Termite hill great examples CO2 neutral buildings

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The chimney principle is copied from ants and termites, which ingeniously craft corridors that regulate the temperature without active ventilation.

Two new buildings have been opened as an example of building energy and CO2 neutral.

  1. One of them is a school which even will deliver electricity to the grid
  2. The other is an Environmental Education Centre (picture) is housing offices, a restaurant, exhibition halls and a doctors practice. But for both of the buildings, the solar chimney is The Big Innovation!

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Designing sustainable infrastructure to meet the water demand of future generations

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Adding in green infrastructure systems is not only good for managing water, but also good for communities.

Climate change, urbanization, population growth and higher water consumption per capita, the energy infrastructure and so much more. We do have big advantages and increasing problems in the world. 

But clean water supply is getting a bigger problem day by day.

To make urban area ‘future proof, engineers should collaborate with architects and city planners.

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Barcelona smog-eating bridge

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The new bridge in Barcelona ‘eats’ CO2

The Sarajevo bridge in Barcelona gets a green makeover. The Spanish architect BCQ redesigned the bridge.

The bridge will have a renovation turn with photocatalytic concrete, which purifies the air.

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Green and smart building design with 4D

Green and smart building design with 4D

Stop your carbon footprint. You can save energy with much more comfort than you can image. Built green

There is a new way of building, called Smart Building Design Europe.

The building projects bring the eco-building vision into reality.

Green design and sustainable construction can achieve massive energy and environmental savings without forgetting the importance of architecture and aesthetics. Read More

First Cradle-To-Cradle Business Park In The Netherlands

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The American architect William McDonough + Partners, founder of the cradle-to-cradle concept, developed a new full service business park with 13 offices, greenhouses, sport facilities and more

Let us introduce to you Park 20 | 20, the Netherlands.

This business park is completely developed, using the principles of cradle-to-cradle or green, circular architecture

This new business park involves: circular buildings, with extra attention for human dimensions. 

The developing process is much more complicated, but very successful.  Read More

Decreasing amount of CO2 at the production of Cement

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An atlas of pollution: the world in carbon dioxide emissions

Worldwide, the cement sector has been very active in reducing its emissions from cement production.

On three levels:

  1. energy efficiency
  2. alternative (bio)fuels
  3. clinker substitution

Through the combination of these efforts, the emissions per ton of cement have been reduced by 16% from the 1990 levels of 750 kg CO2/ ton of cement. Good news for CO2 emissions, the greenhouse gas and climate change. Read More

This Facede Stone Purifies The Air

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The coating functions as a catalyst: it changes the harmful nitrogen oxides into harmless nitrate, which is washed away by rainwater, just as plants do in nature.

This new stone named “Clairplus”, breaks down 63 to 80% nitrous oxide (NOx and NO) from the air. This stone is one of the great, sustainable contributions to slow down global warming.

One square meter Clairplus purifies the air as much as a large tree does. 9 m2 reduces NOx as much as a normal car yearly emissions. Clairplus has a special coating of titanium dioxide. Read More

The Phoenix Towers part of China’s Eco-Cities

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Three of the spheres between the planned Phoenix Towers will be themed restaurants. Courtesy Chetwoods Architects

As China struggles with it’s industrial emissions, the concept of a new eco-city is a possible model for it’s sustainable development.

Last year the academy of social science, launched the 2014 ecological city ‘the greenwork’, with technical solutions to get cities green. One of the sustainable solutions is ‘The Phoenix Towers’ in Wuhan.  Read More

Green buildings top 10

Green buildings top 10 2014

Green building: The John and Frances Angelos Law Center is the new law building at the University of Baltimore.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its Top Ten Projects of 2014. 

 

The Arizona State University Student Health Services is an adaptive reuse project. It consists of the demolition and new construction of part and the remodel of the remaining health facilities building. Its new systems Read More

Ecological house turns rain into clear drinking water

If your entire house is a water filter, clean water is never hard to find

If your entire house is a water filter, clean water is never hard to find

Every time it rains, this concrete house turns into an oversized water filter. Rainwater runs from the roof through a custom-designed system and ends up in a cistern, clean enough to drink. A demonstration building was on display during Milan Design Week last month, complete with a fake cloud overhead to show it in action. Read More

Energy-efficient smart buildings that respond to changes in their environment

Green officesThe European project Greener Buildings – composed of companies from several countries, including Technical University of Eindhoven and Philips – has developed a novel service oriented architecture applied to building automation systems, achieving reductions in energy consumption and improvement of comfort by monitoring user activity.  Read More