's high desert

Building a comfortable self-sufficient dwelling is no easy task, especially when in a harsh climate. But when Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig was …

Off-grid

Time for R32 to be at the heart of your project

This landmark ruling has one key objective: to reduce F–Gas emissions by 79% between 2015 and 2030, by cutting the availability of hydrofluorocarbons …

Recycling

The effects of climate change in London

<i>Article by by Ellina Webb – Mitsubishi Electric</i><p><b>Climate change is an issue that makes us think about the wider implications to our planet. But what</b> …

Climate Change

15-Year-old Creates Simple, Revolutionary Device That Can Generate Electricity From Rainwater

The ninth grader hopes that the gadget will bring free energy to millions of homes that don't have access to an electrical grid.The post 15-Year-old …

Renewable Energy

This Off-Grid Turkish Cabin Features a Nifty Pulley System

Pulley-operated walls and windows open the door to indoor/outdoor living in this tiny prefab cabin.<p>Istanbul–based architecture firm SO? has recently designed an off-grid prefab cabin to serve as a family retreat for a couple with a young child. Nestled between the border of Turkey, Bulgaria, and …

Off-grid

Will a new London art installation help improve air quality?

<b>Will a new London art installation help improve air quality?</b><p>As a Londoner, I love the diversity of the city and the amount of cultural events and …

Pollution

Germany to miss 2020 greenhouse gas emissions target

Economic and population growth are to blame for Germany missing its climate protection target. One of the leaders of the Greens said figures show …

Steven Holl Architects’ LEED Gold-seeking museum is a beacon for sustainability

Environmental design and contemporary art go hand-in-hand in Steven Holl Architects’ recently completed The Markel Center, the home of the Institute …

It’s time to embrace the ‘living wall’ years

The benefits of a living wall<p>The insulation levels and air tightness of buildings is a concept that continues to gain emphases in the built …

Charred timber cladding and a green roof connect this Victorian-era home to nature

To embrace indoor/outdoor living, this Victoria-era house in London is outfitted with a handsome new extension wrapped in Shou Sugi Ban cladding. …

Google’s New Office Will Be Heated And Cooled By The Ground Underneath

The company’s Bay View campus will have the largest ground-source heat pump system installation in North America, using the heat from the surrounding ground to power the building’s climate control–and no fossil fuels.<p>At a construction site on Google’s new Bay View campus–a few miles from its …

Natural Gas

Parsons School of Design unveils sustainable public seating in New York City

Leave it to the creative minds at the Parsons School of Design to renovate public seating for a more eco-friendly world. The school recently unveiled …

Taking People With You – Plastics Reduction

I am proud to work for one of the UK’s most sustainable universities, but I know we can always do more. The next opportunity is always there to be …

3 Ways to Use Sheep Wool in Your Home as a Sustainable Building Material

All natural, safe, the benefits of wool are aplenty - it's no wonder that it's now being increasingly used in building materials. Here, we take a …

3 steps to planning ahead with F-Gas

As we continue to talk about the important industry topic of changes in F-Gas Regulation, Carl Dickinson looks at 3 steps aimed at encouraging those …

Regulation

Clean Air initiative to combat air-pollution in Nottingham City Centre.

A new Clean Air Zone proposed by Nottingham City Council means air pollution could be brought down to the legal level by 2020.<p>Not applying to cars, …

Artificial intelligence used in major study analysing occupant...

The work, using AI’s Machine Learning, aims to combat and minimise the ‘energy performance gap’ in buildings<p>ARTIFICAL intelligence has been at the …

Artificial Intelligence

Ultra Quiet Ecodan takes heat pumps to the next level

Mitsubishi Electric has launched some of the quietest air source heat pumps ever available in the UK to offer complete flexibility on where units can …

Animated Movies

The self-sufficient Gut Feeling house produces more electricity than it uses

This narrow rental home, nestled in Oberaudorf — a village in Bavaria, Germany — is the perfect place to refuel and find inspiration. Architect …

Node delivers modern, sustainable, modular prefab homes

These prefabs can stay small—or expand as needed<p>Prefab—or prefabricated—homes can be an affordable and eco-friendly alternative to buying a new home built onsite. And sometimes, these modern houses can be super gorgeous.<p>Case in point: these modern modules by Seattle-based Node combine to build …

New proposals for a wilder Britain

Critical moment to reverse the decline of nature<p>On Tuesday 1st May, The Wildlife Trusts are publishing <i>Towards a wilder Britain – creating a Nature</i> …

Wildlife

It’s time to rave about the end of single-use plastic

With an estimated 38.5 million plastic bottles used in the UK every day, Ellina Webb looks into the announcement that Glastonbury and fellow …

Top construction materials that can positively impact the environment

The building industry is undergoing a shift. Most of the cities around us are built using a combination of steel and concrete. Concrete blocks are …

Rammed Earth

Ask the Experts (and their Children): How do you Design a Green Building?

We’re no strangers to tackling big questions at 99U, and this new series aims to ask some of the biggest names in the biz to weigh in on them. But …

Where does our timber come from?

Timber’s ability to enable quick and efficient construction is clear, but this can’t be at the expense of sustainability. With timber becoming an …

Sustainability

THE HUB

Time for R32 to be at the heart of your project<p>Why R32? The 2014 F–Gas Regulations will bring about significant changes to the air conditioning …

Royal Weddings

Curvaceous geothermal-powered home “floats” on a French lake

Lyon-based architecture studio AUM convinced their clients to build their home on a lake rather than in the middle of the forest as originally …