This unique eco home was designed to reduce energy use

July 12, 2019 by  
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Located in Toronto, Canada, this eco home by Craig Race Architecture was built entirely with sustainability in mind. The 1,800-square-foot house was a passion project for the architect, who wanted to use the space to test high-performing methods for the outer elements that facilitate climate control within the house. The highlight of the home is its high-quality insulation . Superior insulation in a structure design can maintain a dry, hot or cold temperature inside by creating a barrier between exterior and interior environments. In the Curvy Eco Home’s case, a majority of the insulation was installed as a continuous, unbroken layer on the outside of the building, which greatly reduced the number of localized areas with low thermal resistance. Related: This family-friendly home is a beacon of modern energy-efficient design in Calgary In combination with the insulation, the home is also almost completely airtight. According to the architects’ energy modeling, they were able to reduce the heating energy in the home by 40 percent by using $1,500 worth of tape to ensure exceptional airtightness. Not only will this dramatically reduce the owner’s electricity bill, but the home itself will be much more comfortable no matter the season. A large amount of glass on the south side of the home allows for passive heating. To reduce energy needs, an in-floor radiant system was installed with separate thermostats for either side of the home. This way, when the passive heating is being utilized on the south side, the owner can turn off half the electric heat, maintaining a comfortable temperature throughout. There is an air conditioner in the house for the hottest days of summer; however, it rarely needs to be used thanks to the skylight purposely placed to move air in and out of the house for natural ventilation. The curvature in the exterior design of the home was intended to follow the same pattern as the street and to maximize space. All of the materials used for cladding are either recycled and/or sustainable, including the cedar shingles. The roof, side walls and south wall were made with standing-seam galvalume panels, which are long-lasting and maintenance-free. The panels are also untreated — meaning no toxic paint or coating — and can be recycled in the future. Inside, the eco home features a rather minimalist design. Each room benefits from a bright, airy atmosphere thanks to natural light, white walls and light wood accents. The kitchen boasts marble countertops and backsplash, while the bedrooms earn extra charm from exposed wood ceiling beams. + Craig Race Architecture Via ArchDaily Photography via Robert Watson via Craig Race Architecture

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Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

November 4, 2014 by  
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Vote for Your Favorite Green Halloween Costume to Decide Who Will Win a Vanmoof B6 Bike (Worth $848)!

November 4, 2014 by  
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All Hallows’ Eve may have come and gone, but our Green Halloween Costume Contest is still going strong! We asked you to submit your cleverest, funniest, and most creative DIY costumes, and we were amazed by what you came up with. From a picture-perfect replica of the classic board game Perfection (complete with popping pieces) to this awesome police car complete with K9,  a cardboard samurai mecha-robot,  a hilarious Pixar lamp , and even a 75-pound roast “turkey” , check out all 16 of our finalists in the running and vote them up to decide who will win a brand new Vanmoof B6 bike (worth $848)! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE DIY COSTUME NOW > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: costume contest , diy costume , diy halloween costume , green design , green halloween , Green Halloween Costume Contest , inhabitat green halloween contest diy , inhabitat halloween costume contest , make your own costume , Perfection Board Game , Pixar Lamp Halloween Costume , sustainable design , Turkey Dog Costume , vanmoof , vanmoof b6 , win a bike

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MAD Architects and Studio Gang Unveil Plans for FuturisMAD Architects and Studio Gang Unveil Plans for Futuristic George Lucas Museum in Chicagotic George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago

November 4, 2014 by  
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Beijing-based MAD Architects and Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects just unveiled their futuristic designs for “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’ Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago. The undulating, organic design is consistent with the style of MAD Architects, a firm that has produced numerous mountain-like buildings in the past. Studio Gang Architects is in charge of the site’s landscape architecture, as well as the bridge design that will connect the museum to Northerly Island. Read the rest of MAD Architects and Studio Gang Unveil Plans for FuturisMAD Architects and Studio Gang Unveil Plans for Futuristic George Lucas Museum in Chicagotic George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chicago , george lucas , Lake Michigan , Lucas Museum of Narrative Art , ma yansong , MAD architects , Museum , museum design , Northerly Island , studio gang architects

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Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

October 31, 2014 by  
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INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

October 29, 2014 by  
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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

March 21, 2014 by  
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We’ve seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the opportunity to interview Bernat Ferragut and Kate Alvo of Maison Durable Portneuf  about the innovative techniques they used to create their eco-friendly, sustainable, elegant home in the woods of Portneuf, Quebec, and how they can help others do the same. Read the rest of Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: breathable paint , compost , composting toilet , earth berm , eco home , eco paints , eco-friendly , house on stilts , humanure , Kate Alvo , Maison Durable , paint , passive solar , permaculture , Prefab , prefabricated , recycled , recycled wood , recycling , solar , solar panels , Solar Power , Straw , Straw Bale , straw bale home , straw bale homes , Sustainability        

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Americans Put the Environment Ahead of Economic Growth For the First Time Since the Recession

March 21, 2014 by  
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Photo from Shutterstock A few years ago, when the economy took a nosedive, a majority of Americans decided for the first time since the 1980s that the economy was more important to protect than the environment. Fortunately, that trend has reversed itself once again. Gallup has released a poll which shows that Americans once again prioritize the environment over economic growth by a 9 point margin, with Democrats leading the shift. Read the rest of Americans Put the Environment Ahead of Economic Growth For the First Time Since the Recession Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Democrat environment , economic growth , economic policy , economy poll , economy vs environment , environment poll , environmental destruction , environmental policy , environmental protection , Gallup , Gallup economic growth poll , Gallup environmental poll , Gallup Poll , Gallup poll economy , Gallup poll environment , Gallup poll environment vs economy , Republican economy        

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Former Facebook Employee Spends Two Years Building a Tsunami-Proof Capsule in His Backyard

March 21, 2014 by  
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Car-Free Skyvillage Fights Air Pollution Over Los Angeles’ Freeways

March 21, 2014 by  
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