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Jan 29, 2022

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Silestone innovates with carbon-neutral quartz collection

Jan 28, 2022: Silestone® Sunlit Days carbon-neutral technology has garnered the line a win in the Hard Surfacing, Tiles & Stone Category in 2021 Architizer A+ Product Awards. It was even a finalist in the Sustainable Design category.

Adaptive reuse project to connect Atlanta to greenery, transit

Jan 28, 2022: The COVID-19 pandemic is already influencing future architecture. For example, take S9 Architecture's new adaptive reuse project, Campus 244. This hybrid, well-ventilated, touchless tech campus will serve Atlanta's burgeoning startup community.

Scrap wood makes up this award-winning art installation

Jan 28, 2022: The "Fragrance with Lotus Flowers" installation by Nakamura Kazunobu Design-Works uses scrap wood to create an entrancing space for Japanese dance. The designers' manipulation of space through light and form creates a misty atmosphere that complements the elegant performances. In 2021, the project was one of Interior Design's Best of Year (BoY) Honorees and won an Architecture MasterPrize (AMP) Best of Best award.

Sustainable bathroom collection has a Mediterranean flair

Jan 28, 2022: When you look at Roca's new sustainable Ona bathroom fixture collection, think the Mediterranean: the sea, great food, soft shapes and geometric lines. Ona means "wave" in Catalan, and the collection from Roca can outfit your entire bathroom, including sink basins, faucets, bathtubs, toilets and bidets.

Notpla plant-based packaging is helping the world plastic problem

Jan 28, 2022: Notpla is a packaging solutions company. They're not just using recycled cardboard or eliminating plastic foam. They're redesigning the very idea of what packaging is and how it functions. As a result, the innovative products rolling off the line at the company are plant based and waste free. That’s a solution like no other.

Shedding light on polymer solar cells: Illuminating how solvent additives improve efficiency

Jan 28, 2022: Researchers imaged nanoscale photocurrents in an all-polymer blend solar cell using photoconductive atomic force microscopy. Trace solvent additives were found to enhance polymer ordering and crystallization without undesirable changes in the scale of phase separation necessary for device performance. The findings explain the basis of the performance enhancement attributed to solvent additives and will accelerate research efforts aimed at establishing all-polymer blend solar cells as a viable environmentally sustainable choice.

Climate change lawsuit to hold oil companies accountable

Jan 27, 2022: Recently, a Virginia federal appeals court heard a case regarding the role of fossil fuel companies in driving climate change. Major fossil fuel companies face several charges from cities and municipalities across the country. Litigation focuses on the fossil fuel industry's false and misleading advertisements about fossil fuels' effect on climate change.

Rihanna donates $15 million to climate justice

Jan 27, 2022: Entertainer and global philanthropist Rihanna has pledged $15 million to address climate change. Eighteen climate justice organizations will benefit, including the Indigenous Environmental Network, Movement for Black Lives and Climate Justice Alliance.

With California Design Den bedding your conscience can rest easy

Jan 27, 2022: In our ever-consuming world, sometimes we fail to pause and evaluate the impact of everyday necessities like linens. But textiles are a massive contributor to landfill waste and water pollution, so it’s important to consider the bedding you buy.

The Barn is created with ethically-sourced, reclaimed timber

Jan 27, 2022: You've seen plenty of barns in your day. They are wooden buildings tucked into an open landscape, rising up from the land and sticking out like a sore thumb. The Barn designed by Alexis Dornier is a beautiful extension of the natural world, existing as a part of it rather than an object separate from it.

Burned stadium in Oregon receives an upcycling makeover

Jan 27, 2022: The new Civic Park in Eugene, Oregon was designed for the Eugene Civic Alliance by Skylab, along with local partner architect Robertson Sherwood Architects, to revitalize a neighborhood. A fire destroyed the iconic Eugene Civic Stadium, the site of the new park. The new project is designed to revitalize the neighborhood and create new opportunities for recreation, physical education and community connection.

The End Is Near for Gas Power in New Buildings in NYC

Jan 26, 2022: In December, NYC became the largest city in the country to agree to phase out the use of fossil fuels in all new buildings. The New York City Council has passed a bill prohibiting natural gas hookups in new buildings, beginning next year. NYC’s largest……

New Florida legislation could shutter state's solar uptake

Jan 26, 2022: A bill recently introduced to the Florida legislature could hamper rooftop solar efforts in the state. Republican Senator Jennifer Bradley introduced the bill, which proposed reducing solar reimbursement rates by up to 75%, among other changes.

California redwoods to be reclaimed by Indigenous groups

Jan 26, 2022: Ten Indigenous tribes on California’s Lost Coast are about to get their ancestral homeland back. Save the Redwoods League announced Tuesday that it will transfer over 500 acres back to the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council.

First ceramic geodesic dome in the world is affordable

Jan 26, 2022: Geoship installed its first bio-ceramic geodesic dome in a bid to create long-lasting, zero-carbon, fireproof and biologically resonant architecture for a new way of building homes. The company is relatively young, with just 400 paid deposits for homes, but they work by a co-op model and have over 2,000 investors.

Brazilian Pavilion at The World Expo transports visitors into nature

Jan 26, 2022: The immersive displays at The World Expo Dubai speak to technology, innovation, nature and the environment. Thanks to Cactus, an innovative award-winning design studio, the Brazilian Pavilion stands as an example of these water-cooler topics.

3-in-1 flashlight, lighter and pry bar is rechargeable

Jan 26, 2022: Want a multi-functional tool that is also eco-friendly? The Hunt 4.0 by London-based SEPTEM Studio is a rechargeable flashlight you can plug into your laptop. It's also a lighter and a multi-purpose opener tool that fits on your keychain.

Newly discovered catalyst offers solution for methane

Jan 25, 2022: Researchers have found and tested a catalyst that could convert methane gas into valuable compounds. A study in Nature Catalysis says the catalyst will be able not only to convert methane but also develop industrially vital compounds. These findings provide an option for combatting methane's harmful greenhouse effects.

Solar panel technology breakthrough to increase efficiency

Jan 25, 2022: With the pressure on to save ourselves from global warming, we need more efficient solar panels like yesterday. But the next best thing is soon, and thanks to new developments in solar technology, solar panels may increase their efficiency by almost half by 2025.

How using 3D-printed foam can cut down concrete waste

Jan 25, 2022: The construction industry is highly unsustainable. In fact, 7% of global CO2 emissions result from cement production alone. In an effort to cut down construction-related carbon emissions, researchers in the Digital Building Technologies (DBT) department at ETH Zürich have created FoamWork.

A little library provides a space for mental health

Jan 25, 2022: For the past two years, headlines and realities of the global COVID-19 pandemic has brought stress, worry and loss. To varying degrees, nearly everyone is carrying a burden, with degrading mental health as a result. The Feelings Library by CAUKIN Studio was a temporary installation designed to provide an outlet for emotional resolution.

Latest Adidas shoe uses upcycled materials to avoid waste

Jan 25, 2022: Adidas has introduced a new hiking and athletic shoe in its TERREX line of apparel. The Nothing Left Behind Free Hiker Gore-Tex shoe is an ankle-supporting athletic shoe in sophisticated colors for the sustainably-minded hiker. It's the latest in a growing movement for sustainable footwear.

Scientists observe record high hydride ion conductivity using modified lanthanum trihydride

Jan 25, 2022: Lanthanum trihydride, a compound of lanthanum and hydrogen, when lightly doped with oxygen shows potential as an efficient hydrogen carrier, according to a new study. Hydride ion (H--) conductors are expected to be used in chemical reactors and energy storage systems. However, the low H-- conductivity at room temperature introduces certain technical limitations. These limitations may now be overcome with this latest innovation by the researchers.

New technique boosts efficiency, sustainability of large-scale perovskite solar cells

Jan 25, 2022: An international team of researchers has demonstrated a technique for producing perovskite photovoltaic materials on an industrial scale, which will reduce the cost and improve the performance of mass-produced perovskite solar cells.

These sustainable cabins settle into gorgeous landscapes

Jan 24, 2022: In remote spots all over the western United States, one architecture firm is blending the past with modern design. JLF Architects has designed several sustainable cabins to create a vision for the future…

Sustainable renovation brings The Bailey Residence to life

Jan 24, 2022: In Black Butte Ranch, Oregon, The Bailey Residence is a nostalgic, sustainable renovation. Last updated in the 1970s, the 1,800-square-foot residential property has been reimagined by Oregon-based design firm Hacker.

Cute Gentoo penguin takes selfies in this amazing video

Jan 24, 2022: Thanks to advances in technology, penguins can now take selfies. Like a snowboarder with a GoPro, a Gentoo penguin was able to document its twisting, diving, sardine gobbling, and general shredding through the waters off Tierra del Fuego, thanks to Argentinian scientists who fitted him with a special video camera.

This green community immerses its residents in natural living

Jan 24, 2022: Living the Noom started with an idea: create a lifestyle option that met the needs of someone aiming to live an eco-friendly, wellness-centered lifestyle. Designed by Sanzpont (arquitectura) and Pedrajo + Pedrajo Architects, Living the Noom has won Architizer, Muse and Rethinking the Future awards for its innovative ideas.

Plant Prefab aims to make housing accessible and affordable

Jan 24, 2022: Between impact on the land, use of resources, construction waste and effects on air quality, the building and maintenance of homes and businesses accounts for nearly 40% of carbon emissions on the planet. Plant Prefab setting out to change all that.

Coral in the Mediterranean threatened by heatwaves

Jan 21, 2022: A new study has found that heatwaves associated with climate change are threatening coral populations in the Mediterranean. The study, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology, established that corals could be wiped out unless action is taken soon.

Tonga faces environmental damage after massive eruption

Jan 21, 2022: The world’s most powerful eruption in more than 30 years has left the Pacific Island nation of Tonga an ashy mess. The January 15 eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai, a massive underwater volcano, has left unknown environmental consequences in its wake.

Canton Avenue harkens back to the Silk Road of China

Jan 21, 2022: The Canton Avenue by MOK Design for the Westin Pazhou Hotel in Guangzhou is a walk back in time, revisiting the days when the hotel was a stop on the historic Silk Road of China.

New efficiency record for solar cell technology

Jan 21, 2022: A research team has set a new record in the power conversion efficiency of solar cells made using perovskite and organic materials. Their latest work demonstrated a power conversion efficiency of 23.6%, approaching that of conventional silicon solar cells. This technological breakthrough paves the way for flexible, light-weight, low cost and ultra-thin photovoltaic cells for wide-ranging applications.

19th century Harlem house restored to be energy efficient

Jan 21, 2022: A 19th-century house, owners interested in passive house design and an architectural firm came together with a resulting blend of original elements married to modern innovations in a big-city row house.

Urban Forest is set to be the greenest residential building

Jan 21, 2022: Urban Forest designed by Koichi Takada Architects and developed by Aria Property Group received approval to be built in South Brisbane, Australia. The 20-storey building will house 194 apartments, all trimmed out with luscious vertical garden balconies.

Aptera upgrades its unique solar-charging EV

Jan 20, 2022: Aptera's three-wheeler enclosed electric car has already made its mark as a unique new offering on the EV scene. The solar self-charging car never needs to be plugged in, all while competing with mid-level Teslas for range when charged as a traditional EV. Now, Aptera says it has completed some major upgrades to make the cars even more competitive. Here's what's new with Aptera's revolutionary EVs.

Indoor-outdoor living drives this design for VAVA House

Jan 20, 2022: Architecture takes a variety of forms and serves many purposes, but most people would agree that the best home is one that meets the family's needs and lifestyle goals. To this end, VAVA House was designed to emphasize shared space and a connection to the outdoors.

Quantum dots boost perovskite solar cell efficiency and scalability

Jan 20, 2022: Scientists have boosted the efficiency and scalability of perovskite solar cells by replacing their electron-transport layers with a thin layer of quantum dots.

Meditation cottage fits on the tiniest lakefront space

Jan 20, 2022: Sometimes, architecture is about specific design elements or striking visual characteristics. Sometimes, it’s more about letting the location of the structure have the last word. Situated on a slim slice of shorefront land in eastern Finland, the Kynttilä (candle) is a sustainable meditation cottage that honors unique location requirements.

LEED Gold HEC Montreal will house AI research

Jan 20, 2022: HEC Montreal, designed by Provencher_Roy, is a partnership between Montreal's business community and local students and researchers. The certified LEED Gold center is located at the intersection of the Quartier des Affaires, Quartier des Spectacles and the Quartier International on a historic site of Canada.

Energy efficient bamboo device in Vietnam is a cooling system

Jan 20, 2022: AREP, a multidisciplinary architecture agency, created a cooling system prototype based on the history, culture and original designs used by ancient civilizations. Called an adiabatic urban cooling system, the idea dates back centuries, yet is still perhaps the most natural solution for the challenges of cooling modern Vietnamese cities facing regular heat waves.

IMMERST floating community is adaptable, modular and prefab

Jan 19, 2022: As buildable land becomes increasingly scarce, long-standing yacht company Stephens Waring Design has developed a new design concept called OASys (Ocean Architectural System), which could be the answer for coastline challenges like animal habitat conservation, erosion and lack of suitable development space.

ExxonMobil plays dirty to deny role in the climate crisis

Jan 19, 2022: ExxonMobil has turned to intimidation in attempts to stop its critics from taking legal action. The giant oil company is trying to use an unusual Texas law to target critics outside the state. Exxon has asked the Texas Supreme Court to allow it to use rule 202 to take on California municipal officials.

Polar researchers discover enormous icefish nesting site

Jan 19, 2022: They have see-through skulls, transparent blood, and they built 60 million nests beneath the frigid waters of the Antarctic Sea. They’re Jonah’s icefish, and a polar research team has just discovered what might be their largest breeding colony in the world.

Airavat is a home in the clouds flowing with beauty

Jan 19, 2022: Airavat, a "home in the clouds," is a new creation by reD Architects on the outskirts of Mumbai that casts a striking complement to its natural surroundings.

Ambitious new EV charging network launches in the US

Jan 19, 2022: Access to charging stations is one of the stumbling blocks for America's proposed electric vehicle future. Missouri-based EOS Linx found a way to combine its work in advertising, security, data analytics and renewable energy into an interesting package that could quickly boost EV drivers’ charging options.

The climate crisis could sink the UK's economy by 2045

Jan 18, 2022: The U.K. is at risk of losing 1% of its economy every year by 2045 due to the climate crisis. This is according to the U.K. government's recent assessment of the risks posed by climate change. In a five-year analysis of the climate risk, officials determined that the U.K. stands to lose even more if actions are not taken to reverse the climate crisis.

Coal production in China reached record high in 2021

Jan 18, 2022: Despite global cries for an end to fossil fuel use, China’s coal production reached record levels last year. The government encouraged miners to ramp up production, working at maximum capacity to increase China’s economic growth.

Create your own trees out of greenscreen's 3D trellis

Jan 18, 2022: The greenscreen gsTree modular trellis system has won the 2021 Architizer A+ Product Award for conceptual design, the largest awards program in architecture and design. This unique 3D trellising system forms a tree-like shape that elevates and then spreads, growing plants to 10-feet heights.

Zero waste homes are 3D printed in less than 24 hours

Jan 18, 2022: Industries around the world are constantly innovating, however, the construction industry has been slow to adopt new technologies. Mighty Buildings is changing all that with the development of a concrete-replacement known as light-stone material (LSM) used to 3D print a home in less than 24 hours.