Green Architecture – GBRI
 

Glass buildings are cheaper to build. They look great. The view is brilliant. And the developer gets the most saleable space for the least money. It seems like a win-win situation for everyone, right? Wrong! Glass towers fare extremely poorly when it comes to energy savings. In fact, Anne Gaviola writes in Vice that Glass skyscrapers […]

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Imperial College London and a startup called Arborea have joined hands to develop the new BioSolar Leaf system under which tiny plants, such as microalgae, diatoms, and phytoplankton, can be grown across large platforms and can be installed just like solar panels on top of various buildings and landscapes. The microscopic bits of biomass use photosynthesis to […]

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The AlgaeClad system – created by a collaborative group comprising of ecoLogicStudio, UCL’s Urban Morphgenesis Lab and University of Innsbruck’s Synthetic Landscapes Lab – resembles a huge algae curtain that captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, purifies it and ultimately releases fresh oxygen. This prototypical “bio-smart” cladding system was put in place over a building in […]

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The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announced an interesting Zero Carbon Standard in May, 2017. The CaGBC defined a zero carbon building as “one that is highly energy-efficient and produces onsite, or procures, carbon-free renewable energy in an amount sufficient to offset the annual carbon emissions associated with operations.” Now a new office building in […]

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Shanghai’s Lingang district is a low-lying coastal area that faces the threat of rising sea levels. Lingang is slowly going green- with rooftop gardens, tree-lined pavements, rain gardens and wetland areas. The idea is to reverse the impact of concrete development that blocks the natural flow of water leading to potential flooding risks. “In the natural […]

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Denver has become the latest US city to require new buildings to have green roofs- either rooftop gardens or solar installations. The new mandate requires many existing buildings to be retrofitted with green roofs when the old roof wears out. Older buildings that cannot support the load of a green roof can get an exemption. “These […]

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Now here is a ‘floating’ home that is hurricane-proof (as claimed by its designers!) and probably the best solution to rising sea levels around the world! Designed by ARKUP in association with Koen Olthius- a Dutch “water architect”- these 4,350 square foot sustainable floating houses are self-sufficient and have 4 bedrooms that can sleep 8 […]

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The capital city of India faces lethal heat wave in summers. To combat the sweltering heat, New Delhi based Ant Studio has designed an innovative, honey-comb resembling, zero-energy air conditioner. This low-tech, energy efficient and artistic structure harnesses the power of evaporative cooling. Built as part of a larger beautification project for DEKI Electronics, the innovative […]

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