House in Ecuador is hidden in a forest of carob trees

January 7, 2022 by  
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The Kaisen House by Rama Estudio in Ecuador is placed in a grove of carob trees in the middle of a slightly sloping landscape. It is intended to influence the natural environment in a minimal way. The designers explained, “[We] took advantage of the benefits of the shade thrown by each of the existing trees.” Kaisen House is a timber construction combined with a traditional local building style called bahareque, with air circulation built in and ample windows looking out on the surrounding natural environment . The house is designed with a minimal depth to create the smallest footprint and best views of the forest , as well as to affect the carob trees in the least amount possible. The house is implemented as a bar shape that is 7.50 meters wide and 24 meters long. Related: This prefab home expansion in Ecuador enjoys gorgeous views It’s shaped a bit like a shipping container home, with second-story balconies situated on top of doorways that open onto the grounds. Inside, the views from every angle of the house redirect the individual to look back to the outdoors at every chance. There are two wings to the house: service and family wings. In the family side of the house, the kitchen and the dining room are connected to a deck through a sliding screen that opens to the forest. A social area is connected through a deck with the dining room, encouraging outdoor use of the space and enhancing air circulation . In this wing there is also a multifunction room that connects to another patio. “On the second floor, under the same logic, there is an area with two bedrooms that open to the best view and a family area that is in complete relationship with the front forest,” the designers said. The traditional building technique called bahareque inspired the building’s enclosure by cane-style wood slats to create air circulation indoors. Materials used include laminated wood and metal, which was molded for use as a staircase, for balcony railings and floor plates. Kaisen House is at once completely modern and completely traditional in its layout and style. From every angle, it’s a fresh air experience. + Rama Estudio Photography by JAG Studio

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LIVDEN decorative tiles are made with recycled materials

January 7, 2022 by  
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Founders (and step-sisters) Georgie Smith and Hilary Gibbs began with a simple idea to expand options for interior design with decorative tiles to accent any space. They then embedded the idea of sustainability into the business plan and launched LIVDEN. The fresh and innovative patterns add a unique flair to walls and countertops with minimal environmental impact. Each tile is made using upcycled post-consumer materials. The duo identifies their core values as sustainability, originality and accessibility and the newest Fall 2021 Capsule Collection seems to embrace all three. Related: Eco Method Interiors marries environmental science and design The company designs two types of tiles. The PaperStone tiles are created from recycled paper and a non-petroleum resin comprised of 90% recycled melamine and 100% recycled phenolic saturated papers. According to the website, “PaperStone products are also certified recycled by the Rainforest Alliance to the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) standards.” Terrazzo, the second type of tile, contains 65% to 66% post-consumer recycled material.   In addition to a focus on material selection, the company is dedicated to pairing with green manufacturing partners in order to minimize resources and waste . “From the onset of LIVDEN, one of our highest priorities was fostering relationships with manufacturers that shared our commitment to and passion for the environment,” said LIVDEN. “We are fortunate to have partnered with like-minded, eco-conscious suppliers who innovative sustainable manufacturing methods and continually work to lessen their environmental impact.”  All materials and products are sourced and manufactured in the U.S. The company is headquartered in San Diego, California . Manufacturers are located in Washington and Florida. The company thinks it’s important to minimize transport emissions while creating domestic job opportunities saying, “Our manufacturing partners are domestically based, and we are incredibly proud to offer a made-in-the-USA product that’s fueled by American craftsmanship.”  At a local level, LIVDEN shows its commitment to the community through recycling all metals, glass and plastics that leaves the facility. It also organizes annual community service events and offers employees full benefits and livable wages.  + LIVDEN  Images via LIVDEN 

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House in the Forest is cork-cladded with an all-natural pool

December 27, 2021 by  
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The House in the Forest designed by El Fil Verd is a remarkable example of a passive house that benefits from natural materials , ultra-efficiency and an all-natural pool, without sacrificing views of the surrounding Garraf Natural Park on the coast south of Barcelona.  Architect Elisabetta Quarta Colosso from El Fil Verd Estudi addressed the placement of the home to maintain the picturesque views from every room, while making the most of passive design . To achieve this, she placed large windows on the south side, backed with a wall that is painted black for heat control and a manually-controlled venting system that pulls air in and out as needed. A small, wood-burning stove warms the space during sunless winter days, while natural ventilation cools during the hot summers.   Related: Pool house uses traditional Spain “pedra en sec” design The entire outside of the home is clad in cork panels, which serve to further insulate the home and provide energy-efficiency , while blending into the natural environment. Inside the cork exterior, the team used aerated concrete blocks that are lightweight and made from sand and lime, but offer highly-effective insulative qualities. The blocks were treated with lime and silicate paints on the interior, rather than adding to construction costs by finishing the walls in an additional material. The surrounding landscape is kept natural with native plants like olive trees, pines, mastic trees and palm hearts. Tree placement also offers natural shading from intense summer heat. Below the house, a natural pool overlooks the forest. It requires no chemicals since the water is naturally filtered through plants along the edge.  A rainwater collection system stores roof runoff in a collection tank. The water is then used for watering the garden and supplementing the pond.    With manual systems for controlling the ventilation, highly efficient insulation and use of natural lighting, the energy consumption is low. However, the house is equipped with solar panels to cover those needs. + El Fil Verd Via YouTube Images via Milena Villalba

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Largest energy company in the US is monopolizing solar power

December 22, 2021 by  
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An investigation carried out by Floodlight and the Miami Herald has found that the leading energy company in the U.S. is trying to influence energy policies in its favor, hurting the rooftop solar industry in Florida. The investigation says Florida Power & Light, the largest energy company in the country, is pushing policies that will overturn the current rooftop solar power reward program. If the company is successful, the current metering program where homeowners and businesses with rooftop solar power can sell unused power back to the grid would be scrapped. In turn, large solar power companies like Florida Power & Light (FPL) would have sole control of the market. Related: Solar parks could help bees make a comeback Emails obtained by the investigators show that FPL sent specific legislation text to state senator Jennifer Bradley. Just two days after the email was sent, FPL’s parent company NextEra Energy donated $10,000 to senator Jennifer’s political committee. One month later, the senator filed a bill identical to one proposed by FPL but it was introduced to the house by a different lawmaker. “This is a tired tactic that utilities have used to maintain their monopoly grip on electricity markets,” said Will Giese, southeast regional director for the Solar Energy Industries Association. “Net metering is a popular program that gives people the right to choose the energy that works for them, provides benefits to all ratepayers and creates thousands of energy jobs across Florida.” Although only 1% of Florida electricity consumers currently sell their power back to the grid, the policy has been instrumental in enticing people to install solar panels. Experts say that rooftop solar in Florida could grow at the rate of 39% per year until the year 2025 if the current metering program is upheld. The potential that the program creates in empowering people to generate their own power threatens big companies like FPL. This could explain the reasoning behind the push to have the policy changed. However, experts say that the push may not go so far if legislators do their work well. “Companies do not pass legislation,” said Katie Chiles Ottenweller, south-east director for Vote Solar. “Legislators pass legislation. I’m hopeful this is a conversation starter but at the same time, it’s really hard to have a conversation when you have a gun to your head. The bill as it is written will decimate this industry.” Via Miami Herald and EcoWatch Lead image via Pexels

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Students design a house that revolutionizes urban design

December 16, 2021 by  
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VIRTUe, a student team from the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands has created a housing scheme to transform urban living. The self-sufficient housing model called Ripple strives to create a ripple effect through its innovative design that encourages residents to adopt a sustainable-living mindset. VIRTUe has developed Ripple for the Solar Decathlon Europe 2021/22 (SDE21) in Wuppertal, Germany , where they will be competing against 17 other teams in summer 2022. The theme for SDE21 is “solutions for the cities of tomorrow.” Projects can fall under one of three categories: those that renovate pre-existing buildings in Wuppertal, those that serve as an infill between gaps in the urban fabric or those that attach to an existing building and serve to sustainably increase urban density. Ripple falls into this final category. Related: Eco-friendly housing redefines Tanzanian urban architecture The Ripple house is primarily constructed using repurposed wood. On the roof, colored solar panels that match the tone of the wood are used to harness solar energy. Depending on the site, the solar panels can be moved or oriented differently in order to best capture sunlight. By primarily capturing photovoltaic energy from the exterior walls, the rooftop is freed for urban farming and can be used to create a microclimate to foster the region’s biodiversity. Each unit consists of modules centered around a stationary technical core. Two apartments are bridged together by a communal space that consists of the living room and kitchen. An interface is included to control the house’s integrated systems. Based on the program of the interiors and the requirements of inhabitants, modules for the kitchenette and bathroom can be moved around as needed, while larger furniture pieces contain in-built storage compartments to maximize the small space. To streamline maintenance, the house has self-sufficiency systems, including the solar-powered hot water system, heat pump, ventilation and the smart home system EQUI. EQUI ensures energy is distributed as efficiently as possible throughout the day. The system uses weather forecast information to calculate approximately how much energy will be stored each day. Additionally, residents can use the system to power amenities when solar energy peaks to maximize the use of passive energy sources. Alongside systems within the house, VIRTUe has developed an app called Recapp that connects with systems in the house and facilities in the city. The app is used to encourage Ripple housing residents to achieve various sustainability goals. This playful approach connects individuals to their urban environment and pushes them to start making small eco-friendly lifestyle changes that have significant impacts over time. Overall, Ripple embodies three tenets for multifaceted success: attractive, adaptive and active. The design incorporates beautiful architectural details alongside innovative technology, while remaining flexible to suit the needs of the site and residents. Furthermore, the integrated technology systems actively focus on positively shifting the inhabitants’ mindsets, thus encouraging them to build more environmentally-savvy habits. +VIRTUe Images via VIRTUe

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Ultimate eco-friendly gifts to buy for your parents

December 14, 2021 by  
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Deciding what to get your parents as a gift can be complicated. As their lifestyle changes, so do the types of gifts they enjoy. Perhaps they’ve retired or simplified their lifestyle as part of the minimalist movement. Maybe they’ve made dietary changes or environmental ones. Whatever the situation, we’ve got some options to consider for every parent on your list.  The Korean Vegan Cookbook Whether the parents in your life are new to the vegan lifestyle or have embraced it for a long time, it’s always nice to add new flavors to the dinner plate. “The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Reflections and Recipes from Omma’s Kitchen” is a number one seller on Amazon with a nearly perfect five-star rating from buyers. You can get it on Kindle, audiobook form or hardback. From sauces to desserts, there are 336 pages filled with colorful pictures and intriguing recipes .  Shop The Korean Vegan Cookbook on Amazon Vintage cookware on Etsy Over the years, home cooks rely on friendly favorites in the kitchen. There’s always the one piece of cookware that stands out for being just the right size, shape, finish or quality. If your parents are mourning the loss of such a piece of vintage cookware, track another one down to replace it. Etsy has an endless list of options from Corning Ware to enamelware and cast iron. Pyrex, Visions, copper pans and casserole dishes are all considerations for food prep. Shop Cookware on Amazon Eco-friendly washable sponge Sponges are convenient and versatile, but they’re no good for the planet when they continuously add to the waste problem. Replace disposable sponges in your parent’s home with a washable and reusable option instead. You can order a single pack or a three-pack in four color options.  Shop Washable Sponges on Amazon Cocoon House book This book catalogues the development of a LEED-Certified home in New York that is both strikingly unique and an illustration of sustainable architectural design. The Cocoon House received its name from the shape of the curved walls. Whether the parent on your list has a passion for interior design, architecture, sustainable living or solar power , the detailing of the project with the stunning photography is sure to inspire.  Shop Cocoon House on Amazon Furniture covers There comes a time when scrubbing furniture just isn’t how a parent wants to spend their day. Instead of cleaning it, cover it with these thoughtful and eco-friendly furniture covers. Select from a variety of options to create a fresh new look for the room. Cover My Furniture produces the covers in the U.K. in a building with enough solar panels to power 58 homes for one year. It is conscientious about packaging and believes furniture covers are a solution for keeping furniture out of the landfills. The company will also dispose of your old furniture covers in an environmentally-friendly way.  SCOU T Bags reusable shopping totes and bags In today’s world, there’s little need for disposable shopping bags . There are so many sizes, shapes, prints and materials to choose from. SCOUT Bags offer a bag for every occasion and make great gift for anyone. Choose from shopping totes and coolers in a range of sizes.  Shop SCOUT Bags on Amazon Bamboozle composter One of the best ways to make use of kitchen scraps is through a backyard compost pile. Blended with small branches, leaves and grass, the mixture turns into a natural and nutrient-rich additive for the garden and also reduces the amount of garbage hauled to the landfill. The Bamboozle composter is thoughtfully designed with a natural bamboo handle and carbon filter to suppress smells and is dishwasher safe.  Shop Bamboozle Composter on Amazon Larry’s Coffee Not all coffee is created equal. Larry’s Coffee sets the standard for energy-efficiency and rainwater harvesting in the roastery. It features solar water-heated floors, reuses collected rainwater in the restrooms and has earned B-Corp Certification. The coffee is organic, Fair Trade certified and shade-grown, so you can feel good about gifting it to the coffee lover in your life. Shop Larry’s Coffee on Amazon Tree Napper cooling weighted blanket Mom or dad will enjoy the comforting feel of this weighted blanket. You’ll feel good about the fact that it’s made from natural materials . This blanket offers a cooling feature by wicking away moisture to keep sleepers from overheating and is made from natural eucalyptus fibers that are converted into soft ENCEL Lyocell. TENCEL is 100% biodegradable, so there’s no lasting impact on the planet.  Shop Cooling Weighted Blanket on Amazon Earth-friendly toiletries We all use personal hygiene products daily, making it the perfect opportunity to eliminate plastic and other waste from our habits. By Humankind makes it easy with a collection of products focused on effective performance coupled with eco-friendly packaging. Refill pouches from the floss, toothpaste and mouthwash can be composted. As a company, they provide carbon offsets through support of forest management programs.  Shop Earth-Friendly Tolietries on Amazon Via The Korean Vegan , Marley’s Monsters , Artifice , Cover My Furniture , SCOU T Bags , Bamboozle , Larry’s Coffee , Bearaby , By Humankind Images via The Korean Vegan, Marley’s Monsters, Pexels, Artifice, SCOUT, Bamboozle When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commissions at no cost to you.

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Solar off-grid cabins in Romania uses locally sourced timber

December 13, 2021 by  
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Canton House Romania by Marc Thorpe Design shows just how many options there are for going off-grid with cabins . The Canton House Romania project used solar panels, locally sourced timber and unique rooflines to create a trio of unique hotel cabins. Designer and architect Marc Thorpe takes a holistic systems thinking approach to architecture . Thorpe wanted to match the traditional architectural style of the Carpathian mountains while reflecting a modern aesthetic with these tiny hotel cabins. Related: ANNA is a stunning prefab cabin with off-grid potential The fact that they are a trio makes them even more beautiful. If you look at the profile, it has an angular triangular roofline that points to the sky , almost reminiscent of a church spire and yet completely modern . This is the result of an open collaborative design process that prioritizes listening to a broad set of client needs. When the Canton House cabins are viewed from the end, the viewer sees the more expected square roofline of a sleek, modern, off-grid cabin that is complete with heavy overhangs. Every side of the house is different. It’s an exploration in what off-grid cabins can be in technology and design. The cabins are completely covered in gray shingles on the outside, both walls and roof. Inside, however, a spacious living area and small kitchen with a passthrough complete one end of each cabin that exit to the outdoors via sliding glass door. While the other more private end has an ultra-modern bedroom with platform bed, recessed lighting and a large pane window. We love how much space has been fit into these tiny cabins in the interior through the careful use of storage and elevated ceilings. Check them out to get ideas for your off-grid solar cabin project. + Marc Thorpe Design Images via Marc Thorpe Design

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Methane leak data and campaign to cut emissions

December 6, 2021 by  
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Ten major oil companies will now be required to disclose more methane emissions data from the Permian Basin. The House Science Committee decided that the companies must do more to track and decrease the amount of methane contaminating this part of Texas and New Mexico. Already, more than a hundred other countries have promised to slice 30% off their methane  emissions  by the decade’s end. It’s time for the U.S. to catch up. “The United States cannot achieve its targeted reduction in methane emissions under the Global Methane Pledge without a swift and large-scale decline in oil and gas sector methane leaks,” Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), chair of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, wrote in a letter to the companies’ CEOs, according to the Washington Post. “The existence of these leaks, as well as continued uncertainty regarding their size, duration, and frequency, threatens America’s ability to avoid the worst impacts of  climate change .” Related: Little-known firms lead America’s list of top methane polluters ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Occidental Petroleum are a few of the bigger operators in the Permian Basin who have been put on notice regarding methane. Earlier this year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced that “more than 70 percent of current emissions from  oil  and gas operations are technically feasible to prevent.” The agency estimated that about 45% of leaks could be resolved at no net cost since companies often capture and sell natural gas, which could otherwise escape. Methane is the predominant component in natural gas, which comes just behind  carbon dioxide  as a top contributor to climate change. Methane dissipates faster than carbon dioxide but is 80 times more powerful when first released into the atmosphere — and for the next 20 years. To successfully capture escaping methane, companies need more accurate data to determine whether they need to build new  pipelines , storage and processing centers. Johnson is concerned about the accuracy of current leak detection and repair programs, worrying that oil and gas companies “may not be designed and equipped to comprehensively monitor and detect methane leaks, particularly the intermittent, ‘super-emitting’ leaks that are responsible for much of the sector’s leak emissions.” Via Washington Post Lead image via Pixabay

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Brutalist home in Puerto Rico is resistant to weather

December 2, 2021 by  
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QBO3 Architects have created Casa Ethos, a home in Puerto Rico that explores brutalist architecture, or how a home can be left uninhabited safely for long periods while still adapting to the environment. “The house is located in a wooded area in Carrillo de Guanacaste, and from the beginning it was considered to conserve the largest number of existing trees on the property,” said the architects. “This was a starting point to the integration of the house with its immediate context and concepts such as permeability, integration and the exterior-interior relationship became fundamental in the design process.” Related: Hemp and lime studio in Italy highlights sustainable living This 425-square-meter home is left uninhabited for long periods every year, so it needed to be resistant to weather and winds. “From these limitations, the idea of brutalist architecture was born,” said QBO3 Architects. “A reinforced concrete shelter with permeable membranes that adapt to the temporalities, the architectural program and the climate.” A new guest room was designed to add space, connecting the terrace on the second level. The room focuses on the preserved tree that sits at the center of the house. “[A] large opening of the new volume is proposed to focus both: the tree and the predominant view of the site, and which will be protected at the same time by elements that reduce the solar impact on the house, such as blinds and large eaves that also provide thermal comfort to the interior of the room,” QBO3 Architects said. The new guest suite is intended to create a contrast with the rest of the home but maintain the “ raw style ” of the existing materials and feel of the cement and wood structure. “Ethos House is a project that seeks to enhance the beauty of the context in which it is located, but also of the materials that compose it, in such a way that the construction techniques were worked on in a meticulous way so each material and finish was exposed in its own pure way,” said QBO3 Architects. + QBO3 Architects Images via QBO3

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Lamps by Biohm are made from coffee and orange peel

December 2, 2021 by  
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Biohm, a London biotech and biomanufacturing startup, has created a line of sustainable lampshades called Obscure that are made of 100% coffee chaff and orange peel. Biohm has become an example of what’s possible in development and bio-manufacturing of natural materials for the built environment. They regularly use excess resources/wastes and byproducts, aiming to reduce use of plastics by replacing them in various products they create. Biohm is working to address several planetary challenges at once: the climate crisis, waste crisis and social injustice. Their approach is to apply principles of biomimetics, or systematically applying the ecological laws of nature , to create products and manufacturing approaches that innovate across the entire manufacturing life cycle. And, therefore, to create ethically-sourced and locally-fabricated high-performance sustainable products. Related: Artist 3D-prints biodegradable agar floral lamps “There has never been a more critical time to be doing the work we do at Biohm,” said Ehab Sayed, founder and director of innovation at Biohm. “Recent events have emphasized how our economies and systems are flawed and unsustainable, and that we need to immediately implement radical and regenerative biotechnologies delivered through equitable and compassionate business models to make leaps in the fight against the climate crisis.” For these lampshades, Biohm has used a material they call Orb, or organic refuse biocompound, to combine food and agricultural bioproducts with a plant-based binder. Orb can be molded or formed into sheets to create products such as lampshades. Obscure Lampshades are handmade on demand at Biohm headquarters in London. The production process has been designed to be closed loop with no waste streams or byproducts and will operate on demand to avoid additional waste from overproduction. The coolest thing about the Obscure Lampshades is that they could be cold composted or recycled right back into the same production process of Orb to make new products. + Biohm Images via Biohm

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