This cozy cottage sits on stilts made out of recycled gas pipes

January 31, 2017 by  
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This year-round cottage on stilts in Canada , designed for a couple and their son, floats above a lakeside site prone to flooding  and freeze-thaw weathering. Architecture firm DIN Projects designed the cottage as a vertical wood platform structure that overlooks Lake Winnipeg on stilts made out of recycled gas pipes. The owners obtained the cottage lot through the provincial cottage lot lottery system. The site has Lake Winnipeg frontage, but the regulations limit how close to the water the owner can build. The site was problematic due to flooding and the porous nature of the shallow layer of overburden. This is why the architects opted for stilts made from recycled gas pipes , with foundations drilled into the subterranean bedrock. Related: Casa Quebrada is a tiny treehouse-like haven immersed in the Chilean forest The house has three floors connected with a stair that winds around each floor plate. The wooden frame, studs and plywood sheathing are left exposed in the interior. Internal ducting helps provide fresh air and distributes it vertically. The main heating source is a cast iron stove in the center of the cottage. + DIN Projects Via Archdaily

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Building industry poised to double green certifications by 2018

February 19, 2016 by  
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By 2018, a full 37 percent of building companies expect more than half of their projects green certified, up from 18 percent currently.

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SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line

January 27, 2015 by  
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The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project just passed its final environmental review by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The proposed 515-mile transmission line could be used to carry any type of electricity, but project managers promise the focus will be on wind and solar resources of Arizona and New Mexico. The Record of Decision (ROD) carrying the approval is the culmination of a 7-year effort by SunZia. Read the rest of SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “solar energy” , “wind power” , alternative energy , approval , Arizona , construction , energy line , energy transmission line , Environment , jobs , keystone xl , New Mexico , Projects , Solar Power , sunzia , transcanada , u.s. bureau of land management , u.s. southwest , wind energy

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British farmer plants heart-shaped meadow in honor of his late wife

January 27, 2015 by  
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  Winston Howes, green thumb and hopeless romantic, planted 6,000 oak trees  in the shape of heart in his South Gloucestershire meadow 15 years ago as a tribute to his late wife, Janet. His stunning memorial was his very own secret garden for years until a hot air balloonist happened to cruise over the land and captured a picture of the giant grassy emblem. “I have my own balloon and am quite a regular flyer—but this was the most amazing sight I have ever seen from the sky,” the pilot, Andy Collet told The Telegraph . “It was a perfect heart hidden away from view—you would not know it was there. You can just imagine the love story.” Read the rest of British farmer plants heart-shaped meadow in honor of his late wife Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: British farmer , British farmer tribute , heart , heart meadow , heart oaks , heart shape , heart-shaped , heart-shaped meadow , Janet , Love , love tribute , meadow , oak trees , South Gloucestershire , Tribute , Valentine , Winston Howes , Wotton Hill

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Construction underway on Canada’s first Holocaust memorial designed by Libeskind

January 27, 2015 by  
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Today marks the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz ’s liberation, a day commemorated by International Holocaust Remembrance Day . It’s a perfect time to unveil the design for Canada’s upcoming National Holocaust Monument , under construction in Ottawa this year. The monument is the first in the country to commemorate the tragic events of the last century, and is an epic undertaking, not only for the designers but for the builders as well. Read the rest of Construction underway on Canada’s first Holocaust memorial designed by Libeskind Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 , architect , Auschwitz , Award-winning , building , canada , Competition , contest winning , Daniel Libeskind , Holocaust , Libeskind , memorial , National Holocaust Monument , Ottawa , remembrance , star of david , under construction

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Spain’s ‘Guerilla Architect’ Self-Builds Amazing Low-Cost Projects in the Wake of Financial Crisis

August 20, 2014 by  
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Miniature Lille Huset Dollhouses are Cute and Customizable Craft Projects

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Alyson Beaton’s adorable Lille Huset Dollhouses are miniature dollhouses that kids can create, color and customize as a simple, rewarding craft activity. Translating into “little house” in Norwegian, the Lille Huset dollhouses are simple enough for kids to assemble, and can be stacked and arranged to create entire miniature cities. Even better, the dollhouses are eco-friendly—made from 100% recycled paperboard and printed in the USA with a certified carcinogenic free printing process. READ MORE Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alyson Beaton , children’s activities , dollhouses , green toys , Kids Crafts , Lille Houses , Lille Huset        

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Habitat World: Seven Sustainable Habitat for Humanity Projects

April 4, 2013 by  
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Caffeine-”Addicted” E. coli Bacteria Could Decontaminate Coffee-Ridden Wastewater

April 4, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Photo via Shutterstock The news that the Pacific Ocean is polluted with coffee , or rather, caffeine in general, was pretty baffling. But one research team has developed a solution that may be even stranger than the problem. The team genetically engineered E. coli to be “addicted” to caffeine , and as such the bacteria is able to decontaminate wastewater . In addition, the team believes that these hopped-up bacteria could assist in other applications, such as the bioproduction of some medications. Read the rest of Caffeine-”Addicted” E. coli Bacteria Could Decontaminate Coffee-Ridden Wastewater Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: asthma medication , biofuels , bioproduction , Caffeine Pollution , Caffeine water , coffee grounds , coffee pollution , e.coli , modified bacteria , pharmecutical pollution , university of iowa , university of texas , waste water , wastewater , water decontamination , water pollution

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DIY Dress-Up: 13 Totally Doable Eco-Fashion Projects

October 17, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Home & Garden & Tricks & Hacks . ] Making your own recycled clothes and accessories? It might seem best to leave such ambitious projects to the talented and experienced craft mavens of the world, but if you can squeeze a glue bottle and cut in a fairly straight line, you can make these 13 fun and creative customized glitter boots, jewelry, arm warmers and more. Ranging from ridiculously simple no-sew scarves to stylish skirts and dresses, these eco-fashion tutorials could produce handmade holiday gifts or a new fall wardrobe for yourself. Knit Circle Scarf from a Sweater (image via: ps i made this ) Making a super-warm circle scarf just in time for fall and winter is as easy as cutting up a sweater and taping it. No, really!  P.S. – I Made This explains the unbelievably simple no-sew process that even someone with zero crafting experience can handle. Sparkly Boots (images via: lefancuille ) Any old tired pair of shoes, from your own closet or from the thrift store, can become your favorite pair of party heels with a little glue and glitter . If you can pour glitter onto a glued surface, you can do this. Lace Briefcase (images via: a beautiful mess ) A vintage briefcase gets a stylish and feminine update in another simple tutorial at A Beautiful Mess. Just glue the lace on in strips. Of course, the same idea could apply to virtually any type of fabric trim, like ribbon. Cute Cat Food Can Ring (images via: ecouterre ) Yuka Yoneda at Ecouterre shows us how to turn an empty cat food can into an adorable kitty ring with a little bit of snipping and folding. Do DIY eco accessories ever get any easier than this? T-Shirt Shrug (images via: cut out and keep ) Any old t-shirt – including those freebies with not-so-desirable printed designs on the front – can become romantic shrugs a la Pride and Prejudice with some hemming and a ribbon. Cut Out and Keep explains how to slice up the front of the shirt, sew a casing and insert a ribbon for an adjustable cardigan. Dress it up further with trim at the bottom hem, or a removable brooch. Sweater Arm Warmers (images via: totallystitchin.net ) Keep your arms cozy, no matter what outfit you decide to wear, with a pair of upcycled arm warmers made from an old sweater. There’s not much more involved in this project than cutting the sleeves off the sweater, creation a hole for your thumb and adding accents as desired. Pocahontas Top from a T-Shirt (images via: nice and shiny ) An old t-shirt is easily turned into a serious style statement inspired by Helsinki street style and Pocahontas in this tutorial by Nice and Shiny . All you have to do is cut the t-shirt into a halter shape, tape of a waistband and then add lots of slits. Detachable Collar (images via: diyprojects , wear the canvas ) Want to get your hands on one of the trendy detachable collars that have been popping up everywhere lately? While you can DIY this adaptable accessory by cutting off the collar of an existing shirt, you can also make one from scrap fabric for a more customizable shape. Try either the traditional shirt collar tutorial at Wear the Canvas or a sweet Peter Pan-style from DIY Projects . Beaded Fabric Flower Necklace (images via: pretty-ditty ) A long, narrow strip of fabric and any old ugly unwanted beads transform into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind necklace with this tutorial from Pretty Ditty . A few little fabric rosettes give it a bit of extra charm. Recycled Ruffled Headband (images via: crafting a green world ) Ultra-feminine (and a great gift for little girls, if it’s a bit too twee for your tastes), this ruffled headband uses about a quarter yard of lightweight material like chiffon or organza and the wide headband of your choice. Tip: Check for remnants of these fabrics at your local bridal shop or tailor. Scrap Leather Birdie Purse (images via: a beautiful mess ) A few scraps of leather, yarn, lace and a button form the basis of a super-cute bird-shaped fringed purse, designed by Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess . Fabric stores often have leather remnants, or you could seek out a damaged leather item that still has usable portions. Different colors could be used to craft a species of your choosing. Men’s Shirt Skirt (images via: fashion indie , crafty stylish ) Who knew that a men’s dress shirt could make such a fetching skirt? There are any number of ways in which to accomplish this, ranging from simply cutting the top of the shirt off and sewing an elastic waistband to an elegant gathered version explained at CraftyStylish . Tablecloth Dress (images via: recycled-fashion.com ) Making clothing out of upholstery is generally a bit of a DIY no-no, but it’s unlikely you’ll have anyone yodeling at you if you choose your fabric this carefully. Erica Louise at Recycled Fashion found a gorgeous Ikat tablecloth at a trash and treasure market and made this dress using a free downloadable pattern . Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebEcoist: DIY Decor Inspiration: 14 Eco Crafts for the Home Pull out your scissors and glue – these 14 fun DIY craft projects using reclaimed materials will inspire you to try your hand at wreaths, lanterns and more. 3 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» Booze it Up! 13 Rad Recycled Bottle Crafts & Projects Transform your empty beer, wine and liquor bottles into lamps, bird feeders, shelving units, wind chimes – even a solar water heater or a house. 3 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» Do it Yourself: 28 Great Articles For a Greener Life Making and doing things for yourself is a great start to living greener. These helpful links will help start you down the path to a more eco-friendly life. 1 Comment – Click Here to Read More »» [ By Steph in Home & Garden & Tricks & Hacks . ] [ WebEcoist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]

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