The High Performance Surfing Center honors nature inside and out

July 23, 2021 by  
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When Branco Cavaleiro Architects was asked to develop a plan to house the High Performance Surfing Center in Cabedelo, Viana do Castelo, Portugal, the designers chose to incorporate protections for visitors as well as the surrounding landscape. The High Performance Surfing Center was designed with sustainable construction in mind. This idea was reflected in the selection of green building materials and choice to reduce energy consumption. Situated on a dune system within a grove of pine trees, the Surfing Center needed to respect the natural environment. For minimal site impact , architects designed the building to perch over the dunes through the use of pillars. Similarly, they worked around the pine trees, allowing the trees to remain untouched. Related: Eco hotel and golf resort boasts ocean views in Portugal The campus includes dormitories, a service area and a surf training wing with a gym and showers. The different wings connect with a central patio, which leads to the beach. The love for the surrounding nature is seen throughout the buildings via geothermal temperature control, LED lighting with a centralized management system for optimal efficiency and cladding in agglomerated black cork , which surrounds the whole building, including the roof. Designers kept sustainability in mind with the use of the cork, a local natural material in Portugal. The architects said, “Cork is a 100% natural, recyclable, non-toxic and durable material. In the process of manufacturing cork products, 100% of the material’s resources are used, in which production waste is reused again for cork agglomerates.” They explained that cork is “associated with behavior as a barrier against soil desertification, as it provides micro-ecosystems with high biodiversity, as well as contributing to the fixation of CO2.” The building’s tight envelope and thermal enhancements provide a high level of energy efficiency . Vast windows allow views, but the glazing minimizes heat transfer. Windows on the south side have a higher solar factor, while those facing north have a lower solar factor. + Branco Cavaleiro Architects Via ArchDaily Photography by José Campos via Branco Cavaleiro Architects

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100% solar-powered winery keeps naturally cool with cork-insulated roofs

July 10, 2017 by  
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An off-grid Spanish winery is harnessing the full power of the sun to ripen grapes and turn the fruit into wine. Local studio Munarq Arquitectes designed Son Juliana’s winery that’s entirely powered by renewable energy on the Spanish island of Majorca. The low-lying building comprises a prefabricated concrete structure built in just 15 days and uses natural materials to blend into its surroundings. Built facing the Tramuntana mountains in the distance, the off-grid winery lies low to the flat, clay terrain in a linear shape informed by the landscape and wine production process. The grapes enter the entrance to the east, where it then passes through several processing rooms until the wine is bottled and labeled and finally put on display and tasted in the sales room at the west entrance. The 1,300-square-meter facility can produce 40,000 liters of wine each year. The winery’s prefabricated concrete structure is clad in marés, a local sandy stone, for the facade and lined in ceramic bricks for the interior. Powered entirely with renewable energy, the winery keeps cool with passive ventilation and use of concrete and stone walls, as well as the sloping cork -lined roof, for insulation. Taking advantage of the earth’s thermal mass, the architects built the winery in the basement to meet the special temperature and humidity requirements. Related: Mexican winery built from recycled wood and rammed earth blends into the valley landscape “The retaining walls are stone gabions to take advantage of the thermal mass and soil moisture that remained during the summer,” wrote the architects. “The contribution of ventilation and temperature is carried through pipes connected to geothermal heat pumps.” + Munarq Arquitectes Via Dezeen Images via Munarq Arquitectes

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A tiny beach shack in Essex wrapped in "magic" cork panels

July 20, 2016 by  
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The artist couple who commissioned the design, which replaces a “dilapidated timber framed 1920s beach house”, wanted a weekend home that would “surpass planning requirements in terms of flood risk mitigation, building control requirements in terms of part L, and expectations in terms of design innovation,” Lisa Shell told Inhabitat. She designed the home to resemble a “hide” that provides the residents with “privacy, peace, and a sense of isolation and distance.” But it also had to overcome a few site challenges – including floods that recently swathed the area in a meter of water, according to The Guardian . Related: Amazing hairdryer made with glass and cork Elevated on red steel stilts like a Redshank wader, the home is constructed in CLT with a 180mm thick expanded cork agglomerate overcoat. The cork panels are created from the by-product of wine cork production in Portugal, according to Shell, using only heat and compression to form a chemical bond between cork chips. Unusually, the designers decided not to apply a polyurethane coating to the panels, resulting in a bleached grey color facade with black flecks. An airtight enclosure, Redshank is heated with a small wood burning stove – reducing the energy required to keep the space warm. The new house increases the amount of land available to fauna and flora within the Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). “Within two months of completion, sparrows have already taken up residence in one of the integrated nesting boxes,” writes Shell. “It was also important that support was won for the unconventional design from the community of both permanent and occasional residents in the small hamlet.” + Lisa Shell Architects

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17 green gifts for the home

December 3, 2015 by  
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A house becomes a home when it’s filled with the energy of those who live there, and the houseware items  we’ve put together for this year’s gift guide can help make a home as luminous and eco-friendly as possible. A backyard beehive, sustainable bamboo bowls, and the cutest little hedgehog dryer buddies ever are just a few of the gems  we’ve found that can help make this holiday the greenest yet. GREEN ECO-GIFTS FOR THE HOME >

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New underwater hotel in Florida to use profits to protect coral reefs

December 3, 2015 by  
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If being neighbors with Sponge Bob and The Little Mermaid sounds fun, then a new underwater hotel is a dream getaway. The Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel, which is under construction in Key West, Florida , will offer luxury suites for guests who want to sleep with the fishes. Though it may sound like an ecological disaster in the making, the hotel’s mission is “to help fund and implement a worldwide proven coral reef restoration.” Read the rest of New underwater hotel in Florida to use profits to protect coral reefs

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Holiday Entertaining This Fall? Cork It!

October 26, 2015 by  
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Cork.  It boasts itself as one of the Top 10 rapidly renewable materials. Environmentally friendly, cork (harvested from oak trees) production is sustainable in that only the cork bark is harvested and the cork oak tree itself is not cut down. …

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Tiny Hut on Stilts is made from locally-sourced and reclaimed materials

May 18, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Tiny Hut on Stilts is made from locally-sourced and reclaimed materials Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cork , green architecture , Hut on Stilts , Japanese architects , locally sourced materials , micro house , Nozomi Nakabayashi , Prefab , Prefab Housing , tiny homes , treehouse , wooden architecture

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Panda bamboo watches blend sustainability with style

April 15, 2015 by  
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Panda is already known globally for its sustainable bamboo sunglasses, and now they’re releasing the Panda Watch ; the first of its kind. Elegant and minimalist, the watches are handcrafted from sustainable bamboo and have straps made of Portuguese cork. The cork is extremely soft to the touch and also incredibly durable, and its textures complement the sleek wood-like grain of the bamboo watch face. The timepieces themselves have Swiss Movement internal mechanisms, creating classic watches that are as stylish as they are sustainable. + Panda Watches The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bamboo and cork watch , bamboo watch , bamboo watches , cork , cork watch strap , panda , Panda bamboo watch , Panda Watches , sustainable accessories , sustainable bamboo , sustainable watch , vegan watch , WearPanda

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

May 21, 2014 by  
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In our last Green Building 101 post, we delved into the LEED-H criteria for sustainable residential materials and resources. Now that we’ve given you the low-down , it’s time to get specific. While the variety of options and applications in this category can be overwhelming, it happens to be one of the easiest avenues for going green at home. From decking and roofing to countertops and indoor paints, these are the places where the decisions are yours; and they matter. Read on for tips, resources, and product recommendations that will guide you towards beautiful materials that ensure a safe, healthy home. Read the rest of GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “leed” , bamboo , carpet , carpeting , concrete , cork , counter , countertops , eco-friendly paint , floor , flooring , green architecture , Green Building 101 , green design , indoor paint , indoor paints , LEED-H , linoleum , low VOC , materials and resources , paint , Plyboo , recycled wood , Rugs , sustainable wood , voc , Wood , zero-voc

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Lucirmas Launches ‘Handy’ Line of Recycled Glass and Cork Office Accessories

May 13, 2013 by  
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Handy is a new line of sustainably crafted office accessories by Barcelona-based design studio Lucirmas . The versatile, modular desk set is made from recycled glass and cork . It comprises a pencil and business card holder, a small container with a lid, and a cable holder. Each glass element is entirely handmade by upcycling liquor bottles, and the entire set can be disassembled and recycled at the end of its lifespan. + Lucirmas The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cork , green design , green office supplies , green products , handy cork office accessories , Lucirmas , recycled cork , recycled glass , Recycled Materials , sustainable design , sustainable office supplies , sustainable products        

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