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Studio Gang’s Mega Efficient NRDC Office Retrofit Achieves LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification

Studio Gang’s Mega Efficient NRDC Office Retrofit Achieves LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification

Located in the Civic Opera House building, the open floorplan was key to the design because it allowed for a minimal amount of building materials and maixmum energy efficiency. An open layout office

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Have We All Been Installing Solar Panels the Wrong Way?

Have We All Been Installing Solar Panels the Wrong Way?

Image of residential solar panels / Shutterstock Installing solar panels seems pretty straightforward - just aim them south so they get lots of sun all day. But researchers are finding that we may have

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8 Innovative Emergency Shelters for When Disaster Strikes

8 Innovative Emergency Shelters for When Disaster Strikes

IKEA Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelter This flat pack, easy to transport shelter was developed in collaboration between the IKEA Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR).

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Duke University Students Discover a Way to Charge Cell Phones With Wi-Fi

Duke University Students Discover a Way to Charge Cell Phones With Wi-Fi

Keeping your power-hungry smartphones charged with cables and portable batteries may be a thing of the past as two engineering students have figured out a way to charge them with Wi-Fi. Allen Hawkes and

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INFOGRAPHIC: The State of the US Power Sector and the Growth of Renewable Energy

INFOGRAPHIC: The State of the US Power Sector and the Growth of Renewable Energy

The US power sector is facing a crossroads - an aging demographic and a decreasing number of graduates are shrinking the workforce dramatically. A set of proposed solutions have been made including the

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Minesto Unveils “Underwater Kite” That Harvests Clean Energy From Ocean Currents

Minesto Unveils “Underwater Kite” That Harvests Clean Energy From Ocean Currents

Marine energy technology company Minesto just unveiled a working version of their innovative marine power plant, which can produce energy from the movement of ocean currents. The device, called “Deep

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Powerslayer Puts a Stop to Vampire Power Draw

Powerslayer Puts a Stop to Vampire Power Draw

A clever new device called Powerslayer aims to stop the vampire draw on electronics - that insidious power suck that happens when you leave something plugged in even after your device is charged.

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IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing

IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing

Prior to the IKEA collaboration, the UNCHR was only able to provide tents or converted mass-shelters for the influx of refugees into countries around the world. Now, with IKEA’s help, these displaced

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Richard Rogers’ Shelf-Like £97M Green Skyscraper Opens In Sydney

Richard Rogers’ Shelf-Like £97M Green Skyscraper Opens In Sydney

The ground floor plaza takes up a six-story void beneath the main tower—a covered but open area similar to that proposed at Rogers' 'Cheesegrater' building (now under construction in London). Ed

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Low-Income School in Hong Kong Named ‘Greenest School on Earth’

Low-Income School in Hong Kong Named ‘Greenest School on Earth’

A low-income school in Hong Kong was just named one of the "Greenest Schools on Earth" by the U.S. Green Building Council! Sing Yin Secondary School shows that eco-friendly principles aren’t just for

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Underwater Kites Could Harvest 64 Times More Power Than Undersea Turbines

Underwater Kites Could Harvest 64 Times More Power Than Undersea Turbines

Kite photo from Shutterstock How can we generate more power from renewable sources without using massive plots of land for solar and wind farms? Go fly a kite. According to David Olinger, an associate

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Old-Fashioned Steam Engines Could Solve Solar Energy Storage Problem

Old-Fashioned Steam Engines Could Solve Solar Energy Storage Problem

Australian engineers might have solved one of the biggest obstacles to scaling up solar energy -- the lack of affordable storage technology that allows solar to be used at peak demand after the sun goes

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Superkül Designs Canada’s First Active House

Superkül Designs Canada’s First Active House

The modern design contrasts with North America’s traditionally styled prototypical Active House. In Thorold, Ontario, wood finishes, a streamlined sloping roof and large windows combine to produce a

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Rock On! Playing Pop and Rock Music Around Solar Cells Improves Efficiency

Rock On! Playing Pop and Rock Music Around Solar Cells Improves Efficiency

New research out of the UK finds that solar cells actually enjoy improved efficiency when exposed to the pounding beats of today's pop and rock music. According to researchers from Queen Mary University

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Precinct Energy Power Station Activates a Low-Carbon Energy Landscape in Australia

Precinct Energy Power Station Activates a Low-Carbon Energy Landscape in Australia

The Precinct Energy Project (PEP) is part of urban renewal authority Places Victoria and Cogent Energy's plans for revitalizing the Dandenong city center. By using a single-source fuel, like natural gas,

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Toyota’s New Fuel Cell Vehicle Can Produce Enough Electricity to Power Most Japanese Homes for a Week

Toyota’s New Fuel Cell Vehicle Can Produce Enough Electricity to Power Most Japanese Homes for a Week

Toyota just unveiled its new FCV concept ahead of the car's official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. The Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) concept is a preview of a hydrogen vehicle that Toyota

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Bangladesh’s Plans for Massive Coal-Fired Power Plant Threaten World’s Largest Mangrove Forest

Bangladesh’s Plans for Massive Coal-Fired Power Plant Threaten World’s Largest Mangrove Forest

Bangladesh is planning to construct a massive coal-fired power plant that will not only spell out disaster for the world's largest mangrove forest, but also destroy one of the country's best defenses

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Russia Develops World’s First Floating Nuclear Power Plant, The Akademik Lomonosov

Russia Develops World’s First Floating Nuclear Power Plant, The Akademik Lomonosov

Russia has announced that the world's first floating nuclear plant will be online by 2019. Shipping corporation LLC Baltiysky Zavod Shipbuilding and the state nuclear power company Rosenergoatom have

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The Global Change Institute Operates in a Net Zero, Carbon Neutral Research Center in Brisbane

The Global Change Institute Operates in a Net Zero, Carbon Neutral Research Center in Brisbane

Opened in August 2013, the Global Change Institute is a research facility dedicated to finding solutions for global challenges. HASSEL Architects designed the project to 'walk the walk' by operating a

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Offshore Wind on Track for Seventh Consecutive Year of Record Growth

Offshore Wind on Track for Seventh Consecutive Year of Record Growth

Offshore wind power generation is on track for a seventh consecutive year of record growth with 1,080 megawatts going online worldwide in the first six months of 2013. Total wind energy capacity has

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6 Haunting (But Eco-Friendly) Buildings for Halloween

6 Haunting (But Eco-Friendly) Buildings for Halloween

The Dragspelhuset Accordion House This is an 1800s cabin retrofitted to comply with Sweden's modern environmental building regulations. The solar-powered, off-grid cabin is owned and designed by

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World’s First 1 Megawatt Wave Energy Power Plant Launched in South Australia

World’s First 1 Megawatt Wave Energy Power Plant Launched in South Australia

Australia's Oceanlinx just launched the world's first 1 megawatt wave power plant in Port MacDonnell, South Australia. The wave energy converter was developed with support from the Australian Renewable

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Panasonic’s New Solar LED Lantern Brings Light to Off-Grid Areas

Panasonic’s New Solar LED Lantern Brings Light to Off-Grid Areas

The Panasonic Corporation just unveiled plans to launch a new solar LED lantern that will provide light to those living without electricity. The BG-BL03 Lantern can be charged up in just six hours, and it

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Nature Loo’s Composting Toilet Puts More Distance Between You and Your (Icky) Poo Box

Nature Loo’s Composting Toilet Puts More Distance Between You and Your (Icky) Poo Box

Composting toilets present a very green way of disposing and reusing your poop as a natural fertilizer, but they haven't been widely implemented. Most people don’t want to sit on top of a box of poop or

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Is Google Secretly Building a Floating Data Center in the San Francisco Bay?

Is Google Secretly Building a Floating Data Center in the San Francisco Bay?

There’s something strange happening in the San Francisco Bay, and it seems to involve Google and a giant barge made out of shipping containers. Google has never been shy about chasing audacious new

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Tiny Off-Grid Le Tronc Creux Shelters Blend into Bordeaux’s Forests Like Old Tree Trunks

Tiny Off-Grid Le Tronc Creux Shelters Blend into Bordeaux’s Forests Like Old Tree Trunks

The shelters form part of a larger project that aims to promote a new form of tourism in southwestern France. It supports the development of suburban areas and urban peripheries as new playgrounds for

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Japan’s Millennium City Commune Provides an Earth-Friendly Utopia in Gigantic Greenhouses

Japan’s Millennium City Commune Provides an Earth-Friendly Utopia in Gigantic Greenhouses

Japanese architect Hiroshi Iguchi has once again shown us that greenhouses are more than just homes for plants and veggies. To demonstrate how humans can also benefit from spending time in these large

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Post-Fukushima Japan Constructs First of 140 Offshore Floating Windmills

Post-Fukushima Japan Constructs First of 140 Offshore Floating Windmills

Photo via Shutterstock Japan has nearly completed construction on the first of 140 floating windmills that will eventually provide a safer alternative to its nuclear energy infrastructure. When

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Solar-Powered Alpine Meadows Cabin Soaks up the Sun in Lake Tahoe

Solar-Powered Alpine Meadows Cabin Soaks up the Sun in Lake Tahoe

The Alpine Meadows Cabin is located on sloping, south-facing lot with views out towards the mountains on the northwestern side of Lake Tahoe. The clients requested that their home maximize the views of

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Next-Gen SolarVolt Generator Uses Lighthouse Glass to Capture the Power of 20 Suns

Next-Gen SolarVolt Generator Uses Lighthouse Glass to Capture the Power of 20 Suns

Fresnel lens photo from Shutterstock You might not expect it, but lighthouses are leading the way to more powerful solar panels in outer space and here on earth. The key is Fresnel lenses, which

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