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Warehouse residence in Japan

17/08/2011 Comments off

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This house called the Warehouse is located in the suburbs of Hiroshima, Japan. It has been designed by Shinichi Ogawa and associates. The Warehouse has a neat shape with an inner court providing an absolute privacy. The layout of the interior has a linear orientation creating a single room space with no limits. Rooms that needs an access to the water, as a kitchen or a bathroom, are stepped down from the living-room.

The placement of the furniture is functional, these free-standing wooden pieces with embedded toilets or closets should divide different spaces instead of a wall. The interior is separated from the enclosed court by a large sliding door that connects the outside with the interior and allows communication and interaction between these two areas. The dominant colour is white symbolising peace, harmony and light. White colour is complemented by black coloured elements or natural colour as decoration stones or flowers.

via design-milk.com

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GM Assembly Plants Going Solar

20/05/2011 Comments off

General Motors has taken a number of significant steps to make their vehicles greener, and they are doing similar things with their manufacturing plants, as well. This week, the company has made two announcements about using rooftop solar arrays to power its manufacturing facilities.

The DetroitHamtramck plant, which produces the Chevy Volt, will be having a 516 kilowatt solar array installed on six acres of land on the south side of the plant as part of a cooperative venture with the local electrical utility company, DTE. Using power from the solar array is expected to save GM $15,000 per year.

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10 Eco-Friendly Places to Stay in the U.S.

17/05/2011 Comments off

10 Eco-Friendly Places to Stay in the U.S.

These days you’ll find that more and more hotels are putting up placards and hang tags encouraging guests to reuse towels and sheets on multi-night stays. But there are some hostels and hotels that are stepping up their green efforts even more. Kristin Conard of Matador Network recently listed 10 eco-friendly places to stay in the U.S. that will help you leave a smaller footprint as you travel, with options from spending $25 to $300 a night. Read more…

All You Need for Fresh Air

11/05/2011 Comments off

Plants for Fresh AirAll you need for fresh air.

Seventeen years ago Kamal Meattle found out that the air in his home city of Dehli was killing him.  He had grown allergic to the pollutants in the air and his lung capacity started declined to 70%.  He began researching and found that these three plants can provide a human with all the fresh air they need indoors to be healthy.  The three plants are the Areca Palm, the Mother-in-law’s Tongue , and the Money Plant.

  1. The Areca Palm (or Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) is does great air cleansing work during the day. Β About 4 shoulder height plants per person should do the trick.
  2. The Mother-in-law’s Tongue (or Sansevieria trifasciata) takes over by converting CO2 to O2 at night.  You want about 6 to 8 of these waist high plants per person.
  3. TheΒ Money Plant (or Epipremnum aureum) does the job of filtering outΒ removing Formaldehyde and other VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). Read more…

Beautiful Norwegian Foliage-Covered Green Roofs

08/05/2011 1 comment

Green roofs may be a newer phenomenon in many places, but Norwegians have been planting greenery atop their houses for hundreds of years. Some have flowers mixed in with grass, and a few even have small trees. The verdant roofs have many advantages like the fact that they help stabilize homes, provide good insulation and are long-lasting.

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