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Gorgeous Haus Am Moor Cabin Draws Heat from a Wood-Fired Stove and the Earth in Austria

Gorgeous Haus Am Moor Cabin Draws Heat from a Wood-Fired Stove and the Earth in Austria

Although the structural frame is made with concrete, the rest of the interior and exterior of the cabin was constructed with 60 trees felled sustainably nearby. This contrasting timber was used for walls,

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Brighton University Students Build a Prefab Pavilion With Timber Off-Cuts

Brighton University Students Build a Prefab Pavilion With Timber Off-Cuts

A striking building designed to have the smallest environmental footprint, the 2013 Brighton University graduate pavilion has a reciprocating grid structured roof - a low-tech intervention designed to

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McCamley’s Solar Wind Turbine Generates Energy From the Wind and Sun

McCamley’s Solar Wind Turbine Generates Energy From the Wind and Sun

Like peanut butter and jelly or chips and dip, some things were just meant to go together. A team from the University of Bath in collaboration with SME McCamley Middle East Ltd has developed a new wind

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Beautiful Double Skin Shields China’s Solar-Powered Green Energy Lab from the Harsh Sun

Beautiful Double Skin Shields China’s Solar-Powered Green Energy Lab from the Harsh Sun

The three story building has a perimeter of balconies that helped to reduce the building's energy consumption. In winter, heating expenses are curtailed thanks to the solar heat collected on the

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Matt Fajkus Architecture’s Bat House Visitor Center Provides Vital Nesting Grounds for Bats

Matt Fajkus Architecture’s Bat House Visitor Center Provides Vital Nesting Grounds for Bats

The Bat House Visitor Center by Matt Fajkus Architecture is a fully-integrated, sustainable building that provides much-needed nesting space for bats. To offset the rigid prefabricated wood frames of the

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Mongolia’s First Major Wind Farm Switches Online

Mongolia’s First Major Wind Farm Switches Online

Mongolia's first wind energy project just switched online for the first time! The $100 million Salkhit Wind Farm aims to take advantage of the country's high winds with 31 turbines, each capable of

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio’s Koen Olthuis on FLOAT!

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio’s Koen Olthuis on FLOAT!

Photocredits: Architect Koen Olthuis - Waterstudio.NL and Pieter Kers FLOAT! is a beautiful volume that explores the world of floating architecture through historic, current, and future developments as

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Peter Zumthor Releases Plans to Replace LACMA with a Circular Solar-Powered Museum

Peter Zumthor Releases Plans to Replace LACMA with a Circular Solar-Powered Museum

Zumthor, who is perhaps best known for designing London's 2011 Serpentine Pavilion, proposes to demolish the existing museum structure originally designed by William Pereira. At 775ft at the thickest part

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Cool Planet Energy’s Carbon Negative Biofuel Costs Just $1.50 Per Gallon

Cool Planet Energy’s Carbon Negative Biofuel Costs Just $1.50 Per Gallon

In a warming world, every gas-powered vehicle contributes to CO2 emissions. California-based Cool Planet Energy not only believes they have a low-cost alternative to gasoline, but one that is actually

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Grand Cancun Eco Island Cleans Up the Ocean While Generating Renewable Energy

Grand Cancun Eco Island Cleans Up the Ocean While Generating Renewable Energy

The entire surface of the offshore platform will be covered in solar panels that will provide energy for both Grand Cancun and the main city's national grid. Vertical wind turbines and underwater tidal

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Paper Architecture: Ingrid Siliakus Carves Architectural Wonders Into Simple Sheets of Paper

Paper Architecture: Ingrid Siliakus Carves Architectural Wonders Into Simple Sheets of Paper

Each of Siliakus’ intricate paper sculptures takes a considerable amount of time to create. Since there's no margin for error, the artist sometimes makes twenty or thirty studies before deciding on a

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Infographic: The Carbon Footprint of Your Electric Car Depends on Where You Live

Infographic: The Carbon Footprint of Your Electric Car Depends on Where You Live

In a recent study comparing grid-powered electric car emissions around the world, Shrink That Footprint found that when electric cars are charged with low-carbon power, they have just a quarter of the

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Siemens to Harvest Energy from Speeding Trains With America’s First Regenerative Energy Storage Unit

Siemens to Harvest Energy from Speeding Trains With America’s First Regenerative Energy Storage Unit

Image via Shutterstock Siemens just announced plans to harvest energy from speeding trains by installing America's first regenerative braking energy storage system on the new TriMet Portland-Milwaukie

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Foldable Off-Grid Geodesic DOM(E) Home Pops Up in Any Environment

Foldable Off-Grid Geodesic DOM(E) Home Pops Up in Any Environment

The DOM(E) is an appropriate off-grid home for locations as far afield as the Namibian desert and Siberia since the unique construction and insulation provides a comfortable interior climate regardless of

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Google’s New Finnish Data Center to be Powered Entirely by Wind Energy

Google’s New Finnish Data Center to be Powered Entirely by Wind Energy

Photo via Shutterstock Google just announced that its new Finnish data center will be powered entirely by wind energy. The company is no stranger to renewable energy, and it struck up a ten year deal

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US’ First Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine Installed in Maine

US’ First Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine Installed in Maine

The first grid-connected offshore wind turbine in the US was just installed in Brewer, Maine. The 65-foot-tall VolturnUS turbine is a small-scale prototype of a giant 6-megawatt turbine designed by the

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Micro Urban Prefab Project Wins Micro Housing Ideas Competition in Denver

Micro Urban Prefab Project Wins Micro Housing Ideas Competition in Denver

The Denver Architecture League Micro Housing Ideas Competition received around a hundred entries from across the country and the globe for an affordable and micro housing project. The competition was

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The Nest: A Minimalist Steel “Green Box” Home that Puts Nature First in Vietnam

The Nest: A Minimalist Steel “Green Box” Home that Puts Nature First in Vietnam

With a tiny footprint of just 40 square meters, The Nest is framed with 90 x 90 steel columns and 30 x 30 steel beams and clad with corrugated metal sheets an attractive white mesh grid that encourages

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New Jersey Approves $447 Million Solar Power Program

New Jersey Approves $447 Million Solar Power Program

New Jersey just announced a major $447 million solar power initiative that includes an incentive for private citizens to add solar arrays to their homes. The plan proposed by Public Service Electric and

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Honda Lowers Pricing for the 2013 Honda Fit EV to $259 a Month

Honda Lowers Pricing for the 2013 Honda Fit EV to $259 a Month

In an effort to keep ahead of the competition, Honda has announced that the pricing for the 2013 Honda Fit EV has been lowered to $259 a month. Currently the Fit EV's monthly lease price is set at $389 a

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Hobbitat Prefab Micro-Houses Are Built From Reclaimed and Recycled Materials

Hobbitat Prefab Micro-Houses Are Built From Reclaimed and Recycled Materials

The company’s founder Bill Thomas built the first Hobbitat house in 2011 using materials from his grandfather’s barn, windows from his childhood cabin and other reclaimed doors and materials. The

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1.1 GW Of Wind Power to be Added to Grid in Africa Amid New Investment

1.1 GW Of Wind Power to be Added to Grid in Africa Amid New Investment

Photo via Shutterstock The African Development Bank just announced that private investors have raised enough funds to add a whopping 1.1GW of wind power to Africa's grid. Currently wind power only

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Gridshell’s Parametrically-Designed Canopy Shades Masseria Ospitale Restaurant in Lecce, Italy

Gridshell’s Parametrically-Designed Canopy Shades Masseria Ospitale Restaurant in Lecce, Italy

The Masseria Ospitale structure was parametrically designed through a collaborative effort between Gridshell and CMMKM Architettura e Design. The project design team included Sergio Pone, Sofia Colabella,

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The Best Green Designs from ICFF 2013 Day One!

The Best Green Designs from ICFF 2013 Day One!

San Francisco Bay Area-based designer Colin Selig repurposes old propane tanks to create an amazing array of sofas and chairs. The smooth, sculptural seats require no extra material, and Selig has plans

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Moto Electra Looks to Set Record by Crossing US in an Electric Motorcycle in Just 3 Days

Moto Electra Looks to Set Record by Crossing US in an Electric Motorcycle in Just 3 Days

It's hard to imagine a time when driving cross-country was a challenge, a time when gas stations were infrequent and roads were unreliably paved. But that’s exactly what inspired the people at Moto

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Off-Grid Nomad Shelters Provide Relief from the Sun for Tourists in Italy

Off-Grid Nomad Shelters Provide Relief from the Sun for Tourists in Italy

The 2010 coastal architecture project for seaside facilities competition for the Sardinian coast asked for new structures and facilities for tourism and recreation in the area. Filippo Taidelli Architetto

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World’s Largest Hydropower Plant on Track for 2015 Groundbreaking in DR Congo

World’s Largest Hydropower Plant on Track for 2015 Groundbreaking in DR Congo

Work on the world's largest hydropower plant is expected to start in October, 2015 following commitments from the World Bank and other development agencies to finance its construction. South Africa has

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OsmoBlue Discovers a New Way to Turn Waste Heat into Electricity

OsmoBlue Discovers a New Way to Turn Waste Heat into Electricity

The heat emitted from waste incinerators, refineries, and data processors could soon become much more useful, thanks to a discovery by the startup OsmoBlue. The Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

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Alaksan Home Awarded Title of World’s Tightest Residential Building

Alaksan Home Awarded Title of World’s Tightest Residential Building

Marsik and Donalson are not house builders, but they decided to build their own home in Dillingham, AK. Most homes are heated using heating fuel, but the couple decided to cut out this costly energy

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Norwegian Scientists Unveil Plans for World’s First Underwater Energy Storage Plant

Norwegian Scientists Unveil Plans for World’s First Underwater Energy Storage Plant

Photo via Shutterstock A team of Norwegian research scientists has unveiled a concept that could store energy on the seabed. Conceived by Subhydro AS, the underwater pumped hydroelectric power plant

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