Sustainable building and design are constantly evolving. To stay on top of all of the advances in news, technology, and design, finding a few good and informative blogs can help keep you up-to-date on all of the latest advancements in sustainability. These are our top five blog picks for sustainable building design, technology, and news.
Inhabitatis one of the veteran sustainability blogs, with 10 years’ worth of content available online. The blog’s interface is clean and easy to navigate, with stories on a wide range of sustainability topics such as arts and architecture as well as information about sustainable energy sources. This blog highlights contemporary, forward-looking designs from around the world that transform everyday places and things into technologically savvy, and often eclectic, sustainable innovations. There is also an Inhabitotssection with sustainable parenting ideas, like upcycle projects to try with your children. And if you’re in a hurry, there is a bar at the top of the site which shows featured stories and makes keeping up with the latest, important news easy.
2) Jetson Green
Jetson Greennarrows down their content much further than other blogs. They are primarily focused on pre-fab and tiny home designs, with information that caters to both the eco-friendly home buyer and to the humanitarian. The blog posts encourage the use of repurposed industrial materials and salvaged building materials in order to maintain a low-impact lifestyle.
Jetson Green also offers a shopping section on their website, so if you are interested in reading more about the topic of green, sustainable living, you can purchase some of their bloggers’ favorite books and a low-watt LED task lamp to illuminate these books late into the night.
3) Tree Hugger
Another 10 year old sustainability blog, and among the most well-known, TreeHuggeroffers a wide selection of posts with different topics, including articles about leading a green lifestyle and updates about the global impact of carbon production on our planet.
This blog is open to all of the diverse ways that one could choose to go green. Blog posts include information about the latest high tech green gadgets as well as practical, home-cooked advice for green living. Here, creating a sustainable lifestyle is possible for any person, regardless of the size of the pocket-book. Rarely has sustainable seemed to be so easy and so within reach of everyone. Treehugger also incorporates a wide range of social media so you can follow their updates on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr.
This blog is dedicated to providing information for their readers so that they will be responsible consumers in the green building market. The articles center around the different dimensions of green building construction, and the website even devotes a whole category of posts to education, intended for the diffusion of useful information about LEED design, online classes, upcoming conferences, and newly published books about sustainabile design.
Additionally, the blog has a specialized series of posts, known as the Green Materials Report, with information about various building materials, including different kinds of flooring, insulation, and roofing. Each post in this section has explanations about how these materials are used and what makes them green.
EcoGeektakes a little bit of a different approach than the other sustainable building blogs on this list, focusing not just on the sustainable technologies being innovated, but also the “eco geeks” creating them. The blog is divided into sections for the various kinds of technical advancement—solar power, geothermal, recycling, alternative materials, etc.—and a section about the industry innovators behind them.
If you want to read more blog resources about the latest in sustainable design and green issues, check out the list below: