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Colorful Binishell Dome Homes Made from Inflatable Concrete Cost Just $3,500

Colorful Binishell Dome Homes Made from Inflatable Concrete Cost Just $3,500

This strange building technique combines an ancient building material with a modern-day aesthetic. It was pioneered by Nicoló’s father Dante, who built the first Binishell in 1964 (which is still

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Dragon-Shaped Solar Stadium in Taiwan is 100% Powered by the Sun

Dragon-Shaped Solar Stadium in Taiwan is 100% Powered by the Sun

Building a new stadium is always a massive undertaking that requires millions of dollars, substantial physical labor, and a vast amount of electricity to keep it operating. Toyo Ito's design negates this

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World’s First Supermarket Completely Powered by Food Waste Rises in the UK

World’s First Supermarket Completely Powered by Food Waste Rises in the UK

Proving that there's life beyond the dumpster for wasted food, a U.K. store just became the first in the country to be totally powered by leftovers. The Guardian reports that a Sainsbury’s store in the

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Google Streetview Cars Track Down Stray Methane Emissions that Contribute to Climate Change

Google Streetview Cars Track Down Stray Methane Emissions that Contribute to Climate Change

Google has added another item to its lengthy list of services, and this one is something you really wouldn’t expect. Google’s Street View cars that map roads across the world are also being used to

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Think You Can Create a Smaller Power Inverter? Google Will Give You a Million Bucks if You Can!

Think You Can Create a Smaller Power Inverter? Google Will Give You a Million Bucks if You Can!

Google is offering a million dollars if you can create a power inverter that is smaller than a laptop. If you don’t know what an inverter is, the competition probably isn’t up your alley, but

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Penda’s Low-Impact Modular Bamboo Hotel Reconnects Visitors with Nature

Penda’s Low-Impact Modular Bamboo Hotel Reconnects Visitors with Nature

To satisfy the competition's three principles, Penda used locally sourced and fast-growing bamboo as the primary building material. Inspired by the minimalist teepees of the nomadic Native American

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Jamaica Unveils World’s Largest Wind-Solar Hybrid Installation

Jamaica Unveils World’s Largest Wind-Solar Hybrid Installation

The world’s largest wind and solar hybrid renewable energy project was recently put into operation in Kingston, Jamaica. The WindStream Technologies array was commissioned for the rooftop of the

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Lundberg Design’s Striking Breur Cabin is Made of Leftover Materials from Five Past Projects

Lundberg Design’s Striking Breur Cabin is Made of Leftover Materials from Five Past Projects

The beautiful Breuer Cabin is filled with natural light coming in from reclaimed steel sash windows taken from at least five different projects. The floors are made from multicolored slate, which doesn't

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C.F. Møller and Brut’s Winning Residential Tower for Antwerp Creates Mini Vertical Communities With Gardens

C.F. Møller and Brut’s Winning Residential Tower for Antwerp Creates Mini Vertical Communities With Gardens

The 24-storey tower is part of a development plan for Nieuw Zuid area in Antwerp, close to the river Schelde. By introducing more space for individual homes as well as shared facilities, the architects

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Young Architect Builds Awesome Green Retirement Home for Her Mum in Uruguay

Young Architect Builds Awesome Green Retirement Home for Her Mum in Uruguay

It's hard to believe but Casa Abierta (2010) is Buenos Aires-born Rosario Talevi's first built house. Constructed two years ago, this gorgeous two story shelter takes inspiration from both Japanese and

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Gigantic ‘Energy Duck’ Could Generate Solar and Hydro Power for Copenhagen

Gigantic ‘Energy Duck’ Could Generate Solar and Hydro Power for Copenhagen

The Energy Duck is modeled on the common eider duck, which is found in the waters of Copenhagen. Unfortunately, the eider's breeding habitat is at risk from the effects of climate change, so the team

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Exposed Timber Stackyard House Embraces an Energy Efficient Lifestyle with Passivhaus Standards

Exposed Timber Stackyard House Embraces an Energy Efficient Lifestyle with Passivhaus Standards

Split into two levels to negotiate a sloping site, the Stackyard House is set with an in-situ concrete base and wrapped in silvered timber cladding. Asymmetrically arranged windows and solar screens

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Tiny ‘Project Gregory’ Billboard Homes Provide Free Housing for the Homeless

Tiny ‘Project Gregory’ Billboard Homes Provide Free Housing for the Homeless

Homelessness is a complex global issue, and finding solutions involves the coordination of many fields and services. Project Gregory seeks to provide alternative dwellings for the homeless that double as

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6 Isolated Luxury Retreats for Off-Grid Living

6 Isolated Luxury Retreats for Off-Grid Living

Refuge du Goûter by Group-H Standing 12,582 feet above sea level, the Refuge du Goûter is a magnificent Alpine refuge by Group-H. Powered by the sun and wind, the stylish Alpine retreat is the highest

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The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

Located at the Simon Fraser University Campus on Burnaby Mountain just 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the UniverCity Childcare Center is on track for Living Building Challenge certification (LBC) –

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Philips Gift of Light Program Brings Life-Changing Solar Lighting to a Remote Vietnamese Village

Philips Gift of Light Program Brings Life-Changing Solar Lighting to a Remote Vietnamese Village

For many people who lack access to electricity, the day ends when the sun goes down. But Philips aims to slowly change that through their Gift of Light program. Through it, employees first nominate

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Solar Liv-Lib’ Capsule Home is Powered by a Futuristic Energy-Generating Hub

Solar Liv-Lib’ Capsule Home is Powered by a Futuristic Energy-Generating Hub

The Liv-Lib' project consists of two elements: “hubs” and “habitation capsules.” The hubs are solar-powered urban infrastructure cores that contain technological and ecological systems necessary

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Tiny 100% Solar-Powered Maison Reciprocity House Shines at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Tiny 100% Solar-Powered Maison Reciprocity House Shines at the Solar Decathlon Europe

The home is based on designing row house neighborhoods that have a minimal environmental impact. Built as an affordable multi-story house, Maison Reciprocity is organized around a central Container for

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Peter Zumthor & LACMA Unveil Revised Design For New Solar-Powered Museum in Los Angeles

Peter Zumthor & LACMA Unveil Revised Design For New Solar-Powered Museum in Los Angeles

Zumthor’s plans for LACMA’s new campus on Museum Row in Los Angeles is a meandering structure with double-height, glazed openings and a fluid form that creates a feeling of continuity. The $650

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Solar Panel-Carrying Donkeys Are Bringing Energy to Remote Turkish Nomads

Solar Panel-Carrying Donkeys Are Bringing Energy to Remote Turkish Nomads

How are you meant to charge your phone regularly or stay up to date on global events if you live in the middle of nowhere? Well, in parts of Turkey, you can rely on donkeys. These energy-carrying animals

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Swiss Students’ Sustainability Vision for Lucerne: Your Room, Our Room, My Room

Swiss Students’ Sustainability Vision for Lucerne: Your Room, Our Room, My Room

The protoype was constructed with wooden materials and was built for maximum flexibility. The building is designed to produce a positive amount of energy that could be used to share energy as part of a

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Portable SunCache Solar Charger Packs Serious Power You Can Take Anywhere

Portable SunCache Solar Charger Packs Serious Power You Can Take Anywhere

Herndon, VA: June 12, 2014 SunCache, a just-released project on the popular crowd-funding site Kickstarter, introduces a powerful portable solar charging system integrated into an innovative custom

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Achieve Energy Independence Through Off-Grid Living

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Achieve Energy Independence Through Off-Grid Living

Did you know that if the US cut its energy consumption by just 23% we'd save $1.2 trillion? This infographic from the Institute for Energy and the Environment provides a look at exactly what it takes to

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This Organic, Cheap, Rechargeable Battery Could Change the Future of Renewable Energy

This Organic, Cheap, Rechargeable Battery Could Change the Future of Renewable Energy

Large-scale energy storage is one of the major challenges facing renewable energy, but a recent breakthrough could be a real game changer. Scientists at USC, led by professor Sri Narayan, just developed a

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Beautiful Woven Refugee Tents Get Their Power from the Sun

Beautiful Woven Refugee Tents Get Their Power from the Sun

Drawing inspiration from traditional basket weaving techniques and the flexibility of snake skin, the designer uses weatherproof fabric drawn between durable, curved plastic tubing. This creates a

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German State to Reach 100% Renewable Power This Year

German State to Reach 100% Renewable Power This Year

Germany recently smashed three solar energy records in just two weeks and set a new overall renewables record last month with 74 percent clean energy use during the middle of the day. Now the Federal

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Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Nestled within mature woodlands on the grounds of Benenden School in Kent, this new environmental education facility raises the bar for self-sufficient buildings in the UK. The designers claim it’s the

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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

MARTaK Live/Work Passive House is an acronym of the extended family names of those who will use the space as a retreat from Boston and the Bay Area. The site is my own off-grid home in the mountains where

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JAJA Architects Reinvent the Parking Garage as a Green Community Space with Park ‘n’ Play

JAJA Architects Reinvent the Parking Garage as a Green Community Space with Park ‘n’ Play

The project is located in an area called the Red Neighborhood, named after its historic red brick harbor buildings. In a contextual nod, the concrete garage will be tinted red. Set in contrast to this red

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Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

With a footprint of just under 1,000 square feet, the new house was constructed using clay, sand, straw, and water bricks clad in recycled sheets of aluminum, and then accented with recycled shipping

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