Solar-powered home embraces sustainable design in Chihuahua

January 11, 2018 by  
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Sustainability and stunning views go hand-in-hand at the Cima House, a striking residence in Chihuahua , Mexico. Garza Iga Arquitectos designed the spacious solar-powered home rising three stories to overlook panoramic city views. Built with a concrete shell, the home’s appearance is softened by the layering of textiles and timber. The architects describe the 465-square-meter Cima House as a building “of opposites” from the way it was constructed to its current appearance. “Built with concrete, steel I beams, and wood; it resembles the classic architecture styles of Louis Kahn and Mies Van der Rohe but at the same time it incorporates a range of technological systems not available in their time,” wrote the architects. “Water collection, treatment and reuse, and solar power technology are only some of those mentioned systems.” Related: Zaha Hadid Architects breaks ground on Mexico’s City tallest residential tower In addition, the street-facing facade is dramatically different from the opposite end. For privacy and security, the architects constructed a windowless exterior to face the street, whereas the north-facing side is completely open to take in panoramic city views. The giant windows are double-glazed with argon gas sandwiched in between to protect from harsh solar gain. Thick concrete walls contain high thermal mass. The residence is also equipped with home automation that can be controlled remotely via smartphone. + Garza Iga Arquitectos Via ArchDaily Images via Garza Iga Arquitectos

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What innovation looks like when water is a strategic resource

September 27, 2017 by  
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Learning from Israel’s leadership.

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Get ready for business unusual in the world of water

September 6, 2017 by  
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Fresh ideas for a circular future emerge from Stockholm World Water Week.

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C40 mayors stand unified in fighting climate change

September 6, 2017 by  
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The U.N. network’s executive director, Mark Watts, advocates new effort to engage American cities as U.S. turns back on Paris Agreement.

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A cresting wave for circular water strategy

August 23, 2017 by  
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More and more, it’s a matter of social equity.

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Reducing food waste is IKEA’s ‘triple win’

August 23, 2017 by  
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Wasting less means feeding more, alleviating environmental pressure and boosting the economy.

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Compelling new data on why we shouldn’t waste wastewater

March 22, 2017 by  
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In the face of shortages, water recycling and reuse strategies may be necessary to ensure business continuity.

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Circular water companies make a splash heard ‘round the world

March 22, 2017 by  
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Apana, Shell and Veolia use circular principles to retain and recycle water used in farming, fracking and washing machines.

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Rolling green ‘ribbons’ proposed for new urban park in downtown LA

February 2, 2017 by  
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Anyone who has been to Los Angeles knows the city could use more green space , and now it seems Brooks + Scarpa agrees. The urban design firm has unveiled their vision for the city’s future FAB (First and Broadway) Civic Center Park, which includes a two-acre tree-filled expanse and an events center covered with undulating strips of green turf. The competition, which is part of the city’s 50 Parks Initiative , encouraged proposals for the FAB Civic Center Park, a $12 million public park slated for First and Broadway in Downtown LA, across the street from Los Angeles City Hall. In addition to Brooks + Scarpa, AECOM, Eric Owen Moss, and Mia Lehrer + Associates submitted designs. Related: Dallas is building one of America’s biggest urban nature parks According to Brooks + Scarpa, their design could energize the surrounding neighborhood: “the city has a unique opportunity to design and construct an iconic park project in the Los Angeles Civic Center, that will augment the adjacent Grand Park, incorporate uses that bring life to the area (such as restaurant and public art installation).” + Brooks + Scarpa Via Archdaily Images via Brooks + Scarpa

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Toyota’s 2015 environmental “to-do” list tackles everything from wildlife to water preservation

December 8, 2015 by  
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Toyota is taking the green initiative beyond the basics to move sustainable industry to the next level. Toyota announced its environmental “to do” list, revealing how it plans to implement sustainability into every aspect of its business. Toyota’s 2015 North American Environmental Report focuses on five priority issues – carbon, water, materials, biodiversity, and outreach. Toyota’s eco-friendly achievements include: launching the only zero-emission vehicle – the Mirai – with more than 300 miles of driving range ; manufacturing vehicles using renewable energy from landfill gas; saving more than 54 million gallons of water by reducing, reusing and recycling, including utilizing rainwater collection; certifying over 1000 acres of land to Wildlife Habitat Councils Wildlife at Work program; and reusing hybrid batteries to create stationary energy systems. + 2015 Toyota North American Environmental Report 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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