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Solar-powered Out of the Valley cabin is a perfect off-grid retreat for two

Solar-powered Out of the Valley cabin is a perfect off-grid retreat for two

The Out of the Valley model cabin is clad in a charred timber, created with the Japanese shou sugi ban technique, and topped with a black corrugated roof. The dark exterior helps the cabin blend in with

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Saw-tooth roofed nursery blends in with the landscape in a historic campus in Germany

Saw-tooth roofed nursery blends in with the landscape in a historic campus in Germany

A new nursery on the sprawling Philipps University in Marberg, Germany stands out amidst the tree-planted landscape with an iconic saw-tooth shaped roof. Designed by Opus Architects, the zig-zag roofed

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Copenhagen’s largest school will be powered by solar energy

Copenhagen’s largest school will be powered by solar energy

Located on the water’s edge, CIS Nordhavn is sandwiched between the public waterfront and Copenhagen’s urban fabric. A promenade outside the school provides public access to the waterfront. To

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V3Solar’s spinning solar cells generate 20 times more electricity than flat photovoltaics

V3Solar’s spinning 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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HAO’s repurposed Wood Shed mimics Taiwan’s forest landscape

HAO’s repurposed Wood Shed mimics Taiwan’s forest landscape

The building envelope’s tree-like silhouettes were inspired by the cypress forests of Alishan National Park, a national gem and popular destination located in Taiwan’s mountainous Chiayi County. HAO

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why solar panels are an affordable and smart investment

INFOGRAPHIC: Why solar panels are an affordable and smart investment

Want to save some green while going green? You may want to start with solar: a source of renewable energy that’s more affordable now than ever. As one of the most energy efficient resources in the

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Auneau Cultural Center in France mimics local covered market

Auneau Cultural Center in France mimics local covered market

Set back from the street, the Auneau Cultural Center is clad in a high performance concrete skin and glazed glass curtains, together keeping energy use low while efficiently making the climate comfortable

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New FBI Florida Headquarters will be completely self-sustaining by 2030

New FBI Florida Headquarters will be completely self-sustaining by 2030

“This building expresses the dignity, enterprise, vigor, and stability of the United States government, while the landscape connects to the native environment by restoring wetlands and vegetation

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Danish architects deck out Viborg town hall with green roofs and solar panels

Danish architects deck out Viborg town hall with green roofs and solar panels

The new town hall building in Viborg, Denmark is a marvel of sustainable and striking design, thanks to Henning Larson Architects. Features of the complex stay true to the clean, sharp artistry of the

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France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

France has just passed a trailblazing new law that requires that all new buildings constructed in commercial areas must be partially covered by either solar panels or green roofs. Not only will this bring

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California is giving away free solar panels to its poorest residents

California is giving away free solar panels to its poorest residents

Roy Rivera is a disabled man who lives on a fixed income in Sacramento, and the first California resident to receive a free 2.5 kW rooftop solar system. But he won't be the last. Thanks to legislation

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The daylit Covert House in London is a Passivhaus stunner

The daylit Covert House in London is a Passivhaus stunner

London-based architecture firm DSDHA completed their daylit Covert House in Clapham Old Town, London, UK. The semi-underground home clad in glass and cast concrete features several sustainable mechanisms

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James Cameron designs five huge flower-shaped solar arrays to power his wife’s sustainable school

James Cameron designs five huge flower-shaped solar arrays to power his wife’s sustainable school

Blockbuster director James Cameron has added a new entry to the code of the language of flowers. By gifting his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, a "bunch" of five solar arrays shaped like giant flowers for her

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VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times have changed,

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Energy-positive townhouses power Boston’s grid with renewable energy

Energy-positive townhouses power Boston’s grid with renewable energy

Roxbury E+ comprises four townhomes, each topped with 39 solar panels that can produce more energy—close to 10,000 kilowatts a year—than the homeowners are likely to need. The homes are also designed

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Bill Clinton visits Solar Sister site in Tanzania, where women are empowered by clean energy

Bill Clinton visits Solar Sister site in Tanzania, where women are empowered by clean energy

President Bill Clinton took some time to tour a Solar Sister program site in Karatu, Tanzania. Solar Sister is part of Sustainable Energy Solutions powered by Women's Enterprise - a Clinton Global

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Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

To showcase the event's 2015 theme, the architects have developed a massive and literal green machine, inside and out. The large vertical garden will be planted with edible plants and vegetables and will

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The American Institute of Architects announces their top 10 best green buildings of 2015

The American Institute of Architects announces their top 10 best green buildings of 2015

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected the best green buildings of 2015 that enhance and promote ecological design. The projects feature different integrated approaches to sustainable design

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MIT genius team can measure how fast a technology is emerging

MIT genius team can measure how fast a technology is emerging

Just how much is technology improving? It’s a hard question to answer. But MIT researchers may have just come up with a way to calculate the rate of technology improvement based on information gathered

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TreeHouse Memorial City becomes the highest rated LEED Platinum Core and Shell Building in Texas

TreeHouse Memorial City becomes the highest rated LEED Platinum Core and Shell Building in Texas

The 14,700-square-feet building was design in collaboration with Acumen Design. The building exterior is clad with wood siding, limestone, natural vegetation and fritted glass which resemble the lower

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NexusHaus is an affordable, plus-energy house built for the 2015 Solar Decathlon

NexusHaus is an affordable, plus-energy house built for the 2015 Solar Decathlon

NexusHaus is an plus-energy affordable one-story pavilion built by the students from the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the University of Texas at Austin (UTA) for the Solar Decathlon

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KAMJZ and Kurylowicz unveil designs for green-roofed, energy-efficient Polish office building

KAMJZ and Kurylowicz unveil designs for green-roofed, energy-efficient Polish office building

Gdańsk’s new Central Business District Development will be located along the city’s main axis roads and rail routes and in close proximity to the sea and university campus. The proposed office

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LivingHomes’ zero-energy Joshua Tree prefab house is now on sale

LivingHomes’ zero-energy Joshua Tree prefab house is now on sale

LivingHomes desgned the C6 series in collaboration with Make It Right foundation, which was founded by Brad Pitt and architect William McDonough in order to build 150 affordable homes in New Orleans after

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Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge certification

Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge certification

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has broken ground after becoming the fourth Living Building Challenge™ in the world for its Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL).

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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

We've seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the

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This tiny off-grid Hawaiian home cost just $11,000 to build

This tiny off-grid Hawaiian home cost just $11,000 to build

From her Tiny House on the Prairie in Boise, Idaho, minimalist designer and dressmaker Kristie Wolfe dreamt up her mini vacation home in Hawaii. The funds she saved by downsizing enabled her to build a

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Renton House overlooks the lake near one of the greenest U.S. cities

Renton House overlooks the lake near one of the greenest U.S. cities

The house was built for two avid cyclists and has a separate entrance and a lot of bike storage and repair spaces. The upper floors are open and provide stunning views of Lake Washington, while retaining

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Solar Impulse 2 takes off on first round-the-world flight powered entirely by sunlight

Solar Impulse 2 takes off on first round-the-world flight powered entirely by sunlight

The experimental Solar Impulse 2 carries 17,000 solar cells that, coupled with onboard batteries, allow the plane to fly day and night. Despite its massive 72-meter-long (236 feet) wingspan, the

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Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable

Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable

The 100-square-foot floating pod-shaped home measures 12 meters in diameter and 4 meters tall. Its curved body is constructed from recycled glued laminated timber and a recycled aluminum hull. The rounded

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Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations

Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations

Installing solar panels on your home just makes sense; they turn empty space into green power. One thing stopping some from taking the plunge could be the cost of installing a system, but Google recently

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