Category: Green Design

Green Design Ideas For Your Home

indoor plants

Green living is not just limited to eating organic food and drinking fresh beverages. It’s also not just limited to building habits like reducing the use of electricity or reusing old pieces of wood. It’s not even just about recycling things made of plastic, as well as glass, around the house, which can still be used for other purposes.

Green living is also about finally turning your home into an eco-friendly abode!

That being said, here are some green design ideas for your home:

Have an entire wall full of indoor plants.

We all know that plants give off oxygen, the main component of the air we breathe in. But what most people don’t know about is that plants also give off vitamins – even minerals – the main components of the body we live in. This is because plants are truly meant to keep everyone alive and well; hence, the need for us to have an entire wall full of indoor plants. Be it hanged ones or potted ones, indoor plants will definitely make you healthy and fit – in the most effortless way possible.

Have an entire floor made of wool carpet.

If you think wool is just meant for clothing pieces like sweatshirts, think again! If you’re setting up at least two green design ideas for your home, you should consider having an entire floor made of wool carpet. Wool is not just best known for its flexibility (you can easily dye it, with any kind of style), but also for its durability (you can remarkably pass it, down to the next generation). So before putting rug on carpet in your home, you really should consider having an entire floor made of wool carpet.

Do you have any other green design ideas for one’s home? Let us know on the comments section below!

7 of the Most Sustainable Buildings in the World

Green buildings and sustainable design innovations are increasingly making its mark in the world. There are a growing number of structures built with sustainability in mind. This shift towards eco-friendly design resulted to some of the most awe-inspiring green buildings across the globe that combines aesthetics and function.

1. Bahrain World Trade Center
Bahrain WTC
Location: Manama, Bahrain
Highlights: Modern design equipped with three huge wind turbines on its façade. The turbines provide roughly 15% of energy used to power the building. Bahrain WTC also has a solar-powered and other sustainable design features.

2. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
 KAUST
Location: Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Highlights: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is touted to be the world’s largest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum project at the time it was certified. The massive complex fully utilizes its wastewater.

3. Pixel
pixel
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Highlights: First carbon neutral building in Australia, energy efficient (façade made of pixilated shade design, use of natural daylight and ventilation); a green roof with solar panels, wind turbines, and rain harvesting features; high LEED rating

4. Shanghai Tower
Shanghai Tower
Location: Shanghai, China
Highlights: Wind turbines installed on top, use of natural lighting; automated system that keep tracks of heating, lighting, and ventilation; other green features and technology

5. TELUS Garden
Telus Garden
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Highlights: LEED Platinum mixed-use building; sustainability features include rainwater harvesting, community food garden, an energy system that maximizes heat from the facility’s data centre to regulate temperature in the office and residential buildings; solar panels, green space outdoors, electric vehicles’ charging area

6. The Crystal
the crystal
Location: London, England, UK
Highlights: LEED Platinum building, Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment (BREEAM) “Outstanding” certification, a roof with a rainwater harvesting feature, recycling and reusing of wastewater, no fossil resources used

7. The Edge
The Edge
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Highlights: Touted as the world’s most sustainable building, carbon neutral building, boasts of innovative and sustainable features, state of the art technology that promotes sustainability, 98.36% BREEAM sustainability score; highly efficient LED panels with light, motion, and temperature sensors among others; optimal use of natural lighting and ventilation, use of smart and sustainable technologies