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A house that does not need any external energy source

A functional house of the future

A house that does not need external source of energy, has been designed by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects,  the concept is to use passive cooling and photovoltaic panels  for hot water.

To have all the herbs you might need, at a arm length reach, this wood rack.  Not to mention the aromatic smell that will enrich your indoors… Simple easy, beautiful…

Bamboo and Cork flooring, new eco-friendly options

Bamboo, can be harvested every five and a half to six years.

Bamboo is so amazing, that when you cut down a stand, multiple stands will regenerate in its place.  So it is very sustainable.

Cork is rapid renewable product.  Cork can be peeled every nine to 10 years. Every single tree is able to produce for 250 years or more.

There is no need to cut down the tree to use the material.

Cork tree are originally from Portugal.

It is amazing to discover how many benefits buildings get from Green Walls and Roofs:

1) By reducing temperature fluctuations of the building envelope, it also reduces the expansion and contraction fluctuations of building materials.

2) They protect the building envelope from ultra-violet rays and acidic rain.

3) They reduced cracking and carbonization of the building envelope

4) The buildings durability is improved and its life extended.

5) Green Walls and Roofs reduce Air Conditioning requirements in buildings, that means energy consumption reduction.

6) It has been proven that the room temperature of a room that is under a Green Roof decreased 2.0°C. That means, air conditioning energy savings.

7) Likewise, when water slowly is drained when added to a flowerpot . Green Roofs act like a huge sponge and giving a relieve in the pressure of the water collection after rainfalls.

8) Green Roofs and Walls photosynthesis process consumes CO2 and releases O2.

9) Green Walls and Roofs massively reduce street noise and vibration.

10) Green Walls and Roofs help restore habitat for birds and butterflies. They provide food, water, protection and a place for offspring to bear and raise.

11) Green Roofs add significantly to your buildings value. It has been proven that landscaping adds 15- 20% to a buildings value.

There are two types of green roofs: intensive and extensive. Intensive green roofs can accommodate large trees, shrubs, and well maintained gardens. They can be regularly accessed and use is encouraged. The intensive roof garden is designed with a minimum of a foot of soil depth, which can add 80 – 150 pounds per square foot of load to the building structure. The design also includes complex irrigation and drainage systems because annual precipitation can not feed the more intensive plant life. Regular maintenance for an intensive roof garden is required. The extensive green roof is more low key. It can accommodate many kinds of vegetative ground cover and grasses. Plants from the Sedum genus are usually used because they are hardy and colorful. Access and use of the roof by the public is generally restricted for an extensive roof garden. The extensive roof garden is designed with only one to five inches of soil depth, which can add 12 – 50 pounds per square foot (dry weight) depending on soil characteristics and the type of substrate. The design also includes a simple irrigation and drainage system. Maintenance on an extensive roof garden is minimal.

The construction of roof gardens can be difficult, due to the many layers involved. See figure 1 below.
The bottom layer is the roof construction. The roof construction must have a waterproofing layer that is durable enough to safeguard the structure over time with minimal maintenance. An example of a commonly used waterproofing agent is a fluid-applied rubberized asphalt waterproofing membrane. Above the waterproofing layer is the moisture retention protection mat that retains a portion of the precipitation for future plant usage. Contained within the moisture retention protection mat is a root retardant that prevents plant roots from penetrating. Root barriers often contain copper sulfate to retard plant growth. The next layer is the drainage layer. Various kinds of drainage layers are used by different contractors. Some layers have drainage channels that allow excess precipitation to collect and drain. Others contain small cups that collect excess precipitation that can be absorbed into the soil medium for plant use in the future. The water contained within the cups provides a moist, beneficial subsoil environment for the plants, without allowing fungus or root rot. Next a filter fabric mat is installed to prevent soil particles from entering the drainage layer.
The final layer consists of the soil medium. Ordinarily, good soil is very heavy due to its high clay content (Wood 2004). Because of the loads already associated with green roofs, lighter soil mediums are required. Soil medium used for green roofs is a combination of shale, pumice, sand, and organic matter. Care must be taken when preparing the soil mixture to prevent the export of pollutants. Mixes with large quantities of compost have been shown to export nitrogen and phosphorus. The USDA-Agricultural Research Service suggests providing the mix with a quality mature compost manufactured using industrial byproducts high in iron and manganese to reduce phosphorus solubility and increase heavy metal adsorption. The mix must promote hydrated plant life, but prevent over-saturation. The depth of the soil medium depends on the type of green roof under construction.

The final step of the whole process is the selection and installation of the vegetation. Vegetation should be chosen for its ability to thrive in the local climate, withstand the harsh conditions of a roof, and imitate the surrounding landscape’s diversity. It also needs to withstand direct radiation, drought, frost, and strong wind conditions. For an intensive green roof, trees, bushes, and other large plants are suitable. For an extensive green roof, smaller plants and grasses are more appropriate.


Green Roof can reduce water runoff, easing the local sewers and water treatment systems. By improving insulation air conditioning energy compsumption lowers and so does power plants demand.


Europe buildings have being using green rooves for over a decade. New Tokyo construction regulations require that at least 20% of medium and large building´s roof has to be green.

In the States the leader is Chicago, on most of the new buildings the rooves are green!


Interested in learning more about green renovations – and how to incorporate sustainable practices into your next remodeling project? Enter REGREEN – a series of green residential remodeling guidelines, developed by the American Society of Interior Designers and the U.S. Green Building Council. Register today for the three-part webinar series.

What You Will Learn

This webinar series will provide you with the information and resources you need to utilize the REGREEN guidelines in your next remodeling project. Join us as leaders in the field provide you with the lessons tools to:

  • Understand the market demand for green remodeling
  • Define the way REGREEN, as a guideline, can be accessed to help incorporate greening into remodeling projects
  • Understand the key elements in maximizing energy efficiency and greening kitchen and bath renovations
  • Describe specific strategies for successful implementation of energy strategies on a remodeling project
Season Dates and Times

Session 1
Introduction to the REGREEN Program

Session 2
REGREEN Your Kitchen & Bath

Session 3
REGREEN & Deep Energy Retrofit

It is easy to find out if you answer all the pertinent questions that follow:

Is there a written, working environmental policy in place? Is it easy to find on their Web site or product

Does this policy strive to make important improvements in manufacturing, reducing and reusing
first, then recycling?

Do they comply with their industry’s voluntary testing programs?

What are the raw materials used to create the product?

And where do they come from?

Did the materials come from renewable resources?

Is the manufacturing process energy efficient?

Does the manufacturing process release harmful substances?

Are adhesives needed to make the product viable?

What are they using?

Are coatings or finishes needed to make the product viable?

What are they using?

Does the product nurture the health and well-being of its occupants?

Does the product do the job well?

How much energy does it use?

Does the product release VOCs? At what rate?

How is the product packaged and transported?

How is the product installed and maintained?

Does it have a color or texture that can lead to reduced lighting energy or an expanded range of thermal
comfort conditions?

Can the product be maintained in a benign manner?

Using safe cleaning products?

Is the product durable? Biodegradable? Recyclable?

Can the parts be separated for recycling?

Can it be made into something else?

Can the product be returned to its manfacturer at the end of its useful life?

The American Society of Interior Designers’ Foundation and the U.S. Green Building Council have partnered on the development of best practice guidelines and targeted educational resources for sustainable residential improvement projects. This program will increase understanding of sustainable renovation project practices and benefits among homeowners, residents, design professionals, product suppliers and service providers to build both demand and industry capacity.

This eco-friendly lamps made out of plastic carrier bags. The vibrant colors add a special touch to the design. Unbelivable beautiful and are made out of recycled bags.

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