net-zero energy

Pittsburgh’s Net-Zero Energy Center for Sustainable Landscapes Blows Fracking Out of the Water

Pittsburgh’s Net-Zero Energy Center for Sustainable Landscapes Blows Fracking Out of the Water

If you think of the greenest building imaginable, then you are imagining what Phipps' CSL is like. In addition to relying on numerous clean energy sources for its power, such as geothermal, wind, and

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The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

Located at the Simon Fraser University Campus on Burnaby Mountain just 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the UniverCity Childcare Center is on track for Living Building Challenge certification (LBC) –

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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

MARTaK Live/Work Passive House is an acronym of the extended family names of those who will use the space as a retreat from Boston and the Bay Area. The site is my own off-grid home in the mountains where

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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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Metal-Clad Radiant House Boasts Clay Walls and a Whole Lot of Bamboo at the Solar Decathlon

Metal-Clad Radiant House Boasts Clay Walls and a Whole Lot of Bamboo at the Solar Decathlon

Like all of the Solar Decathlon homes, the Radiant House takes its energy from the ubiquitous California sun vis–à–vis a 7.14kW solar array attached to an innovative rooftop racking system. That

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Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

If you’re reading Inhabitat, you’re probably interested in green building, and if you work in the building and construction industry, it’s likely that you strive to build in as environmentally

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Renzo Piano’s Tiny Diogene Hut is an Off-Grid Shelter for One Person

Renzo Piano’s Tiny Diogene Hut is an Off-Grid Shelter for One Person

About a decade ago, Piano started developing plans for a minimalist home. He had been interested in the concept since his student days, and he began doing the work on spec, without a specific client. That

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HGA Architects’ West Valley Campus at College of the Desert Will Produce More Energy than it Consumes

HGA Architects’ West Valley Campus at College of the Desert Will Produce More Energy than it Consumes

College of the Desert is a two-year community college with about 3,400 full-time students that is located in the Coachella Valley. Renewable energy production will be a major focus of the

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San Francisco’s Exploratorium Reopens as the Country’s Biggest Net-Zero Energy Museum

San Francisco’s Exploratorium Reopens as the Country’s Biggest Net-Zero Energy Museum

When the Exploratorium opened in 1969, it pioneered a new type of interactive science museum that has come to be the norm at museums around the country and the world. Now, the Exploratorium is forging new

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Off-Grid Snowboard Cabin is a Perfect Retreat for Powder Hounds on Vancouver Island

Off-Grid Snowboard Cabin is a Perfect Retreat for Powder Hounds on Vancouver Island

Vancouver architects Susan and David Scott set off to start their own practice and the first project they wanted to work on was their own. They designed and built a snowboard cabin located in an alpine

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Off-Grid Stamp House is a Cyclone-Proof Home in North Queensland, Australia

Off-Grid Stamp House is a Cyclone-Proof Home in North Queensland, Australia

The client asked Charles Wright Architects to design an off-grid home on the edge of the FNQ beachfront rainforest. The goal of the home was to make the most of its natural surroundings and ensure the

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U.S. Army Installs the Largest Low-Concentration Solar Photovoltaic System in the World

U.S. Army Installs the Largest Low-Concentration Solar Photovoltaic System in the World

This week, the US Army dedicated the world's largest low-concentration solar photovoltaic installation on its White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The installation will generate 10 million kilowatt

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Solar-Powered ZCB is the First Zero Carbon Building in Hong Kong

Solar-Powered ZCB is the First Zero Carbon Building in Hong Kong

The ZCB (Zero Carbon Building) is Hong Kong's first net-zero energy building and it was developed to promote low-carbon living and showcase low/zero carbon design and technologies. The building and its

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Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at Greenbuild in San Francisco

Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at Greenbuild in San Francisco

Designed for Method Homes by New York-based Bogue Trondowski Architects, the Paradigm series is planned in its entirety to be as low-impact as possible. Clad in FSC-certified western red cedar (but

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Macro Micro Studio: Students to Build UK’s First Net-Zero Live/Work Studio at Dundee Botanic Gardens

Macro Micro Studio: Students to Build UK’s First Net-Zero Live/Work Studio at Dundee Botanic Gardens

Macro Micro Studio is a 50-square-meter (538-square-foot) live-work Passivhaus developed by the University of Dundee’s Macro Micro research unit at the Botanic Gardens in Dundee. The project will be

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Method Homes to Debut Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm House Next Month in San Fransisco

Method Homes to Debut Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm House Next Month in San Fransisco

Next month Method Homes will launch its brand new Paradigm series with the debut of a 722 square-foot modular home on the floor of the USGBC Greenbuild Conference and Expo in San Francisco. The prefab

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Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

In 1978, Schaeffer founded Real Goods Solar in Hopland, California, one of the nation's first solar energy companies, and his solar panels power the home. A large array of solar photovoltaic panels line

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The SunCarrier Omega Building is India’s First Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building

The SunCarrier Omega Building is India’s First Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building

Located in the city of Bhopal, the SunCarrier Omega Building is the first net-zero energy building in India. The building features sun-tracking solar photovoltaic generators integrated with large

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National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Net-Zero Energy Test House is Inhabited by a Virtual Family

National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Net-Zero Energy Test House is Inhabited by a Virtual Family

Researchers will use the house to test energy-efficiency technologies and alternative energy systems. NIST Director Patrick Gallagher believes that the facility will “allow development of new design

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PNC’s Net-Zero Energy Bank Branch Incorporates 211 Solar Panels, Daylight Harvesting

PNC’s Net-Zero Energy Bank Branch Incorporates 211 Solar Panels, Daylight Harvesting

PNC Bank has announced that it is building a bank branch that will produce more energy than it uses. Gary Saulson, the company’s director of corporate real estate, cites the new net-zero energy

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Morphosis Architects Chosen To Design First CornellNYC Tech Building on Roosevelt Island

Morphosis Architects Chosen To Design First CornellNYC Tech Building on Roosevelt Island

Big news out of the Big Apple: Cornell University announced last night that Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects will design the first of three net-zero academic buildings on its new applied sciences campus

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Belgravia Green is a Net Zero Energy Showhouse in Edmonton

Belgravia Green is a Net Zero Energy Showhouse in Edmonton

Belgravia Green is a collaborative effort between homeowners, local experts and Effect Home Builders to push the envelope on housing and produce as much energy as the home uses. The 1,540 square-foot home

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Urban Algae Farms Could Heat Buildings While Treating Wastewater

Urban Algae Farms Could Heat Buildings While Treating Wastewater

Macro of Ulva Algae photo from Shutterstock Pardon the potty talk, but wouldn't it be great if every time you flushed the toilet you were actually generating heat for your home? That's exactly what a

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West Aiming for Net-Zero Energy

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West Aiming for Net-Zero Energy

Frank Lloyd Wright‘s reverence for the natural world is well documented – the famed architect coined the term “organic architecture,” a style of building that blends in seamlessly

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HOK’s Net Zero “Battery Park” for San Francisco Has an Algae Facade

HOK’s Net Zero “Battery Park” for San Francisco Has an Algae Facade

HOK’s San Francisco office received a jury recognition award for their net-zero “Battery Park” design, which features a remarkable algae facade. A combination of load reduction, waste

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Frito-Lay Plant in Arizona Approaches Net Zero Energy

Frito-Lay Plant in Arizona Approaches Net Zero Energy

Frito-Lay and its parent company PepsiCo probably aren't the first companies that come to mind when you think about green businesses, but with the unveiling of Frito-Lay's new facility in Arizona, the

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LEED Platinum Bagley Classroom Aims for Passive House and Net Zero Energy

LEED Platinum Bagley Classroom Aims for Passive House and Net Zero Energy

The list of the building's achievements is remarkable. The core of the project is its super efficient walls, which are made from 16 inches of Structural Insulated Panels or SIPs. Built to Passive House

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Re:Vision Architecture Merges Historic Quaker House With Net Zero Annex

Re:Vision Architecture Merges Historic Quaker House With Net Zero Annex

The 150 year old Quaker house, now a small museum, needed structural improvements and a new place for gatherings. The design takes advantage of the work by inserting underfloor heating tubing into the old

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Stride Treglown’s BREEAM Outstanding Office Shoots For Net Zero

Stride Treglown’s BREEAM Outstanding Office Shoots For Net Zero

When UK-based architecture firm Stride Treglown sat down to design their own office, they took on the challenge of creating the most sustainable building they could afford. The result is the earliest

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