The soaring number of eco-communities and eco-homes have resulted in a growing demand for sustainable materials.
One company that has benefited enormously from the boom is T Mawr, a traditional and ecological building company based in Brecon, which began growing rapidly in 2005 and has doubled in size every year since. Its workforce of four in 2000 has increased to 22 this year.
After concerns about the amount of sand extracted and dredged in the UK – 70 million tonnes and 12 million tonnes a year respectively – it pioneered the development of glaster and limecrete, natural alternatives to plaster and concrete, made from glass and lime respectively.
In November, the company launched Welsh sheep’s wool as a means of insulation and now sells 10 million tons of it every month.
Read more @ the SOURCE: icWales – Meeting the demand for sustainable materials– Author Steffan Rhys
At the moment, the grandest and most ethically ambitious architecture in the city — the green, living roof of the new convention centre — resembles a hair plug job. There’s a lot of bald up there.
It’s sparse, but growth proceeds. They started planting it two weeks ago, and crews are working their way across the six-acre roof sewing and digging in more than 750,000 plants. A green blush appeared on the canvas of the roof’s dark-brown growing medium of pumice and organic matter.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Vancouver Sun – City’s Signature Roof
Only a few years ago, anyone who suggested growing plants on a roof might have been dismissed as a complete crank. Not any more.
Sedum on roof
The Botanical Roof Garden, Augustenborg, Sweden
Green roofs have started to appear on new buildings up and down the country with remarkable speed. Most feature a thin layer of the amazingly resilient hardy succulent plant, the sedum. Several different kinds are used, with leaves in a variety of different colours: yellow, green, red and bronze.
Grass and turf roofs are still not that common in this country. It’s a different story in Scandinavia, which has a long tradition of using turf, not least because it makes perfect practical sense: the layer of soil and grass insulates against cold winter weather, and protects the roof from wind damage.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Telegraph.co.uk – Up on the roof garden – .
In a collaborative effort between Navy Region Hawaii, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii, and the Navy Exchange (NEX), a practical landscape design using environmentally-friendly vegetation and xeriscaping is being implemented at the Pearl Harbor NEX.
Many of the plants and shrubs requiring significant irrigation and maintenance have been removed and will be replaced with xeriscape functionality instead. Xeriscape is an innovative concept used to conserve water through the choice of hardy, drought-resistant plants and creative landscaping.
“Since water is such a valuable commodity, especially in Hawaii, it makes sense for Navy Region Hawaii to include xeriscape in current and future landscape designs,” said Matt Flach, landscape architect, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii. “The principles of xeriscaping serve as guidelines to best-use irrigation, ultimately assisting water conservation efforts.”
Read more @ the SOURCE: Military.com – Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange Goes Green.
On a recent evening, architect J. Meejin Yoon sat in her Leather District loft sewing mats of turf together. “I just have one more stitch,” she said.
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Several squares of grass, each about the size of an album cover, had arrived in a cooler a few days earlier. Yoon had dutifully sewn them together to create a large panel, part of a vertical garden installation called “Parti Wall, Hanging Green” to welcome the American Institute of Architects conference that begins in Boston today.
Read more @ the Source: The Boston Globe – Thinking outside – and inside – the box