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GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites—How to Live in Harmony with the Natural Environment

GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites—How to Live in Harmony with the Natural Environment

Welcome back to Green Building 101. In our last post, we touched upon how to select an environmentally responsible location for your new abode, and in this piece, we'll begin to discuss ways you can

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Snøhetta’s Energy Positive Powerhouse Kjorbo Opens its Doors

Snøhetta’s Energy Positive Powerhouse Kjorbo Opens its Doors

In addition to Snøhetta, other experts in the field, including Entra Eiendom; Skanska; ZERO; Hydro; Sapa og; and Asplan Viak, were called upon to help transform the existing buildings into energy

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BMW Unveils Solar-Powered Bamboo Carport That Charges Electric Vehicles With the Sun

BMW Unveils Solar-Powered Bamboo Carport That Charges Electric Vehicles With the Sun

The first BMW i3 electric car just arrived in the US, and BMW marked the occasion by unveiling a solar-powered bamboo carport to charge it! The i Solar Carport provides electric vehicles with a 100%

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Individuals in Spain Turn to Community Collectives for Renewable Energy

Individuals in Spain Turn to Community Collectives for Renewable Energy

Most of the time we rely on governments or large companies to help us make the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, but one community in Spain took matters into its own hands and created a

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Spanish Island to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Spanish Island to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

A tiny Spanish island with just 10,000 residents is about to do something amazing. El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands, plans to completely sever ties with the traditional power grid and move

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Dachi Papuashvili’s Cross-Shaped Micro Home Could Offer Solar-Powered Salvation

Dachi Papuashvili’s Cross-Shaped Micro Home Could Offer Solar-Powered Salvation

Built to house a single occupant at a time, the micro house offers a full suite of amenities in a compact energy-efficient space. The wood-clad shipping container structure can be prefabricated off-site

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Tubular GoSun Solar Cooker Heats up to a Sizzling 550° F in Mere Minutes

Tubular GoSun Solar Cooker Heats up to a Sizzling 550° F in Mere Minutes

Solar cooking just got even better thanks to the new fuss-free GoSun stove. This uber awesome tube stove can cook delicious meals without using a lick of fuel - in just 20 minutes. Baking, boiling or

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Oil Company Announces that Oil Spills are Really Good for the Economy

Oil Company Announces that Oil Spills are Really Good for the Economy

When Kinder Morgan decided that it wanted to expand its pipeline capacity from Alberta to Vancouver, it had to get approval from the National Energy Board in Canada. So the company did what any

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We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

Why did you start Reclaimed Space? Tracen Gardner: The job came about because I’ve always been in the construction business. I had a ranch that was remote, and I questioned how I was going to be able

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United States Investing $10 Million in Wave Power Projects

United States Investing $10 Million in Wave Power Projects

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) just announced $10 million in funding to test two deep-water wave energy conversion (WEC) devices off the coast of the U.S. Navy's Marine Corps Hawaii Base in

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The World’s Largest Fully-Operational Solar Plant Opens in Arizona

The World’s Largest Fully-Operational Solar Plant Opens in Arizona

Somewhere between Yuma and Phoenix, Arizona on a desolate stretch of 2,400 acres of land, construction was just completed on the world's largest fully-operational solar-power plant. Known as Agua

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Urban Green Energy Unveils Next Generation Vertical Axis VisionAIR3 Wind Turbine

Urban Green Energy Unveils Next Generation Vertical Axis VisionAIR3 Wind Turbine

Leading renewable energy provider Urban Green Energy (UGE) just announced their latest cutting-edge vertical axis wind turbine, the VisionAIR3. The result of more than a year of testing and research, the

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OVA Studio Unveils Plans for Amazing Jenga-Like Hotel Made From Recycled Shipping Containers

OVA Studio Unveils Plans for Amazing Jenga-Like Hotel Made From Recycled Shipping Containers

Just like the game Jenga, the shipping containers can be inserted or taken out of the stacked and staggered tower with ease. A metal grid structure, however, would ensure that unlike Jenga, the tower

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Murtada Alkaabi Develops a Brilliant Wind Harvesting Facade for Coastal Urban Buildings

Murtada Alkaabi Develops a Brilliant Wind Harvesting Facade for Coastal Urban Buildings

Wind turbines are rarely designed for cities-they are loud, affect views, and buildings tend to block the winds anyway. Eager to find an aesthetically-pleasing solution for harvesting wind energy in urban

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LEGOLAND Florida Becomes Nation’s First Theme Park to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy on Earth Day

LEGOLAND Florida Becomes Nation’s First Theme Park to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy on Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, LEGOLAND Florida just become the first theme park in the U.S. to be completely powered by renewable solar energy. The 150-acre theme park teamed up with Tampa Electric to go off the

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Madrid’s Matadero Unveils Quirky Artistic Potlatch Event for El Ranchito 2014

Madrid’s Matadero Unveils Quirky Artistic Potlatch Event for El Ranchito 2014

All of the Potlatch gifts include four main elements that are designed to create a transformable "art neighborhood." Each artist will receive a main structure that is made up of six foldable greenhouses,

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8 Eggs-travagantly Egg-Shaped Buildings for Easter

8 Eggs-travagantly Egg-Shaped Buildings for Easter

Josef Stöger's Bavarian Forest National Park Treetop Walk Josef Stöger's winding timber walkway isn't just in the shape of an egg--it's also the longest treetop walk in the world! Located in Germany's

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Millionaire Creates Uber High Tech RV Camper for His Four-Year-Old Daughter

Millionaire Creates Uber High Tech RV Camper for His Four-Year-Old Daughter

Ferren, a 61-year-old inventor and cofounder of tech design firm Applied Minds, came up with the unique camper van with his young daughter in mind, wanting her to explore the world safely after he is not

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The Insane Plan to “Brighten” the Moon to Save Energy on Lighting at Night

The Insane Plan to “Brighten” the Moon to Save Energy on Lighting at Night

Skincare company Foreo has an illuminating idea for saving energy: just increase the moon’s reflectivity to make the night sky brighter. Think of all the electricity savings if we didn’t have to power

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Elii Architects Equip Tiny Madrid Studio with a Host of Quirky Space-Saving Features

Elii Architects Equip Tiny Madrid Studio with a Host of Quirky Space-Saving Features

The owner of the studio, Dido Fogué, worked with the design team to not only achieve the optimal amount of useable space in her little Spanish haven, (nicknamed the Didomestic Home) but to do so in her

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Mongolia’s Nomads Modernize Traditional Tent Homes with Solar Panels

Mongolia’s Nomads Modernize Traditional Tent Homes with Solar Panels

With 250 days of sunshine a year, Mongolia's potential for solar energy is vast but mostly underutilized. That's beginning to change though - a new government sponsored initiative aims to equip

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Panasonic’s Sliding Nature Home ‘Breathes’ as it Shimmers With LEDs

Panasonic’s Sliding Nature Home ‘Breathes’ as it Shimmers With LEDs

Located at the University of Milan's Feeding New Ideas for the City exhibit, Sliding Nature is inspired by the harmony created when melding exterior and interior spaces. The traditional Japanese concept

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Stilted Solar-Powered Pakkred Office Protects Against Flooding in Thailand

Stilted Solar-Powered Pakkred Office Protects Against Flooding in Thailand

Having been in business for 20 years in the Bangkok area, Geodesic Design wanted to create an office with the smallest possible footprint. The home office was built on stilts, not only to lesson the

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Apparatus X: A Mobile Eco Shelter Ideal for Disaster Relief

Apparatus X: A Mobile Eco Shelter Ideal for Disaster Relief

State College, PA — Students at Penn State are turning a trailer into an off-grid disaster relief shelter that will be well-suited for both first-response, as well as long-term aid. The trailer, called

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Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil

Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil

The Rio Branco 12 office tower on Rio Branco Avenue will have 21 floors. Currently undergoing an urban revitalization, Porto Maravilha is slated to become a new urban and commercial district with over 5

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This Tiny ‘Orange’ Cabin is Naturally Resistant to Fire, Water, Rot, Pests and Extreme Weather

This Tiny ‘Orange’ Cabin is Naturally Resistant to Fire, Water, Rot, Pests and Extreme Weather

For anyone looking for that perfect off-grid option, Orange is an exceptionally energy efficient mini-structure that is 100 percent free from harmful building materials. The home is constructed with

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Contemporary XAN House Overlooks the Brazilian Landscape Through a Slatted Timber Screen

Contemporary XAN House Overlooks the Brazilian Landscape Through a Slatted Timber Screen

MAPA architects placed the kitchen, living room, and other communal spaces on first floor of the house and stacked the bedrooms up above on the second level. To reinforce the division of space, the

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Wolveridge Architects Use Almost All Recycled Timber to Build Beautiful Blairgowrie House in Australia

Wolveridge Architects Use Almost All Recycled Timber to Build Beautiful Blairgowrie House in Australia

Most of the house is encircled by patterned geometric screens, which not only reference the concrete blocks used by Knox, but also create spaces that can be used as courtyards. These screens also act as

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Deimel Oelschläger Architekten Unveil Daylit Zero-Emission Apartment Building in Berlin

Deimel Oelschläger Architekten Unveil Daylit Zero-Emission Apartment Building in Berlin

The 7-story building features triple-glazed windows, a high level of insulation, and it's practically airtight. The photovoltaics mounted on the roof produce energy primarily for the building, although

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Ross Lovegrove’s Solar-Powered Alpine Capsule is a Space-Age Mountain Retreat

Ross Lovegrove’s Solar-Powered Alpine Capsule is a Space-Age Mountain Retreat

Designers like Ross Lovegrove, who think of cars on sticks and solar trees, are constantly pushing the envelope. You may think concepts like these are absolutely off the wall and completely impractical,

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