Using Recycled Materials For Architecture

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Origma Hut by Gary Warner.  Sydney, Australia

According to the National Association of Homebuilders, “If all the dimensional lumber used to build the 1.2 million new homes constructed in the United States each year were laid end to end, it would extend 2 million miles, the equivalent of going to the moon and back six and a half times”—a sobering statistic that doesn’t include other building materials.

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Cook Park Amenities by Fox Johnston.  Sydney, Australia

Dutifully sorting waste, separating the metal and plastic from the paper for different recycling streams is part of modern life. Some areas even have food waste collection for community compost.

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Maunu Residence by Fung + Blatt Architects, Inc., Altadena, US

Architects and designers are taking notice of the opportunities offered by recycling and reuse. Using salvaged materials not only has a positive environmental impact by reducing waste, it also offers architects materials typically unavailable, such as old growth lumber.

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Shed No. 8841 by Ben Lepley Ed Henry. Tucson, US

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Get Sun! Everything You Need To Know About Passive Solar Design

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Bridge House by Max Pritchard Architect

Imagine freedom from paying your bills. Not all of them, of course. Just a few—namely gas, oil, and electric.

Building a house using passive solar design principles can allow the home to go off the grid for all or many heating and cooling needs. And, with today’s technologies and innovations, without sacrificing aesthetics or functionality.

Modern architects have harnessed the power of the sun since the 1930s. But it was rare: Builders struggled to integrate the beauty of architecture with the utilitarian aspect of engineering. It wasn’t until the oil and energy crisis of the ’70s forced architects to think of creative design solutions that solar passive techniques finally gained traction.

Read the complete article at Architizer here.

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Cliff House by Altius Architecture, Inc

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Vashon Island Cabin by Vandeventer + Carlander Architects