Worlds most active volcano harbors a tiny off-grid homeand you can stay overnight

June 8, 2017 by  
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The Phoenix House is a tiny off-grid home that truly befits its name. Rising from the ashes of the world’s most active volcano, this solar-powered abode built of recycled materials boasts spectacular views of the Hawaiian landscape. Available for rent on AirBnB , the Phoenix House promises an unforgettable, off-the-beaten track experience and is just a bike ride away from a 100-foot lava waterfall. The eco-friendly Phoenix House is the newest creation by ArtisTree , a green design studio with an impressive portfolio of beautiful, low-impact treehouses and vacation homes. Located at the base of Mauna Loa volcano next to Kilauea, the tiny 450-square-foot Phoenix House is a shining beacon of sustainability and is part of a regenerative, off-grid community compound. Created to symbolize the temporal nature of life, the Phoenix House merges visual elements from a modern beach farmhouse with the stark volcanic landscape. The building is clad in charred Shou Sugi Ban timber to blend into the surroundings as well as recycled rusted corrugated metal that represents hot lava. “We built this house with deep respect for Mother Earth. For that reason, you will find the design minimalist, the development footprint light, and the result is one with its surroundings,” said Will Beilharz, the designer of Phoenix House, who also spoke of the difficulties of building on a lava field with 30-mile-per-hour winds. Related: Solar-powered cylindrical treehouse in Mexico is made with sustainable bamboo Sustainability is a major focus of the tiny house design. In addition to its use of solar power and recycled materials, the Phoenix House also collects and reuses rainwater . The modern home is equipped with all the comforts of home, including electricity, high-speed wifi and hot showers. The home, which accommodates two on a queen bed, is available for rent on Airbnb for $111 a night . Guests also have access to a fully equipped kitchenette with a propane stove top, living area with a couch and desk, and a small dinette table. + ArtisTree

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Adorable mobile house shows off the beauty of untreated timber

June 8, 2017 by  
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Wood has a wonderful way of adding warmth and comfort to a home. Austrian design studio Innauer-Matt Architekten shows off the beauty of the building material in Exhibition House, a mobile pavilion commissioned as a showroom for timber construction company Kaspar Greber. The 30-square-meter building features a gabled roof inspired by the local vernacular. Despite its traditional gabled shape, the compact pavilion is decidedly modern in design with its clean lines, minimalist style, and playful circular windows and door. Innauer-Matt Architekten built the pavilion in the shape of a house in reference to the client company’s housing building services. Kaspar Greber’s in-house solid wood product “Nadelstreif/Pinstripe” is used in the exterior and interior. Different varieties of untreated, raw timber, which range from spruce to fir to oak , add texture and subtle gradients of color. “Doors and windows are round and invite visitors to take a closer look,” write the architects. “The protruding wooden dowels in the cut-out openings demonstrate the stiction-based construction. Moreover, the wall, ceiling and floor connections can be seen true to scale.” Related: Handsome Austrian house is clad in a latticed facade made from local spruce The Exhibition House is movable and spacious enough to be used for events, from trade fairs or the setting of corporate dinners and weddings. The building is designed as a mobile brand ambassador for wood. + Innauer-Matt Architekten Via ArchDaily Images © Dakro Todorovic

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George Bandy on the genius and courage of dreaming

May 22, 2017 by  
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“Why are you in this line of work?” George Bandy Jr., vice president of sustainability at the Mohawk Group, asked the audience of sustainability professionals gathered at GreenBiz 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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GM, Steelcase see a web of opportunity in the circular economy

February 21, 2017 by  
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The manufacturing giants talked creating jobs and cutting supply chain waste at the GreenBiz 17 conference in Phoenix.

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Phoenix rising: Hand-in-hand, a city and a startup remap recycling

February 2, 2017 by  
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Recyclebank’s platform is using public engagement and incentives to bump Phoenix’s recycling rate to 40 percent by 2020.

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Deutsche Bank vows to end new coal lending, in line with Paris Agreement

February 2, 2017 by  
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New coal financing guidelines promise to “not grant new financing for greenfield thermal coal mining and new coal-fired power plant construction.”

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Business growth in an era of water scarcity

September 1, 2016 by  
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Brad Colton, strategic projects at Marriott; Emilio Tenuta, expertise and innovation at EcoLab; and Libby Bernick, senior VP atTrucost share wisdom on water at GreenBiz 15 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Systems thinking: Nature-inspired business lessons

March 4, 2016 by  
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Biomimicry 3.8’s Dayna Baumeister details the design cues businesses could be taking from nature during a GreenBiz 16 talk in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Lessons learned from working at the base of the pyramid

March 4, 2016 by  
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In a talk at the GreenBiz 16 event in Phoenix, Simpa Networks VP Rupesh Shah shares key insights from his experience bringing solar to rural farmers in Northern India.

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Redefining the future of personal mobility

March 4, 2016 by  
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A conversation with General Motor’s urban mobility lead after a $500 million investment in Lyft and the launch of the new mobility spinoff company Maven at GreenBiz 16 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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