Greenbuild: The world’s biggest green building expo kicks off tomorrow in Boston

November 7, 2017 by  
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The world’s biggest conference dedicated to green building kicks off tomorrow – and you won’t want to miss it! The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will convene sustainable building experts, professionals and leaders for mind-blowing exhibits, learning activities, a Net Zero zone, and pavilions packed with the latest in green building technology. If you are passionate about green living, then clear your calendar for November 8 – 10 and get ready for an amazing experience. This year, Greenbuild will feature education, workshops, tours, awards, and an expo hall that is not to be missed. Inhabitat regularly attends the conference, so we know first-hand how great it can be. Check out our coverage from past years to get a glimpse into what you can expect – we’ve rounded up some of our favorite innovations here , here and here . Greenbuild has a reputation for stellar education sessions, where you can learn about a huge range of topics – from passive and net zero building to tips from developers who are changing the face of the industry. Workshops qualify for continuing education credits and toward LEED certification hours. Summit topics will include Communities and Affordable Homes, The Water Summit and the International Summit. Greenbuild’s tours are always highly anticipated, and this year’s lineup promises to be exceptional. Attendees will be able to visit four net positive and passive house buildings that are breaking the mold, MIT to learn about its green building innovations, and some of Boston’s groundbreaking green spaces. Head over to Greenbuild to nab your spot now. + Greenbuild Expo Save

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Custom ordered tiny homes provide compact living options without sacrificing on comfort

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Not everyone is capable of building their own tiny home, but for those who’d like to live sustainably and efficiently, Fauna Homes can make your tiny home dream come true. The home designs – which are based on the three pillars of minimalism, affordability and sustainability – come in a range of models, but all are strategically designed to provide compact living spaces that don’t sacrifice on comfort. The designs for Fauna Homes are based on providing sustainable options for those looking for an eco-friendly, but comfortable tiny home. The small stature of the structures require fewer building materials, transport, and produce less waste, making it a wise investment for a sustainable lifestyle, and the optimal dimensions provide ample living space. Related: MUJI to sell eagerly awaited $27k minimalist tiny homes this fall As far as sustainable features, the homes are designed to be mounted on a concrete slab in order to reduce its environmental impact. The building materials were chosen to create a strong thermal mass that reduces the need for energy use. The tiny homes can also be ordered with an optional heating floor system, further reducing energy use and costs. Solar rooftop panels and a household waste water recuperation system can also be implemented into the design. All of the Fauna Homes, which can be custom ordered to abide by any local building codes, offer the ultimate in space efficiency, personalized to each homeowner’s needs. Open floor plans and high ceilings with ample windows and glazed walls allow for a strong connection between the indoors and outdoors. Every layout has been optimized for maximum efficiency in terms of flexibility, meaning no space is left unused. Each model also contains a number of strategic storage options such as custom-crafted cabinets. + Fauna Homes  

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The US is now the only country in the world to refuse the Paris Climate Agreement

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Today the war-torn country of Syria officially signed the Paris Climate Agreement , leaving the United States as the only country to refuse the landmark climate deal. Though Barack Obama entered the US into the deal during his time as president, Donald Trump quickly withdrew the nation after his inauguration. The Middle East nation made the announcement in Bonn, Germany, at the COP 23 UN climate summit. Even though Syria is facing its sixth year of a brutal civil conflict, it agreed to limit its carbon emissions in an effort to prevent climate change from worsening. It’s not clear what has changed, and Syria has yet to submit its targets for cutting greenhouse gases . In December 2015, nearly 200 countries signed the Paris Accord . Until last month, Nicaragua was also a holdout nation. However, that was because the Central American country did not think the deal went far enough in putting limits on emissions and helping lower-income nations adapt to an already-changing planet. One of Nicaragua’s complaints was that top polluters — like the US, EU, China, and India — were not keeping their emissions levels low enough to prevent sea levels from rising and global warming under 2 degrees Celsius — let alone the more ambitious goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2100. Eventually, parties to the deal signed – as the global climate change agreement was better than none at all. Now the US is the last country to sign. In the past, President Trump said that American workers (particularly coal miners) were being put at an “economic disadvantage” by the deal. And even though the US is the second largest emitter of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the world (second to China ), Trump remains committed to the idea that investing in coal — not renewable energy — is the way forward. Related: Edible schoolyards sprout across war-torn Syria “With Syria’s decision, the relentless commitment of the global community to deliver on Paris is more evident than ever,” Paula Caballero , director of the climate change program at the World Resources Institute, told the New York Times . “The US’s stark isolation should give Trump reason to reconsider his ill-advised announcement and join the rest of the world in tackling climate change .” The countries that have signed the Paris Agreement now seek to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Via The Independent , The Verge , BBC Images via Pixabay

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Learn Passive Solar Design with Boston Architectural College’s Brand New Online Course

August 8, 2013 by  
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For those of you not familiar with ‘ passive heating and cooling design ’, it’s a building design strategy based primarily upon knowledge of thermodynamics and how the sun moves through the sky at different times of day and year— in a nutshell; using the sun’s energy to heat a building in winter, and natural ventilation with solar shading for cooling in summer. Whereas most modern buildings are built without regard for solar orientation, and therefore need to rely heavily on mechanical heating and cooling, passively heated and cooled buildings can be comfortable without the use of these systems, cutting down enormously on electricity bills (up to 90%!) and increasing the overall health of a space. If you’re an architect, builder, engineer or simply a green building enthusiast looking to learn more about this subject, you’ll be excited to hear about Boston Architectural College ’s (BAC) brand new Passive Heating and Cooling Design  online course which starts this fall! This autumn, the 120-year-old design school will be adding a comprehensive, highly interactive course to its already robust Sustainable Design Institute online offerings, focusing in on the core concepts of passive heating and cooling design and how to best implement those principles in new construction. Read on to learn more about the program, as well as how you claim a spot in this in-demand class—there are only 15 spots available, so we encourage interested readers to sign up quickly before all of the openings are gone! Read the rest of Learn Passive Solar Design with Boston Architectural College’s Brand New Online Course Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture certificate , architecture certificates , architecture degree , Boston Architectural College , certificate programs , continuing education in architecture , continuing education in design , design studies , green design certificates , interior design , Landscape Architecture , Massachusetts , master of design studies , online architecture courses , online architecture school , online courses , passive design , passive design courses , sustainable design        

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MakerBot 3D Desktop Printers to Be Sold in Microsoft Retail Stores Across the US

August 8, 2013 by  
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MakerBot just announced plans to begin selling their Replicator 2 desktop model in Microsoft retail stores across the United States. The move makes Microsoft the first entity to sell the machines on a shop floor outside of MakerBot’s flagship location in New York City. Read the rest of MakerBot 3D Desktop Printers to Be Sold in Microsoft Retail Stores Across the US Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bre pettis , demonstration , desktop 3d printer , digitizer , DIY , feedstock , industrial revolution , makerbot , microsoft , New York. , print , Replicator 2 , retail store , scan , thingverse , united states        

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