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
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300% More Efficient Saturn VUE Wins EcoCAR Challenge

Ohio State University recently took top honors in the 2009 EcoCAR Competition, which challenged students across the US and Canada to redesign a standard Saturn VUE into an ultra-efficient

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Sainsbury’s New Kinetic Energy Powered Green Supermarket

Sainsbury’s New Kinetic Energy Powered Green Supermarket

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BAM’s Green Rooftop Aviary for Migrating Birds

BAM’s Green Rooftop Aviary for Migrating Birds

Ballistic Architecture Machine (BAM) believes it's time to go above and beyond when designing green rooftops. Exceeding the typical environmental and economical benefits of green roof systems,

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Inaugural Electric Motorbike Grand Prix

Last week the Time Trials Xtreme Grand Prix (TTXGP), the world's first ever zero carbon, clean emission, motorcycle Grand Prix was held on the Isle of Man; and the race proved to be every bit

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Personal Electric Aircraft Takes Flight

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Personal Electric Aircraft Takes Flight

Personal flying vehicles may be a bit on the esoteric end of the transportation field, but they are still fun nonetheless. Earlier this year, two single-seat lightweight aircraft made their

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Researchers Unveil Flexible Solar Cell Roof Shingles

Researchers Unveil Flexible Solar Cell Roof Shingles

By far one of the most wasted spaces of every residence is the roof - of course it is there to protect us from the elements, but surely it can be put to better use. Aiming to innovate upon

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The DIY Floating Water Bike

The DIY Floating Water Bike

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Solar Powered Blue Car Hitting the Streets in 2010

Solar Powered Blue Car Hitting the Streets in 2010

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Studio 804′s Student-Built Off Grid House

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U.S. Largest Solar Power Facility Approved for Austin

Texas is famous for having the biggest of everything, from the biggest capitol in the nation, to the largest population of livestock cattle. And while one may not immediately think of Texas as a

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The Verdant Vigilante Crusades Against Idling Cars

The Verdant Vigilante Crusades Against Idling Cars

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New Tesla Roadster Design Will be Bigger, Roomier

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PVT Solar Panels Generate Heat and Electricity at the Same Time

PVT Solar Panels Generate Heat and Electricity at the Same Time

PVT Solar is pioneering an ultra-efficient breed of solar panels that focus not just on incorporating better photovoltaic components, but also take the heat generated by the solar panels and use

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Sydney Opera House Lights Up Against Global Warming

Sydney Opera House Lights Up Against Global Warming

The latest art installation found in Sydney, Australia is taking a decidedly more different approach in making a statement against global warming. Instead of asking people to turn off their

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Philadelphia Rolls Out Solar-Powered Trash Compactors

Philadelphia Rolls Out Solar-Powered Trash Compactors

People wandering the streets of Philadelphia may be surprised to see brand new solar-studded trash cans being installed on the sidewalks. These new landfill-crunching compacting bins are

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Benedictine Nuns Move to New Eco-Convent

For the past 171 years the Benedictine nuns of Conventus of Our Lady of Consolation in the UK have lived in an aging monastery afflicted with high maintenance costs and an inefficient heating

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Scientists Discover How to Grow Plastic on Trees

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NYC Mayor Announces Broadway’s Final Curtain Call on Vehicles

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GM’s Next-Gen Engine Boosts Fuel Efficiency by 15%

GM’s Next-Gen Engine Boosts Fuel Efficiency by 15%

There's little good news coming out of the American auto industry these days, but here and there we're seeing glimmers of hope from major car manufacturers. GM has announced that it is

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Plastiki Boat Made of Plastic Bottles Prepares to Set Sail

Plastiki Boat Made of Plastic Bottles Prepares to Set Sail

It's been several months since we brought you news of the Plastiki, a boat made of 12,500 plastic bottles, so we figured it was time for an update. When we left the Plastiki expedition last,

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Green GT’s All-Electric Supercar Unveiled

Green GT’s All-Electric Supercar Unveiled

Up-and-coming Swiss auto company GreenGT recently unveiled plans for a fully-electric vehicle that is heralded to be the most powerful and cutting-edge electric race car ever built. Designed

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Nissan’s EV-02: The First Mass-Market Electric Car?

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220MPH Solar-Powered Bullet Train on Arizona Horizon

220MPH Solar-Powered Bullet Train on Arizona Horizon

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Scion IQ Concept

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Scion IQ Concept

The New York Auto Show recently took place, and just like last year's show, small and green is what caught everyone's eye. Take the Scion IQ concept, a micro-subcompact tricked-out version of

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Art Student Creates Invisible Car

Art Student Creates Invisible Car

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L’Oreal’s Cosmetics Factory Set to Run on Poop

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Chicago Unveils First Solar Plug-in Charging Station

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The 100MPG Electric Hummer H3

The 100MPG Electric Hummer H3

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Yamaha Unveils Golf Cart Powered by Poo

We've shown you vehicles powered by veggie oil, the sun's rays, and the blowing wind, however we never expected to see a vehicle powered by breaking wind. Yamaha is changing all of that with a

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