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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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This 3D-printed tree charges smart phones with solar power

This 3D-printed tree charges smart phones with solar power

Scientists at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have created a tree prototype that harvests solar power from indoor or outdoor light, and turns it into electricity for powering small electronic

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Sustainability is key at the Bamboo Cottages resort in Vietnam

Sustainability is key at the Bamboo Cottages resort in Vietnam

Bamboo Cottages, is a family owned, 19-room boutique beach resort located on Phu Quoc Island Vietnam. It was originally established with the goal of positively impacting the local community, by supporting

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INFOGRAPHIC: Learn how solar panels work and the benefits of going solar

INFOGRAPHIC: Learn how solar panels work and the benefits of going solar

Increasing numbers of homeowners around the world are going solar—the green energy investment not only saves money in the long run, but also helps the environment. If you’re interesting in installing

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IKEA increases sales of sustainable products to an astounding $1 billion

IKEA increases sales of sustainable products to an astounding $1 billion

Last year IKEA sold $1.3 billion worth of “sustainability” products to customers across the world, according to the company’s recent sustainability report. These include products that help people

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Casa MMMMMS is a beautiful solar-powered Catalan stone house in Spain

Casa MMMMMS is a beautiful solar-powered Catalan stone house in Spain

The exterior of the house is dominated by a canopy which offers shade, views and creates a central space for the house, while pertaining to its exterior. The large volume of the house has smaller

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UNStudio’s remote-controlled W.I.N.D. House is the home of the future, today

UNStudio’s remote-controlled W.I.N.D. House is the home of the future, today

A decade ago, if someone mentioned a home that could be regulated by remote control, we would have thought they were referring to some futuristic sci-fi film like Blade Runner. UNStudio's W.I.N.D House

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Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

The Bangladeshi government intends for every household in the nation to be powered by solar energy by 2021. In the race to become the “first solar nation,” they hope to achieve this goal by focusing

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Spain reveals plans for first ever public streetlight system powered by wind and sun

Spain reveals plans for first ever public streetlight system powered by wind and sun

Spain will be home to the first public lighting system to be powered exclusively by solar and wind energy. Researcher Ramon Bargalló is the man behind the development, and he worked alongside the company

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The solar industry is putting people to work 20 times faster than any other energy sector

The solar industry is putting people to work 20 times faster than any other energy sector

It turns out that solar isn’t just the way to go for power needs, but jobs as well. While “green jobs” may not be a huge political buzz word this year, it should be, because the solar power jobs

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Sealoch House is a cozy prefab home in the Scottish Highlands

Sealoch House is a cozy prefab home in the Scottish Highlands

Sealoch House is a prefab private residence built for a couple who wanted a cozy new home with beautiful views of a bay area in Scotland. It boasts an eco-friendly heat exchange system, solar panels, wood

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How to build a solar farm in California—a profile on the Topaz Solar Farm

How to build a solar farm in California—a profile on the Topaz Solar Farm

  With its capacity to power 160,000 average-sized American homes, the Topaz Solar Farm in southern California is one of the largest solar farms in the world. This sea of 9 million solar panels

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Innovative energy solutions bring light and warmth to a remote Thai village

Innovative energy solutions bring light and warmth to a remote Thai village

Solar power and biogas solutions are helping residents of a remote Thai village to create their own grid. Those who live in Pa Deng in Kaeng Krachan, Phetchaburi, have homes that seem to have remained

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La Paz, Mexico to be 100 percent solar powered by the end of 2015

La Paz, Mexico to be 100 percent solar powered by the end of 2015

When a new solar power plant goes online later in 2015, the city of La Paz, Mexico will be entirely powered by solar energy. Aura Solar I, the largest solar power plant in Latin America, went online in La

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Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

In the past year Inhabitat had the privilege of speaking with a variety of talented designers, architects and thinkers. We chatted with Bianca Bosker about architectural mimicry and Boyan Slat filled us

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The UK’s largest solar farm just switched online for the first time

The UK’s largest solar farm just switched online for the first time

The United Kingdom's largest solar farm is now fully operational and working to power homes throughout the nation. The 46-megawatt solar farm in Landmead was connected to the national grid in Oxfordshire

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Zaha Hadid’s LEED Platinum-seeking Bee’ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

Zaha Hadid’s LEED Platinum-seeking Bee’ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

Surrounded by desert, the curvaceous 75,350-square-foot building was inspired by the shape of sand dunes and oriented to optimize the prevailing Shamal winds and limit exposure to the harsh sun. Hadid

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One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

An astonishing one out of every five households in Australia is now relying on solar energy, a new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) reveals. Just 3 years ago only 5 percent of homes

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Off-the-grid truck house transforms into a spectacular fantasy castle

Off-the-grid truck house transforms into a spectacular fantasy castle

The family of three decided to build a home which would suit their active lifestyle and allow them to travel without having to compromise on quality of life. Their castle house has beautifully crafted

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Atkins’ H2 low carbon building is an “ecological sandwich” in China

Atkins’ H2 low carbon building is an “ecological sandwich” in China

The newly opened TEDA H2 Building in China is the world-first low-carbon building that has been accredited with four green building certificates: the US LEED (Gold), Chinese 3-Star, Japanese CASBEE (S

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Charge Your Smartphone On-the-Go with Tommy Hilfiger’s New Solar-Powered Jacket

Charge Your Smartphone On-the-Go with Tommy Hilfiger’s New Solar-Powered Jacket

Are you a busy person who constantly forgets to charge her phone? If yes, you may be interested in Tommy Hilfiger's new solar-powered field jacket. Designed to help give mobile electronics a boost of

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Malmö Marine Education Center Teaches Visitors About Global Warming by Replicating Marine Ecosystems

Malmö Marine Education Center Teaches Visitors About Global Warming by Replicating Marine Ecosystems

The architects have just released designs for their new building, which won first prize in a competition organized by Malmö City. The 32,292-square-foot, landscaped complex will feature a

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INFOGRAPHIC: Could the Entire World Really Run on Solar Power?

INFOGRAPHIC: Could the Entire World Really Run on Solar Power?

It's pretty safe to say that we all know that we have to find an alternative to fossil fuels as soon as possible, and the most viable answer to the planet's energy needs is visible to us any time we look

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France Breaks Ground on Europe’s Largest Solar Plant

France Breaks Ground on Europe’s Largest Solar Plant

While Germany has spent the last few years stealing the headlines for its remarkable advances in renewable energy infrastructure, neighboring France has, up until now, remained relatively silent on the

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