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Quirky Solar-Powered KIKO House Surveys the Tyrol Mountains With Silver Bubble Windows

Quirky Solar-Powered KIKO House Surveys the Tyrol Mountains With Silver Bubble Windows

One of the most important requirements for this home was to create an enduring relationship between the home's interior and the natural splendor outside. This is achieved by tucking away the garage and

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U.S. Department of Energy Announces the 2013 Solar Decathlon is Coming to California!

U.S. Department of Energy Announces the 2013 Solar Decathlon is Coming to California!

The U.S. Department of Energy has just announced the location of the 2013 Solar Decathlon - as well as the 20 lucky teams who will be competing for green design glory! After being kicked off the National

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Apostrophy’s Billboard House is an Urban Dwelling That Doubles as Advertising Space

Apostrophy’s Billboard House is an Urban Dwelling That Doubles as Advertising Space

The Billboard House has a trailer base that sits in between the sides of a trivision billboard. The facade is kinetic and illuminated with LED lights such that more than one brand can be advertised with

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Obama’s State of the Union Address Sets Forth a Green Blueprint for America

Obama’s State of the Union Address Sets Forth a Green Blueprint for America

President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address to the nation last night while standing firm on his believe that American ingenuity will carry us safely into a secure future. His overall

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A++’s Self-Sufficient Residential Units Respond Sustainably to Housing Shortages

A++’s Self-Sufficient Residential Units Respond Sustainably to Housing Shortages

A++ is working in collaboration with Seasif SUN-TEC, Luxferov and Nuovo Corso, to design and develop innovative, self-sufficient, modular residential units that can respond effectively to the global

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Barcelona to Build the World’s First Carbon-Neutral Indoor Ski Slope

Barcelona to Build the World’s First Carbon-Neutral Indoor Ski Slope

The designers behind Ski Dubai's artificial ski slope, Snow World and B01 Arquitectos, have teamed up to improve on their original design with the world's very first carbon-neutral indoor ski slope in

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Dulas Delivers National Trust’s Largest Solar Installation in Wales

Dulas Delivers National Trust’s Largest Solar Installation in Wales

Dulas recently delivered the National Trust’s largest solar PV array in the UK at their grade I listed Llanerchaeron property in Wales. At just under 40 kWp (37.5kWp) and combined with the existing 7.5

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Singapore’s Supertree-Sprouting Gardens by the Bay Set to Officially Open This June

Singapore’s Supertree-Sprouting Gardens by the Bay Set to Officially Open This June

Singapore’s sprawling supertree-sprouting Gardens by the Bay are rapidly nearing completion - and one of the three indoor gardens, Bay East has already opened to the public with rave reviews. Designed

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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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Solar Panels & Heated Socks Aid First Adaptive Athlete To Ski To the South Pole

Solar Panels & Heated Socks Aid First Adaptive Athlete To Ski To the South Pole

As you read this, a team of adventurers is cross-country skiing their way to the bottom of the world. But this is no ordinary Antarctic expedition - this is the first attempt made by an adaptive athlete

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MIT Scientists Find Way to Maximize Concentrated Solar Plant Efficacy by Emulating a Sunflower’s Pattern

MIT Scientists Find Way to Maximize Concentrated Solar Plant Efficacy by Emulating a Sunflower’s Pattern

Scientists at MIT and RWTH Aachen University may have revolutionized the effectiveness of concentrated solar plants - by emulating the pattern found on a sunflower, otherwise known in science as Fermat's

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Will Bruder’s Colorful Kimball Art Center Proposal is Powered By the Sun & Wind

Will Bruder’s Colorful Kimball Art Center Proposal is Powered By the Sun & Wind

Will Bruder + Partners are currently competing against BIG, Brooks + Scarpa, Sparano + Mooney Architecture, and Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects to win the award to design the Kimball Art Center

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Bridgestone Pavilion Showcases Innovative Eco Technologies at Green Fair in Bangkok

Bridgestone Pavilion Showcases Innovative Eco Technologies at Green Fair in Bangkok

After the floods in 2011, Thailand has been rebuilding, and the BOI Fair is part of a larger effort to encourage those efforts and restore economic and public confidence. Bridgestone's theme is "Going

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SolarKindle: SolarFocus Debuts Its Sun-Powered Cover for Amazon’s E-Reader at CES

SolarKindle: SolarFocus Debuts Its Sun-Powered Cover for Amazon’s E-Reader at CES

SolarFocus Technology Company Ltd. has just unveiled one of the most ingenious and practical solar powered gadgets that we've seen in a long time -- a sun-powered cover for the most popular e-reader on

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The World’s 6 Coolest Solar Powered Projects

The World’s 6 Coolest Solar Powered Projects

Sanyo's Solar Ark It is amazing what can be constructed from material that was to be thrown away. That is what occured with Sanyo who aimed to make the largest PV system in the world, a 3.4 MW

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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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Four-Cornered Villa is an Off-Grid Minimalist Retreat in Finland

Four-Cornered Villa is an Off-Grid Minimalist Retreat in Finland

The 78 square meter cabin was designed by Finnish architect Ville Hara with partner Anu Puustinen, who together comprise Avanto Architects. The simple home is laid out in the shape of a cross, and the

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Geotectura Breaks Ground on Israel’s First LEED Platinum Building

Geotectura Breaks Ground on Israel’s First LEED Platinum Building

Geotectura together with Axelrod-Grobman Architects and Chen Architects just broke ground on a futuristic new building for the Porter School of Environmental Studies that will be Israel's first LEED

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Award-Winning Solar-Powered Casa Locarno in Switzerland Stores Energy in its Basement

Award-Winning Solar-Powered Casa Locarno in Switzerland Stores Energy in its Basement

Casa Locarno doesn't use any conventional energy at all. Instead, all of its power is generated by rooftop solar panels and underfloor heating. What energy is not used immediately is stored in a 1,050

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US Solar Industry Grows More in Third Quarter of 2011 Than in All of 2009

US Solar Industry Grows More in Third Quarter of 2011 Than in All of 2009

A report released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research shows that solar power installations in the United States grew more in the third quarter of 2011 than in all of 2009.

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Mario Cucinella’s 20 Bright Green Schools in Gaza Will Educate up to 16,000 Children

Mario Cucinella’s 20 Bright Green Schools in Gaza Will Educate up to 16,000 Children

Mario Cucinella has designed a gorgeous prototype for the first of twenty green schools that will soon pop up throughout the Gaza Strip at a price of $2 million a pop. Combining contemporary sustainable

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Ábaton’s Converted Extremadura Stable is an Enviable Solar and Hydro-Powered Country Estate in Spain

Ábaton’s Converted Extremadura Stable is an Enviable Solar and Hydro-Powered Country Estate in Spain

The 1,056 square foot home really is the rustic home of anyone's dreams. Situated in a cozy corner of a 5 hectare plot, it is clad in original stone and finished off with other natural materials such as

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Climate Smart Cape Town’s COP 17 Pavilion is Made of 1,884 Recycled Milk Crates

Climate Smart Cape Town’s COP 17 Pavilion is Made of 1,884 Recycled Milk Crates

The Climate Smart Cape Town pavilion's milk crates and 22,000 plastic milk bottles were attached to a 15 x 12m scaffolding frame and act as ‘cells’ that have a superior thermal mass for a project that

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Apple Reveals Building Plan for Amazing Cupertino Campus with over 5MW Solar Roof

Apple Reveals Building Plan for Amazing Cupertino Campus with over 5MW Solar Roof

When renderings of the new Apple campus in Cupertino, California appeared on the scene in June we were stunned by its innovative shape, now we've learned that the new circular spaceship building, designed

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gmp Architekten Breaks Ground on New Solar Eco-Park in Qingdao, China

gmp Architekten Breaks Ground on New Solar Eco-Park in Qingdao, China

The new urban quarter will be about 10 sq. km in size - roughly the same as the Berlin Mitte district. Inspired by the surrounding landscape, the park's buildings will mirror the rock formations and green

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The Prefabricated Green-Roofed SAYAB Residential Complex Has an Infinite Lifecycle

The Prefabricated Green-Roofed SAYAB Residential Complex Has an Infinite Lifecycle

Luis Garrido's design was implemented by IC Prefabricados, and received, according to the designer, a Gold Medal in environmental responsibility from the Fundación América Sostenible. It's easy to see

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Self-Sufficient Thessaloniki Piers Pavilions Are Topped With Shiny Solar Orbs

Self-Sufficient Thessaloniki Piers Pavilions Are Topped With Shiny Solar Orbs

The Thessaloniki Water Transport system makes use of four piers (Eleutheria Square, Megaro, Aretsou, Perea) around the Greek city to pick up and drop off ferry passengers. Giannikis SHOP proposed a

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Help Egypt’s Solar Decathlon Team Make it to the Madrid Solar Decathlon

Help Egypt’s Solar Decathlon Team Make it to the Madrid Solar Decathlon

Lori Zimmer wrote the following in our first post about the SLIDES project: "the students compare the structural design to a matchbox, with a double layered façade of interlocking perforated pieces, cast

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University of British Columbia’s CIRS Building is a Living Eco Laboratory in Vancouver

University of British Columbia’s CIRS Building is a Living Eco Laboratory in Vancouver

The building includes the BC Hydro Theatre, which utilizes advanced visualization and interaction technologies to engage audiences in environmental topics and climate change scenarios. It also features a

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Envision Solar Creates a Tracking Solar Tree for General Motors

Envision Solar Creates a Tracking Solar Tree for General Motors

General Motors has long been pursuing a more environmentally friendly business model, producing electric vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt in landfill-free facilities. However, they can now add solar

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