New International WELL Building Institute HQ achieves Platinum

July 27, 2020 by  
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The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) hired midtown Manhattan studio COOKFOX to design its new headquarters with the goal of exceeding its own standards for health-focused work environments. The historic building dates back to 1912, a challenge that the client company welcomed in order to demonstrate WELL standards’ applicability for a wide range of project types. The office space has since achieved WELL Platinum Certification for its commitment to employee wellness. IWBI provides the leading global standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities that support and advance human health and wellness. WELL Certification guidelines are currently being used in 60 countries with over 4,100 buildings either certified or pursuing certification. Related: Newly renovated Seventh Generation HQ focuses on sustainability COOKFOX’s own studio, located near the new IWBI HQ, had already achieved WELL Gold certification back in 2017, so the two companies were able to easily work together to develop strategies. The design emphasized wellness ideals such as the maximization of natural light and air, thoughtful recycled and low-impact building materials and high-filtration air ventilation systems. The office provides healthy food in its kitchens and increases employee connectivity to nature through the use of plants, light and fresh air to encourage an active work style. “With access to natural light, dynamic workstations and a combination of both design and policy elements that support mental resilience, the IWBI team truly felt a sense of ownership and pride in our office space,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO of IWBI. “By creating a space that mirrors our values, our journey to certification has been an especially meaningful and enlightening experience for us, and one that we intend to share with our community. The space is more than just a headquarters for our staff; it is an extension of our values and a showcase of what WELL stands for. We invite our community to visit, work and learn with us when we can.” Especially given the current COVID-19 health crisis, IWBI tackled the additional task of ensuring a supplemental virus-free and future-resilient work environment as employees begin to return to work. This included efficient air ventilation and filtration, hand-washing stations, additional cleaning product protocols and food safety. + COOKFOX Photography by Eric Laignel via COOKFOX

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Brooklyn Home Company unveils 25 new passive houses in NYC

July 13, 2020 by  
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When it comes to New York City , quality Passive House projects — outside of large-scale developments and apartment complexes — are becoming more and more prevalent. Passive house construction is now showing up in family homes throughout the city, which is made clear with the addition of 25 passive houses by The Brooklyn Home Company. The city has made strides by adding measures to support greener construction, such as the Climate Mobilization Act, which requires buildings over 25,000 square feet to cut emissions by 40% before 2030 and over 80% before 2050. However, construction continues to be a large contributor to emissions in New York. Individual developers, like The Brooklyn Home Company, have taken matters into their own hands by implementing eco-friendly building techniques and net-zero projects themselves. Related: Certified Passive House in New York generates all of its own energy The firm recently unveiled 25 new eco-conscious homes in New York City. The houses are split between two Brooklyn projects in Greenwood Heights and South Slope, and they are the company’s first homes to use Passive House principles in construction. Passive House principles maintain a standard for energy efficiency by increasing the building’s insulation and introducing streams of fresh, filtered air into the interior environment. It not only improves the air quality for residents, but this concept also reduces the building’s ecological footprint and lowers heating and cooling bills when compared to typical homes. “Filtered fresh air is clinically proven to improve cognitive brain function (fresh air makes you smarter), reduce transmission of illness between family members and improve the quality of life for those suffering from asthma and allergies,” the company explained. “Lastly, Passive House, due to the required continuous insulation and triple pane European windows, makes your home quieter.” The firm upgraded its HVAC system to integrate Energy Recovery Ventilation, a system which extracts stale air and replaces it with filtered fresh air . Sustainable building has become a top priority to the company, which has invested in Passive House design training and construction education as well as hired a Passive House consultant to oversee home builds. Additionally, the firm’s architectural project manager is a Certified Passive House Designer. + The Brooklyn Home Company Photography by Travis Mark via The Brooklyn Home Company

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7 Ways to live an eco-friendly life while staying healthy

April 16, 2019 by  
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Being committed to sustainable living is all about balance. While staying healthy is a top priority, you also need to think about living as eco-friendly as possible. Balancing these two commitments can be challenging, but there are plenty of ways you can live an eco-friendly life while keeping yourself in top shape and all it will cost you is a little time and energy. From enjoying the benefits of fresh air to changing the way you eat, here are a few ways you can bring balance to your life and the environment. Take advantage of quality air This might seem a pretty obvious way to respect the environment while staying healthy, but how often do you enjoy the benefits of fresh air? If you live in an area with low air pollution, then you can pick any time of day to go on a walk around your neighborhood. If your city’s air quality is poor, you can still enjoy clean air by going on walks in the early morning hours. Related: Keep your pantry stocked with these staples for a plant-based diet Indoor air quality is also a concern. You can improve the quality of your indoor air by avoiding harsh cleaning chemicals. When painting rooms, you should stay away from paints that have ammonia and other dangerous chemicals. Not only does improving the quality of air help the environment, but it can also keep you healthy. Use alternative ways to get to work Pollution from automobiles is a growing concern for many communities. If you have the means, purchasing a vehicle that does not emit harmful toxins into the air is one way to fight the problem. But for most of us, using alternative ways to get to work can greatly reduce the amount of air pollution that gets pumps into our cities. There are plenty of ways to make your commute better for the environment and your health. If you live close to your work, start walking to your place of employment, even if it is only a few times a week. If your work is outside of walking distance, consider riding a bike. Walking or cycling to work is a great way to help the environment, plus you can always count it towards your daily workout. If riding or walking is not an option, you might try ride sharing. Carpooling to work can greatly reduce air pollution caused by automobiles and can save you gas money to boot. Switch up your diet The types of food we consume have lasting effects on the environment, both good and bad, not to mention the impact they have on your overall health. As a rule of thumb, try eating things that are fresh and locally sourced. Fresh foods generally contain less preservatives and harmful ingredients, while supporting local farmers is great for the environment and your local community. When it comes to foods that you should avoid, canned items are at the top of the list. This includes most bottled beverages. These drinks are less healthy than water and contribute to the worldwide problem of plastic waste. If you consistently drink water, consider investing in a quality water filter instead of relying on bottled water. Add some sunshine to your workouts Going outside for your workout is a great way to stay healthy and be good to the environment . Exercising outdoors helps the environment because you are not using indoor equipment that requires electricity to run. It can also be easier to workout in an outdoor setting as you are not stuck on a treadmill or bike the entire time. There are also practical benefits to working out in the sun. The sun is an excellent source of vitamin D, which a lot of people lack. If you do choose to exercise in the sun’s rays, you should do it between sunrise and 10 in the morning. After that, you run the risk of being exposed to high levels of UV rays , which are not good for your skin. Spend time gardening Gardening is a great way to add more fresh air, exercise and sunlight into your daily routine. Better yet, it is also good for the environment. Gardening is ideal if you have some space in your backyard, but you can still plant a garden if you live in an apartment. Just make sure you do plenty of research before you plant anything, as certain types of plants will only grow in specific climates. If starting a garden at your house is not an option, another alternative is to join a community garden (or start one yourself). Community gardens are a great way to meet new people and share gardening ideas. The biggest benefit, of course, is that you get your own little plot to grow whatever you like, further contributing to sustainable living in your community. Via  Blue and Green Tomorrow ,  Life Hack Images via Burst , skeeze , silviarita , tookapic , raawpixel

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Bags of Fresh Air Offered to Residents of Smog-Choked Chinese City

April 4, 2014 by  
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A travel company sent bags of fresh air to Zhengzhou, one of the 10 most polluted cities in China . The Henan-based travel agency shipped 20 bright blue bags containing air from Laojun Mountain to the city where they were used as a promotional stunt that draws attention to the issue of poor air quality. Read the rest of Bags of Fresh Air Offered to Residents of Smog-Choked Chinese City Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , bags of fresh air , Beijing air pollution , Canned Air , China air pollution , china smog , Chinese tycoon air stunt , city air quality , environmental destruction , smog problems , travel air stunt , Zhengzhou air pollution , Zhengzhou canned air        

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Chinese Company Assembles 10 3D-Printed Concrete Houses in a Day for Less Than $5,000 Each

April 4, 2014 by  
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UN Climate Chief Calls for ‘Urgent Transformation’ of Oil and Gas Industry for a Greener Future

April 4, 2014 by  
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On the heels of the IPCC ‘s landmark global warming report , UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres is calling on the oil and gas industry to urgently transform for a cleaner, low-carbon future. Figueres stated that in order to prevent global temperatures from rising a catastrophic 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times, three quarters of the world’s fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground. Read the rest of UN Climate Chief Calls for ‘Urgent Transformation’ of Oil and Gas Industry for a Greener Future Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bill McKibben , Christiana Figueres , Climate Change , exxon mobil , fossil fuel divestment , fossil fuel industry , global warming , International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association , IPCC , oil and gas industry , UN        

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Nendo’s Cute Plant-Shaped AirLeaf Mini Purifies the Air and Removes CO2

July 27, 2012 by  
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Though we all love fresh air, it’s sometimes hard to find time to stop and breathe while running the daily rat race – and being confined to closed concrete office spaces doesn’t help! Nendo has designed a cute little air purifier to counter this issue that works using essential oils extracted from fir trees. The AirLeaf Mini , designed for Japanese company Mikuni , can be simply clipped on to the vent fins of fans and air conditioners, and it’s ready to go. Read the rest of Nendo’s Cute Plant-Shaped AirLeaf Mini Purifies the Air and Removes CO2 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air purifier , AirLeaf Mini , Aroma Beads , Car Purifier , clean air , fresh air , green design , Japanese design , Mikuni , Nendo

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Edmonton Airport’s Beautiful New Living Green Wall Works To Clean The Air

May 23, 2012 by  
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6 Luscious Living Vertical Gardens That Bring A Breath Of Fresh Air Indoors

January 11, 2012 by  
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OV-A’s Family House in Králuv Dvur Features a Folding Wood Shutter Facade

January 11, 2012 by  
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