EcoBrick Exchange: Building schools with plastic waste and empowering communities

EcoBrick Exchange is turning an environmental nuisance into a positive for underprivileged communities in South Africa, by facilitating the construction of preschools using unrecyclable plastic waste or ecobricks. The EcoBrick Exchange is a collaborative project that involves the community in Walmer Township to assist in making the ecobricks, and includes the wider communities of Port Elizabeth and Cape Town to assist in the making too. An Ecobrick … Continue reading EcoBrick Exchange: Building schools with plastic waste and empowering communities

Portree Passivhaus: A self-build mission to create an energy efficient home

Self-building some of the UK’s most energy efficient homes appears to be a mission of couple Mike Coe and Lizzie Stoodley. Known for building one of the UK’s most energy-efficient homes, The Cropthorne Autonomous House, the couple have now moved from the autonomous house in Worcestershire to their latest project – a new ultra low-energy self-build house on the Isle of Skye. The driving force for the design … Continue reading Portree Passivhaus: A self-build mission to create an energy efficient home

Source Park: Skate and BMX park awarded best rescue for renovation of former Turkish baths

Source Park, a state-of-the-art facility for BMX riders and skaters housed in a one-time Victorian swimming pool and Turkish baths, has been honoured for their renovation innovation of a rescued historic building. Source Park in Hastings, England attracts BMX riders and skaters from around the world to its premises amid the splendour of original features including mosaic pillars, brass handrails and the original steam engine pump. A … Continue reading Source Park: Skate and BMX park awarded best rescue for renovation of former Turkish baths

Environment learning centre helps school children get up close with sustainability

Primary school children at a school in Amsterdam’s Noord district are learning about gardening and sustainability within a net-zero energy building surrounded by an abundant garden. The Nature & Environment Learning Centre (NME), designed by architecture studio Bureau SLA, works both as a classroom and as an educational tool itself – the building’s sustainability can be seen and felt by all who come in contact with … Continue reading Environment learning centre helps school children get up close with sustainability

Kamikatz Public House: Zero waste pub built entirely out of recycled waste

Kamikatz Public House, a zero waste pub and grocery store built entirely out of recycled waste, has become a central gathering space in Japan’s Kamikatsu, a town which aims to become completely zero-waste by 2020. The building, designed by the architects Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, houses a bar, a micro brewery, and also living spaces which make ingenious use of recycled materials. From reclaimed floor tiles to … Continue reading Kamikatz Public House: Zero waste pub built entirely out of recycled waste

Wikado Playground: Kids playground built from discarded wind turbine parts

Discarded wind turbine blades have found a second life as a futuristic-style kids playground, Wikado Playground, in the Netherlands. The Rotterdam-based playground is a maze-like structure made from five discarded wind turbine blades that have been cut up into parts and re-painted. The recycled blades make up a slide tower, a watch tower, tunnels, bridges, ramps, and slides. While wind power energy is gaining momentum as the … Continue reading Wikado Playground: Kids playground built from discarded wind turbine parts

Sol Vespidae: Students create solar powered tiny house to be fully self-sustaining

Sol Vespidae, a collective of students from Sacramento State, have created a solar powered tiny house for flexible, off-grid living. The 400 square foot-tiny home on wheels, which was created as an entry for Sacramento’s SMUD Tiny House Competition, features a vertical wall of solar panels on the northern facade as well as a solar roof, providing the home with sufficient energy. The southern facade of the home … Continue reading Sol Vespidae: Students create solar powered tiny house to be fully self-sustaining

Modpools: Repurposing shipping containers into all-in-one swimming pool and hot tub

Shipping containers have become eco-friendly building alternatives for everything from shopping centres, cafes, boutique hotels and urban farms, now recycled shipping containers are being used as backyard swimming pools. Canadian brand, Modpools, have created “relocatable hot pools” made from shipping containers, each of which feature a viewing window. The above-ground swimming pool is easily set up and increases water temperature at 30°c per hour even in … Continue reading Modpools: Repurposing shipping containers into all-in-one swimming pool and hot tub

Dan Phillips makes recycled home builds possible with no waste

Dan Phillips – the creative mastermind behind cowboy boot-shaped houses and treehouses – builds these innovative spaces entirely from recycled materials. The Texas based innovator – with his passion for design, conservation and affordable housing – allows for nothing to go to waste in the building of homes, bringing new life to everything from cork, number plates, picture frames to old CDs. Dan Phillips set up his … Continue reading Dan Phillips makes recycled home builds possible with no waste

Copenhagen International School: Sustainable school decked out in 12,000 solar panels

A new and sustainable school in Copenhagen, with a unique facade of 12,000 solar panels arranged in a sequin-like effect, is capable of supplying more than half of the school’s annual electricity consumption. The solar cells cover a total area of 6,048 square meters making it one of the largest building-integrated solar power plants in Denmark. Copenhagen International School (CIS), designed by C.F. Møller Architects, is … Continue reading Copenhagen International School: Sustainable school decked out in 12,000 solar panels