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Lush Green Roof Terrace Crowns LEED Platinum-Seeking Office in Silicon Valley

Lush Green Roof Terrace Crowns LEED Platinum-Seeking Office in Silicon Valley

The tech giants of Silicon Valley are no strangers to sustainable design, and brick's recently completed office building bears no exception. Designed as the future home of Nuance Communications, the

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Alek Lisefki’s Tiny House is a Luxurious Eco-Friendly Dream on Wheels

Alek Lisefki’s Tiny House is a Luxurious Eco-Friendly Dream on Wheels

The tiny house, which measures 8 feet by 20 feet, was built on a flatbed trailer so that it could be easily moved around. After adding finishing touches, Lisefki towed his new abode cross-country from

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Christopher Megowan’s Convertible Courtyards House Acts Like a Chameleon in Melbourne, Australia

Christopher Megowan’s Convertible Courtyards House Acts Like a Chameleon in Melbourne, Australia

The architects created a central courtyard between the weatherboard and the extension, and brought plenty of natural lighting to the open kitchen, dining area and living room. A glazed linkway runs along

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Rawlemon’s New Betaray Crystal Ball Harvests Light From The Sun, Moon and Clouds!

Rawlemon’s New Betaray Crystal Ball Harvests Light From The Sun, Moon and Clouds!

In 2012, Inhabitat featured an invention that promised to turn the world of solar power generation upside down. Rawlemon's spherical solar energy-generating globe looked a lot like a giant glass marble on

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SOM’s Soaring 99 Story Pertamina Skyscraper to Harness Wind Energy in Indonesia

SOM’s Soaring 99 Story Pertamina Skyscraper to Harness Wind Energy in Indonesia

Skidmore, Owings & Mills just unveiled their centerpiece design for Pertamina's new headquarters: a futuristic "energy beacon" that dramatically pierces Jakarta’s skyline. Shaped like the petals of

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Renzo Piano Completes Energy-Efficient Kimbell Art Museum Expansion in Fort Worth

Renzo Piano Completes Energy-Efficient Kimbell Art Museum Expansion in Fort Worth

The new colonnaded pavilion echoes pieces of Kahn's design in its height, scale and layout as well as in its heavy focus on a glass, concrete and wood palette. Within the pavilion's two main

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Spectrolab Breaks Own Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Spectrolab Breaks Own Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Space solar cell and panel manufacturer Spectrolab has broken its own solar cell efficiency world record. The Boeing subsidiary achieved an efficiency of 38.8 percent for a ground-based multi-junction

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Have We All Been Installing Solar Panels the Wrong Way?

Have We All Been Installing Solar Panels the Wrong Way?

Image of residential solar panels / Shutterstock Installing solar panels seems pretty straightforward - just aim them south so they get lots of sun all day. But researchers are finding that we may have

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Low-Income School in Hong Kong Named ‘Greenest School on Earth’

Low-Income School in Hong Kong Named ‘Greenest School on Earth’

A low-income school in Hong Kong was just named one of the "Greenest Schools on Earth" by the U.S. Green Building Council! Sing Yin Secondary School shows that eco-friendly principles aren’t just for

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Hexagonal Bee Hives Inspire Brilliant Modular HIVEHAUS Home

Hexagonal Bee Hives Inspire Brilliant Modular HIVEHAUS Home

The individual cells allow for approximately 100 square feet of personalized living space, while an ideal cell configuration would involve an office cell, living area cell, kitchen cell, bedroom cell and

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‘Desert Cascades’ Solar-Powered Waterfall Flows in the Desert

‘Desert Cascades’ Solar-Powered Waterfall Flows in the Desert

Does the image of cool, cascading waterfalls flowing in a dry desert sound like an unimaginable mirage? Artist and UNESCO-IHE Cultural Ambassador Ap Verheggen says that thanks to recent technological

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Rock On! Playing Pop and Rock Music Around Solar Cells Improves Efficiency

Rock On! Playing Pop and Rock Music Around Solar Cells Improves Efficiency

New research out of the UK finds that solar cells actually enjoy improved efficiency when exposed to the pounding beats of today's pop and rock music. According to researchers from Queen Mary University

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Gorgeous Fogo Island Eco-Hotel Rises on Stilts in Canada

Gorgeous Fogo Island Eco-Hotel Rises on Stilts in Canada

Composed of two intersecting building masses, the X-shaped contemporary hotel was built using white-painted, locally milled Black Spruce to make the inn look like a natural extension of the wintry

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Klopf Architecture’s Zero Energy House Scores Big with Build it Green in California

Klopf Architecture’s Zero Energy House Scores Big with Build it Green in California

The owners, who work from home, wanted a space that would be large enough to suit their lifestyle needs without exceeding the height of neighboring houses. The architects decided to design it as a

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Kengo Kuma’s Folding Art Museum Takes Inspiration from Origami and Nature

Kengo Kuma’s Folding Art Museum Takes Inspiration from Origami and Nature

The low, angular profile of the striking museum was created to emulate the mountainous landscape and the flow of nearby Yabe River. Different materials and textures, including green walls and solar

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UW Madison Researchers Developing Cheap, Ultra-Lightweight Dye-Based Solar Cells

UW Madison Researchers Developing Cheap, Ultra-Lightweight Dye-Based Solar Cells

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are working on next-generation solar cells that are made from organic dyes instead of silicon. The dye solar cells could drive down costs and spread solar

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Team Ontario’s Super Efficient ECHO House Named Winner of the Engineering Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013!

Team Ontario’s Super Efficient ECHO House Named Winner of the Engineering Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013!

In anticipation of the next wave of students and young professionals looking to purchase a home in the next ten years, Team Ontario designed ECHO, a starter home that introduces the concept of sustainable

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John Maniscalco’s Butterfly House is a Rebuilt Midcentury Home Overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge

John Maniscalco’s Butterfly House is a Rebuilt Midcentury Home Overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco has a very mild climate. There are seasons -- it's colder and rainier in the winter, and it's warmest in the spring and fall -- but temperatures fluctuate much less than in other parts of

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Students Install the World’s First Solar Pavement Panels in Virginia

Students Install the World’s First Solar Pavement Panels in Virginia

Studio39 Landscape Architecture just teamed up with students at the Solar Institute at George Washington University to install the world's first solar panel walking path! The students and designers

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Angled Green Roof Crowns Unique A-framed Allerød Clubhouse in Denmark

Angled Green Roof Crowns Unique A-framed Allerød Clubhouse in Denmark

Not your average clubhouse, this modern facility in the Danish municipality of Allerød has two differentiated faces. The entrance side of the building is shielded against the elements and features only a

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University of Michigan’s Generation Solar Car to Compete in 1800-Mile World Solar Challenge

University of Michigan’s Generation Solar Car to Compete in 1800-Mile World Solar Challenge

The University of Michigan’s (U-M) solar car, called the Generation, is a strange beast. A curved, asymmetrically lopsided vehicle that looks more like a motorcycle with a sidecar, the car's solar panel

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Texas Students’ ADAPT Home Design Puts Abundant Desert Sunlight To Good Use

Texas Students’ ADAPT Home Design Puts Abundant Desert Sunlight To Good Use

If you've ever visited Texas, you know that for the most part, it's a hot and dry environment. In and around El Paso, mountains create rocky soil, and hot temperatures often combine with strong winds for

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Israeli Parliament to Install Rooftop Solar in 2014

Israeli Parliament to Install Rooftop Solar in 2014

Knesset image via Shutterstock Israeli financial daily Globes recently reported that the Middle Eastern nation's parliament is planning to install solar energy panels on the roof of its legislative

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Cozy Daylit Home in the Netherlands Stands on Locally Sourced Wood Stilts

Cozy Daylit Home in the Netherlands Stands on Locally Sourced Wood Stilts

The small cozy home is positioned to prevent intrusive looks but still capture stunning views of the river and the surrounding countryside. Its glass facades let the sunlight in and optimize the home’s

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GDS Architects Unveils New Jinshui Science Park Concept with Zero Carbon Footprint

GDS Architects Unveils New Jinshui Science Park Concept with Zero Carbon Footprint

In order to reduce energy use the studio has a solution to prevent dependency on air conditioning: the towers will each have a double skin facade of Low-E glass and horizontal sunshades on the inside - to

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Iconic Qatar National Convention Center in Doha Awarded LEED Gold Certification

Iconic Qatar National Convention Center in Doha Awarded LEED Gold Certification

Arata Isozaki’s initial concept was based on the holy Islamic Sidra Tree, which symbolizes the end of the seventh heaven. Huge steel columns create a tree-like appearance and an illusion of two trees

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Architecture for a Change’s Mamelodi Pod is a Self-Sustaining Solution to Shantytowns

Architecture for a Change’s Mamelodi Pod is a Self-Sustaining Solution to Shantytowns

A rapidly increasing portion of South Africa's population lives in shantytowns that lack access to water, electricity and basic plumbing. Mamelodi is one of the oldest townships in Pretoria that was set

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Petition Asks the White House to Install a Visible Clothes Line

Petition Asks the White House to Install a Visible Clothes Line

The Obamas have already installed solar panels on the roof of the White House and planted an organic garden. A new petition from Project Laundry List is urging the First Family to set up a visible laundry

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250 MW Nevada Solar Farm To Be Built With Chinese Solar Panels

250 MW Nevada Solar Farm To Be Built With Chinese Solar Panels

Chinese company Trina Solar will supply 1.1 million 250-watt solar panels for a 250-megawatt (MW) solar farm in Nevada. When the project is completed, it will be one of the biggest solar photovoltaic

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Titan Aerospace Developing World’s First Solar-Powered Atmospheric Satellite Drones

Titan Aerospace Developing World’s First Solar-Powered Atmospheric Satellite Drones

Titan Aerospace has unveiled designs for the world's first solar-powered atmospheric satellite. The craft, which resembles a large drone, would be completely powered by the sun, allowing it to stay in the

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