A group of wildlife biologists take their tiny research base with them on expedition

June 28, 2016 by  
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The tiny living unit will function as research base and home to wildlife biologists led by Katy Gavrilchuk and David Gaspard who plan to go on an expedition this summer to study the whale and dolphin species of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada. The scientists teamed up with non-profit organization, The Mingan Island Cetacean Study , is order to monitor large baleen whales in particular. They started their journey in Montreal earlier this month and will conclude the expedition in September. Related: Zero-energy Biosphera 2.0 prefab gives you the freedom to live almost anywhere Thanks to the donation made by Atlas Roofing, as well as other companies, Katy and David built the tiny house as a mobile research base which will allow them to stay comfortable while keeping their carbon footprint to a minimum. They made sure to use eco-friendly materials and components that are also energy efficient, lightweight , water and fire-resistant and manufactured through sustainable processes. + BigWhaleTinyHouse + Atlas Roofing

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Wasps build rainbow nests with colored construction paper

June 25, 2016 by  
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The European paper wasps’ colorful nest features open combs with cells for raising their brood and is impressively durable thanks to their saliva, which makes the nest water-resistant , and other secretions that repel ants. Menchetti patiently watched over the wasps as they built their nest and provided different colored paper as the social insects steadily completed each row of combs. The wasps chewed the wood into a pulpy substance and used their saliva to bind the fibers. Related: Waste from M&M’s Candy Causes Honey to Turn Green in France This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the effects of artificial dyes on insects. In 2012, beekeepers in Northeastern France were shocked to find their apiaries full of green and blue honey . As it was later discovered, the honeybees had collected blue and green debris from the waste of colorful M&M shells at the local biogas plant. + Mattia Menchetti Via Colossal Images via Mattia Menchetti

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Watershed Materials developed technology that turns clay into a sustainable building product

August 20, 2015 by  
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Watershed Materials, a California based building materials technology startup, has developed a solution to produce high strength masonry with a low carbon footprint using natural mineral based geopolymers. The technology allows for natural clays found readily all over the planet to be turned into reliable masonry products and offers a sustainable alternative to traditional concrete masonry. Recent test samples have achieved compressive strengths twice the strength of ordinary concrete, and have demonstrated remarkable resistance to water and chemical erosion. Concrete masonry is one of the world’s most common construction materials, but unfortunately, it has a high carbon footprint due to its reliance on Portland cement, a material responsible for 6 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions. Read the rest of Watershed Materials developed technology that turns clay into a sustainable building product

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Dubai’s LEED Platinum Change Initiative Building Declared the “World’s Most Sustainable Commercial Building”

August 1, 2013 by  
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The Change Initiative Building (TCI) in Dubai, UAE, has been awarded 107 out of 110 LEED points from the US Green Building Council , which technically makes it the most sustainable building in the world. The 4,000-square-meter retail shop, which provides sustainable solutions to customers, received a the world’s highest LEED Platinum rating of 107 points, beating the record previously held by the Pixel with 105 points. As impressive the building’s rating is, its claim of superior sustainability could be debatable, considering LEED’s controversial reputation for emphasizing numbers over holistic sustainability. Read the rest of Dubai’s LEED Platinum Change Initiative Building Declared the “World’s Most Sustainable Commercial Building” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “leed” , dubai , Dubai Sustainable Architecture , eco friendly building , green architecture , green architecture Dubai , LEED platinum rating , LEED rating , Seven Oaks Internationals , TCI store Dubai , The Change Initiative , U.S. Green Building Council        

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Green Prefab and Microsoft use the cloud to speed eco-friendly building

July 19, 2013 by  
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Italian startup Green Prefab is teaming with Microsoft to develop a simulation and modeling service for architects and engineers.

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Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Cardboard Cathedral Breaks Ground in New Zealand

March 19, 2013 by  
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Transparent NEST Transforms from Pop Up Mattress to One Person Raft

March 19, 2013 by  
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Best of Inhabitots: Top 7 Eco-Friendly Building Kits for Green Kids

February 25, 2011 by  
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+ Aspiring architects can construct everything from a playhouse to a puppet show theater with an ever-evolving Habitadule giant building set . + ‘ My Space ‘ puts a modern spin on the classic fort

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New York’s Newest, Greenest Library

April 8, 2010 by  
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Image credit: melanzane1013 /Flickr As resources of public knowledge, advocates of sharing and reuse, and defenders of literacy, public libraries are already pretty green. The New York Public Library, however, is taking a step further by embracing LEED standards and eco-friendly building practices….

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What’s the Impact of Getting the High Score?

April 8, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Good Video games have moved from the arcade into the living room and jumped into our palms and pockets.

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