This electric van is built with circularity in mind

May 3, 2022 by  
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EV maker Arrival’s assembly approach supports reuse and upgrades, which could help keep vehicles on the road longer.

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How to build climate resilience into the construction industry

May 3, 2022 by  
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The need for investment in more resilient buildings is clear, but many countries lack the data to properly assess these risks.

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A green roof disguises this gorgeous villa in Norway

February 4, 2022 by  
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A historic farm with pristine views of Oslo Fjord has found an utterly modern way of preserving a protected site. A new home designed for the family living on the farm was bermed under a green roof to make it nearly invisible from the road. Outside the back wall of windows below ground level, a pool deck follows the topography of the natural site down toward the fjord in the distance. This creates a seamless connection between land and water. Villa Aa is both an office and a home. On the northwest side, the building has a main entrance that lies at the bottom of a pathway leading down from the parking area by the road. A second entrance comes in by staircase through a courtyard . On the south side that faces away from the main entrance, the back wall of the home is made entirely of glass panels with incredible views. Related: Green roofs top Marmormolen’s sustainable timber architecture A formal living room, kitchen and three bedrooms face the outdoor spaces to the rear. Facing west to the side of the home, a family living room is located next to the bathrooms. An office area, which doubles as a guest room, faces east. Many rooms feature skylights up through the green roof for maximum natural lighting . It’s not just a green roof, though. The roof of Villa Aa is a walkable extension of the front lawn. Behind the home, where the green roof ends, a terrace and garden courtyard feature two water features. One is a modern rectangular swimming pool, and the smaller pool houses aquatic plants and collects rainwater. How do you build a home and office as unique as Villa Aa? Concrete was the main building material, mostly to match a concrete barn on the farm. The columns and girders are steel, but wood with a smoked and varnished finish was also used on many surfaces. These materials give the home a polished and sleek mid-century modern look that contrasts with the ancient farm and surrounding land, while still blending into the environment. Cedar panels on the exterior warm up the outside of the home. Floors inside are polished concrete to match the exterior terrace, which extends the impression of a space that flows from home to outdoor living space to the fjord beyond. + CF Moller Architects Via Dezeen Images by Ivar Kvaal

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Aptera upgrades its unique solar-charging EV

January 20, 2022 by  
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Aptera’s three-wheeler enclosed electric car has already made its mark as a unique new offering on the EV scene. The solar-charging EV never needs to be plugged in, all while competing with mid-level Teslas for range when charged as a traditional EV. Now, Aptera says it has completed some major upgrades to make the cars even more competitive. Here’s what’s new with Aptera’s revolutionary EVs. Aptera’s solar-charging EV already has the longest range of any production vehicle with 1,000 miles per charge and the ability to travel up to 40 miles a day on free power from its integrated solar panels . Now, the solar panels have been future-proofed, designed to be switched out for updates as solar technology improves. The solar cells integrated into the car’s roof panels have also been hail tested and undergone other testing to maximize efficiency. Related: Ambitious new EV charging network launches in the US The car’s body is created with 3D-printed components that have six key structural parts. They have been integrated with a new suspension designed for even better aerodynamics, which makes them use less energy than any other electric and hybrid vehicles on the road today. Is one of the key differences the light weight from only three wheels and very little cargo space? Yes, but it’s more than that. The new Beta models have improved structural stability to reduce shake and increased efficiency by improving the airflow over the lowered vehicle stance. The company slightly increased the front-row headroom and hip room for more driving comfort. Aptera has looked at both sleek shape and light weight and combined that with self-charging tech that can charge while you drive to improve range. Turning radius, stability and maneuverability have all improved. The mobility startup will use these changes in the Beta to model their first production cars, coming soon. Over 13,000 people have already reserved an Aptera. The vehicles are expected to use only 100 Wh per mile, making them the most efficient vehicles in production. Each Aptera features 2.4 square meters of solar panels that produce enough energy for 40 miles of driving off-grid per day. “We’ll start by producing our first few hundred vehicles, our Paradigm Editions,” said Pablo Ucar, Aptera’s Vice President of Production and Procurement. “As our supply chain becomes more established, we’ll ramp to 250 per month, and eventually reach our target of producing 40 vehicles per day. To support this demand, we’re predicting growth of our manufacturing and engineering staff by 3-5x over the next three years.” + Aptera Via Medium Images via Aptera

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Indoor-outdoor living drives this design for VAVA House

January 20, 2022 by  
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Architecture takes a variety of forms and serves many purposes, but most people would agree that the best home is one that meets the family’s needs and lifestyle goals. To this end, VAVA House was designed to emphasize indoor-outdoor living through shared space and a connection to the outdoors.  Designed by Fivedot Architects, this Seattle , Washington home caters to the client’s desire for a space that reinforces family connection within the home and community relationships outside the home. Unlike most residential homes that open into the backyard, VAVA House opens outdoor living into the front yard where it can be shared with neighbors.  Related: Brutalist home in Puerto Rico is resistant to weather Inside, cozy coves beneath the staircase and in a narrow TV viewing area provide space for reflection and relaxation. Larger areas are equipped for group gatherings, whether that be family , neighbors or friends. In all, the house features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, an open floor plan throughout the main living area, a home gym, lounge, office and bonus room in a 3,643-square-foot space.  Out front, the home features an expansive patio with gathering areas, a custom-made wood swing, and heat sources such as a firepit and heater for year-round entertaining. The swing incorporates  recycled  roof joists from the previous home and souvenir hardware the clients brought back from India.  Plants  and landscaping surround the home, including a green roof and beds along the front yard and street. The theme continues with a custom plant rack for hydroponic growing. Previous concrete on-site is fashioned into the design to minimize water runoff and waste. Extensive solar panels produce renewable energy for the home. Fun, custom additions adorn the home. Prints of the children’s first steps are imprinted into the floor, and mural prints by Mario de Miranda decorate the walls. + Fivedot Images via Mark Woods

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Meditation cottage fits on the tiniest lakefront space

January 20, 2022 by  
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Sometimes, architecture is about specific design elements or striking visual characteristics. Sometimes, it’s more about letting the location of the structure have the last word. Situated on a slim slice of shorefront land in eastern Finland, the Kynttilä ( candle ) is a sustainable meditation cottage that honors unique location requirements.  The Nunnanniemi Peninsula is located in Lake Saimaa near Savonlinna in eastern Finland close to the Russian border. Due to the very narrow nature of the peninsula, a small building footprint was essential. The designers at ORTRAUM Architects met the challenge with a tiny home that not only caters to the special needs of the surrounding nature reserve, but highlights views of the water on both sides of the peninsula.  Related: Cozy waterfront cottage transforms old foundations using natural materials To ensure minimal site impact , the builders constructed a temporary road to move materials into the build site for a single day when assembly took place. Plants and other vegetation were protected and put back into their original place once the work was done.  The concept of Kynttilä is one of Zen and meditation. With a minimalist philosophy, the space is situated to encourage focus and calmness. A massive window provides an undeniable connection to the natural environment on the other side and the water element is ever present. Natural light floods the space in any weather.  Material composition is made up almost entirely of cross-laminated timber (CLT). The exterior is clad in larch wood that immerses the cottage into the surrounding trees. Exposed indoors create a light and organic space. Even the furniture and the front door are made from the same CLT. At night, the cabin illuminates like a candle, which can be seen flickering in the forest from around the lake.  + ORTRAUM Architects Images via ORTRAUM Architects

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How Automakers are Driving the Future of Net-Zero Building

October 16, 2017 by  
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The path forward for net-zero buildings will come from the road in the form of electric vehicles. Yet EVs still comprise less than one percent of the global market. This is about to change as automakers boost volume in the next few years. Daimler, for one, is unveiling the EQ brand and committing to ten all-EV models by 2025. For context, Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates that one in four vehicles sold globally will be EVs by 2030.

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October 16, 2017 by  
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How chickens are powering the circular economy

July 27, 2017 by  
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Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the renewable energy plant that’s turning its waste into electricity. Sponsored

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Hilton Launches Largest Mattress Recycling Initiative to Date

March 2, 2017 by  
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Hotels offer a great sleeping solution when you’re on the road, but all those beds mean a whole lot of mattresses that need to be responsibly disposed of once they’re past their useful life. That’s why the 1,574-room Hilton…

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