South African office building was designed to keep its occupants healthy

November 2, 2016 by  
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The office building is located in Sandton, area situated within the metro area of Johannesburg, South Africa . It replaced a single-storey building constructed in 1991 that was being dwarfed by neighboring developments. MDS Architecture designed the building to manage heat build-ups of its west-facing facade and control glare issues. The west-facing facade features massive, full-height fins that mitigate excessive sunlight, while the north-facing façade is fully glazed, opening up the office spaces to views across Bryanston. Related: New green-roofed office building in Chicago is stacked for optimal solar absorption The building has energy efficient lighting and cooling, as well as smart waste management systems and reduced water consumption . Its construction significantly cut carbon emissions through the use of more than 60% total recycled content for all steel elements. The quantity of Portland cement was reduced by over 30% across all concrete mixes used during construction, while the use of PVC was cut by more than 30% on the project through the use of alternative products. Secure bicycle storage spaces, showers, change rooms and lockers provided in the building encourage a healthy lifestyle among the occupants. + MDS Architecture Photos by Mike Pawley

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5 Sink Designs That Waste Water

October 5, 2016 by  
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Kitchen and bathroom sink faucets account for 19 percent of total water usage of an average home, according to Conserve H2O. Fortunately, new kitchen faucet sink designs curb water consumption by using no more than 2.5 gallons per minute, per…

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Reduce Your Water Consumption With the Amphiro B1 Water Meter

December 2, 2014 by  
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There are smart meters for your heating and air conditioning, but until now, there isn’t been one for your water heater. Heating your water is actually the second biggest use of power in the home – more than lighting, cooking and entertainment electronics combined. That’s why the people at Amphiro created the Amphiro B1, the follow-up to the hit A1. By using the B1, the average household saves $140 in power costs and 2,250 gallons of water per year. The device connects via bluetooth so you can monitor your usage and even challenge yourself or others in your home to reduce consumption. The project is seeking funding right now at Kickstarter where you can preorder yours at a reduced price. +  Amphiro B1 at Kickstarter 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: amphiro , amphiro A1 , amphiro B1 , Amphiro smart shower , heating monitor , hot water usage monitor , reducing consumption , reducing water consumption , shower meter , smart meter , water consumption , water heater , water heating , water monitor , water usage monitor

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This Sustainable Rubber Bio-Brick Can Save Billions of Gallons of Water

October 14, 2014 by  
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You probably already know that dropping a brick in your toilet could help your household save up to 50 gallons of water every week, but the concrete or ceramic bricks that most folks place in their toilet’s water tank  can actually damage (or even break) a standard porcelain toilet. Drop-A-Brick is a not-for-profit, grassroots initiative that aims to  save as much water as possible in homes across America.  Standard bricks will crumble and disintegrate over time, and will clog up the plumbing, but Drop-a-Brick is made of a  bio-based sustainable rubber  and filled with an eco-friendly hydro gel that solidifies when water is added to it. It’s flat-packed at a mere 8oz in weight so it has a low carbon footprint as it makes its way over to your home. Just add water, drop it in the tank, and presto: billions of gallons of clean water can be saved across the nation. HELP FUND DROP-A-BRICK’S INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN> + Drop-A-Brick 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: brick , clean water , conservation , Drop-a-Brick , Drought , droughts , flushing , save water , saving water , toilet , toilet brick , toilet tank , toilets , wasting water , Water Brick , water conservation , water consumption , water issues , water wastage

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Enter Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Costume Contest for a Chance to Win a $848 Vanmoof B6 Bike!

October 14, 2014 by  
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The spirits are stirring, the days are getting shorter, and shadows are stretching across the land – which means it’s high time to get started on your DIY costume for Inhabitat’s 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest ! To encourage you to ditch the cheesy costume shops and big box stores we’re giving away an amazing Vanmoof B6 bicycle ( worth $848 ) with built-in lights to the creator of the best handmade costume. Halloween is just a few weeks away and our deadline is November 1st , so now’s the time to get cracking – and if you’re looking for inspiration, check out some of our favorite costumes from past years in the gallery below. ENTER OUR GREEN HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST > Read the rest of Enter Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Costume Contest for a Chance to Win a $848 Vanmoof B6 Bike! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle , bike , costume contest , DIY , diy costume , diy halloween costume , green design , green halloween , Green Halloween Costume Contest , make your own costume , sustainable design , vanmoof , vanmoof b6 , win a bike

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New Solvent Could Shrink the Paper Industry’s Energy Footprint By 40 Percent

February 13, 2014 by  
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Paper photo from Shutterstock Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology recently teamed up with paper industry specialists to develop a new solvent that could drastically change the way the world makes paper . The breakthrough solvent could extract cellulose from wood chips much faster than traditional methods, cutting the industry’s energy footprint at least 40 percent and yielding 20 percent less CO2 emissions . Read the rest of New Solvent Could Shrink the Paper Industry’s Energy Footprint By 40 Percent Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cellulose , eindhoven university of technology , Energy Consumption , energy to make paper , making paper , paper industry , paper industry solvents , paper making process , water consumption        

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11 Green Valentine Gifts For Earth-Loving Sweethearts

February 13, 2014 by  
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Urban Harvest Series: Furniture for Growing, Storing and Composting Food All-In-One

February 21, 2013 by  
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The Urban Harvest Series (UHS) is a set artifacts and furniture that integrate nature’s closed cycles and cultivation into our own daily routines. Created by Design Academy of Eindhoven’s  Sebastiaan Sennema, the unit allows people to grow , store, prepare, and compost organic waste, actively engaging them in a holistic and fundamental practice. Read the rest of Urban Harvest Series: Furniture for Growing, Storing and Composting Food All-In-One Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , Botanical , compost , Design Academy of Eindhoven , recycling , recycling / compost , Sebastiaan Sennema , Urban Harvest Series (UHS) , water consumption

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‘Water Footprint of Humanity’ Study Shows Average Person Uses 1,056 Gallons of Water Each Day

February 16, 2012 by  
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Hold on to your office chairs, research-loving infographic fans – we’ve got a doozy for you here. Researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have compiled a report on the “water footprint of humanity” (from 1996 to 2005) that comes complete with comprehensive water consumption statistics for every country on Earth – including water consumed by industry. The researchers found that 92% of freshwater use is in the agricultural industry, that the United States (with 3% of the world’s population) is the third-largest water consumer, and that 1/5 of water used on Earth is for products exported out of the country where they are made or grown. The report also comes complete with water pollution data, some interesting infographics , and it’s accompanied by a “product gallery” where you can see how much water goes into the production of say, a a cup of tea . When you add up all the water needed to make food, energy and other products, the average person on the planet Earth uses an incredible 1,056 gallons of water per day — that’s enough to fill up 21 standard bath tubs. Read the rest of ‘Water Footprint of Humanity’ Study Shows Average Person Uses 1,056 Gallons of Water Each Day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: drinking water , freshwater , freshwater resources , home water use , united states water use , water consumption , water issues , water levels , water pollution , water scarcity , water use , water use agriculture , water use per capita , water use production , world water consumption , world water use

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Are the Galapagos Islands Ready for More Tourism?

November 29, 2010 by  
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This Great Blue Heron, one of the first organisms to greet us upon arrival in the Galapagos, sure doesn’t seem to mind the tourists. All photos credit Collin Dunn

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