Airtight prefab House in the Woods pops up in just ten days

May 8, 2017 by  
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Airtightness , minimal site disturbance, and speedy construction are just a few benefits of the striking House in the Woods. Designed by London-based architecture firm alma-nac , this prefabricated timber home is nestled within a particularly beautiful wooded lot in England’s South Downs National Park. Constructed from structural insulated panels (SIPs), the fully insulated, watertight building frame was erected in a speedy ten days. House in the Woods was built to replace a bungalow that had been in the family for over sixty years. Despite the new home’s contemporary appearance, the design pays homage to its traditional predecessor with its single-story dual-pitched appearance and occupies roughly the same 240-square-meter footprint. Ample glazing and large sliding doors connect the home with the landscape while a large deck and roof terrace extend living spaces to the outdoors. Related: Ancient Party Barn blends historic preservation with energy-smart design The adaptable interior can accommodate up to ten people in five bedrooms thanks to full-height sliding partitions . When not in use by guests, the home can be comfortably transformed to a one-bedroom home with a studio and study. Heat zoning allows for areas of the home to be controlled independently to minimize energy loss. Energy efficiency is further improved thanks to SIPs construction with rigid insulating lining that offer high levels of thermal efficiency and air tightness. + alma-nac Via ArchDaily Images © Jack Hobhouse

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Stop throwing away banana peels – eat them instead

June 29, 2016 by  
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Pop quiz: What food is packed with vitamins and fiber, but is almost always purchased just to be thrown away? If you said banana peels, you’re right. It might be one of the world’s most recognizable comedy props, but the humble banana peel is nothing to laugh at. These slippery skins contain vitamins B6 and B12, magnesium, potassium and fiber, as well as tryptophan, which has been shown to help balance emotions and mood. While the jury is still out on exactly how much of these nutrients our bodies can absorb from eating banana peels, noshing on them instead of trashing them is still a great idea because of the landfill waste it saves. But if the idea of chomping down on these thick, fibrous membranes doesn’t sound very a-PEEL-ing to you, read on to check out the newest episode of Inhabitat and NYC Media ‘s TV series Urban Green for three delicious and nutritious ways to make them more palatable. Video: Little Darling Productions with Jason Jenkins for NYC Media Before we get into our banana peel recipes, here are two important tips: TIP 1: Remember to wash your banana peel thoroughly just like you would with any other fruit you plan to ingest. TIP 2: We recommend using organic bananas for these recipes since non-organic banana peels may contain harmful pesticides. BANANA PEEL SMOOTHIE Smoothies are a great way to mask the bitter flavor of banana peels while also breaking them down and making them easier to digest. One of my favorite smoothies to use banana peels in is an apple pie smoothie , which, believe it or not, tastes like a healthier version of apple pie. To make it, just blend one Red Delicious apple, one whole banana and the peel (just cut off the hard ends), a dollop of almond butter or a handful of almonds, some almond milk and a dash of cinnamon. If you’re allergic to nuts, feel free to leave out the almonds and use a different kind of milk. PICKLED PEELS Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peels, and so can you, with this couldn’t-be-easier pickled banana peel recipe. Just chop your washed peels up intro strips width-wise (cutting against the grain helps to decrease the fibrous mouthfeel). Then plan to have pickles for lunch so that you can use the leftover pickling liquid for your peels. Submerge the peels in the pickling liquid overnight and you’ll end up with a tart condiment that will have your dinner guests trying to place the unique flavor. CANDIED PEELS Okay, so candying isn’t exactly the healthiest way to eat banana peels, but these sweet morsels are guilt-free enough if eaten in moderation or used as a garnish. To make these crunchy treats, stir together ½ cup of sugar and ½ cup of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Then add 2 sliced up (again, against the grain) banana peels and reduce to medium/low heat. Simmer while stirring for about 10 minutes. Once you see the sugar begin to caramelize, remove the pot from the heat and transfer your peels to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or other non-stick surface. Let your peels cool and harden, and then snap them into strips to eat as a snack or sprinkle over some yogurt to give it a crunchy kick. We hope you had a “bunch” of fun learning how to eat banana peels. And if you have any cool peel recipes, please share them in the comments below! + Urban Green + NYC Media

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Nendo Designs Space-Saving Furniture to Double as Japanese-Style Partitions

October 27, 2014 by  
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Prolific design studio Nendo recently unveiled sudare, a new outdoor furniture collection designed for the Japanese brand Patio Petite . The versatile designs fold up into Japanese-style partitions allowing you to make the most of your compact outdoor living space. The space-saving sudare collection includes a regular-height chair, high-back chair, lounge chair, and a table. The table’s height and tabletop dimensions can be easily adjusted. The frames come in five different colors and the blinds are available in two different shades. + Nendo The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Nendo , partitions , patio petite , reader submitted content , space saving furniture , space-saving design , sudare

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The Black Market Demand for Endangered Bees Leads to Increased Hive Thefts

October 27, 2014 by  
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There have been many reports about how the world’s bee population is shrinking , that there has now been a reported increase in the number of beehive thefts of the past decade, especially around the rich agricultural fields of California’s central valley. However, despite the problems to beekeepers, as well as the environment, these bee rustlers are proving difficult to catch. Read the rest of The Black Market Demand for Endangered Bees Leads to Increased Hive Thefts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bee hive theft , bee theft , bees , black market , california central valley , hive theft , honey bees , yolo valley

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Artists’ Wooden Cabin Climbs Up a Hillside in Nova Scotia

October 27, 2014 by  
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Re-vive: rENs Uses Bright Colors to Give Ugly Old Rugs a Second Life

October 27, 2014 by  
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Many things are often thrown away just because they aren’t “cool” anymore, but Dutch design duo rENs teamed up with global carpet company  Desso  to prove you can make outdated rugs stylish again with a generous helping of red dye. Thanks to they way different yarns and patterns react with the dye, each of the rugs in the Re-vive collection has its own unique identity. Keep reading to see how “the power of creativity” can be used to give forgotten items a new life. Read the rest of Re-vive: rENs Uses Bright Colors to Give Ugly Old Rugs a Second Life Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: circular economy , hand-dyed recycled carpets , Re-vive Rugs by rENs and Desso , Recycled Materials , recycled rugs , remanufactured materials , reused materials

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