Environment

low-cost bamboo housing in vietnam by H&P architects
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The low-cost housing project is situated in a flood-stricken region that receives extreme temperatures year-round. meeting the basic residential needs of a residential dwelling, the building will be assembled using minimal components and bamboo module units. secured using anchors, ties and solid connections, the structure will be strong enough to float in floods. built with […]

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Integrating Buddhist philosophy, Zen meditation & medieval Zhou and Tang Chinese cultures into modern life
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Following Office for Architectural Culture’s (OAC) win on the international design competition and completion of the master plan for Famen Temple Zen Meditation Centre in 2012, the London-based OAC recently completed the schematic designs for the buildings, landscape, and experiential features and art installations for meditation in the first phase of the project called the […]

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Shelter makes a mark
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A conscientious architecture practice builds accessibility and affordability into its concepts.

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Seeing the Forest for the Trees
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A thousand years may seem like a long time, but for some trees it’s less than a lifetime. So, what is a long-term project in forest time?

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UK Criticised ove High Levels of Illegally Sourced Timber
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New regulations aim to dtop traade in illegally felled timber.

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The World’s Best Sustainability Ideas
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Katerva, a sustainability recognition and intelligence organization, has just announced the finalists of its first annual Sustainability Awards, which spotlights the most promising new concepts in the world.

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Marine Conservation Zones – Slow Progress
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MPs call on the Government to be more ambitious on Marine Conservation Zones 3 added by Hugh on 11 Apr 2013 MPs on the Science and Technology Select Committee have published a report today giving their views on the proposed Marine Conservation Zones around England. In the report, the MPs accuse the Government of ‘letting […]

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Belgium wants to build a doughnut-shaped island to store energy
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Belgium’s North Sea minister has revealed the nation’s novel solution to preserving excess energy — build a doughnut-shaped island a few miles of the coast that continually pumps water through its delicious centre

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Design and performance of a novel building integrated PV/thermal system for energy efficiency of buildings
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A building integrated multifunctional roofing system has been designed to harvest solar energy through photovoltaics (PVs) and heat utilization while minimizing PV efficiency loss and eliminating the material and labor redundancies of conventional PV systems. Silicon PV modules are embedded between a transparent protective layer and a functionally graded material (FGM) layer that is fabricated […]

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Bristol church to generate own power
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A church in Bristol has received tens of thousands of pounds from EDF Energy to help it become more energy efficient by generating its own power.

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Why People Aren’t Sold on Energy Efficiency in their Homes
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How many residents of Boulder, Colorado, does it take to screw in a light bulb? 100,000: Taxpayers foot the bill for teams of techies to go door-to-door and caulk windows, swap old light bulbs for compact fluorescent ones, and install programmable thermostats, all in the name of energy efficiency.

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