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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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Sanitov Unveils Eco-Lux Floating Home at This Year’s London Design Festival

Sanitov Unveils Eco-Lux Floating Home at This Year’s London Design Festival

Moored within St. Katharine Docks, just minutes away from the iconic Tower Bridge, INACHUS was being built in Kent at this time last year. Featuring two floors, this house accommodates three bedrooms,

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Bellomo Architects’ Tiny House Arc Prefab Home is Now Available for Order

Bellomo Architects’ Tiny House Arc Prefab Home is Now Available for Order

Inspired by the architects’ Bike Arc design (a modular bike parking system) the House Arc was conceived as a modular housing system for communities in need but is also suited for people interested in

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Iloilo City Hall is the Visayas Islands’ First Green Building

Iloilo City Hall is the Visayas Islands’ First Green Building

Photo by Judy Rose Sayson The Visayas Islands in the Philippines are gradually embracing renewable energy, and the capital city has just inaugurated its first green building - Iloilo City Hall. The

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Turn Hot Patios Into Hot Water Using Hidden Temperature Converting Therma-HEXX Panels

Turn Hot Patios Into Hot Water Using Hidden Temperature Converting Therma-HEXX Panels

Outdoor living and recreation spaces are popular for a number of reasons: they provide more urban green space, they promote better human health, and they offer cost savings. Yes, that's right, you can

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Lernort Natur: A Living, Growing Garden Center Springs Up at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport

Lernort Natur: A Living, Growing Garden Center Springs Up at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport

Lernort Natur offers a variety of outdoor activities, but if the weather's too cold or rainy, a repurposed shipping containers and glass pavilion -- topped by a solar-panels roof -- will kindly shelter

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Sainsbury’s Is Now the UK and Europe’s Largest Rooftop Solar PV Operator

Sainsbury’s Is Now the UK and Europe’s Largest Rooftop Solar PV Operator

Sainsbury’s has claimed the title of the largest rooftop PV operator in the UK and Europe with an impressive total output of 16MW. Across 169 of its UK stores, Sainsbury’s has secured 69,500 PV solar

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Portland Community College’s Newberg Center is the First Net Zero Higher Education Building in Oregon

Portland Community College’s Newberg Center is the First Net Zero Higher Education Building in Oregon

Portland Community College opened a new campus in Newberg, a small town in the Willamette Valley, to meet the educational needs of the community. Hennebery Eddy Architects designed the master plan for the

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Energy-Generating Mushrooms Provide Power, Water, and Shelter in the Sci-Fi City of “New Mumbai”

Energy-Generating Mushrooms Provide Power, Water, and Shelter in the Sci-Fi City of “New Mumbai”

Tobias Revell's faux documentary shows how the mushrooms grow quickly and begin to harvest the sun, creating energy that provides heat and lighting, like an organic solar panel. They can even be

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Dutch Energy Company Eneco’s New Rotterdam Headquarters is a Gleaming, Sustainable Office Building

Dutch Energy Company Eneco’s New Rotterdam Headquarters is a Gleaming, Sustainable Office Building

The first thing workers encounter when they arrive at the new 270,000-square-foot office building is the soaring atrium, which fills the core of the building with natural light. The bright white space

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A Solar-Canopy Powers Tranquil Middlebrook Artist Studios in Coastal California

A Solar-Canopy Powers Tranquil Middlebrook Artist Studios in Coastal California

The four studios have concrete footings and timber framing. Small cutouts in strategic locations, including skylights, permit daylighting to permeate the quiet interior while preventing excess solar gain.

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Rice University’s Carbon Nanotube Paint Turns Any Surface Into A Solar Battery

Rice University’s Carbon Nanotube Paint Turns Any Surface Into A Solar Battery

Carbon nanotubes have been used in everything from energy-free lights to oil spill clean-up technology, and now a team from Rice University has used them to develop a paint that transforms any surface

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Michael Jantzen’s Solar Science Center is Powered by Towering Photovoltaic Antenna

Michael Jantzen’s Solar Science Center is Powered by Towering Photovoltaic Antenna

The center is also designed to incorporate passive solar heating and cooling and collect rainwater through its roof. The central spire feature an observation deck, and it's ringed by a green roof

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Honda’s Thin-Film Solar Panels Provide Power for Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Honda’s Thin-Film Solar Panels Provide Power for Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Honda has announced that its new thin-film solar cell technology is now being used at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. As the founding sponsor of the Aquarium, Honda is providing the

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Sculptural Solar Trees Spring Up at Charlotte’s Discovery Place Museum

Sculptural Solar Trees Spring Up at Charlotte’s Discovery Place Museum

Charlotte, NC recently showed its commitment to clean energy with the installation of two beautiful bright red solar power installations shaped like trees! Situated at the Discovery Place science museum,

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Awe-Inspiring Thatched Mozambique Home is Draped in Solar Panels

Awe-Inspiring Thatched Mozambique Home is Draped in Solar Panels

The solar panels provide sufficient energy to electrify and illuminate the home and are partially used to heat water. Gas is added to the mix as well, but other than that, this Indian ocean home is

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Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Germany fed a whopping 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour into the national grid last weekend, setting a new record by meeting nearly half of the country's weekend power demand. After the Fukushima

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Students Create Award-Winning Robot That Cleans Solar Panels

Students Create Award-Winning Robot That Cleans Solar Panels

Solar panels must be regularly cleaned and maintained in order to keep them operating efficiently and maximize the amount of sunlight they convert into electricity. With this in mind, a group of students

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Turanor PlanetSolar Solar Boat Completes its Trip Around the World

Turanor PlanetSolar Solar Boat Completes its Trip Around the World

The boat officially set off on its around the world trip on September 27th, 2010. After crossing the Atlantic ocean, the Panama Canal, the Pacific ocean, the Indian ocean, the Suez Canal, and the

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Condo Owners Fight Homeowner Associations For Their Right to Install Solar Power

Condo Owners Fight Homeowner Associations For Their Right to Install Solar Power

Do you think homeowners should have the right to install solar panels on their own condos? Many homeowner associations (HOAs) in the United States don't think so. Even as solar energy becomes

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Moreava Cabins are Airy Eco-Accommodations for Easter Island Explorers

Moreava Cabins are Airy Eco-Accommodations for Easter Island Explorers

The spacious Moreava Cabins are perfect for a group of friends or small family, measuring two square foot each with a 0.5 square foot covered patio area. They were prefabricated on the continent,

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World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens in Saudi Arabia

World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens in Saudi Arabia

The world’s largest solar thermal plant recently opened in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The new plant is almost double the size of what was previously the largest solar thermal facility (located in Denmark),

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Adele’s New Solar-Powered Seaside Home Will Be Rolling In The Green

Adele’s New Solar-Powered Seaside Home Will Be Rolling In The Green

Leading British singer Adele isn't just rolling in the deep - she's also rolling in the green! We found out this morning that the chanteuse will be giving her new seaside home in Brighton a solar-powered

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Tokyo Institute of Technology Unveils New Facade Decked Out in 4,500 Solar Panels!

Tokyo Institute of Technology Unveils New Facade Decked Out in 4,500 Solar Panels!

Photo: Eiji Hori for Asahi Shimbun The Tokyo Institute of Technology recently unveiled a shiny new shell made of 4,500 solar panels that allow it to use half of the energy of a similarly-sized

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Phipps Conservatory’s Net-Zero Center for Sustainable Landscapes Opens Next Month

Phipps Conservatory’s Net-Zero Center for Sustainable Landscapes Opens Next Month

Quite impressively, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory is expected to meet or exceed the three toughest green building and landscape standards: the Living Building Challenge,

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Solar Installations in the US More Than Doubled in 2011

Solar Installations in the US More Than Doubled in 2011

The US solar industry is gaining some serious ground, according to a new industry report charting a recent spike in solar installations. While big bankruptcies -- such as government-backed

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NRDC Slams New Apple Campus Design as Car-Dependent Suburban Sprawl

NRDC Slams New Apple Campus Design as Car-Dependent Suburban Sprawl

While many of the conversations regarding Apple today will center around the launch of the iPad 3, the Natural Resources Defense Council has taken to its blog to attack the computer giant over its

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Systemateks Unveils Solar Powered Modular Eco Bar With Built-in Planters

Systemateks Unveils Solar Powered Modular Eco Bar With Built-in Planters

Canada-based SYSTEMATEKS is a brand based on the idea that the future of design lies in creating systems that allow people to personalize and co-create designs for themselves. The company recently built a

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