Modern meets rustic in the Hemmingford House built from natural materials

November 29, 2016 by  
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A new home has sprung from the ruins of an old farmhouse in the countryside south of Montreal. SIMARD architecture blends old with new in the recently constructed Hemmingford House, a contemporary cottage built along old fieldstone foundation walls of the previous farm building. The boxy facade handsomely pairs locally sourced slate with untreated cedar planks for a rugged appearance that pays homage to the landscape. The 3,500-square-foot Hemmingford House is distinctly modern dwelling with rustic touches woven throughout. The untreated cedar siding recalls old timber barns and will develop a patina similar to a weathered fence. Locally quarried slate cut into blocks and stacked in brick-like strata complement the wooden facade. The old fieldstone foundation walls were preserved as paving stone edging that lead visitors to the main entrance. “All these contextual cues influenced the site layout and architecture of this private residence designed for a couple who left their home in the city for a life on the country,” write the architects. “The house unfolds to the surrounding landscape.” Related: Historic Belgian farmhouse renovated into a modern solar-powered home Large windows open up the interior to natural light and views of the countryside. Slate and timber are used in the interior for continuity with the facade. The communal areas are located on the ground floor, while the bedrooms are placed on the upper level. An elegant glass-bottomed bridge in the airy double-height entryway connects the two bedrooms. + SIMARD architecture Via v2com Photography by Stephane Brugger

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Chicago University opens first passive house-certified laboratory in the US

January 6, 2015 by  
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Recycled paper cup lamp is a glowing honeycomb of light

January 6, 2015 by  
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Disposable cups are hardly ever re-used, and they often find their end at the local landfill. So to cut back on this paper waste, six innovative designers in Japan have banded together to save the world from being overrun by paper cups. Using reclaimed cups, the crew has created a honeycomb wall lamp that shines bright, well beyond its stunning and sophisticated modern design. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Recycled paper cup lamp is a glowing honeycomb of light Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chao Chen , Chengyuan Wei , DIY , eco design , green design , Guanyun Wang , Jianxing Cai , paper cups , sustainable design , upcycled lamp , Xuanxing Yang , Ye Tao

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New app lets Chinese citizens track biggest polluters’ activity in real time

January 6, 2015 by  
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Tracking China’s most devious polluters ? Now there’s an app for that, after Chinese environmentalist Ma Jun and his supporters developed an app that can show citizens just who is polluting them — in real time on a geo-location map. Powered by data collected at 10,000 plants around the country, the app allows millions to access and pinpoint major polluters , right on their smart phones or computers. Read the rest of New app lets Chinese citizens track biggest polluters’ activity in real time Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: app , China Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs , China pollutes app , china smog , destruction , eco design , Environment , green , green design , Ma Jun , Pollution , sustainable design

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Aviation industry looks to emissions trading to meet environmental goals

January 6, 2015 by  
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A new study indicates that the aviation industry is responsible for up to 2.5 percent of the world’s carbon emissions , which is higher than most individual countries. Researchers calculate that the industry will not be able to meet their 2020 goal of becoming essentially carbon neutral. Instead, they might be able to meet that goal by 2050, if they pull out all the stops. Read the rest of Aviation industry looks to emissions trading to meet environmental goals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aircraft , airlines , airplanes , Alternative Fuel , aviation , carbon emissions , Carbon Tax , Climate Change , emissions , emissions trading , flying , global warming , greenhouse gas , planes , renewable energy , Technology

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