The concern for sustainability also influences architecture. Although it is not a new construction concept (it got standardized in Germany more than three decades ago), it is now that passive houses are gaining strength. But what are they?...continue reading "Passive houses: the new trend in sustainable architecture for 2021"
Earth Day is one of the most beautiful and ecological expressions we have. For April 22, 2019, the day of the Earth, we propose you to spend a day celebrating our love for the earth, and for that reason various acts are given that allow us to celebrate this day in a special way, making clear our commitment to the environment, the land and the environment that surrounds us....continue reading "Actions to celebrate Earth Day at home"
The concern for the environment and the pressing consequences of climate change have transformed the consciousness of the global society, rescuing the "green conscience" and implementing sustainable measures in areas such as industry, the economy and even housing. The fight against climate change starts at home, anyone can take care of the planet from their own home without major reforms, but based on small gestures and changes in routine. In addition, the European Union itself is committed to environmental wellbeing and, by the end of 2020, every new building of new construction must have almost zero energy consumption, according to the new directive on energy efficiency.
A growing trend that citizens can benefit
Spanish architect Marc Mogas created this prefabricated cottage in Spain's Pyrenees mountains as a cost-effective summer retreat. ...continue reading "Prefabricated wooden home in the Pyrenees by architect Marc Mogas"
The only residential complex in Europe to be given an LEED Platinum certificate, one of the most prestigious sustainable building certifications in the world, is in the Madrid dormitory town of Tres Cantos.
In June, the USGBCI (US Green Building Council Institute) awarded the cooperative of developers behind the project, Arroyo Bodonal, with the international diploma, recognizing its ecological credentials and ushering it into a club of 21 Spanish buildings with LEED certification, including properties owned by multinationals such as Zara, Repsol and Iberdrola, as well as several public buildings and universities.
Consisting of 80 resource-efficient apartments, Arroyo Bodonal was begun 13 years ago and is now inhabited by 225 people, mostly in the 33 to 43 age bracket, who have paid between €127,000 and €350,000 for a home there.
Modestly priced, the project has succeeded in exploding some of the myths surrounding sustainable construction, while reopening the debate over whether building green homes is a viable option in Spain.
...continue reading "Award-winning sustainable residential complex offers affordable, energy-efficient homes"