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Aktivhaus B10 explores how materials, design and technology can extend home sustainability...

Though we've covered lots of Passive Houses, a project in Stuttgart, Germany, claims to be the "first fully functional Active House in the world." Aktivhaus B10 is said to use "active measures" such as self-learning and automation to improve its energy performance.  Read More

The Elastic Woodscraper II concept is designed to be sustainable, social and efficient in ...

Among the challenges that growing city populations face are climate change, social alienation, limited resources and urbanization. A new concept skyscraper is designed to tackle each of these issues. The Elastic Woodscraper II promises sustainability, efficiency and social cohesion.  Read More

Castlemaine Passivhaus is a 39 sq m (419 sq ft) Passive House in Australia

We've seen the Passive House sustainability marque awarded to plenty of big flashy home builds. A project in Australia, however, has shown that a certified Passive House needn't be either of those things. Castlemaine Passivhaus is covers just 39 sq m (419 sq ft) and took only 10 days to build.  Read More

Passive House Che is a sustainable house situated in Suceava, Romania

A house in Romania has been built in just the sort of environment it is designed to help protect. Passive House Che is situated in a forest in the Romanian city of Suceava. In addition to a host of sustainability features, the house also has a large net suspended between floors and an indoor lawn.  Read More

The Edge in Amsterdam has received the highest BREEAM rating ever given to an office build...

Deloitte's new corporate headquarters in Amsterdam has been certified as the most sustainable office building in the world by BREEAM. The Edge was awarded an "Outstanding" rating with the highest ever BREEAM score of 98.36 percent. It takes the title from One Embankment Place in London.  Read More

Haus Hohlen has had a new building 'envelope' built around it

When houses are extended, it's generally the case that an additional section is simply added on to one part of the building. A house in Austria, however, has had an entirely new exterior built around it. The existing building of Haus Hohlen is now part of the house's interior.  Read More

The Wind Tree turbine is designed to generate power from low-speed winds

Generally speaking, the peculiar appearance of wind turbines coupled with the fact they perform better when up high and out in the open sees them banished to uninhabited countryside, or even out to sea. But a French entrepreneur believes that sculpting them in the form of an artificial tree could lead to wider adoption in urban centers, making use of low winds that circulate around buildings and streets.  Read More

Homefarm is a concept that mixes accommodation for seniors with an urban farm run, in part...

Among the oft-cited benefits of urban farming are improved food security and production sustainability. According to Spark Architects, its Homefarm part retirement home, part retiree-run urban farm concept would achieve not only these, but improved health and community spirit among Singapore seniors.  Read More

Since its completion in 2013, The Commons has received numerous architecture awards (Photo...

Throughout the traditionally working class suburb of Brunswick in Melbourne's inner north, apartment developments are popping up everywhere as urbanites scramble for their own slice of inner-city living. These buildings are modern and comfortable, though many are cut from the same commercially oriented architectural cloth. But among them stands a beacon of green and thoughtful design. The Commons by local firm Breathe Architecture is a beautiful five-story apartment block with sustainability emanating from every square foot, from the bicycle rack to the communal veggie garden on its roof.  Read More

Behnisch Architekten says its design for the EpiCenter Expansion in Boston may make it the...

A high-sustainability design has been released for an expanded building in the US. Behnisch Architekten says that Boston's EpiCenter will become the largest energy-positive commercial building in New England and perhaps on the East Coast. The building will house youth charity Artists for Humanity.  Read More

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