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UNC Charlotte’s UrbanEden Solar Decathlon Home Features a Garden Wall for Growing Food in the City

UNC Charlotte’s UrbanEden Solar Decathlon Home Features a Garden Wall for Growing Food in the City

The UNC Charlotte team is calling their UrbanEden "a tree planted in the forest of the city." The Solar Decathlon home is designed for Charlotte’s temperate climate and increasingly urban lifestyle and

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Wilkinson Eyre’s Carbon Positive Singapore Gardens by the Bay Wins the 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

Wilkinson Eyre’s Carbon Positive Singapore Gardens by the Bay Wins the 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

Speaking about Wilkinson Eyre and Grant Associates' collaboration for Singapore's Gardens by the Bay project, RIBA President Stephen Hodder highlighted that “Cooling plants in a sub-tropical climate is

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Team Texas’ Solar Decathlon ADAPT House Takes Advantage of El Paso’s Abundant Sunlight

Team Texas’ Solar Decathlon ADAPT House Takes Advantage of El Paso’s Abundant Sunlight

The Texas student team created ADAPT with the belief that a home is not just a location or state of mind but a place where the heart is.  The house was designed with desert living in mind and the

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Team Austria’s LISI Solar Decathlon Home Keeps Cool with a Movable Exterior Curtain

Team Austria’s LISI Solar Decathlon Home Keeps Cool with a Movable Exterior Curtain

The Solar Decathlon 2013 competition officially kicked off 3 October, 2013; to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony, groups of officials and decathletes gathered to take a much deserved break from all

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Team Las Vegas’ DesertSol Home Brings a Base Camp for Desert Exploration to the Solar Decathlon

Team Las Vegas’ DesertSol Home Brings a Base Camp for Desert Exploration to the Solar Decathlon

Though DesertSol was developed as a second home, or "base camp" for an adventurous couple between the ages of 35 and 75, the home is well-suited to serve as a full-time residence for those with minimal

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Team Capitol DC’s Net-Zero Harvest Solar Decathlon Home is Wrapped With an Edible Garden

Team Capitol DC’s Net-Zero Harvest Solar Decathlon Home is Wrapped With an Edible Garden

Almost entirely surrounded by edible and native plants, the landscaping blurs the line between interior and exterior environments, doubling the amount of usable space, and creating an expansive sense of

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USC’s Net Zero fluxHome Leaps Out of the Starting Gate at the Solar Decathlon 2013

USC’s Net Zero fluxHome Leaps Out of the Starting Gate at the Solar Decathlon 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon judges the twenty solar homes on design, construction, cost-effeciency, energy-efficiency and appearance. And from the looks of the fluxHome design and

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Portable Bridge Home Cantilevers Over a Flood Plain in Idaho

Portable Bridge Home Cantilevers Over a Flood Plain in Idaho

The main home is situated on concrete piers and hovers above the rushing river with enough lift to sustain up to 500-year flood levels. Supported by a 15-foot deep steel Howe truss system at its center,

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ASU’s SHADE House is an Affordable Eco Home for Suburban Living in the Southwest

ASU’s SHADE House is an Affordable Eco Home for Suburban Living in the Southwest

SHADE isn't just shelter from the sun - it stands for Solar Homes Adapting of Desert Equilibrium, which is the name of an eco house designed in collaboration between Arizona State University and the

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Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Following five points of InSiteful design, the Middlebury team has sought to build a home that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Clad with reclaimed barnwood from Vermont, the

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New Investigation Reveals ‘Appalling’ Treatment of Migrant Laborers Working on Qatar’s 2022 World Cup

New Investigation Reveals ‘Appalling’ Treatment of Migrant Laborers Working on Qatar’s 2022 World Cup

A recent investigation conducted by The Guardian has revealed alarming data on Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers engaged in preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. According to findings, at least

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Super Resilient Beach House Clad in Natural Black Rubber Absorbs Winter Heat in Kent

Super Resilient Beach House Clad in Natural Black Rubber Absorbs Winter Heat in Kent

Many of the houses in and around Dungeness Beach were slowly expanded upon over the years and the vernacular involves a lot of improvisation. To stay in that style and spirit, Simon Condor Associates

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West Virginia University Students Create a Sustainable Home that Honors Appalachian Tradition

West Virginia University Students Create a Sustainable Home that Honors Appalachian Tradition

From the outside WVU's PEAK house looks like a rustic cabin with a log cabin exterior. But even though the exterior appears to be made out of stacked logs, the floors, walls and ceiling are actually made

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Super Resilient DesertSol House by Team Las Vegas Captures the Mojave Desert’s Sun and Soul

Super Resilient DesertSol House by Team Las Vegas Captures the Mojave Desert’s Sun and Soul

Team Las Vegas is made up of 60 students from various disciplines and already they have shown themselves to be highly organized and poised to win with a design that is not only befitting to the Mojave

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‘Feathered’ Brasilia Athletics Stadium for the 2016 Olympic Games Responds to Light and Weather

‘Feathered’ Brasilia Athletics Stadium for the 2016 Olympic Games Responds to Light and Weather

Beyond the pulsating exterior, the stadium will rest on an elevated wooden plinth surrounded by pools of water and trees, allowing the building to moderate its interior temperature using passive

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Alchemy Architects Build Tiny Prefab weeHouses that Connect with Nature

Alchemy Architects Build Tiny Prefab weeHouses that Connect with Nature

Alchemy Architects' weeHouses are constructed as pre-built modules framed with steel and wood. They can be built in as little as six to nine months and take some serious abuse from nature. The architects

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RFID-Controlled Pinch Power Strip Switches Off Devices When You Walk Away

RFID-Controlled Pinch Power Strip Switches Off Devices When You Walk Away

The vast majority of us aren't always too quick to turn off our devices every time we leave our desks or walk out of a room. Instead, computer monitors, printers, lamps and the like are either left

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Mark’s House: Floating Reflective Pavilion Memorializes Michigan’s Foreclosures

Mark’s House: Floating Reflective Pavilion Memorializes Michigan’s Foreclosures

The London-based team won the $25,000 prize to create this temporary summer pavilion, inaugurated this year, with their imaginative and thoughtful idea. ‘Mark’s House’ was named after a fictitious

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Bentleigh College’s Eco Meditation Center is the Perfect Spot for Introspection in Melbourne

Bentleigh College’s Eco Meditation Center is the Perfect Spot for Introspection in Melbourne

DWP Suters completed Bentleigh's sustainable campus in South East Melbourne in 2009 and is now responsible for their new Meditation and Indigenous Culture Center (M&ICC). The small building is set in

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Ohio State University’s Psychedelic New Chiller Plant Earns LEED Silver Certification

Ohio State University’s Psychedelic New Chiller Plant Earns LEED Silver Certification

The OSU Chiller Plant provides 30,000 tons of chilled water to the university's medical district. It is sited on the edge of campus in a prominent location that also serves as an important gateway along

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Food Waste is the World’s Third Biggest Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Food Waste is the World’s Third Biggest Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A recent study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that the 1.3 billion tons of food discarded around the world account for more greenhouse gas emissions than those emitted by any

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2013 International Green Building Conference Kicks Off in Singapore

2013 International Green Building Conference Kicks Off in Singapore

This morning, delegates from more than 35 countries gathered at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore for the 2013 International Green Building Conference to exchange ideas about

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Zaha Hadid Unveils Winning Tokyo Olympic Stadium Design – And It’s Green!

Zaha Hadid Unveils Winning Tokyo Olympic Stadium Design – And It’s Green!

First, a look at the greenest parts of the project: the studio has incorporated geothermal heat and a rainwater cooling system within the stadium concept, along with the commitment to recycle greywater.

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BARNagain Solar-Powered Home Built With Family’s Own Reclaimed Wood

BARNagain Solar-Powered Home Built With Family’s Own Reclaimed Wood

Family barns in southwestern New York were deconstructed and the material was saved, milled and shipped 65 miles to the north to Southern Tier where the new home would be. The reclaimed wood was used for

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Schools Institute ‘Heat Days’ to Protect Kids from Soaring Classroom Temperatures

Schools Institute ‘Heat Days’ to Protect Kids from Soaring Classroom Temperatures

Image via Shutterstock. Snow days force school closures due to heaps of snow and ice - and now rising temperatures across the country are forcing some schools to institute "heat days." As the AP

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

Inhabitat: What did the Research Triangle Foundation hope to achieve when it set out to develop the new RTP master plan? Liz Rooks: Our board recognized that, after fifty years, the way we were doing

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Khi Solar One: Abengoa Installs South Africa’s First Concentrating Solar Power Tower

Khi Solar One: Abengoa Installs South Africa’s First Concentrating Solar Power Tower

Seville CSP Tower via Shutterstock As South Africa works to generate 17,800 MW of renewable energy by 2030, Spanish firm Abengoa is installing two concentrating solar power plants in the Northern Cape

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Solar-Powered Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Helps UC Davis Achieve Net Zero Goals

Solar-Powered Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Helps UC Davis Achieve Net Zero Goals

The 8,500 sq ft Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Building is the latest addition to UC Davis Winery, Brewery and Food Science Facilities in the central valley of California. We wrote last year about the

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Min2’s Dune House Sustainably Blends Modern Architecture into the Dutch Landscape

Min2’s Dune House Sustainably Blends Modern Architecture into the Dutch Landscape

To create a seamless connection with the landscape from the interior, the architects designed large windows to frame views of the sea to the north and the rolling dune landscapes to the south. Exposed

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Learn Passive Solar Design with Boston Architectural College’s Brand New Online Course

Learn Passive Solar Design with Boston Architectural College’s Brand New Online Course

For those of you not familiar with ‘passive heating and cooling design’, it’s a building design strategy based primarily upon knowledge of thermodynamics and how the sun moves through the sky at

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