This revolutionary sustainable community in Atlanta is still thriving 15 years after its founding

April 6, 2018 by  
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Almost 15 years since the sustainable community of Serenbe built its first home, the modern-day green utopia is still thriving. Located just southwest of Atlanta,  Serenbe is an experimental green community designed by architect Dr. Phill Tabb, who lives on site in a net-zero home . The progressive neighborhood, hidden amid 1,000 acres of natural forest landscape, was created with four main pillars in mind: arts, agriculture, health, and education. In 2001, architect Dr. Phill Tabb designed the masterplan for Serenbe Community – a sustainable neighborhood set in a natural landscape, but with connections to the typical urban amenities. One of the core pillars of the community’s plan was land preservation. Accordingly, the homes were built into strategic locations throughout the hilly landscape that would minimize the impact on the surrounding environment and give residents easy access to nature. Related: EarthCraft-certified Organic Life House teaches Atlanta agrihood residents about healthy living Nearly all of the homes at Serenbe abut a natural area, and manicured lawns are not allowed. All landscaping is natural and edible. The homes themselves are heated and cooled with ground-sourced heat pumps. Most use grey water systems , and a community-based vegetated wetland treats all the wastewater. The neighborhood is an active, vibrant area, arranged according to what Tabb calls the “hamlet constellation theory.” Tabb explained, “I love the hamlet constellation theory, which is something that I developed with the creation of Serenbe…. I found that we could proliferate [sustainable designs] into a constellation. Serenbe is a constellation of individual hamlets that come together to form the larger concept of Serenbe. It is a way of reaching out. Now my pilgrimage has led me to suggesting that constellations like Serenbe be married to the emergence of new high tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Netflix, Amazon, etc.” Today, over 600 residents live in the hamlets, which are connected to the surrounding restaurants and shopping areas via walking trails. Each hamlet reflects a different pillar of the community. For example, Selborne Hamlet is geared towards the visual, performing and culinary arts. Grange Hamlet sits adjacent to Serenbe Farms, a 15-acre organic farm . The third neighborhood, Mado Hamlet, integrates health and wellness functions with community, including a destination spa, recuperative hotel, fitness center and additional centers. The hamlets were developed one at a time, each one more sustainable than the last. The Grange Hamlet saw the construction of the community’s first off-grid homes , which have become more and more prevalent as the development continues to grow. Residents of Serenbe enjoy a wide range of amenities, including restaurants, retail shops, and co-working spaces, all of which work around the community’s eco-friendly core values. In fact, the development is home to  the Blue Eyed Daisy , the country’s smallest Silver LEED-certified building. For the past year, Dr. Tabb has lived within the community he designed. His net-zero Watercolor Cottage, built in accordance with EarthCraft building standards, is surrounded by a wooded lot on three sides. A large glazed wall opens up to an outdoor fruit and vegetable garden integrated into the home’s layout. The two-story structure has a passive solar heating system, as well as geothermal heating and cooling systems. A rooftop PV solar array provides the home’s electricity needs, and works in conjunction with a Tesla Powerwall system. + Serenbe Community Images via Dr. Phill Tabb and Serenbe

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Nonprofit teaches communities how to build homes out of straw, clay and soil

May 31, 2017 by  
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Emily Niehaus was working as a loan officer when she see realized that there was a need for affordable, sustainable housing options in her community. So she founded Community Rebuilds – a nonprofit that teaches people to build affordable homes out of “dirt cheap” materials like clay , straw and soil . Interns participate in a 5-month program, completing two homes from foundation to finish using sustainable living principles. Community Rebuilds started in Moab, UT as a way to ease the financial strains of people living in the community. Since then, the project has spread to southwestern Colorado and the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. The initiative has constructed 25 homes in four communities with the goal of expanding knowledge about valuable natural building skills across the US. Homes are built out of natural materials like straw, soil and clay using passive design techniques. They are equipped with green tech like solar arrays and sustainable features like adobe floors, earthen plasters and greywater systems. Related: Navajo mum gets new lease on life with this solar-powered home The first home was built in 2010, and since then the internship has evolved to include 16 people over a five-month term. Interns build two homes from the ground up. In exchange for their labor they get housing, food and an invaluable education in sustainable building. + Community Rebuilds  

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Energy-plus houses in Berlin are the future of eco-friendly living

June 3, 2016 by  
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The three structures, collectively named “Holistic Living”, are the result of a holistic design approach that combines energy efficiency , mobility and health. Each building was built using natural, recyclable materials -walls, ceilings and roofs are made of wood and clay. Related: Linked Towers Planned for Berlin’s Holzmarkt Area Triple glazing and thermally insulated envelope prevent thermal bridges . Floor heating systems and a heat recovery ventilation system provide stable indoor temperatures throughout the year. Photovoltaic panels installed on the roof generate enough energy to meet total energy requirements of the property. This energy is also used to charge an e-car. Thanks to their outstanding energy performance, the buildings meet the requirements of the German Plus Energy House standard. + GRAFT + BuroHappold Engineering Via Archdaily Photos by Tobias Hein

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Brad Pitt’s Make it Right delivers first 3 LEED Platinum homes to Fort Peck Indian reservation

November 27, 2015 by  
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Luke Brabants turns old skate decks into art for your wall

October 27, 2015 by  
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Luke Brabants is recycling, one skateboard at a time. Anyone serious about skateboarding knows that you can go through decks like tissue paper.  So Brabants takes old skateboards that have been piling up, turning them in to new pieces of art for the wall. These old skate decks become unique reclaimed art, with grind marks and all the history of each deck engrained in to them to make each one truly unique. Brabant uses organic shapes from fauna to flora to transform the shape of these decks and then hand cuts using a jigsaw to create a truly different piece of art. + Luke Brabants 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!

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Chile rocks adaptive reuse again with the sophisticated Barn House in Los Ríos

October 27, 2015 by  
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VIDEO: How To Make Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Cupcakes

October 9, 2015 by  
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Pumpkin pie might be tried and true, but if you want to make a unique fall treat that will have your friends and family begging for the recipe, check out our scrumptious vegan pumpkin chocolate chip muffin cupcakes ! Our resident pâtissier, the incredibly adorable Petey Rojas, takes you through the steps, which are so easy that a 3 year old could master them (and we have the video to prove it). So what are you waiting for? Make these delicious vegan treats today! SEE THE FULL RECIPE ON INHABITOTS >

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Foldable Solar-Powered Geodesic DOM(E) Home Can be Erected Anywhere

June 24, 2014 by  
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Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

June 24, 2014 by  
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Imagine a place where homes open onto gardens fed by streams from the rainwater flowing off nearby rooftops. Narrow cobblestone streets lead past vibrant storefronts to the village green where a group of musicians plays and children romp on the grass. Solar panels are woven into rooftops and the sound of free-flowing water drowns out car traffic. This is not just a dream—it’s a plan for 40 acres of waterfront and rocky islands in the Ottawa River. Read the rest of Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “sustainable architecture” , alternative transportation , Architecture , brownfield redevelopment , Eco Architecture , eco design , eco-village , green architecture , Green Building , green design , Ottawa , stormwater management , Sustainable Building , sustainable community , sustainable design , The Isles , Urban design

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Australia’s Retrofitted Illawarra Flame House Takes Slight Lead in Solar Decathlon China

August 7, 2013 by  
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