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Green buildings around the World

Green buildings are created in a process that is environmentally responsible, and use available resources in an efficient way throughout their life-cycle. This starts from the design of the structure, how it is constructed and maintained, as well as its renovation, and demolition. Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall negative impact on the environment. Green buildings seek to use energy, water and other resources efficiently, and reduce waste, pollution and environmental degradation.

Get inspired by eco friendly homes in the UK and around the world!

All the following buildings are different in style but all have the same thing in common: they are made out of sustainable, recycled or carbon neutral materials!

1: A strawbale home in Crestone, Colorado was created using local straw (a waste product from farming) to minimise its material use and to be environmentally friendly.

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2: In 2016, the British Government aims to make all new homes carbon neutral. Beddington Zero Energy Development (BedZED) is an environmental friendly housing development in Hackbridge, London. Between 2000-2002 99 carbon neutral homes were built.

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3: Have a look at the eco-friendly Village at Grand Designs Live in London. It showcases houses that are low carbon rated. For example, the EcoHab is a sustainable log house that also includes recycled furniture.

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4: The Nauhaus Institute (NHI) builds green buildings.

The NHI creates homes that feature low construction impact , a resource efficiency through the life of the project, long-term durability, and affordability in a package that creates a healthy indoor environment.

Their prototype house is made out of "hempcrete". It is easier to work than traditional lime mixes and acts as an insulator and moisture regulator. It lacks the brittleness of cement and consequently does not need expansion joints.

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5: Kristin Sullivan shows us her eco-friendly House made out of straw bales left over from harvesting rice. Straw bales have such great insulation properties that her electricity bill is only 46 cents. It is a common misconception that straw is a highly inflammable material. However, when it is compressed and compacted it is very fire resistant. She believes that "hay is for horses and straw is for houses".

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6: Ever dreamt about sleeping in a tube? Have a look at these concrete tubes recycled into unique, delightful and cosy hotel rooms in Mexico! A night's stay at the Tubohotel costs 500 pesos (approximately 25 British Pounds).

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7: Discarded plastic, especially plastic bottles, are a major problem faced by society today. The Aman Setu Primary School on the outskirts of Pune in Wagholi, utilises discarded bottles as a construction material to build their school. With walls made of plastic bottles, cow dung plastering interiors, roofs of bamboo and straw, and pipes for ventilators, this school is literally made out of waste materials of all kinds.

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Useful Information

1.) The Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB) has promoted sustainable buildings in the UK since 1989. They are also the leading network for sustainable building professionals in the UK. Their membership includes local authorities, housing associations, builders, architects, designers, consultants and manufacturers. 

2.) The UK Building Regulations set requirements for insulation levels and other aspects of sustainability in building construction.

One of the best known green buildings in the UK is the Media Centres' Friendly Street Building.[2]

3.) Under the Energy Performance of Building Directive, (EPBD) Europe has made a mandatory energy certification since January 4, 2009. A mandatory certificate called the Building Energy Rating system (BER) and a certification Energy Performance Certificate is needed by all buildings that measure more than 1000 sq mts in all the European nations. According to the UK Green Building Council, existing buildings account for 17% of the UK's total carbon emissions.[3]

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