Amazing low-cost, off-grid Lifehaus homes are made from recycled materials

July 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Eco, Green, Recycle

Comments Off on Amazing low-cost, off-grid Lifehaus homes are made from recycled materials

This amazing home by Lifehaus blends low-cost off-grid appeal with with holistic living and luxurious details. The Lebanon -based company started by Nizar Haddad is pioneering energy neutral dwellings made from locally sourced and recycled materials . People living in the green homes will be able to generate their own electricity and grow their own food. Lifehaus homes include a greenhouse for growing food and solar panels for generating renewable energy . It promotes sustainable water use through rainwater collection and grey water reuse. And all this comes with a price tag of around half the average cost of an unfurnished Lebanese home, which is around $800 per square meter. Related: The first off-grid Ecocapsule microhomes are shipping to customers this year Lifehaus addresses many societal issues in their sustainable dwellings that offer a way of life more in touch with the Earth. “Lebanon’s construction industry is one of the leading factors behind desertification in the country,” Media Representative Nadine Mazloum told Inhabitat. “Entire hills and mountains are being turned into wastelands as demand for conventional buildings continues to rise. Also, with Lebanon being a post-war country, successive governments, since 1990, and up until now have been and continue to be unable to provide many of the country’s citizens with round-the-clock water and electricity – so this got us thinking of going off the grid.” Lebanon has been suffering from a trash epidemic , and the crisis propelled the team into action in 2015, according to Mazloum. She said, “As garbage was left on the streets for months at a time, we felt that we could no longer wait and so dedicated ourselves fully to Lifehaus.” Lifehaus treats that waste as treasure by incorporating recycled materials in the dwellings. They also allow for composting organic trash for use in the garden as fertilizer. Passive design keeps a Lifehaus cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The homes can be partially buried, with the roofs offering additional food-growing space. This helps them be more earthquake-resistant and minimizes heat loss. The homes’ low cost design could work for housing in developing countries , or for refugees . Lifehaus counts Earthship among their sources of inspiration, and creator Michael Reynolds has endorsed the project. Lifehaus is drawing on ancestral building techniques, such as using mud and clay as opposed to concrete, and treating those materials with linseed oil and lime. Construction on the first 1,722 square foot prototype will begin next month in Baskinta, Lebanon, and Lifehaus hopes to get the community involved. “Now is the time for the human species to reconcile with nature . Our collective lifestyles are no longer sustainable,” Mazloum told Inhabitat. “The Lifehaus is not just about building a house, it’s about community and communication. We hope to reinforce the feeling of being in a community and communicating a strong message that yes, we can all make a change no matter how dark the world seems.” + Lifehaus + NH-Architectes Images courtesy of Lifehaus

Read the original here: 
Amazing low-cost, off-grid Lifehaus homes are made from recycled materials

Abused piglet dumped at animal shelter undergoes miraculous transformation

July 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Abused piglet dumped at animal shelter undergoes miraculous transformation

Though we may never know why some people abuse animals (or other people), it’s heartening to know compassionate individuals do still exist. The Dodo shares a story about the folks at Sale Ranch Sanctuary , who saved a young piglet’s life. The pig, named Cherry Blossom, lived in unspeakable conditions before she was finally dumped at an animal shelter in California that primarily cares for cats and dogs. Though she wasn’t expected to survive due to a severe case of sarcoptic mange, Cherry Blossom made a complete recovery. Hit the jump to hear her story. The Dodo reports that Cherry Blossom was abandoned at a shelter near Temecula, California. The staff says the man who dropped her off claimed she was a stray. However, it is suspected she was previously owned and developed conditions due to improper care. Said Jen Sale, CEO and founder of Sale Ranch Sanctuary, “She had an incredibly severe case of  sarcoptic mange,  which is one of the most severe types of mange you can get. If it’s not treated, it can be fatal.” “They [the shelter workers] think it was the rancher who actually brought her in. He didn’t care for her when she got sick. Instead, he just dropped her off and said he found her,” she added. Because the shelter doesn’t care for pigs, employees quickly contacted the nearby farm sanctuary . Sale, who has worked with livestock for years, suspects Cherry Blossom lived in “overcrowded, filthy conditions.” She said, “As a baby, her immune system was still developing, and she kind of got walloped.” The mange didn’t just look bad, it was also causing Cherry Blossom a lot of pain. Despite this, she was very friendly toward Sale and her husband. “She still wanted comfort from us,” Sale said. “We’d come and put the medicine on her, and she learned very quickly that we were helping her. And even though she was in so much pain, she’d snuggle up and want us to rub her belly. She’s just a testimony for how forgiving and loving animals are.” Related: Rombaut makes cruelty-free leather shoes from discarded pineapple leaves After seeing a veterinarian , the pig began receiving healing cream rubs and laser light therapy. Two months later, her mange has cleared up and, as a result, Cherry Blossom’s hair is regrowing. “Her hair is fully growing in, and her skin is totally good,” Sale said. “The transformation really is amazing.” Feeling better, Cherry Blossom’s personality is also coming out. “She’s super silly,” Sale said. “She’ll play with her ball. She loves her little mud hole. And she gets along with everybody. She runs around with our dogs, she goes over to our barnyard to visit the animals there. She’s just a sweetheart, and all she wants is attention and affection from people.” Remarking on the deed of restoring the piglet to proper health, Sale said, “We’re just really grateful and blessed that we were able to bring her home and take care of her and get her healthy. Even though she kind of had a rough start to life, she’s doing very well. She’s going to have a really beautiful life.” If you feel inspired, consider donating to the Sale Ranch Sanctuary . Via The Dodo Images via Sale Ranch Sanctuary

Originally posted here:
Abused piglet dumped at animal shelter undergoes miraculous transformation

This tiny off-grid cabin in the UK is clad with reclaimed slate tiles

June 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on This tiny off-grid cabin in the UK is clad with reclaimed slate tiles

This rustic writer’s retreat in UK’s Snowdonia National Park is covered with local stone and slate tiles reclaimed from nearby farms. Architecture studio TRIAS based the Slate Cabin’s design around local and historically significant materials, with carefully arranged openings that capture small vignettes and views of the gorgeous hills and pastures of Wales. The cabin is set in a lush green valley surrounded by Snowdonia National Park. The structure has a simple, rectangular volume and muted exterior contrasted by the warm birch interior. The interior is bright and simple, with a single room for essential activities– sleeping, cooking, resting and relaxing– and a bathroom tucked behind. The bed sits up on a raised platform, and pulls back at one end to provide space for a seat and desk. Related: Trek-in prefab cabin offers luxury sustainable lodgings for campers The bed head does double duty to support a built-in seat and table. Stairs to the bed platform are a space to store books and shoes, while a shelf above the bathroom acts as a slot for stashing hiking packs. A continuous lantern of high windows bathe the space in natural light , while smaller openings offer curated views of the surrounding landscape. + TRIAS Via Uncrate Photos via Epic Retreats

Read more:
This tiny off-grid cabin in the UK is clad with reclaimed slate tiles

This tiny off-grid cabin in the UK is clad with reclaimed slate tiles

June 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on This tiny off-grid cabin in the UK is clad with reclaimed slate tiles

This rustic writer’s retreat in UK’s Snowdonia National Park is covered with local stone and slate tiles reclaimed from nearby farms. Architecture studio TRIAS based the Slate Cabin’s design around local and historically significant materials, with carefully arranged openings that capture small vignettes and views of the gorgeous hills and pastures of Wales. The cabin is set in a lush green valley surrounded by Snowdonia National Park. The structure has a simple, rectangular volume and muted exterior contrasted by the warm birch interior. The interior is bright and simple, with a single room for essential activities– sleeping, cooking, resting and relaxing– and a bathroom tucked behind. The bed sits up on a raised platform, and pulls back at one end to provide space for a seat and desk. Related: Trek-in prefab cabin offers luxury sustainable lodgings for campers The bed head does double duty to support a built-in seat and table. Stairs to the bed platform are a space to store books and shoes, while a shelf above the bathroom acts as a slot for stashing hiking packs. A continuous lantern of high windows bathe the space in natural light , while smaller openings offer curated views of the surrounding landscape. + TRIAS Via Uncrate Photos via Epic Retreats

Read more here: 
This tiny off-grid cabin in the UK is clad with reclaimed slate tiles

Solar-powered EcoPods are flat-packed tiny homes with a low environmental footprint

October 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Business, Eco, Green

Comments Off on Solar-powered EcoPods are flat-packed tiny homes with a low environmental footprint

“We recognize a window of opportunity to develop a network of pop up eco-resorts using locally-sourced materials , skills and resources to provide high quality, environmentally and economically sustainable tourist accommodation,” Shenton told Inhabitat. Related: Popup modular garden pods that can be erected anywhere Fabricated with a sustainable soft wood, the tiny pods are comprised of solar-powered kits that can be flat-packed for easy shipping. Designed to be shipped anywhere in the world, they are easily erected by three people. Stenton said an entire off-grid eco resort can be constructed in a very short space of time. For now, he has teamed up with several landowners to develop a local network of these tiny resorts complete with electric transportation, bicycles, e-bikes for sustainable movement. Six resorts are in the planning stage, and the first pilot is expected to open in Spring, 2017. “Our pods also lend themselves to any number of other uses, for leisure, hospitality, disaster relief ,” said Shenton. “Our target legacy will be to create a viable export business for the Azores as we send our EcoPods to the many other geographical locations in need of fast, affordable and sustainable accommodation.” + TADA

See the original post:
Solar-powered EcoPods are flat-packed tiny homes with a low environmental footprint

Taliesin West students built protective desert shelters using mostly local materials

June 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Taliesin West students built protective desert shelters using mostly local materials

The project was initially conceived as individual exercises where Daniel Chapman, Mark-Thomas Cordova, Jaime Inostroza, Dylan Kessler, Pablo Moncayo, Natasha Vemulkonda, and Pierre Verbruggen were to design and build their own temporary shelters . The plan changed due to harsh desert conditions, and the students, guided by their instructor David Tapias, ended up designing a collective shelter. Related: Stunning Prefab by the School of Frank Lloyd Wright The students took only 12 weeks to build their designs, which comprise two shelters and a gathering space, using materials found on-site as well as inexpensive materials sourced from warehouses. Future students will use the shelters during their time at Taliesin West  and transform and document them on the little maps website. + Taliesin – Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture + Little Shelters Via Archdaily Photos by Nathan Rist

See original here:
Taliesin West students built protective desert shelters using mostly local materials

Scotland reaches gutsy emissions reduction goal six years early

June 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Scotland reaches gutsy emissions reduction goal six years early

Scotland has made great strides towards meeting its 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. Their goal was to reduce emissions by 42 percent by 2020. This week, the Scottish government announced in a press release that the country passed the goal in 2014, when they achieved “a reduction of 45.8 percent.” Climate change secretary Roseanna Cunningham said between 1990 and 2014, emissions fell by close to 46 percent. Emissions in the rest of the UK since 1990 only fell by 33 percent. Cunningham suggested that individuals turning down the heat may have contributed to the reduction. Related: 57% of Scotland’s energy came from renewables in 2015 Others said the government still needs to step up their commitment to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Stop Climate Chaos Scotland spokesperson Jim Densham told The Guardian while it was good the goal has already been reached, showing people don’t have to sacrifice comfort drastically to combat climate change, the government still needs to “lead with the big policies for major emission reductions.” According to Densham, emissions from the transportation sector remain at the same levels as 1990, and in the housing sector, emissions have only been reduced by 1 percent. He said Scotland was able to reach the 42 percent target due to a warmer 2014 winter, heavy industry loss, a “changing share of European emissions credits,” and policies. Green Party Parliament member Mark Ruskell said if the government hopes to set greater targets for 2020, they need to address “home energy efficiency” and fuel poverty. They also need “far more ambitious” transportation policies. Ruskell said to The Guardian, “The real test of action on climate change isn’t how figures get fudged from year to year; it’s whether people across Scotland have real choices to live in warm, efficient homes or a transport system fit for the 21st century. That requires funding and action from the Scottish government.” According to the Scottish government, the target for 2050 is an 80 percent reduction in emissions. Cunningham said since the country has already met its 2020 goal, it will likely pursue more ambitious goals in legislation . Via The Guardian Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

Original post:
Scotland reaches gutsy emissions reduction goal six years early

Transforming veil shields UAE medical center from thermal fluctuations

June 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Transforming veil shields UAE medical center from thermal fluctuations

This unusual medical center planned for Al Ain, the fourth largest city in the United Arab Emirates , includes a large tower wrapped in a transforming veil that helps balance the region’s dramatic thermal fluctuations. Architecture firm Philippe Barriere Collective (PB+Co) designed the development as a state-of-the-art combination of Western and alternative medicine , nature preservation practices and technology. The Al Ain municipality wanted to create an iconic project that would embody the idea of progress in environmental sciences, green technology and medical treatment deeply connected to nature. The resulting design includes a Chelation Clinic, Integrated Dental Domes, a Healing Clinic and individual bungalows as patients’ private residences. Related: How design humanizes patients’ experience at the St Charles Bend Cancer Center The complex will overlook Al Ain Lake, the shores of which are planted with a variety of species that attract birds, fish, and reptiles, among other animals, and acts as a model of biodiversity. This area is also meant to be used for patient rehabilitation and healing. The tower is wrapped in a skin-like layer that expands and contracts to control temperature and shading by creating an internal buffer air zone that can increase in size or retract. + Philippe Barriere Collective (PB+Co) Via v2com

Read the original here:
Transforming veil shields UAE medical center from thermal fluctuations

Historic LA port to get new life as a deep green ocean research hub

June 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Historic LA port to get new life as a deep green ocean research hub

AltaSea’s state-of-the-art, net-positive campus will be built on City Dock No. 1, with access to the deep sea. This location will allow scientists to study marine life and develop programs for sustainability. The organization’s executive director, Jenny Krusoe, said in press release , “AltaSea will be a campus dedicated to finding ocean-related solutions to our most pressing challenges: food security , energy security and climate security.” Related: Gensler proposes electricity-generating bike paths for London Underground’s disused tunnels The dock’s historic features will be both honored and updated as renovation proceeds, thanks to the mesmerizing design by Gensler . Renewable models for energy and rooftop solar fields illuminate the campus’ central themes and engage visitors in its mission. The Wharf Plaza Education Center is part of the $150 million Phase 1, where ocean exploration and sustainable solutions are at the core of the project’s vision. Other phases will include a Science Hub for oceanographic and marine biology research, where the Southern California Marine Institute will be housed, and an educational Engagement Center for visitors. + AltaSea + Gensler Via Gizmodo Images via Gensler

See original here: 
Historic LA port to get new life as a deep green ocean research hub

Off-grid healthcare housing is powered entirely by solar in Burundi

November 20, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Off-grid healthcare housing is powered entirely by solar in Burundi

Read the rest of Off-grid healthcare housing is powered entirely by solar in Burundi

Original post: 
Off-grid healthcare housing is powered entirely by solar in Burundi

Next Page »

Bad Behavior has blocked 6399 access attempts in the last 7 days.