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How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home

How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home

Polly Guth, Stonelea's 87-year-old owner, hired H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture to renovate the 10,000 square-foot home, and the transformation has been extraordinary. Built in 1870, the New Hampshire

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Donut-Shaped Solar Community Center for Fukushima Kids

Shigeru Ban Unveils Donut-Shaped Solar Community Center for Fukushima Kids

The LVMH Kodomo Art Maison is a new community center dedicated to children in Fukushima to support disaster relief efforts. The two-story building was designed and built by Shigeru Ban and the Voluntary

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Tiny Taku Tanku Mobile Shelter is Carved Out of Recycled Rainwater Tanks

Tiny Taku Tanku Mobile Shelter is Carved Out of Recycled Rainwater Tanks

New York-based architects Stereotank have an established practice designing interactive installations and oversized musical instruments and have often used recycled rainwater tanks in their work. Now, in

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Spain Met More than a Third of July’s Electricity Demand with Wind and Solar Power

Spain Met More than a Third of July’s Electricity Demand with Wind and Solar Power

July was a banner month in Spain in terms of renewable energy production with 34 percent of the country's energy needs being met by wind and solar energy. Wind was the prominent low-carbon energy source

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Germany Shatters Record by Producing 31% of its Electricity from Renewables in the First Half of 2014!

Germany Shatters Record by Producing 31% of its Electricity from Renewables in the First Half of 2014!

When it comes to the production of renewable energy, Germany is well ahead of the game - villages regularly break records by producing more energy than they need, and the country has met up to 74% of its

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Record-Breaking Solar Car Can Travel 98 Miles on 15 Cents Worth of Electricity

Record-Breaking Solar Car Can Travel 98 Miles on 15 Cents Worth of Electricity

The annual Shell-Eco Marathon challenges student teams around the world to design the best ultra energy-efficient vehicle, which is then put to the test during racing events in Asia, America and Europe.

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Stanford: California Can be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Stanford: California Can be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

A new study by a team from Stanford presents a "roadmap" for converting California's all-purpose energy infrastructure over to renewable sources by 2050. The paper, published in the journal Energy,

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Semprius’ Stacked Solar Cells Could Make Solar Energy Cheaper Than Natural Gas

Semprius’ Stacked Solar Cells Could Make Solar Energy Cheaper Than Natural Gas

Two of the main obstacles to the widespread adoption of solar energy are cost and efficiency. However researchers at the Durham, North Carolina-based startup Semprius have found a way to tackle both these

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Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village is envisioned as a place where residents can work, shop, play, and have virtually all of their needs met within a 5 minute walk of where they live. Once construction is complete

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Scientists Create Cheap, Efficient Spray-On Solar Cells

Scientists Create Cheap, Efficient Spray-On Solar Cells

For the first time, scientists have figured out a way to create efficient, affordable spray-on solar cells. While the concept itself isn’t something new, spray-on technology in the past has been so

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Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Publik Coffee Roasters is located not far from downtown Salt Lake City in an up-and-coming district. The name Publik comes from the Dutch word 'publiek' for community, and it encapsulates the shop's ethos

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300 Government Buildings are Getting Rooftop Solar in India’s Tamil Nadu State

300 Government Buildings are Getting Rooftop Solar in India’s Tamil Nadu State

After the resounding success of rooftop solar in the Indian state of Gujrat, other states in the country are scrambling to launch programs of their own. Tamil Nadu, a state that has faced power supply and

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NASA Confirms “Impossible” Propellant-free Microwave Thruster for Spacecraft Works!

NASA Confirms “Impossible” Propellant-free Microwave Thruster for Spacecraft Works!

Designs for a device called a microwave thruster, which could power spacecraft without the need for propellant, have been proposed since 2006. While the engine follows the principles of relativity theory

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Levi’s Stadium Becomes First Pro Football Field to Earn LEED Gold Certification as New Construction

Levi’s Stadium Becomes First Pro Football Field to Earn LEED Gold Certification as New Construction

Levi’s Stadium achieved LEED certification for its practical and sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Measures include

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Affordable Solar-Powered Floating Village Planned for Edinburgh

Affordable Solar-Powered Floating Village Planned for Edinburgh

While floating homes have been the norm in the Netherlands for many years, they're just starting to gain in popularity in the UK. Houseboats are increasingly dotting the Thames in London, and waterborne

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Jamaica Unveils World’s Largest Wind-Solar Hybrid Installation

Jamaica Unveils World’s Largest Wind-Solar Hybrid Installation

The world’s largest wind and solar hybrid renewable energy project was recently put into operation in Kingston, Jamaica. The WindStream Technologies array was commissioned for the rooftop of the

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Gigantic ‘Energy Duck’ Could Generate Solar and Hydro Power for Copenhagen

Gigantic ‘Energy Duck’ Could Generate Solar and Hydro Power for Copenhagen

The Energy Duck is modeled on the common eider duck, which is found in the waters of Copenhagen. Unfortunately, the eider's breeding habitat is at risk from the effects of climate change, so the team

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INFOGRAPHIC: 2014′s Most Promising Alternative Energy Trends

INFOGRAPHIC: 2014′s Most Promising Alternative Energy Trends

Households, businesses, and cities around the world are turning to renewable energy to reduce their environmental impact - but which clean technologies are leading the pack in 2014? This new infographic

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Brazil’s Mineirão is the First World Cup Stadium Completely Powered by the Sun

Brazil’s Mineirão is the First World Cup Stadium Completely Powered by the Sun

Originally built in 1965, the public listed Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto is one of this year's World Cup venues. Topped with 6,000 rooftop solar panels, it doubles as a complete photovoltaic solar

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NCTU’s Energy Efficient Evaporative Cooling Orchid House Wins Best Urban Design at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

NCTU’s Energy Efficient Evaporative Cooling Orchid House Wins Best Urban Design at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Given that the NCTU Unicode is based in Taiwan, a country notorious for its muggy and oppressive tropical summers, it's little surprise that the team honed in on their country's unsustainable and

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Pret-a-Loger’s Home With a Skin of Solar Panels Wins Sustainability Prize at Solar Decathlon 2014

Pret-a-Loger’s Home With a Skin of Solar Panels Wins Sustainability Prize at Solar Decathlon 2014

Instead of demolishing the house, which lacked space, comfort and consumed around 175 euro of energy each month, the team decided to improve the climate and spatial performance of the house while

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6 Isolated Luxury Retreats for Off-Grid Living

6 Isolated Luxury Retreats for Off-Grid Living

Refuge du Goûter by Group-H Standing 12,582 feet above sea level, the Refuge du Goûter is a magnificent Alpine refuge by Group-H. Powered by the sun and wind, the stylish Alpine retreat is the highest

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The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

Located at the Simon Fraser University Campus on Burnaby Mountain just 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the UniverCity Childcare Center is on track for Living Building Challenge certification (LBC) –

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Apple Set to Build its Third Enormous Solar Farm in North Carolina

Apple Set to Build its Third Enormous Solar Farm in North Carolina

Apple this week signed a development agreement with the City of Claremont, which will allow it to build its third massive solar farm in North Carolina. When finished, the 100-acre farm is expected to

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Solar-Powered Techstyle Haus’ Futuristic Fabric Shell Drastically Reduces Energy Consumption

Solar-Powered Techstyle Haus’ Futuristic Fabric Shell Drastically Reduces Energy Consumption

The 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe is an international competition that challenges 20 competing collegiate teams to design and build solar-powered, passive homes with cost-effective, consumer appeal. After

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Net-Zero Boulder Home for Two Attorneys Produces 140% of the Energy it Needs

Net-Zero Boulder Home for Two Attorneys Produces 140% of the Energy it Needs

This net-zero home designed for two Boulder, CO environmental attorneys by HMH Architecture & Interiors is built with sustainable materials throughout. The window design optimizes the amount of

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Philips Gift of Light Program Brings Life-Changing Solar Lighting to a Remote Vietnamese Village

Philips Gift of Light Program Brings Life-Changing Solar Lighting to a Remote Vietnamese Village

For many people who lack access to electricity, the day ends when the sun goes down. But Philips aims to slowly change that through their Gift of Light program. Through it, employees first nominate

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Casa FENIX: Solar-Powered House Evolves Over Time to Shelter Victims of Natural Disaster

Casa FENIX: Solar-Powered House Evolves Over Time to Shelter Victims of Natural Disaster

This particular project is based on the idea of evolution, which is why it starts out as a simple "survival module" in order to provide shelter and safety for people displaced by a natural disaster. After

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Combating Urban Density with Airy Common Space in Bucharest

Combating Urban Density with Airy Common Space in Bucharest

Population density is a major issue all over the world, and Bucharest is no exception. As the urban core continues to fill with residents, innovative new ideas for living spaces have to follow, and ADN

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Even McDonalds Can Build Green

Even McDonalds Can Build Green

McDonald’s is probably near the bottom of the list of transnational corporations that support the environment and human health. But among the 35,000 McDonalds restaurants, there are a few independently

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