ON-A wants to renature Barcelona by greening the Camp Nou stadium

August 26, 2020 by  
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In a bid to bring greater green space to Barcelona, local architecture firm ON-A has proposed converting the city’s Camp Nou football stadium into a 26-hectare forested park. Dubbed Nou Parc, the design blankets the Camp Nou stadium and surrounding facilities with an undulating green roof strong enough to support a forest of trees. The architects estimate that the resulting park space could produce 15,000 kilograms of oxygen per day and absorb 25,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide daily. Opened in 1957 as the home stadium of FC Barcelona, the 99,354-seat Camp Nou football stadium is the largest stadium in Spain and Europe. According to the architects, less than 10% of the stadium grounds have been allocated to green space, which results in an urban heat island effect and also creates a divide between the neighborhood of Les Corts from the University Area. When the stadium is not in use for sports events or private functions, the massive area is typically disused.  Related: ZHA gets the green light for world’s first all-timber soccer stadium in England The Nou Parc proposal aims to bring greater functionality to Camp Nou with a publicly accessible green and leisure space that would not only better link the nearby neighborhoods but also improve urban air quality . The new park would be created in collaboration with tech company Verdtical so that the undulating green roof blanketing the buildings would be controlled by sensors and artificial intelligence capable of minimizing water consumption. Rainwater would also be collected and stored in two onsite lakes for irrigation of the park.  “Renaturing cities and gaining quality space for citizens is no longer just an interesting idea, it is a necessity,” said Jordi Fernández, co-founder of ON-A Architecture. “We are aware that cities must be re-naturalized, and that green provides unquestionable benefits for health, but the issue is not only green, the debate revolves around blue as well: the water . We cannot be green if that implies an excessive use of resources. The technology for the control of water consumption has come a long way and allows us to innovate and optimize green areas in urban spaces.” + ON-A Images via ON-A

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Efficient Toilets: A Buyers Guide

March 17, 2020 by  
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Even if you didn’t already know about America’s growing water … The post Efficient Toilets: A Buyers Guide appeared first on Earth911.com.

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We Earthlings: LED Light Bulb Lifetime Savings

March 17, 2020 by  
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How the Green Sports Alliance mobilizes sports fans to play for environmental change

February 7, 2020 by  
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16 leagues. 194 teams. 195 venues. Members of the Green Sports Alliance embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices — and they inspire millions of fans to follow their lead.

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The potential for circular textiles to have a positive impact on work and workers

February 7, 2020 by  
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Delhi High Courts new expansion taps into green building principles

November 1, 2018 by  
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New Delhi-based architecture practice Design Forum International has completed the New Courts Complex, a modern extension to the Delhi High Court. The new project was completed as part of the Delhi High Court’s ambitious expansion plan to increase capacity by 60 percent by the year 2020. Designed with energy efficiency in mind, the building was informed by passive solar principles to ensure comfortable indoor temperatures, while smart water management is practiced using sensor-operated fixtures and recycled water systems. Located in the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi, the New Courts Complex mimics its predecessor with grand steps that lead to a high podium fronted with a large fountain  focal point. The complex includes 15 courtrooms across four floors as well as nine registrars’ courts on the ground level. Moreover, there are 16 new chambers for judges, nine new chambers for junior registrars and additional work spaces for judicial officials. Discussion and sitting rooms for members of the bar, as well as a women-only sitting room, were also integrated into the plan. Since security was also a paramount concern, open sight lines and transparency were stressed throughout. “The task was to somehow create a visual vocabulary that could bridge 500 years of discordance with a harmonious note,” Design Forum International said. “The principles of green building design have been employed with a tilt toward passive techniques that require the basic design starting from the envelope and massing to be correct. In the overall analysis, the New Courts Block is a fine example of how to build a green building that is both energy-efficient , functional and aesthetic.” Related: Architects transform a derelict lot into an urban oasis in New Delhi The outer walls of the building are built from A.E.C. blocks chosen for their thermal properties, and the roof was built with heat reflective tiles. In addition, high-performance coated glass and solar panels help reduce dependence on air conditioning. As a result, the total energy demand has been reduced by approximately 20 to 25 percent. Natural light is optimized in the entire building, even in the basement, thanks to carefully placed skylights. + Design Forum International Images via Design Forum International

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Save $2,000 a Year With Energy-Efficient Home Improvements

October 17, 2014 by  
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Winter is fast approaching, but it’s not too late to make home improvements to save big on your energy bill . While switching your old lightbulbs for LEDs is a good and affordable start, there are many other ways to upgrade your home to get your annual expenses down. Utopia Management’s “11 Ways to Amp Up Your Home’s ROI” infographic lists nearly a dozen energy efficient home system replacements, their upfront costs, and return on investment. Although the initial investment may seem costly, the infographic shows that in the long-term, these changes could add up to nearly $2,000 in annual savings. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How to Save $2,000 a Year With Energy-Efficient Home Improvements Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , home improvement , infographic , insulation , LEDs , programmable thermostat , seal duct leaks , solar attic fan , water efficiency , water filters

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AT&T and EDF open up water efficiency toolkit

April 18, 2014 by  
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AT&T has used the WaterMAPP to achieve building water savings of up to 40 percent. Now the scorecard and calculator are available to any business.

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Infographic: ‘The Unfiltered Truth About Water’ Shows the Causes of Water Pollution

February 25, 2013 by  
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The Unfiltered Truth About Water is an interactive infographic that explores the sometimes surprising causes of water pollution and provides tips on how we can conserve and protect our water sources. It was created by DBS>Interactive in Louisville, KY for Evergreen AES Environmental Services . Check out the full infographic here ! + The Unfiltered Truth About Water 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: evergreen aes environmental services , green design , infographic , resource conservation , sustainable design , the unfiltered truth about water , water conservation , water efficiency , water infographic , water issues

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Santa Monica’s Garden / Garden Project Quantifies the Benefits of Sustainable Building

November 9, 2012 by  
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Here at Inhabitat we’ve showcased thousands of green building and sustainable landscaping projects that save water, conserve energy, and minimize waste. But did you know just how much more efficient building green can be? Back in 2004 a project called Garden / Garden launched in Santa Monica to compare how different sustainable building methods stacked up against more traditional plans. The project tracked two neighboring houses and recorded data on water use, labor required, waste produced and other relevant information – and it found that the green house used one fifth the water , produced only a third the amount of waste and required about a quarter of the labor to maintain. Read the rest of Santa Monica’s Garden / Garden Project Quantifies the Benefits of Sustainable Building Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: conventional , garden / garden , green design , green landscaping , labour reducing , native plants , pervious pathway , rainwater run-off , Santa Monica , Sustainable , sustainable design , sustainable landscaping , urban landscape , water efficiency , water harvesting , water saving

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