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SFO Terminal Lands LEED Gold Certification

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New terminal pushes sustainable airport architecture into the 21st century

With a flight from New York to LA consuming about 5,000 gallons of jet fuel, it's safe to say there's not much sustainable about the act of flying. The new Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport attempts to offset this carbon-intensive eco-unfriendliness with some next-generation green design. The remodeled terminal, designed by architects from Gensler, opened in April of this year at......read more

Prefab Perfection

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A net-zero home in Venice Beach blurs the line between indoors and out

With its mnm.MOD prefab home project, Santa Monica architecture firm Minarc creates super energy-efficent modular homes from a library of pre-selected materials and patented connections. This mnm.MOD building, the Superb-A home in Venice Beach, Calif., is an outstanding example of what prefab architecture can be.  Completed in May 2011, the 2,400 sq ft home blurs the boundary......read more

Local Materials Only: The 100-Mile House

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Home-building competition challenges architects to keep it local

The food-based locavore movement is maybe best defined by the "100-Mile Diet," which involves eating only what's available in your region. Now, that concept is being applied to architecture with the "100-Mile House," an approach to homebuilding that involves using only materials available in your immediate environment (duh).  The idea is being promoted by the 100 Mile House......read more

Across the Nation, Net-Zero Buildings On the Rise

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Zero energy construction trend showing no signs of slowing

With buildings accounting for nearly 40 percent of overall energy consumption in the U.S., it's safe to say that energy efficiency in buildings has to be a core part of any plan to reduce carbon emissions. Net-zero buildings, which produce as much energy as they consume, are the ultimate in building energy efficiency. According to a new report from the New Buildings Institute and the Zero......read more

Going For the Green

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The world's first LEED Platinum soccer stadium is under construction in Brazil

Notwithstanding the corruption scandals, construction delays, and dubious evictions, there is one very good reason for futebol-mad Brazilians to feel good about hosting the 2014 World Cup. In Brasilia, the national capital, two young architects are on a mission to build the world's first LEED Platinum soccer stadium. The 70,000-seat Estadio Nacional de Brasilia, designed......read more

Honest Buildings: Social Media for Green Architecture

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Startup web platform looks to foster community and competition in green building

Making greener building choices just got a whole lot easier. Honest Buildings, which just launched in beta, is an online ecosystem for green real estate, a place where building owners, service providers, and occupants can exchange information, offerings, and needs. At the site, you can search an address in any of 5,570 cities, and get ratings on the building's walkability, energy use, and LEED......read more

Caterpillar House by Feldman Architecture

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A zero-energy stunner nestled in the rolling hills near Carmel, CA

Tasked with creating a modern ranch house with informed by environmental ideals, Feldman Architecture delivered this stunner of a home nestled in the rolling hills near Carmel, CA. Dubbed Caterpillar House in reference to its undulating form, the home features an open plan with a powerful connection between indoor and outdoor space.  With walls constructed from repurposed earth generated......read more

The Crib: An Eco-Smart Prefab by Broadhurst Architects

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An "enviresponsible" structure inspired by traditional American corn cribs

In the days of yore, elevated corn cribs were used on farms to store dry corn and protect it from rodents. Today, Maryland's Broadhurst Architects have adopted the classic American structure as design inspiration for The Crib, a contemporary prefab that can be used as a weekend retreat, a backyard office, or a guest house. The Crib makes intelligent use of sustainable and recyclable materials......read more

California Commission Boosts Building Energy Standards

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Unanimous vote approves sweeping energy efficiency standards, including 'solar ready roofs' on new buildings

The California Energy Commission today unanimously approved upgraded building energy efficiency standards that one commissioner called "the strongest in the nation." The new standards, which take effect Jan. 1, 2014, include a host of common-sense standards designed to save energy, from insulating hot-water pipes to making sure that air conditioner installations are inspected for sufficient air......read more

Underground Eco House by Make Architects

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A zero carbon home embedded into the rolling countryside around Bolton, England

From the ground, the Bolton Eco House may not look like much at all -- just a few stone walls that could easily be mistaken for ancient ruins covered by grass. But from the air, the picture is stunning, revealing an impressive architectural design shaped like an abstract flower. The bold, earth-conscious residential design comes courtesy of Make Architects, who landed it the distinction of being......read more

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