LEED Gold home brings modern luxury to a Colorado working ranch

May 24, 2017 by  
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LEED-certified luxury living comes to a working ranch in Eagle County, Colorado. CCY Architects designed the Gambel Oaks Ranch, a lovely low-lying home that blends into its surroundings and is imperceptible from public roadways. In addition to its beauty, the 5,687-square-foot property achieved LEED Gold certification for its innovative use of a horizontal loop field ground-source heat pump, solar array, and other energy-saving techniques. The three-bedroom, predominately one-story Gambel Oaks Ranch sits low on the landscape and follows the natural topography so as to minimize the home’s visual impact on the environment. Panoramic views to the south are prioritized in the design and revealed in a carefully choreographed sequence. “Entering the home, the view is released by a series of layers building from interior to exterior space, pool terrace, pasture, distant lake, and mountain peaks,” write the architects. Related: Tiny modern cube home boasts spectacular desert views Corten steel volumes divide the interior into different zones, with private areas housed within the steel boxes including the master suite, guest suite, and garage. The public gathering spaces occupy the voids and flow into outdoor entertaining areas. The material palette of the interior and exterior spaces reference the landscape, from the gabion walls filled with locally sourced stone to the beetle-kill pine and Blue Ledge Stone that match the color of the distant mountains. + CCY Architects Via Dezeen Images via CCY Architects

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Worlds greenest terminal opens at Oslo airport

April 28, 2017 by  
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Nordic Office of Architecture recently completed the world’s greenest airport terminal with their new 115,000-square-meter extension that’s doubled the size of Oslo Airport. As the world’s first airport building to achieve the BREEAM Excellence sustainability rating, the renovated Oslo Airport boasts an array of energy-efficient strategies as well as on-site energy harvesting systems. The most notable energy-saving measure is the airport’s collection and storage of snow for reuse as coolant during the summer. The recent expansion is a continuation of Nordic’s work on the Oslo Airport, which the architecture firm designed in 1998. The Oslo-based design studio’s 300-meter-long extension preserves the building’s simple and iconic appearance while increasing airport capacity from 19 million to an anticipated future capacity of 30 million. New design elements also improve the passenger experience, such as the reduction of walking distances to a maximum of 450 meters, and the overhaul of the existing train station at the heart of the airport. Artificial lighting is minimized in favor of natural lighting to improve passenger comfort and reduce energy demands. Related: Zaha Hadid unveils plans for world’s largest airport terminal in Beijing In addition to the use of natural lighting and the reuse of snow as a summer coolant, the architects reduced the airport’s carbon footprint by 35 percent with the use of environmentally friendly and recycled materials . The new pier is entirely clad in timber sourced from Scandinavian forests, while additional natural materials, green walls, and water features, can be found throughout the interior. Recycled steel and concrete mixed with volcanic ash were also used. Improved insulation has helped the building achieve Passive House-level performance standards and, coupled with on-site energy harvesting, slashed energy consumption by over 50 percent as compared to the existing terminal. + Nordic Office of Architecture Images by Ivan Brodey

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Historic Dutch nursery transformed into stunning solar-powered home

March 21, 2017 by  
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A stunning solar-powered home has emerged from the bones of a former school for infants in Leiden, the Netherlands. Design firm ATELIER SPACE completed the beautiful adaptive reuse project , taking care to preserve historic elements while imbuing fresh contemporary touches to the renovation. Energy efficiency was a major focus in the redesign, which includes energy-saving features such as improved insulation, underfloor heating, and home automation. Built in 1925, the historic brick nursery was constructed with great open spaces and tall ceilings filled with natural light from skylights and large windows. These features lend themselves easily to reuse as a residence and the architects made no major changes to the overall structure of the building. A single classroom, for instance, were repurposed into three bedrooms. The architects also preserved the tiled floors in the corridor, original doors, and wooden rafters to maintain a connection to the building’s past. While the tiled corridor was kept intact, the architects replaced the other floors with insulated concrete with underfloor heating . The roof and glass windows were also bolstered with improved insulation to minimize heat loss. A water and air-based heat pump heats and cools the building. Solar panels provide electricity. JUNG KNX home automation allows the homeowners to control aspects of the house, such as lighting and the shutters, remotely from their phones. Related: Cigarette factory reborn as a light-filled city hall in Brussels The spacious 694-square-meter home includes five bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, a media room, workout room, and an open-plan living room, kitchen, and dining area housed in a converted gymnasium. The school’s old playground was transformed into a sunny courtyard with plastered brick banks and planters around a “conversation pit.” The second floor contains a small guesthouse. + ATELIER SPACE Via ArchDaily Images via Brigitte Kroone

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Former Patagonia CEO announces largest land donation in history

March 21, 2017 by  
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Land conservation in Chile could reach a new high with a recent pledge to conserve 11 million acres of wilderness as national parks . As part of the proposal, former Patagonia CEO Kris Tompkins gifted one million acres to the country in what her organization, Tompkins Conservation , says is the “largest land donation in history from a private entity to a country.” Tompkins and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed an agreement to add the one million acres of land from Tompkins Conservation to around 10 million acres of federal land to create a large system of parklands. Under the pledge the government will establish five new national parks. The land under the proposal is three times the size of Yellowstone National Park and Yosemite together. Volcanoes, coastal areas, and forests will be protected under the pledge. In a speech, the president said, “We are bequeathing to the country the greatest creation of protected areas in our history.” Related: Patagonia launches campaign to protect Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument This historic proposal is a step to start a Route of Parks, or a 17-park network, stretching from Cape Horn up to Puerto Montt to conserve Chile’s incredible wilderness and offer outdoor destinations for travelers. The parks could potentially yield around $270 million each year from ecotourism , and could employ as much as 43,000 people, according to Tompkins Conservation. The organization has also committed to start a Friends of National Parks foundation in Chile to support the Route of Parks. Kris said her late husband, conservationist Douglas Tompkins, who passed away in 2015, inspired the pledge. She said, “I know that if Doug were here today, he would speak of national parks being one of the greatest expressions of democracy that a country can realize, preserving the masterpieces of a nation for all of its citizenry.” Via Tompkins Conservation and The Guardian Images via Tompkins Conservation Facebook

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Nanoleaf Bloom: First Energy Efficient Light Bulb that Can Transform Any Standard Light Switch into an Energy-Saving Dimmer

July 22, 2014 by  
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Did you know that dimming your lights in half can cut your electric use by 40 percent and save up to $30 a year on utilities? To help the average person make the switch to dimmers and adopt more energy efficient lighting , the creators behind the NanoLight –the crowd funded light touted as the world’s most energy efficient light bulb–have unveiled their newest Kickstarter: the NanoLeaf Bloom . Unlike its predecessor, the NanoLeaf Bloom is a uniquely dimmable bulb that transforms any standard switch into a dimmer switch using a custom embedded microprocessor. The incredibly popular invention has already blasted past its Kickstarter goal in less than a week, but it’s not too late to get your hands on an early bird product and see the amazing bulb in action. + NanoLeaf Bloom 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: dimmable switch , energy efficient light bulbs , energy efficient lighting , energy saving , green lighting , kickstarter , nano leaf bloom , nano leaf nano light , reader submitted content , standard light switch , world’s most energy efficient light bulb

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Japanese Artist Snaps Mind-Bending Go-Pro Photos of Bonsais in Space

July 22, 2014 by  
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Over the past few years, a number of people have sent objects into space via giant helium balloons. Hello Kitty , a LEGO space shuttle , and even Breaking Bad’s Walter White have all been to space. Now a Japanese artist has launched two floral arrangements into space, including a Japanese white pine bonsai tree, and snapped mind bending images of the result. Read the rest of Japanese Artist Snaps Mind-Bending Go-Pro Photos of Bonsais in Space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art in space , astral arrangements , Azuma Makoto , bonsai in space , bonsai tree , exobiotanica , floral arrangements , Go Pro cameras , objects in space , photos of bonsai in space , space art , space launch , space photography , space travel

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Watch This Cheeky Video of the California State Bear’s Energy Saving Tips

June 27, 2014 by  
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The California State Bear has left his usual spot on the flag to teach us how to conserve our energy, water, and other precious resources in this new video . A recent national study says the effects of climate change are already being felt throughout the nation, and California specifically is a prime example as the state faces a near-record drought and a hotter-than-expected summer. In the video, the California State Bear demonstrates some of the energy-saving techniques he’s learned from  EnergyUpgradeCA.org ; tips we can all learn from and integrate into our daily lives. With the looming deadline to meet energy goals, we can all do our part to try and fight climate change today and protect the state for generations to come. WATCH THE VIDEO > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bear video , California , California Bear , california bear video , california energy saving , California State , California State Bear , conservation , Drought , eco bear , energy bear , energy bear radio , energy conservation , energy saving , environmental conservation

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Google Acquires Energy-Saving Smart Device Company Nest

January 14, 2014 by  
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Soon, Google may be a greater part of your life than simply the sites and apps you use on your computer or phone: the company’s tech may be wired into the appliances that run your home. Yesterday, Google announced it was acquiring Nest , the maker of the energy-saving Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke alarm for $3.2 billion. The merger will help Google gain a toehold into the emerging market of home smart devices — everyday objects which are able to share data and sync with apps on the web, smartphones, and tablets. Read the rest of Google Acquires Energy-Saving Smart Device Company Nest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: CO detectors , eco friendly gadgets , energy saving , Google , google buyout , learning thermometer , nest labs , nest protect , smart devices , smoke detector        

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Foscarini is Now Offering LED Versions of Classic Lamps

August 21, 2013 by  
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Italian lighting company  Foscarini  describes its lamps as “not only lamps but pure emotions.” That should give you an idea how seriously the company takes its craft. And now we’re pleased to report that Foscarini is releasing a new energy-efficient version of its  Tress floor lamps , which are designed by Marc Sadler and are made from a high-tech totem made of lacquered fiberglass-based composite material ,  and they’re available in white, red and black. Read the rest of Foscarini is Now Offering LED Versions of Classic Lamps Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2013 , alessandro vecchiato , attilio stocchi , Big Bang , brera , brera design district , Caboche , carlo urbinati , efficiency , eliana gerotto , emotional light , energy saving , enrico franzonlini , Euroluce , first showroom , foscarini , Furniture Fair , green lighting , italy , LED , light installation , marc sadler , Milan , Milan Design Week , Milano , patricia urquiola , Salone del mobile , SEED , showroom , Tress , Twiggy , vincente garcia jimenez        

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9 Fun Things You Can Do During Earth Hour 2013!

March 23, 2013 by  
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