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  • Thumbnail image of Award-Winning Watercooled House for Singapore from Wallflower

    Award-Winning Watercooled House for Singapore from Wallflower

    Is Singapore’s Wallflower Architecture + Design leading the way to the innovative and responsible use of water cooling to replace air conditioning in high end residential design? Here is yet another example of this attractive and energy efficient technology, from Wallflower,  who deservedly have won this year’s Singapore Institute of Architects Design Award for yet [...]

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  • Thumbnail image of A Green Pervious Pathway That Lets the Rain Percolate Through

    A Green Pervious Pathway That Lets the Rain Percolate Through

    Here’s a natural-looking porous concrete for pathways. GraniteCrete is designed to retain water underneath the ground. Unlike most concrete that just keeps water on the surface, wasting it in runoff down city drains back to the ocean, this collects rainwater – just like dirt did before we paved it all over, yet, unlike dirt paths, [...]

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  • Thumbnail image of Salvaged 1930′s Shack Makes Gorgeous Australian EcoHome

    Salvaged 1930′s Shack Makes Gorgeous Australian EcoHome

    Australia’s Riddel Architecture demolished an old 1930′s house on a tiny riverside lot in Brisbane, Australia, and then built a new home reusing 80% of the salvaged materials. The remaining unusable pieces were taken away in just two skips. The roof, angled at just the right angle to the sun for optimum solar power has [...]

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  • Thumbnail image of How to Design a Net-Zero Rainwater-Harvesting Home in the Desert

    How to Design a Net-Zero Rainwater-Harvesting Home in the Desert

    Arizona’s  DesignBuild Collaborative founder Paul Weiner, AIA, is thinking ahead about how to rely year round on only the 12 inches of monsoon rain the Sonoran desert typically gets in July. The Rincon Mountain Residence provides a model. For only the first year, the desert home will access groundwater, while DesignBuild samples and tests rainwater [...]

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  • Thumbnail image of Cooling Needs Meet Ancient Building Code with Simple Tech

    Cooling Needs Meet Ancient Building Code with Simple Tech

    Here’s a beautiful and natural way to cool a house in a hot climate, and a lovely way to blend a rainwater harvester into the natural terrain and in the process reduce the visual impact of the building on the surrounding landscape from Global Architectural Development. The solution? Hide the house under its own huge [...]

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