The circular economy of the water cycle

November 16, 2018 by  
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A new collaboration seeks to combine circular principles with water management best practices.

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Episode 149: ‘Thoughtful’ carbon policy, Home Depot thinks circular, Royal Caribbean floats new energy strategy

November 16, 2018 by  
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Plus, what’s the difference between energy efficiency and energy productivity? The Climate Group recharges its EP100 campaign.

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Sustainable finance ideals thrive in Asia

November 16, 2018 by  
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From Malaysia to Australia, more investors are funding renewable energy, sustainable supply chains and other efforts to future-proof economies against climate change.

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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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ENR2 is the largest project in Arizona to earn a LEED Platinum certification

September 21, 2016 by  
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The 151,000-square-foot ENR2 building is an addition to the UA campus with three other LEED-certified buildings – the Student Recreation Center expansion, the Árbol de la Vida Residence Hall and Likins Hall. It houses interactive and shared learning spaces, boosting productivity and collaboration. Related: University of Arizona’s Breakthrough Telescope Solar Panel Doubles Efficiency Thanks to an efficient water usage and rainwater harvesting system , the building reduced the amount of water used annually by 40 percent. It can capture up to 260,000 gallons of rainwater each year. A underground storage and filtration tank provides water for irrigation . Related: The Hestia Project Maps the Carbon Emissions of US Cities Down to Street Level “The LEED platinum certification for ENR2 is great news for those of us who teach or research on the environment because it shows that we try to practice what we preach in terms of workplace sustainability,” said Diana Liverman, co-director of the UA’s Institute of the Environment. + The University of Arizona Via UA News Photos by Liam Frederick

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Mashjar Juthour is a Living Museum of Palestinian Fauna and Flora Outside Ramallah

July 21, 2014 by  
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We’ve created a space up on our hill for our families, students, parents, teachers, artisans, and any nature lover in general to engage as environmental activists on sacred heritage land in Palestine. We hold weekly workshops, summer day camps, overnight trips, school field trips, and open accessibility for all visitors. We know skilled professionals that hold lectures and workshops, professors from Bir Zeit University , local craftspeople, leaders of other eco-building organizations in the area (like the creator of a permaculture farm near Nablus, coming to teach about grey water). The infrastructure that we convene around is designed to be run off alternative energy— solar panels , wind energy, and recycled water. This alternative capability is meant to convey to our community how their homes can also be transformed into green spaces. Mashjar Juthour has just started its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com – please visit if you’d like to learn more or contribute. + Mashjar Juthour 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: “solar energy” , alternative energy , eco-toilet , fauna and flora of Palestine , green design , greening Palestine , living museum in Palestine , Mashjar Juthour , Nablus , Palestine green projects , permaculture , Ramallah , water management , west bank , wind energy

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Invisible Studio’s New Timber Office Was Built With Locally Sourced Materials for a Hair Over $25K

June 20, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Invisible Studio’s New Timber Office Was Built With Locally Sourced Materials for a Hair Over $25K Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: affordable architecture , Bath architecture , Bath Invisible Studio , Invisible Studio , low cost architecture , rainwater harvesting , timber architecture , UK architects , water management , wooden architecture

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Why Now is the Time for Innovative Water Technology

January 15, 2011 by  
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The Artemis Project takes a look at the landscape for new water management technology and prospects for obtaining the financial backing needed to bring innovative solutions to scale.

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10 Rhymes to Remember for Sustainable Water Management

June 21, 2010 by  
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Water has a range of important roles in the production of just about everything, yet has often been overlooked as a free resource. When you factor in the variations in local availability and the potential impacts of wastewater discharges, the topic can be complex and overwhelming.

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