What It’s Really Like to Live in an Ecovillage Community

May 21, 2018 by  
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Colorful wind-powered community in Scotland is everything an eco-village should be

October 28, 2016 by  
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Built on a former brownfield site at the edge of Findhorn, the colorful design prioritized passive solar design at every turn. Each home includes sunspaces, which allow residents to make the most of passive solar gain, and the roofs are built with a south-facing pitch to maximize solar absorption during the Spring and Autumn equinox, said, according to the architects, to be the most beneficial times to accumulate solar energy . Related: Scotland reaches gutsy emissions goal six years early The architects explained the Findhorn community was deeply involved with the design process, and their shared values are obvious in every detail. In addition to ensuring maximum energy efficiency, with insulation that’s nearly as tight as a Passivhaus , carbon-sequestering Scottish Larch cladding, a heat-recovery system, and underfloor heating fed by an air source heat pump, the community puts pedestrians and bicycles before cars, and makes plenty of communal space available – including a commercial grade kitchen where residents can sell what they make. Also included in the community are “flexi units” for either workshops, studios, or home offices. The residents of East Whins at Duneland also planned for the future. “The masterplanning exercise examined the implications of climate change and raising sea levels on the site and concluded it was the best site in the surrounding area to avoid future flooding,” the architects write in their design brief. “The detailed design allows for future climate changes such as heavier rain storms, higher wind speeds and hotter summer days.” This community boasts more greatness than we can cover here, including permaculture design and soft landscaping designed to minimize impact on the surrounding dune ecosystem, which is carefully managed by Duneland. + John Gilbert Architects Photos by Tom Manley Photography

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Nature-filled office takes over a former factory building in Amsterdam-Noord

October 28, 2016 by  
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Located in an emerging neighborhood of Amsterdam-Noord, the 1,600-square-meter renovated warehouse consists of a spacious industrial hall and office space. The architects removed all the interior walls and installed large windows along the facade to open the building up to views of the street and to bring in natural light, which also streams in through the existing factory skylights. Three transparent greenhouses filled with tropical plants and fish sit below the skylights and divide the open-plan office into two halves. The 50-square-meter glazed gardens improve indoor air quality, provide a cooling microclimate, and serve as a calming oasis in the post-industrial office. Related: Sweden’s house-in-a-greenhouse grows food sustainably with recycled wastewater “Extruded from three of the existing roof lights, they echo the scale and logic of what was already there,” write the architects about the glazed gardens. “Next to express the Joolz ideology by providing a pleasant backdrop for the daily routines, these large glazed gardens also improve the internal climate and provide employees with some more exotic choices to pick as their work locations for the day.” Worktables are placed next to the gardens, but benches are also nestled inside the gardens to let employees immerse themselves in nature. The Joolz project has been nominated for the Arc Awards 2016. + Space Encounters Via Dezeen Images via Space Encounters

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WHO cancer arm told experts to withhold glyphosate review documents

October 28, 2016 by  
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New evidence has come to light that illustrates the cancer agency of the World Health Organization advised experts to withhold documents pertaining to the dangerous pesticide glyphosate rather than release them, as they were asked to do under United States freedom of information laws. WHO made a splash last year when it denounced the widely used pesticide glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic,” kicking off a fierce backlash from Monsanto (whose best-selling product, RoundUp, contains glyphosate) and other companies and industry groups aiming to profit from toxic chemicals. Reuters broke the news in an exclusive report, citing a letter and email in which officials from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) urged scientists who worked on 2015 review of glyphosate not to release the documents in question.

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Why One Family Of Four Chose To Downsize To 900 SF

April 8, 2016 by  
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As the US economy improves, the size of most new homes continues to expand. The average new home is now more than 2,600 square feet, compared to less than 1,000 square feet in 1950. Keep in mind that the average family size has shrunk considerably…

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Serenbe Ecovillage Values Nature, Creativity & Community

March 17, 2016 by  
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Call it what you will.  New Urban. Modern community. Retro-roots living.  The Serenbe ecovillage is a modern day eco-twist on the old English Village.  The idea of the “ecovillage” has been infiltrating the sustainability lexicon in recent years…

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Considering Living In An Ecovillage? You’re Not Alone

December 29, 2015 by  
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It’s estimated that 80.7% of the US population currently lives in urban areas (as of 2010). It’s easy to become disconnected from nature when you live in a concrete jungle. More and more people are seeking to get back in tune with the earth, but…

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The Little Malibu House is an eco-retreat with some seriously extraordinary ocean views

December 8, 2014 by  
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Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

October 14, 2014 by  
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Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage is Still Going Strong After 84 Years

August 26, 2014 by  
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