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The Ideal Sustainable Home?

Sustainable housing is not a new idea, but there are many different ideas surrounding the term sustainable building, some of them always changing. People have varied sustainable plans when designing a house, but in reality you can narrow sustainability down to some basic ideas. The best sustainable housing is… Sustainable at each level. From choosing […]

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Green Hotels and Reclaimed Materials

Time and time again we hear hotel project managers and developers embarking on “greening” projects comment, “If only I thought of reclaimed materials before…” Although the project might have already been completed, it might not be too late to help you save time, money and help with your sustainable hotel initiatives. Who knows, you might […]

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What Is A “Living Building”?

Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard the term “living building.” Can you explain? Over the past couple of decades, architects and builders looking to green their projects turned to the addition of various piecemeal elements to save water here or cut down on electricity there.

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‘Greener’ construction needed to support emerging market needs

Building materials company Lafarge said on Thursday that a strong focus was needed on sustainable construction to supply the additional two-billion people that would be in need of housing and infrastructure by 2025.

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Modular & Efficient Eco-Affordable Housing

A lot of concept houses come across our desk here at Inhabitat, but we were really impressed with this design for eco-housing in Ghana. Designed by Lisbon-based Blaanc in collaboration with Architect João Caeiro, Emerging Ghana is a plan for an eco-affordable single family house for the emerging middle class of Ghana. The design recently […]

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What is an Eco Estate?

Two years ago, you could probably count the number of developments that used the term ‘eco estate’ in South Africa on one hand. During the research of this article, we identified close to 50 countrywide that are currently up and running or in the planning stages and that refer to themselves as eco developments in […]

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Natural Building Materials

The materials common to many types of natural building are clay and sand. When mixed with water and, usually, straw or other fibre, the mixture is known as cob or adobe.  Other materials commonly used in natural building are: earth, wood, cordwood, timber frame, straw and rock. A wide variety of reused or recycled materials […]

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Eco-Building: 8 Critical Considerations for Sustainable Building

Green building is the practice of increasing the efficiency of buildings and their consumption of energy, water, and materials. Eco-building reduces construction damages to human health and the environment, without compromising on comfort or aesthetics. Sustainable building does not require extensive resources.  Natural building uses abundant, available, renewable, reused or recycled materials. Some choices may […]

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