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Basic Urban Farming

Take time in visiting urban farms around you.

Visiting urban farms around Singapore will allow you to check out what possible herbs, plants, or vegetables you will be able to grow best in the small space that you have. Doing so will help you in learning some tips that you can possibly apply in your own farm.

Gather what you need.

After visiting farms around Singapore, you can start gathering the tools and materials that you need to start farming in your small space. You can begin by purchasing small pots for herbs that you can grow even in your own kitchen. You can also get wall rails that will help you build your indoor garden around your window. Metal baskets would also be quite helpful if you plan to plant various herbs. Ceramic pots are also good options. There are also what they call “germination kits” that you can purchase for cheap amounts. Of course, do not forget the seeds.

Start attending urban farming workshops.

You will also do well in attending farming workshops so you can be sure that you are making the most out of your small space. Such workshops will help you in terms of where …

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Easy Green Building Practices

Insulation: A simple way to boost energy efficiency

The green benefits: Insulation reduces heat loss from a home, contributing to a more comfortable indoor environment. Insulation that’s installed correctly can have a significant impact on the home’s energy efficiency.

Installation: The more insulation, the better. Insulation should be installed at the correct depth and density to be effective at resisting heat flow. Batts shouldn’t be compressed or installed with gaps; instead, they should be flush with the framing. Similarly, blown-in insulation should be installed with consistent coverage and depth and fit completely around wires and electrical boxes.

Vapor barrier under the slab: Durability and IAQ benefits abound

The green benefits: A vapor barrier under the slab mitigates moisture related problems, such as mold growth under carpets, grout staining, and wood flooring de-lamination. These problems impair the home’s durability and indoor air quality.

Installation: Use a 10-mil polyethylene vapor barrier to fully cover the foundation footprint. For basements, extend the vapor barrier 2″ to 4″ up the foundation wall, and fix it to the wall with construction tape or adhesive. Overlap the seams 12″, and seal them with construction tape. For slab-on-grade foundations, lay down the vapor barrier on top of …

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Green Architecture

Earth-friendly Home Designs

These designs are born out of the campaigns of several countries for an environment-friendly lifestyle or sustainable living, which of course includes house designs. Along with this, professionals in home construction and design have also innovated their skill set to meeting these new standards.

When we speak of environment-friendly home designs, this has a lot to do with the materials used to build or renovate the house. For instance, some architects have been practicing the use of biodegradable materials in house interiors.

These design techniques closely resemble that of the ancient times, when majority of the house materials come from natural sources. Even the paint products for the house have to be eco-friendly, which is not only safer for the walls, but for the occupants’ health, as well.

Other strategies being applied by architects is the creation of outdoor rooms in the house.

This means using natural light and air to save on energy for the room. All these, along with eco-friendly household practices easily contribute to having an environmentally sustainable lifestyle.

Adaptive Home Designs

This type of home design deals with two major things:

1) the ability of the house to adapt to the changing lifestyle …

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Info of Organic Architecture

Objectives

Organic architecture not only addresses environmental concerns but also expresses individuality. As each building is related to the variables like man, site & time so every resulting structure is unique & unrepeatable.

Origin & Inspiration

Primitive vernacular architecture was innately organic, based on natural forms, structures and simple, local materials. The rectilinear, perpendicular form of architecture that came to dominate the 20th century was the reflection of an industrially driven age. However In the new millennium the designers are awakening to a new world inspired by the creative forces of nature and biological organisms.

It was in the USA that organic architecture began its great modern journey when Architect Louis Sullivan described his famous proverb that form follows function–a key concept for organic design. Frank Lloyd Wright would often choose sites close to woods, rock formations, or even waterfalls and his buildings would become part of nature. For Antoni Gaudí, Spanish architect the straight line belonged to men and the curved line to God.

Exploring Organic Architecture

New age, architects have taken the concept of organic design to new heights by employing newer materials & technology in the application of natural shapes, rhythm & composition to their buildings. The …

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Elevate Your Lifestyle

Pros

  • A lifestyle of luxury and exclusivity. Living within a Private Gated Community, is sure to transform and upgrade your lifestyle significantly. Exposure to many luxurious amenities and scenic landscapes is enough to convince you of this change. There is also the added benefit of being able to access these particular facilities at your own time and leisure, giving you a sense of exclusivity.
  • Standards of security and privacy. One of the most valuable benefits that it offer to you and your family is the assurance of a safe and secure environment, 24 X 7.
  • A healthy and clean environment. Guarded against pollution and noise from the outside, your environment remains clean and healthy. A plethora of greenery also adds to keeping the air you breathe pure and fresh.
  • A feeling of belonging. An extremely important aspect of living amongst people in a gated community is the sense of community you develop, with one another. When you stay in a gated community, you will be not only the owner of your plot, but also the owner of entire layout, the amenities it has. Hence, you will treat each one of the amenity as your own and take good care of
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Advantages of Green Building

Energy efficiency

The use of wood on green homes contributes to reduced embodied energy. This type of material which is usually used on walls and floors can also reduce the operating energy consumed in each day. However, more modern green homes capitalize on utilizing sustainable and renewable energy sources to run lights and other electricity-using appliances in the house. If you are to look into newer designs, there are green homes that have solar panels, biomass systems, and hydroelectric-generating features. Expensive as they may seem but you’ll be surprised that the federal government as well as some private groups and NGOs are actually giving grants and assistance to fund such alternative electricity-generating systems to be installed in green homes. On designs – insulations and high-performance windows are increasingly becoming popular choices too.

Water efficiency

The earth is being depleted of its water resources. High volume of water goes into waste each day because of inefficient water systems in regular homes. Leaking faucets, toilet flushes, pools, and shower heads all contribute to the deliberate wastage of water. Green homes eliminate these problems by imposing water-efficient and water-saving systems such as the installation of rainwater recycling facility which can be connected into …

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Reasons to Invest in Eco Friendly Properties

Eco-friendly homes are also health-friendly

The natural materials used in eco-homes are also health-friendly. This is very beneficial to individuals with health conditions like asthma and other respiratory problems. There have been several studies linking the use of eco-friendly materials in home construction. Significant changes on health conditions were exhibited by individuals who are known asthma patients.

Further studies revealed that the more natural materials used in them help facilitate the flow of cleaner air inside homes. They are also less likely to contain plastic by-products which release toxic substances. These substances are generally linked to carcinogens or substances that contribute to the development of cancer cells.

These days, developers are more aware of the health consequences of the materials they are using when constructing properties. Home buyers just need the proper information to educate or at least warn them that eco-friendly homes are by far among the best choices when health conditions are considered.

Environment-friendly homes are energy-efficient

Today’s thrust in construction of properties gives focus on energy-efficiency. It is a known fact that the earth’s natural resources, from which man depends for water and energy, are becoming fastly depleted. In order to contribute to conservation efforts, eco-friendly houses …

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Significance of Green Housing

One of the major reasons why so much of energy is being used in the houses is because of the so called “necessary” appliances, which people cannot do without. Rarely would you find a house today, where things, like computer, television or microwave, are not there. Another big issue in a house is the cooling and heating, which is needed. It is the cooling and heating systems which use almost sixty five percent of all the energy resources in a house. It is important to understand that green housing is not something concerned with cutting the requirement for cooling and heating. The idea behind green housing is to cut down reliance on the energy sapping devices or systems.

The good part is that a growing number of people wish to contribute and do their bit in solving the environmental issues and this is the reason why green housing and green living are getting increasingly popular. Having a green lifestyle does not imply that you have to stop using electrical appliances and instead, opt for only the solar panels. It is actually about making certain changes in your lifestyle to reduce the energy consumption. Green housing involves a huge compilation of …

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Eco Friendly Property in Spain

Those two words began a journey of thousands of miles across Europe and countless hours researching the web to find out how “eco friendly” I could build her dream home. Initially I found that an eco friendly home was just a cave house…I didn’t fancy living in or building a cave house, or they had thicker lagging on pipes or they offered solar water heaters…BIG DEAL, I expected that as standard, in fact it is law in Spain now to have alternative water heating supply, one company even classed a home as eco friendly because the heating had a thermostat.

Two years later and after securing the sole rights to build with a German quality ICF system we are beginning our first two new eco friendly villas in Spain for clients and have several scheduled to begin next year. The interest has been amazing; unfortunately this means my wife’s dream home has been put on hold for a while but our business and our attitude to all things green is being transformed. We are offering geothermal heating systems, solar power, grey water systems, water saving systems inside and outside the home, wind turbines, appliance advice, lighting systems I never knew …

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Advantages of Green Roofs

Increase in lifespan of roof surfaces

Ultra-violet rays of sun constantly attack roof surfaces resulting in huge thermal fluctuation. This reduces its lifespan. Eco-friendly surfaces increase the lifespan of waterproofing membranes lying underneath them by creating a barrier, which protect the membranes from the ultra-violet rays and daily temperature fluctuations. The membranes of these surfaces last twice more than membranes on traditional surfaces.

Improves air and water quality

It’s a well-known fact that plants produce oxygen and reduce carbon dioxide. Eco-friendly surfaces drastically reduce the heat island effect. Plants on building tops remove airborne particles and volatile organic compounds, which in turn improves quality of air. Eco-friendly surfaces absorb the harmful particles and prevent them from entering the water system, thereby improving water quality.

Improves microclimate & provides rainwater management

Vegetation of building tops cools the surrounding air thus improving the microclimate within their area. Depending on their design, they also curtail immediate water run-off by nearly 50% thereby enabling rainwater management.

Saves other valuable resources & improves energy performance

Environment-friendly building tops extensively use recycled products, which saves other valuable resources. Most traditional roofs don’t use recyclable products, which lead to wastage of other resources. Since eco-friendly surfaces buffer …

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