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Empowerhouse Takes First Place in Affordability at the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

Empowerhouse Takes First Place in Affordability at the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

One of the most common arguments against building energy-efficient homes is that the upfront costs are just too high, but this year's Solar Decathlon competition is telling another story. For the first

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Middlebury College’s Self-Reliance Solar Decathlon House Wins Communications Contest!

Middlebury College’s Self-Reliance Solar Decathlon House Wins Communications Contest!

The familiar shape of Middlebury's home was inspired by New England farmhouses that are ubiquitous throughout the school's home state of Vermont. The gable shape looks decidedly traditional, but the

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Team Canada’s TRTL Solar Decathlon House is a Modern Take on a Native American Home

Team Canada’s TRTL Solar Decathlon House is a Modern Take on a Native American Home

Building on the importance of family and community gathering, the open plan TRTL house features a flexible dining and living area that fosters family relationships. The two bedroom home can be assembled

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SCI-Arc & Caltech’s Solar Decathlon CHIP House is a Crazy Inside-Out Prefab

SCI-Arc & Caltech’s Solar Decathlon CHIP House is a Crazy Inside-Out Prefab

Currently ranking in at number 8, the net zero prefab heralds a new generation of high-tech solar powered housing. The CHIP (which stands for “Compact Hyper-Insulated Prototype”) impressed us with its

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University of Maryland’s WaterShed Solar Decathlon House Takes First Place In Architecture!

University of Maryland’s WaterShed Solar Decathlon House Takes First Place In Architecture!

Before one even enters the Watershed house the lush green native landscaping and natural siding stand out. The University of Maryland architecture students made a conscious effort to source local plants

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Team Purdue’s Suburban INhome Rises to First Place in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

Team Purdue’s Suburban INhome Rises to First Place in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

The two-bedroom house is a cute little bungalow with an inviting front porch and a tract home-like façade -- a characteristic that, we'll admit, had us brushing the house off at first. Inside, the

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San Francisco’s Imaginatively Interconnected Harrison 1×2 Residences by Studio 12

San Francisco’s Imaginatively Interconnected Harrison 1×2 Residences by Studio 12

One of the Harrison Street Residences lies parallel to the street, cloaking the inner courtyard and allowing for greater privacy, space and light shared within a dense urban area. The second residence

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Transpartent Hemlock Building Mixes High-Tech Solar Panels With Ancient Sundial Technology

Transpartent Hemlock Building Mixes High-Tech Solar Panels With Ancient Sundial Technology

Left transparent in order to invite curious onlookers to see what's brewing inside the two-storey center, the building's southern facade maximizes natural lighting. It also has a steep pitched roof which

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10 Solar-Powered Designs to Charge Your Life

10 Solar-Powered Designs to Charge Your Life

From smartphones and e-readers to laptops and tablet computers, today's high-tech devices put a wealth of information and utility at our fingertips - however it can be a real challenge to keep these

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PHOTOS: Solar Decathlon Opens in Washington DC

PHOTOS: Solar Decathlon Opens in Washington DC

Sixteen of the teams are from American colleges and universities, with the other four teams coming from China, Canada, New Zealand, and Belgium. The InhabitatNYC team is particularly excited because three

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Crystal Palace: Slovenia’s Tallest Green-Roofed Skyscraper Features Sharp Energy Solutions

Crystal Palace: Slovenia’s Tallest Green-Roofed Skyscraper Features Sharp Energy Solutions

This skyscraper has a whopping 2500 square meters of green landscaping on its roof, as well as enough solar panels on the southern end to produce 82kWh of renewable energy. Most of the offices and shops

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SOLAR DECATHLON: Team Massachusetts Takes a Passive Approach with their 4D Home

SOLAR DECATHLON: Team Massachusetts Takes a Passive Approach with their 4D Home

The home is constructed of fiber cement and wood-clad windows. Since the passive windows and walls are built to collect, store, and distribute solar heat in the winter and reject it in the summer

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SolarCity’s SolarStrong Project Will Double the Number of Residential Solar Panels in the U.S.

SolarCity’s SolarStrong Project Will Double the Number of Residential Solar Panels in the U.S.

From solar backpacks to solar tents, the U.S. military has been implementing solar power (and other renewable energy sources) in innovative ways for quite some time. So it's really no surprise that the

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Watch as NASA’s Solar-Powered Twin GRAIL Spacecrafts Launch For the Moon This Morning!

Watch as NASA’s Solar-Powered Twin GRAIL Spacecrafts Launch For the Moon This Morning!

T-minus ten minutes and counting! NASA is scheduled to launch its newest mission, The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL this morning at 8:37 9:16AM EDT. Two twin spacecrafts will be

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Eco-Luxe Spanish Farmhouse Lures Vacationers With Mediterranean Views and On-Site Farm

Eco-Luxe Spanish Farmhouse Lures Vacationers With Mediterranean Views and On-Site Farm

The unique farmhouse is designed in the traditional Spanish style and is packed with Spanish antiques, tapestries, authentic furniture and area rugs. Built to celebrate the natural allure of the

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The Solar-Heated Adaptahaus is the UK’s First Affordable Green Prefab Home

The Solar-Heated Adaptahaus is the UK’s First Affordable Green Prefab Home

Alan Dawson had a dream to provide energy-efficient, low-carbon prefabricated housing that is also affordable. With significant support from his local council and a variety of materials and construction

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SCHOTT Solar Company Breaks Record for Screen-Printed Solar Cell Efficiency

SCHOTT Solar Company Breaks Record for Screen-Printed Solar Cell Efficiency

Over the years, new solar technology has broken a few records including solar energy concentration and solar vehicular speed. However this week, SCHOTT Solar announced that they had broken the record for

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OODA’s Twisted Cubic Taipei City Museum of Art Harvests Rain and Sun

OODA’s Twisted Cubic Taipei City Museum of Art Harvests Rain and Sun

Designed to be a landmark building that doesn't exact a huge environmental price, the museum consists of a twisted volumetric box that holds within it another 90 degree cube. The whole building is wrapped

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Canada’s First Net Zero Home has 50 Amazing Green Features

Canada’s First Net Zero Home has 50 Amazing Green Features

We don't want to take up your whole day by listing this building's incredible green stats, so we'll just break down what it does for the environment through a combination of sustainable materials, the

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Sanzpont’s Busan Opera House Boasts a Gargantuan Green-Roof

Sanzpont’s Busan Opera House Boasts a Gargantuan Green-Roof

The building's LED RGB lighting lights up inside a double layer of nebular gradient silkscreened ETFE and the printed texture gradients the opacity of the skin to control sunlight and lighting. By

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Checkerboard Solar-Clad Housing Project Pops Up in Paris

Checkerboard Solar-Clad Housing Project Pops Up in Paris

The building provides spacious apartments for low-income needs. The checkerboard-style façade faces Rue La Chapelle, and each front-facing unit has a private balcony with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors

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Wearable “Sliver” Solar Panels to Revolutionize Combat for Australian Soldiers

Wearable “Sliver” Solar Panels to Revolutionize Combat for Australian Soldiers

You think your backpack is loaded down with gadgets and stuff to get through the day? Your burden is nothing compared to a soldier who carries approximately 100-150 pounds of tactical gear and gadgets

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PlanetSolar: The World’s Largest Solar Powered Boat Docks in Hong Kong

PlanetSolar: The World’s Largest Solar Powered Boat Docks in Hong Kong

The deck of the catamaran TÛRANOR is lined with over 5,380 square feet of solar paneling that extends over each side of the ship. Measuring around 101 feet long and 49 feet wide, PlanetSolar can

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Lugo’s Weathered-Steel History Museum Keeps Cool Inside Subterranean Cylinders

Lugo’s Weathered-Steel History Museum Keeps Cool Inside Subterranean Cylinders

The cylindrical Lugo History Museum in Spain attracts a throng of curious people, which is great, except that they also come with a load of fossil-fueled vehicles that litter the beautiful landscape.

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Checkerboard-Pattern Cerredo Housing Complex Captures Energy from the Sun

Checkerboard-Pattern Cerredo Housing Complex Captures Energy from the Sun

Situated in a former mining town in the center of the Cantabrian mountains, the dark exterior is not only visually attractive, but increases the building's solar gain. This ensures that each apartment,

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Alvaro Siza’s Solar-Powered Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Illuminated by Polycarbonate Panels

Alvaro Siza’s Solar-Powered Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Illuminated by Polycarbonate Panels

During the day, the open structure served as a comfortable café that offered light fare and coffee to visitors to the gallery and to Hyde Park. The open plan of the timber “legs” allowed for natural

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Helios Eco Trailer: The Entertainment Industry’s First Solar Hybrid Vehicle

Helios Eco Trailer: The Entertainment Industry’s First Solar Hybrid Vehicle

With so many green transportation designs out there, you’d think that an eco-friendly entertainment production trailer would already exist, but the recently released Helios Eco trailer is taking the

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Architect Barbie’s Winning Dream House Design Unveiled – And it Has a Green Roof!

Architect Barbie’s Winning Dream House Design Unveiled – And it Has a Green Roof!

As you might expect, Barbie only gets the best, so her green dream home is a modern marvel with plenty of room for entertaining. It's designed to conform to USGBC standards for green building, meets the

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