Jorge Chapa

 

After finishing his architecture degree at the University of Monterrey in 2001, he realized that he wanted to focus on sustainable architecture, and knew nothing about it. Foolishly thinking that it would become important in fifteen years time, he packed up his suitcases, left Mexico and headed for Australia, where he studied a Masters in Design Science at the University of Sydney. During his time in Sydney he worked as an ESD consultant and product assessor, looking at everything from the thermal performance of a building, to the environmental impacts of a particular product. Currently living in Sydney and working at the Green Building Council of Australia, he continues in his quest to learn what sustainability is and how to achieve it. He figures that it will take some time, but refuses to make any estimates.

Jorge Chapa
First LEED Platinum Carbon Neutral Building!

First LEED Platinum Carbon Neutral Building!

Carbon-neutral buildings are not new news, but the first-ever LEED-platinum carbon neutral building certainly is. The Aldo Leopold Foundation Headquarters, located in Wisconsin, has been

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Zero Energy Homes in California by 2020

Zero Energy Homes in California by 2020

The Governator's state is laying down the zero energy law, requiring that all new homes in California must be carbon neutral by 2020 if a proposal adopted by California's energy regulators is

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i-MIEV SPORT: Mitsubishi Launches New Electric Sports Car

i-MIEV SPORT: Mitsubishi Launches New Electric Sports Car

One of the most innovative electric sports cars by Mitsubishi, the i-MIEV Sport, was just shown off at the Tokyo Motor Show. This cute and sporty beetle-esque electric car comes with optional

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Personal Podcar

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Personal Podcar

Travelers to London are in for a green transportation treat when traveling from terminal to terminal. The ULTra PRT, by Advanced Transport Systems LTD, is a Personal Rapid Transit vehicle which

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PIG-POWERED Eco Lodge in Costa Rica

PIG-POWERED Eco Lodge in Costa Rica

While you may not naturally associate pig feces with 'clean' energy, the Lapa Rios Ecolodge in Costa Rica manages to makes pig poo power seem smart, sexy and super sustainable with their

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INHABITOTS: Amenity Nursery Bedding Collection

INHABITOTS: Amenity Nursery Bedding Collection

While putting your toddler in the middle of the forest is probably not the smartest thing in the world, bringing the forest to their room might just do the trick. The Amenity Nursery Collection

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: World Solar Competition

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: World Solar Competition

One of the toughest auto engineering competitions in the world, the World Solar Challenge Competition, has come and gone, and a winner has finally crossed the finishing line! Every two years,

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Toyota RiN

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Toyota RiN

The Toyota RiN has been unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show as the ultimate healthy living automobile. Instead of stressing the high-performance aspects of the vehicle, Toyota wants RiN drivers to

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London’s Olympic Flame Goes Carbon Neutral

London’s Olympic Flame Goes Carbon Neutral

Ever since the Sydney summer games, the Olympics have tried to lead the way in terms of environmental sustainability. So far all newly-constructed Olympic buildings have met stringent green

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Mass Tram America

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Mass Tram America

Traveling to work in an old airplane shell powered by renewable energy sound little bonkers to you? Ben Missler from Mass Tram America thinks not, and has applied such principles to the design

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Carectomy.com

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Carectomy.com

As evidenced by our recent Transportation Tuesday greener car posts, we're all for the greening of the automobile. But the greenest car is the one that doesn't exist. That's the idea behind

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SOLAR DECATHLON: University of Texas at Austin Green Home

SOLAR DECATHLON: University of Texas at Austin Green Home

The fabulous Solar Decathlon just wrapped up on this weekend, and was home to many a shining example in high-tech solar design. The University of Texas at Austin's Bloom House took 10th place

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SOLAR DECATHLON 2007: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

SOLAR DECATHLON 2007: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

One thing that you'll immediately notice while walking around the solar decathlon event in Washington is how pretty much every house features a sloped roof of some sort. Some, tend to feature it

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SOLAR DECATHLON 2007: University of Cincinnati

SOLAR DECATHLON 2007: University of Cincinnati

What's multi-colored, solar-powered, and green all over? The University of Cincinnati's zero energy home at this year's Solar Decathlon. The student team's solution is not only a stylish-looking

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Honda Puyo

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Honda Puyo

The PUYO, an environmentally friendly concept car designed by Honda, is just as green as it is, well, cute. The concept vehicle is ultra-efficient, powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology, and

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: World’s First Biodiesel Jet!

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: World’s First Biodiesel Jet!

Air travel is getting greener- first the EcoJet and Dreamliner lower-emissions aircrafts hit the scene, and now with a ground-breaking development from Green Flight International, biodiesel has

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LIFECYCLE BUILDING CHALLENGE: Pavilion in the Park

LIFECYCLE BUILDING CHALLENGE: Pavilion in the Park

The winners for the Lifecycle Building Challenge were just announced last week with Seattle's 'Pavilion in the Park' building taking top honors, and for good reason. The building, designed by

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New green McDonough project breaks ground in Chapel Hill

New green McDonough project breaks ground in Chapel Hill

Greenbridge, the latest super-green mixed-use residential project by William McDonough of Cradle to Cradle fame broke ground on Monday in all its sustainable glory. Located in Chapel Hill, North

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Solar Sailor

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Solar Sailor

One of the coolest sights in the Sydney Harbour (aside from the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the Pirate Ship) is the fully solar-powered ferry known as The Solar Sailor. This rather

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Solar-powered ‘Energy Bucket’ collects sunshine

Solar-powered ‘Energy Bucket’ collects sunshine

Wouldn't it be great if you could store just a little bit of sunlight for a rainy day? That's what designer Stefano Merlo thougt, and while actually storing sunlight might just be a bit too

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WAVE ENERGY: Aquabuoy 2.0 Wave Power Generator

WAVE ENERGY: Aquabuoy 2.0 Wave Power Generator

With most of our planet covered in water, wave-power is a promising source of renewable energy for the future. If more companies were trying to generate electricity from the energy of waves, we

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Ross Lovegrove Solar Trees in Vienna

Ross Lovegrove Solar Trees in Vienna

If you're lucky enough to be in Vienna on the 8th of October, be sure to check out the glowing plant-like solar trees that will line the streets near the MAK museum. Designed by Welsh designer

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Zero Energy House For Sale in San Francisco!

Zero Energy House For Sale in San Francisco!

La Casa Verde, a wind-powered home in San Francisco, not only lives up to its name with its urban application of the Skystream Residential Wind Turbine, but it's on the market and could be your

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London’s Iconic Double Decker Bus Goes Green

London’s Iconic Double Decker Bus Goes Green

We're all familiar with London's iconic Double Decker buses, which have been a part of the British transportation system and pop culture for the better part of the last 50 years. And now those

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Top 5 Cities For Public Transit

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Top 5 Cities For Public Transit

So far at transportation Tuesdays, we've brought you the Top 5 Greenest Sports Cars and the Top 6 Sexiest Bicycles. Now, in the spirit of green civic pride, we'd like to focus on public

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Portugal builds world’s first commercial wave farm!

Portugal builds world’s first commercial wave farm!

What would you do if you ran out of land for wind farms to meet your ambitious renewable energy targets? Well, if you are Portugal, you get creative and build the world's first wave farm off

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RECYCLED TUBE LIGHT by Castor Canadensis

RECYCLED TUBE LIGHT by Castor Canadensis

If you happen to have a large number of old fluorescent tubes and don't know what to do with them, here's the perfect idea for you! The Toronto based design collective known as Castor Canadensis

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ENERGY HARVESTING SNEAKERS – Art students hack Heelys!

ENERGY HARVESTING SNEAKERS – Art students hack Heelys!

Pounding the pavement in your sneakers requires energy, and unfortunately, all that kinetic energy is mostly lost to the ground.... until now... Smart art students Christian Croft and Kate

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: BMW Hydrogen 7

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: BMW Hydrogen 7

BMW, the German car manufacturer, wants you to know that they believe hydrogen is the fuel source of the future. In order to do this, they have created the BMW Hydrogen 7, an all hydrogen

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BRITISH TEAM DEVELOPS THIN SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAICS

BRITISH TEAM DEVELOPS THIN SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAICS

The way that solar technology is advancing these days can only be described as truly exciting. The latest report: a team of British researchers from Durham University have developed light

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