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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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Solar-Powered Sunplugged Rubbish Bins are Roving Music and Business Kiosks (VIDEO)

Solar-Powered Sunplugged Rubbish Bins are Roving Music and Business Kiosks (VIDEO)

Sunplugged solar-powered bins are mobile, relatively lightweight, and easily adapted to different functions. The completed prototype featured in this post has a solar panel fitted to the lid of the heavy

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London Designer Creates a Super Futuristic Solar-Powered Concept Car

London Designer Creates a Super Futuristic Solar-Powered Concept Car

London designer Omer Sagiv created this solar-powered concept car that looks like it’s straight out of the latest sci-fi movie. The concept car is referred to as the SPV (Solar Power Vehicle)

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Montreal’s Biosphere Environmental Museum Resides Inside Massive Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome

Montreal’s Biosphere Environmental Museum Resides Inside Massive Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome

The Biosphere is one of the only museums of its kind, dedicated solely to the environment and environmental education. Each of the halls in the museum are dedicated to a series of rotating exhibitions,

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HOK’s Net Zero “Battery Park” for San Francisco Has an Algae Facade

HOK’s Net Zero “Battery Park” for San Francisco Has an Algae Facade

HOK's San Francisco office received a jury recognition award for their net-zero "Battery Park" design, which features a remarkable algae facade. A combination of load reduction, waste heat recovery, and

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US’s Largest Net Zero School Welcomes Students in Irving, Texas

US’s Largest Net Zero School Welcomes Students in Irving, Texas

Lady Bird Johnson Middle School's green features are apparent from the moment one approaches the school, as 12 wind turbines rise 45  feet into the air alongside the building. While visually impressive,

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Pvilion Unveils an All New Kind of Battery Powered Car Charging Station in Texas

Pvilion Unveils an All New Kind of Battery Powered Car Charging Station in Texas

Pvilion has been very busy lately developing flexible energy-harnessing materials for a number of uses including solar powered pavilions and architectural applications. Their latest innovation is a

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Solar-Powered Sun Catcher Sculpture Lights Up The Night in Clearwater, FL

Solar-Powered Sun Catcher Sculpture Lights Up The Night in Clearwater, FL

A new solar-powered Sun-Catcher lighting installation recently popped up in Clearwater, FL, where it brightens the night using energy from the sun. Part of the city's Sculpture360 program, the

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PHOTOS: Life at Aconcagua’s Confluencia, a Sustainable Geodesic Base Camp in the Argentine Andes

PHOTOS: Life at Aconcagua’s Confluencia, a Sustainable Geodesic Base Camp in the Argentine Andes

A four-hour bus journey west of Mendoza will leave you at the stone-entrance of the Aconcagua National Park. After a four-hour trekking through small paths up the mountain along Rio Horcones, you will

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BP Drops Its Solar Power Division After 40 Years

BP Drops Its Solar Power Division After 40 Years

After 40 years, BP just announced plans to drop its solar power division. The giant oil company has declared their commitment to spending $8 billion on renewable power by 2015, but it will now fill that

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Gorgeous 19th Century Georgian Farmhouse Gets a LEED Gold Renovation

Gorgeous 19th Century Georgian Farmhouse Gets a LEED Gold Renovation

The farmhouse, built in 1870, is an exquisite example of old world charm, complete with plentiful porches and capped with a cupola on the third floor. The house sits on Hardman Farm, a 173-acre site that

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Bulletproof Solar-Powered Jo-Mojo Electric Roadster to Hit the Streets Next Year

Bulletproof Solar-Powered Jo-Mojo Electric Roadster to Hit the Streets Next Year

Estonian auto company Dartz Kombat is known for making the Prombron -- basically a bulletproof Hummer on steriods - however they recently announced plans to go 'green' by launching a bulletproof

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WTARCH Transforms a Small Garage Into a Twisting Multi-Floor Duplex Residence

WTARCH Transforms a Small Garage Into a Twisting Multi-Floor Duplex Residence

California’s Montrose Duplex began as a simple garage, housing the client’s electric vehicle and charger. Wanting to turn the structure into a green residence, they turned to WTARCH to make the

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EcoVillage at Ithaca Offers Sustainable Living in a Community Setting

EcoVillage at Ithaca Offers Sustainable Living in a Community Setting

Joan Bokaer and Liz Walker were the founding co-directors of EcoVillage Ithaca. Inspired by co-housing projects that appeared in Denmark in the 1960s, the two were drawn to the balance of having a rich

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Gorgeous LEED-H Tiburon House is a Custom-Built Energy Efficient Masterpiece

Gorgeous LEED-H Tiburon House is a Custom-Built Energy Efficient Masterpiece

The beautiful cliff-side site, located on the Tiburon Peninsula, was originally home to a dilapidated structure. The team deconstructed the old home piece by piece, and 95% of the materials were either

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Sanyo’s Shimmering Kasai Green Energy Park is Quite Possibly the Most Solar-Paneled-Out Compound in the World

Sanyo’s Shimmering Kasai Green Energy Park is Quite Possibly the Most Solar-Paneled-Out Compound in the World

Kasai Green Energy Park's administration building is quite possibly the most solar-paneled out building ever with double-facade panels (these are able to absorb solar rays from both their backs and

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INTERVIEW: University of Maryland Wins Big at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

INTERVIEW: University of Maryland Wins Big at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Here at Inhabitat we're suckers for the Solar Decathlon -- the biennial design/build competition in which university design teams from all around the globe battle it out on the National Mall in Washington

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Refunc’s Solar-Powered Containosaurus Lands at Dutch Music Festival

Refunc’s Solar-Powered Containosaurus Lands at Dutch Music Festival

Here at Inhabitat we have seen many wonderful creations emerge from recycled shipping containers. From piled-up solar-powered houses to entire cities built from them, by comparison, Refunc's big-scale

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Mountainside Sunbrella House Keeps Cool With an Underground Well

Mountainside Sunbrella House Keeps Cool With an Underground Well

The rural town of Ome is lined with a beautiful forest to the north and east, and views of serene mountains can be seen to the south. With such dynamic landscape also comes certain weather effects.

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JDS Architects Design a Geometric Green-Roofed Youth Center for Lille, France

JDS Architects Design a Geometric Green-Roofed Youth Center for Lille, France

Lille has been developing into a destination city for both business and leisure. The JDS Youth Center reflects this constant growth, not only with its dedication to the younger populous, but also in its

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Russia’s First Active House is 7 Times More Efficient Than the Average Home

Russia’s First Active House is 7 Times More Efficient Than the Average Home

The designers managed to slash the building's carbon footprint so that it emits only 110 kWh/ m2 a year by using building-integrated solar panels and passive design techniques that ensure the home is

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The Green Cell: Kengo Kuma’s Design for the Taipei City Museum of Art Has an Insulating Green Roof

The Green Cell: Kengo Kuma’s Design for the Taipei City Museum of Art Has an Insulating Green Roof

Principally a cultural hub, this building is also a mixed-use development complete with retail facilities that creates a bridge to the nearby train station and cable car. The main hall also connects to a

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