LEED Gold UBC Aquatic Center boasts innovative water recycling

April 11, 2018 by  
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A striking aquatics center on the University of British Columbia Vancouver Campus melds elite-level swimming facilities with impressive eco-credentials. Designed by Canadian architecture firm MJMA , in collaboration with Acton Ostry Architects , to achieve LEED Gold certification, the UBC Aquatic Center is awash in high water demands with its three pools, hot tub, steam and sauna, drinking fountains, and 34 showers. To meet water efficiency regulations set out by UBC and LEED Gold, the architects employed an innovative water management system that includes water recycling and an underground cistern tank that can store 1.3 million liters of rainwater at a time. The 85,000-square-foot UBC Aquatic Center is more than just a recreational facility for UBC staff and students. Envisioned as a community resource, the swimming center was also created to provide a high-performance training and competition venue for Olympians and includes separated sections for Community Aquatics and Competition Aquatics. In a fitting response to the demanding brief, the architects topped the mostly glazed building with a white angular roof for that gives the facility a sense of eye-catching drama and helps facilitate rainwater collection. Combined with a long skylight that bisects the building, the continuous ceramic fritted glazing that wraps around three elevations brings in copious amounts of natural light . Sensors for zoned lighting control help reduce electricity demands. Healthy indoor air quality is promoted with an air flow system that replaces chloromine-contaminated air from the top of the water surface with fresh air. Related: Flussbad Berlin Wants to Build an Enormous Natural Swimming Pool in the City’s River Water is captured from the roof and reused for plumbing, landscape irrigation and pool top up. Rainwater collection provides the facility with around 2.7 million liters of water each year—an amount equivalent to an Olympic-sized pool. Renewable materials were also used throughout the build with approximately 30% of materials sourced from British Columbia and Washington State. + MJMA Via Architect Magazine Images by Ema Peter

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Eden furniture is made from tree branches found in the woods

June 16, 2015 by  
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Everything in the economy revolves around consumption. Manufacturers constantly provide new designs or models, making existing products redundant or old fashioned. This phenomenon causes tons of superfluous garbage and leads to a waste of materials and energy, as well as inflation promoting money traffic. So Studio of Eden decided to create a product made as a reaction against the large-scale waste. Their Eden collection is fully manufactured by hand, from the leftovers of nature: unprocessed tree branches found in the Dutch woods. The branches have been serrated into slices and hollowed out to form the base material. Each individual slice forms a unique puzzle piece that is eventually pieced together into a beautiful and intricate sphere. Each piece is strong enough to withstand the test of time and embodies the earthly paradise where everything is in eternal harmony. + Studio of Eden 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: “green furniture” , EDEN , found materials , found wood furniture , lifetime furniture , reader submission , Recycled Materials , renewable materials , Studio of Eden , Sustainable Materials , wood furniture

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Polar bears are eating dolphins stranded by climate change

June 16, 2015 by  
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Arctic polar bears have been forced to rethink their diet as a result of climate change. No, they aren’t considering vegetarianism to help offset the droughts in other parts of the world. Instead, they have been feasting on frozen white-beaked dolphins who have found themselves trapped in the surrounding ice. This practice was previously unheard of, since this species of dolphin doesn’t usually venture so far north in the Arctic Ocean during the winter or spring months. With fewer seals to hunt, bears in the region are availing themselves of an unexpected source of sustenance. Read the rest of Polar bears are eating dolphins stranded by climate change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arctic ocean , Climate Change , global warming , polar bear eats dolphin , polar bears , sea level rising , svalbard islands , white-beaked dolphin

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EDI is a sleek, modern table made out of local, renewable wood using renewable energy

May 12, 2015 by  
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EDI is a new table made using 100% renewable materials and 100% renewable energy by Finnish brand Nikari. Nikari sources its timber from local woods that are tended with the principles of sustainability and biodiversity. The Nikari head office, studio and workshop use solely next generation energy from the small hydropower plant located next to their building, making the sleek, modern table a truly sustainable addition to any space. + Nikari 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: “sustainable furniture” , Edi table , Edit by Nikari , local materials , local wood , Nikari furniture , Nikari table , reader submission , renewable energy , renewable materials , sustainable home goods , Sustainable Interiors

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Gorgeous Northcote Hemp House Receives an 8-Star Energy Rating in Australia

December 1, 2014 by  
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20 Creative DIY Gifts You Can Make Yourself

December 1, 2014 by  
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Making your own DIY gifts this holiday season is a smart way to ensure that your gift will be one-of-a-kind, and it doesn’t hurt that it’ll probably save you some cash too. We’ve rounded up a list of cool and creative homemade presents for the 2014 holiday season from tricked out terrariums to make-it-yourself lip balm to custom cat pillows . Check out our DIY Gift Guide to see them all! + DIY GIFT IDEAS Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY , diy gifts , diy presents , eco christmas , eco friendly presents , eco holiday , eco xmas , eco-friendly gifts , environmentally friendly gifts , environmentally friendly presents , green christmas , green gift guide , green holiday , green holiday gift guide , green presents , green xmas , homemade gifts , inhabitat gift guide , inhabitat green gifts , Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide , last minute gifts , last minute holiday gifts , make your own gifts

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Toxic Fracking Waste Water Injected into Clean Water Aquifers in Drought-stricken California

December 1, 2014 by  
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What’s California’s government doing to help combat the state’s recent record-setting water shortages? According to NBC Bay Area , it’s letting oil and gas companies pump waste water from oil fracking into underground aquifers that could have been used for clean drinking water or irrigation. Such activity is supposed to be off-limits (and the aquifers should be protected by the EPA), but according to the California Department of Conservation it may have been the result of an error in the process. Read the rest of Toxic Fracking Waste Water Injected into Clean Water Aquifers in Drought-stricken California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , California’s contaminated aquifers , Drought , fracking , fracking water , hydraulic fracturing , petroleum , Pollution , toxic fracking water , waste water , water issues

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Gensler’s New Zero-Carbon Glumac Office Produces More Energy Than it Consumes in Shanghai

December 1, 2014 by  
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Formabilio’s Volatevia Shelves Poetically Mimic Leaves Blowing in the Wind

December 1, 2014 by  
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Art doesn’t have to be limited to canvases mounted to the walls—the shelves you use to display your books and keepsakes can be works of art too. Eco-friendly furniture brand Formabilio demonstrates that belief with their sophisticated, nature-inspired Volatevia shelves, which are designed to look like leaves blowing in a gust of wind. Designed by Livia Chisari, the Volatevia shelves are made of bent metal sheets coated with water-based varnishes. The shelves come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are available in the colors white, yellow, or green. + Formabilio 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: Formabilio , leaf-like shelves , Livia Chisari , metal shelves , nature-inspired furniture , reader submitted content , shelving , Volatevia , Volatevia shelves , water based varnish

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The Photon Space is a Pop Up Glass House that Promotes Health and Happiness

December 1, 2014 by  
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