Tropical solar-powered home boasts spectacular views of the ocean and jungle

August 23, 2016 by  
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While sustainability is a key objective of the two-story Terrace House, the architects also strived to make the home as comfortable and beautiful as possible. The 300-square-meter building’s remote location on Puntarenas necessitated the design of semi-prefabricated steel members lightweight enough to be brought on-site and preassembled with local construction methods. The use of lightweight materials and careful placement of the house against the back of a steep hill helped minimize site disturbance . To minimize dependence on air conditioning despite the region’s hot and humid climate, the architects created computer models to analyze local wind patterns and the solar trajectory. That data informed an airy and open house layout that uses passive solar design and cross ventilation to stay naturally cool. Photovoltaic panels power the home’s electricity needs, while solar thermal technology heats the water. All appliances and fixtures in the house were chosen for their energy efficient features. Rainwater is collected from all roof structures and reused throughout the home. Related: Tropical Casa Flotanta Hovers Lightly Above the Pacific in Costa Rica The most open areas of the home are placed closest to the ocean and jungle views, while the bedrooms and bathrooms are tucked to the rear. “The result is a series of interwoven terraces that relate to each other in all dimensions creating not only an internal dynamic interaction between levels, but also varied and sometimes unexpected relationships between the inhabitants and the natural landscape,” write the architects. “In these interstitial terrace spaces, which are never truly inside or out, architecture comes to foster the relationship, enjoyment, and appreciation of the natural world by the inhabitants.” Most of the construction materials were locally and ethically sourced, such as the certified Melina wood, and assembled by local workers. + Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture Images via Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture , by Andres Garcia Lachner

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Earthships heading to Canada will provide First Nation communities with low-income housing

July 20, 2016 by  
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Earthships are a unique kind of low-cost homes that are built primarily with recycled materials and produce and provide as much as possible on site. Created and marketed by New Mexico-based Earthship Biotecture , the earthship alleviates the problems of housing insecurity and environmental waste in one elegant solution. These sustainable housing units have been installed in India, Haiti, Sierra Leone, and other countries as a means to empower local communities. The Earthship team are now bringing their housing model to First Nations communities facing a housing crisis in Canada. Francine Doxtator and her family are among the first members of the First Nations to collaborate with Earthship Biotechture on such a project. “We’re all looking forward to the new home,” says Doxtator, “but I still don’t believe it’s happening.” The new earthship home, powered by solar panels, hydrated by a rainwater collection system, and insulated by recycled tires, will reduce utility bills by hundreds of dollars per month. It will also allow the family to have a more respectful relationship with nature. “We try and respect Mother Earth, says Doxtator. “Right now we’re ruining her. We have to look after her so she can look after us.” Related: First Nation builds spirited solar project in the heart of Canada’s oil sands While earthships may seem an ideal solution, there are obstacles that currently prevent their wider adoption. Earthships often do not qualify for standard mortgages or loans in Canada , which puts its cost of C$60,000 out of reach for many. Strict regulations on new housing on First Nations land also prohibits the spread of earthships. The newest earthship installation at the Doxtator homestead arrives as Prime Minister Trudeau has promised the public investment of C$554 million in First Nations communities. The earthship’s best days may still lie ahead. “I would love to see this happen for more people,” says Doxtator. Still, even the new homeowner is a bit perplexed by the unusual design. “I just hope it doesn’t look like a Flintstones house in the end.” Via the Guardian Images via Wikipedia , Flickr and  Adrienne Harper

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Tubular school canteen made from 4 prefab modules pops up in 90 days

July 6, 2015 by  
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India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas

March 23, 2015 by  
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By using an ancient method of rainwater harvesting, Rajendra Singh is bringing about massive change to drought-stricken areas of India. 30 years ago, Singh visited Rajasthan —one of the most poverty-striken regions in the country—with the hope of establishing some health clinics there. Upon his arrival, the villagers made it known that water was of far greater urgency, as their wells had dried up, and their crops were dying. So, Singh taught the people there how to build johads , which are traditional earthen dams that can catch the annual monsoon rains. Since his arrival, over 8,500 dams have been built, and they now collect water for over a thousand villages in Rajasthan. Last week, Singh received the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize , which is also referred to as “the Nobel Prize for water”, in honor of the incredible work he has done. Read the rest of India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: clean water , clean water initiatives , Climate Change , dams , drinking water , Drought , forest replenishment , groundwater , India , India clean water , Nobel Water Prize , rainwater , rainwater harvesting , Rajasthan , Rajasthan water , Rajendra Singh , river dams , river replenishment , rivers , Singh Gandhi , Singh Rajasthan , Singh water , Stockholm Water Prize , sustainable water , Tarun Bharat Sangh , Water Gandhi

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Rainwater-harvesting Topique Sky mirror unveiled at Saint-Etienne Biennale 2015

March 17, 2015 by  
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Artist Isabelle Daëron recently unveiled a rainwater-harvesting sky mirror at the 2015 Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne . The installation consists of a rainwater harvester, a pipe, and a black reflector that mirrors the sky when rainwater collects on its hydrophobic surface. Topique-sky is constructed from durable materials including rubber, stainless steel, and polyethylene, and it provides a contemplative space to sit and reflect. + Isabelle Daëron 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: Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne , hydrophobic , Isabelle Daeron , polyethylene , rainwater , rainwater harvesting , reader submitted content , Saint-Etienne Biennale 2015 , sky mirror , stainless steel , Topique-sky

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The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building

February 16, 2015 by  
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INTERSTICE Architects Unveil Fibonacci-Inspired Green Landscape at the USF Center for Science

October 3, 2014 by  
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Winter is Coming: 6 Game of Thrones-Inspired Vegetarian Recipes to Brighten Cold Days

October 3, 2014 by  
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Winter is coming.   No, really… it’ll be here in a couple of short months. Avid  Game of Thrones fans have been inundated with the foreboding of oncoming winter, and October’s arrival reminds us that snow and bitter cold will be following shortly. Fortunately, there are some delicious ways to brighten up grey days, such as these fabulous vegetarian recipes inspired by George R.R. Martin ’s works. Warming soup , succulent roasted vegetables , and tantalizing desserts are waiting for you right after the jump! Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Winter is Coming: 6 Game of Thrones-Inspired Vegetarian Recipes to Brighten Cold Days Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agave , baked onions , barley , barley stew , brandy , crows , Dorne , Dornish , fruit cake , fruitcake , game of thrones , game of thrones recipes , George RR Martin , honey , kings landing , Meereen , mushroom barley soup , pear , pear nectar , recipes , salad , Song of Ice and Fire , soup , spruce tea , stew , the wall , vegan , vegetarian , vegetarian recipe , vegetarian recipes , winter , winter is coming , winter recipes , winter salad , winterfell

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Build Your Own Disaster-Proof Earth Home Using Materials of War

October 3, 2014 by  
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Denmark’s Rabalder Park Can Store 10 Swimming Pools Worth of Floodwater

June 14, 2013 by  
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