Category: Green Design

Making Old Tree Stumps Look Good As New

old tree stump

Old tree stumps just left rotting away in your backyard? Why not make them look good as new?

Here are some things you can make from old tree stumps:

  • Table and Chairs. You’ll never have to worry about purchasing another expensive set of table and chairs for outdoor grill parties or when inviting your buddies over for drinks. All you need to do is use an old tree stump as base, put a large circular board on it, make sure that both are glued together well, and design it however you want. Add in chairs, which you can also make from old tree stumps. For this, you can either cut down an entire tree stump for an individual chair or cut one down into two halves and turning it over with the level surface facing downwards for a bench-like effect.

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  • Planter and Bird Bath. Making old tree stumps look good as new can be as simple as turning these into planters or birdbaths or even both in one stump. When making a planter, dig a hole in the middle of the tree stump until you reach the soil it was planted on, drill holes on its side for easy irrigation, fill the hole with more soil, plant flower seeds on it, and voila! When making a birdbath, use the old tree stump as base, put a small to medium circular basin (flat and ceramic) on it, make sure that both are glued together well, design it however you want, and fill it with clean water. When having both in one tree stump, follow the steps below.

– Make a planter, but without planting any flower seeds.

– Insert a bamboo stick in the middle (size and its tip must be enough to accommodate a small circular basin), secure it in place by making a tent-like structure (tying four strands of rope an inch before the stick’s tip, pulling it on the stump’s sides, and nailing it on the stump’s rim.

– Once you have secured the bamboo stick in place, make a birdbath on it.

– Plant flower seeds on the planter below and voila – you’ve got yourself both a planter and a birdbath in one tree stump!

Don’t let old tree stumps just left rotting away in your backyard. Make them look good as new now!

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