Scientists create living concrete from bacteria and sand

Cement  production is one of the world’s leading contributors of CO2 emissions. Now, US researchers have combined sand, a hydrogel, and bacteria into a living material that has similar strength to cement-based mortar.

Largest Passive House building in North America

Park Avenue Green in New York has 34 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system. The building used cogeneration and met the usual Passive House high levels of insulation and energy efficiency.

Electrochromic is a future of windows

Halio is a new glass that changes tint on demand called. It's faster than any other window, going from 99.5 percent black to clear in three minutes. This could be "a thermostat for the sun."

The largest Passive House project in the world

Gaobeidian Railway City in China has the largest Passive House project in the world, showing how to scale energy efficient building. This single project totals 330,000 square meters of certified Passive House buildings.

World's first biobricks grown from human urine

The development is also good news for the environment as bio-bricks are made in moulds at room temperature. Regular bricks are kiln-fired at temperatures around 1 400°C and produce vast quantities of CO2.

3D-Printed Paste Could Hold Buildings Together Amid Natural Disasters

A 3D-printed cement paste could one day be used to make buildings more resilient to natural disasters, claim US researchers. The paste actually gets tougher the more it cracks. That would make it an invaluable new material.

Thousands of buildings, zero carbon emissions by 2030 in USA

Mayors from 19 American cities have formed a coalition to push green energy initiatives in their cities and make all buildings net-zero by 2050.

A worldwide hotel chain now grow their own food

AccorHotels is making strong progress on plans to cut food waste around the world. The global chain announced yesterday that it has installed 600 urban gardens at 4,300 of its hotels.

The Vertical Forest comes to Toronto, Canada

Every tree will be computer monitored for health and hydration, providing a case study over the next five to 10 years that will set the base parameters for future buildings.

New hotel in Singapore "combines sustainability with delight"

In contrast with the conventional, completely sealed-off, air-conditioned tower, this hotel, designed by local office WOHA, merges architecture and nature, and combines indoor and outdoor spaces in a striking fashion.

French family becomes the first to move into a 3D printed house

The four-bedroom house was constructed using a patented 3D printing method called BatiPrint3D. The printer works by printing in layers from the floor upwards.

UK's first energy positive classroom produces 1.5x the energy it uses

Known as the Active Classroom, the energy-producing classroom stands as a shining example of what is possible as the U.K. and other nations attempt to transform their energy systems in response to climate change.

A new study looks at the design of the home in 2050

A new study Futurology: The new home in 2050 provides insights into some of the trends we are likely to see 30 years or more into the future.

First 3D-printed concrete housing project

The first 3D-printed concrete house in the world is to be built in Eindhoven, Netherlands this year. It will be a single-storey house and it's expected to be ready for occupation in the first half of 2019.

Green buildings are an integral part of green cities

More than 30 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions emitted by cities are generated by buildings alone, according to National Geographic.