Geothermal-powered timber home glows by an Austrian lake

August 24, 2020 by  
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Locally procured materials and energy-efficient building systems make up the Wohnhaus am Eichenberg (Residence on the Eichenberg), a contemporary timber home designed by Austrian architecture firm Berktold Weber Architekten  in 2019. Built into the mountainside in the Austrian village of Eichenberg, the home opens up to breathtaking views of Lake Constance. At night, the house’s wraparound full-height glazing glows like a lantern thanks to the atmospheric  Nimbus  LED luminaires that complement the minimalist natural material palette.  Designed with flexibility in mind, the Wohnhaus am Eichenberg comprises two floors with separate entrances, allowing the home to take on different uses in the future. For example, the lower level can function as a separate apartment or an office. Both levels of the house use  locally sourced  silver fir cladding, exposed concrete and natural Schwarzachtobler stone. The pared-back material palette gives the home a clean, crisp appearance. This minimalist design ensures that the surrounding mountain landscape remains the main visual focus.  For privacy, the lower level uses an opaque design, and the upper level pushes its wraparound glazing back from the building’s edges. Spaced out vertical strips of timber also form a privacy screen that shields portions of the home. The top-heavy home’s upper level  cantilevers  out toward scenic views of the nearby Eichenberg village and Lake Constance. An overhang provides coverage to the ground level’s cozy outdoor patio space, which features a swing suspended from the bottom of the upper plinth.  Related: Geothermal-powered home fuses high-end luxury with restraint Locally sourced timber accents continue inside the home, with warm-hued wood floors, walls and ceilings creating a seamless indoor/outdoor visual experience. Midcentury modern furnishings punctuate the living spaces, alongside Nimbus’s minimalist LED fixtures. These fixtures, praised for their “discreet appearance, good technical qualities, consistent design and versatility,” provide the home with a warm glow. The interior also features  geothermal -powered underfloor heating and ventilation with heat recovery.  + Berktold Weber Architekten Images by Adolf Bereut

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UK university unveils efficient, BREEAM-certified learning center

March 12, 2020 by  
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Years ago, Durham University decided to implement a 10-year plan to improve on-campus facilities for its student body. Tasking British firm Faulkner Browns with the ambitious project, one of the first buildings to come to fruition is the Lower Mountjoy Teaching and Learning Centre. The massive, three-level student center was built to be incredibly energy-efficient , so much so that the innovative design has already been BREEAM-certified for its sustainability profile. The 3,000-square-foot building is clad in handmade gray brick that contrasts with the abundance of greenery that surrounds the site. The design’s most striking feature, however, is the 12 rooftop modules that are all topped with asymmetric pyramidal peaks. Each of these roofs is arranged around a small or large skylight, which brighten the interior spaces with natural light. Related: Ecosistema Urbano designs a digitally integrated eco-campus for the University of Malaga The interior spaces were strategically positioned to foster a strong sense of community. In the past, learning centers were often arranged into multiple private spaces for individual or small group study. While the Lower Mountjoy Teaching and Learning Centre certainly has ample space for quiet study, the main floors are filled according to a specific teaching and learning “space model”, which seeks to create an open and welcoming area for the entire student body, regardless of the students’ specific areas of study. Students and visitors enter through a massive central courtyard , which forms the social hub of the building. Further into the first floor, there are various seminar spaces and project rooms as well as two 250- and 500-seat lecture halls. There is also a spacious cafe for taking a break from the tough studying grind. Leading to the upper floors, a wide staircase adds a dramatic feel to the learning center. On the vaulted top floor, there is an expansive, flexible space that can be used for quiet, contemplative study or as a group lounge-like setting for collaborative learning projects. In addition to the ample natural light that filters through the many skylights, the building features full-height windows that provide views of the landscape. The learning center has a tight thermal envelope and was installed with several energy-efficient features, which has led to the project to earn a distinguished BREEAM Excellent certification. + Faulkner Browns Photography by Jack Hobhouse, David Cadzow and Kristen McCluskie via Faulkner Browns

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Waterstudio unveils the world’s first floating timber tower

November 14, 2019 by  
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Amsterdam-based design firm Waterstudio is already well-known for its incredible floating architecture, but it continues to break ground in the world of innovative design. Now, the firm, which is led by Koen Olthuis, has unveiled the world’s first floating timber tower. Slated for the waters of Rotterdam, the tower is made out of CLT and will house office space, a public green park and a restaurant with a terrace. Waterstudio’s most recent project is a contemporary take on floating architecture. The 130-foot-tall tower will be made out of cross-laminated timber, making the structure much lighter than concrete builds. Additionally, working with CLT means the building will be made with a renewable resource , providing the city of Rotterdam with a cutting-edge sustainable landmark. The tower will also make use of large expanses of glass to let plenty of natural light into the interior. Abundant vegetation, including pocket gardens planted with vegetables, will be found throughout the tower — inside and out. Related: Waterstudio.nl’s Sea Tree is a protected floating habitat for flora and fauna According to Olthuis, the building’s design is akin to a sheet of paper that has been pushed together until a tower forms in the middle. The base of the tower is located on a flat platform, which will be covered in vegetation. Rising up from the deck, the tower’s facade is marked by a series of V-shaped columns. Inside, a spacious atrium will be flooded with natural light . Although the tower will be mainly used as office space , there are several areas slated for the public. With offices located on the upper floors, the lower floors and main deck will house several publicly accessible spaces, such as a gallery and a coffee bar. Also on the lower deck, a restaurant will feature a beautiful terrace that provides stunning views of the harbor. For additional space, a lush, green courtyard will let workers and visitors enjoy fresh air day or night. This area is designed to be a flexible space for various functions and events happening year-round. + Waterstudio Images via Waterstudio

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How to Lower Your Pet’s Carbon Pawprint

March 4, 2019 by  
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Sparky might be your best friend — but he’s not exactly eco-friendly. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to lower your pet’s environmental impact. The post How to Lower Your Pet’s Carbon Pawprint appeared first on Earth911.com.

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An exploration in diesel, courtesy of BMW

October 7, 2013 by  
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I’m excited to announce that this week I will be test-driving a BMW 328D and reporting back to you, dear readers, on the experience. When BMW first approached me and offered me their new diesel sedan to test-drive, I was a little confused. Knowing virtually nothing about diesel, except the mental image in my head of giant 18 wheeler diesel freight trucks spewing sooty black smoke, I wondered why would a green-car enthusiast like myself would be interested in diesel . Then I started wikipediaing… Turns out that diesel is highly efficient, much more so than traditional gasoline. Read the rest of An exploration in diesel, courtesy of BMW Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BMW 3 Series , BMW 328d , BMW diesel , diesel car , is diesel green        

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Team Alberta’s Borealis Solar Decathlon Home Features a Stunning Air-Filtering Indoor Vertical Garden

October 7, 2013 by  
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PLEASE HELP: Desperate Lower Manhattan Struggles For Water, Food, Communication

November 2, 2012 by  
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How Energy Star is Working on the Green Data Center of the Future

February 16, 2012 by  
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With two new specs on the horizon — for storage and power supplies — and a long-awaited update for servers, Energy Star is digging in deep to greening the hardware that runs so much of the economy.

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4 Innovative Startups that Lower Costs of Commercial Energy Audits

February 16, 2012 by  
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Although an energy audit is an extremely useful tool in the sustainability toolbox, it is also usually a labor- and cost-intensive process. But these four firms are helping to make them affordable for any company.

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Assembly New York’s Minimalist Womenswear Takes its Cues from Menswear

February 12, 2012 by  
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Assembly New York debuted its minimalist new womenswear collection in an understated venue in the Lower East Side at New York Fashion Week . The Fall/Winter 2012 collection, designed Greg Armas and Claire Lampert, features simple, androgynous looks with a mix of high-waisted pants, floor-length trench coats, and simply-cut sweaters. And best of all, all of the clothes are produced right here in New York, an Assembly New York sales and projects associate tells Ecouterre . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: accessories , assembly new york , Claire Lampert , eco-fashion , ecouterre , Fashion , fashion design , Greg Armas , New York Fashion Week 2012 , NYC

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