solar design

Pret-a-Loger’s Home With a Skin of Solar Panels Wins Sustainability Prize at Solar Decathlon 2014

Pret-a-Loger’s Home With a Skin of Solar Panels Wins Sustainability Prize at Solar Decathlon 2014

Instead of demolishing the house, which lacked space, comfort and consumed around 175 euro of energy each month, the team decided to improve the climate and spatial performance of the house while

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Solar Philéas: Modular Apartment Upgrade for 120-Year-Old French Building Wins Energy Efficiency Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe

Solar Philéas: Modular Apartment Upgrade for 120-Year-Old French Building Wins Energy Efficiency Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe

The Cap 44 building is part of the city's heritage as one of the first reinforced concrete buildings in the world; a style that was later copied in thousands of buildings around the globe. The Atlantic

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Team Mexico’s Tiny, Space-Saving CASA Home Wins Engineering Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014!

Team Mexico’s Tiny, Space-Saving CASA Home Wins Engineering Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014!

Some of the major issues the project addresses are overcrowding, water shortage, pollution, insecurity, limited mobility, and energy deficits within the ZMVM. Team Mexico created a prototype as an

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Students Unveil Solar-Powered ‘Rooftop House’ for an Apartment Block in Berlin

Students Unveil Solar-Powered ‘Rooftop House’ for an Apartment Block in Berlin

The owners of the Altbau will invest to refurbish the rooftop and possibly replace old electrical appliances, fix windows and the façade and renew the heating system. The modular addition can be

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Marjan van Aubel’s Solar-Powered Current Table Uses Photosynthesis to Charge Your Gadgets

Marjan van Aubel’s Solar-Powered Current Table Uses Photosynthesis to Charge Your Gadgets

The table’s clear orange glass work surface rests on triangular wooden legs. Inside the glass panel is a dye-synthesized solar cell that creates energy using the same mechanism as plants-photosynthesis.

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INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

Bob Vila’s name has been synonymous with home improvement since he helped launch This Old House in 1979. After nearly thirty years of producing and hosting television shows about the world of home

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Mikou Studio Unveils Daylit Zero Energy Docks School Near Paris

Mikou Studio Unveils Daylit Zero Energy Docks School Near Paris

The Docks school is located in the middle of an urban complex-a strategically chosen site that optimizes the configuration of the surroundings in order to facilitate energy efficiency and the building's

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Voltac Launches BOGO Solar Charger Campaign to Help the Philippines

Voltac Launches BOGO Solar Charger Campaign to Help the Philippines

Voltaic Systems, manufacturer of solar chargers for smartphones, laptops and other electronic equipment, just launched a BOGO (Buy One Give One) campaign to help residents of Philippines whose lives were

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Blossoming Surya Sculpture Could Shield Dallas Building from Scorching Glare

Blossoming Surya Sculpture Could Shield Dallas Building from Scorching Glare

Since the 42-story Museum Tower has opened in 2011, the glare from its highly reflexive façade has been forcing people working in the adjacent Renzo Piano-designed Nasher Sculpture Center to endure

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Eleonora Nicoletti’s Sculptural ‘Dancing Screen’ Uses Solar Power to Charge Electronic Devices

Eleonora Nicoletti’s Sculptural ‘Dancing Screen’ Uses Solar Power to Charge Electronic Devices

The Dancing Screen by Eleonora Nicoletti is a dynamic architectural installation that generates electric power from the sun. Nicoletti designed the screen as a charging point for passers-by to quickly

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Ontario’s ECHO Net-Zero Prefab Home Combines Passivhaus and Solar for Flexible Green Living

Ontario’s ECHO Net-Zero Prefab Home Combines Passivhaus and Solar for Flexible Green Living

The house can generate as much power as it consumes over the course of a year, thanks to 30 photovoltaic modules mounted on its roof. The modules feature high quality mono-crystalline cells which can

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Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eco-Aquaponic House is a Self-Sustaining Urban Farm

Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eco-Aquaponic House is a Self-Sustaining Urban Farm

Michael Jantzen’s Eco-Aquaponic House is a cylindrical steel structure that creates a self-sustaining environment for growing fish and plants - waste generated by the fish is used to fertilize the

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Dan Corson’s Solar-Powered Sculptures in Portland, Oregon are Inspired by Quirky Tropical Plants

Dan Corson’s Solar-Powered Sculptures in Portland, Oregon are Inspired by Quirky Tropical Plants

The name of the pieces, Nepenthes, is also a Greek word for a magical potion that makes one forget all the pain and sorrow. Like the legendary medicine, the colorful LED sculptures are meant to provide a

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Stafier Holland’s Ultra Thin Solar Tiles Seamlessly Integrate Into Rooftops

Stafier Holland’s Ultra Thin Solar Tiles Seamlessly Integrate Into Rooftops

If you look around at the rooftop solar installations, you'll notice that the solar panels aren't actually part of the roof -- instead, they're set on structures resting on top of the roof. That seems

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Sunseeker Duo: World’s Fastest Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane Completes First Test Flight

Sunseeker Duo: World’s Fastest Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane Completes First Test Flight

The fuel-free lightweight Sunseeker Duo aircraft is now airborne! After it was unveiled at the AERO Global Show for General Aviation in Friedrichshafen, Germany in April, the world’s fastest two-seater

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Tûranor PlanetSolar: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Sets Transatlantic Speed Record

Tûranor PlanetSolar: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Sets Transatlantic Speed Record

MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar boat, set a new record for the fastest transatlantic crossing by a vessel powered entirely by solar energy, smashing its own 2010 record by four days.

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Occidental College and Lettuce Office Create an Electrifying Urban Hillside Solar Array in Los Angeles

Occidental College and Lettuce Office Create an Electrifying Urban Hillside Solar Array in Los Angeles

Occidental College recently powered up an urban hillside solar array that combines science, engineering, urban design and art. Occidental faculty collaborated with the environment design and research

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Apple Files Patent Application for Solar-Powered iPhone

Apple Files Patent Application for Solar-Powered iPhone

Apple’s iPhones and iPads could someday self-charge with the use of integrated solar cells. The company has filed a patent application titled “Integrated touch sensor and solar assembly,” which

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V3Solar’s Spinning Cone-Shaped Solar Cells Generate 20 Times More Electricity Than Flat Photovoltaics

V3Solar’s Spinning Cone-Shaped Solar Cells Generate 20 Times More Electricity Than Flat Photovoltaics

If there's one constant among the vast majority of solar panel designs, it's flatness; while solar panels can be equipped to tilt to follow the sun's path through the course of the day, there are still

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The Voltaic Fuse 10W Solar Laptop Charger Buckles Onto Any Backpack

The Voltaic Fuse 10W Solar Laptop Charger Buckles Onto Any Backpack

Portable solar chargers are an amazing creation, and now you can have one that latches onto almost anything you carry! Voltaic systems' Fuse 10W Solar Laptop Charger can attach to any technical backpack,

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The SolarWorld GT Lands in the U.S. for the Next Leg of Its World Tour!

The SolarWorld GT Lands in the U.S. for the Next Leg of Its World Tour!

The SolarWorld GT has been on a world tour, and it finally reached the North American leg of its excursion, hitting the sparkling streets of the US just yesterday! The solar car was sent off on its

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Sonnenschiff: Solar City Produces 4X the Energy it Consumes

Sonnenschiff: Solar City Produces 4X the Energy it Consumes

The project started out as a vision for an entire community -- the medium-density project balances size, accessibility, green space, and solar exposure. In all, 52 homes make up a neighborhood anchored to

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Team New Jersey Unveils Durable Concrete ENJOY House for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Team New Jersey Unveils Durable Concrete ENJOY House for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Although the home is made to sit comfortably on the beach, a parking lot will have to suffice for now. Two of the home's most striking features are its materials and its size. The concrete slabs hold all

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SCI-Arc & CalTech Join Forces to Compete in the 2011 Solar Decathlon

SCI-Arc & CalTech Join Forces to Compete in the 2011 Solar Decathlon

The 2011 Solar Decathlon is over a year and a half away, but teams around the world are already gearing up for the hottest competition in sustainable building. A brand new union has formed between the

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NYC: The New School, Building Energy Positive

NYC: The New School, Building Energy Positive

The School of Constructed Environments at Parsons presents Building Energy Positive, an exhibition showcasing examples of new solar building technologies. These projects represent multi-year research

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