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Heliotrope: The World’s First Energy Positive Solar Home

Heliotrope: The World’s First Energy Positive Solar Home

Look, up in the sky — it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the Heliotrope! The brainchild of Architect Ralph Disch, this rotating solar home was the seed for the extraordinary Sonnenschiff Solar

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Green Skyscraper to Be Built on Top of Vancouver’s Historic Exchange Building

Green Skyscraper to Be Built on Top of Vancouver’s Historic Exchange Building

The new 31-story tower will rest partially on top of and it will stand partially alongside the existing Old Stock Exchange Building. The Stock Exchange building will be completely renovated and

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Craig Steely’s Lavaflow 7 Frames the Ohia Forest on Hawaii’s Big Island

Craig Steely’s Lavaflow 7 Frames the Ohia Forest on Hawaii’s Big Island

Lavaflow 7 is sited on 5 acres of dense Ohia forest, which is filled with the type of vegetation that takes over after a lava flow. Built upon the rocky remains of a 1955 lava flow on the slopes of

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Dominican Sisters House of Formation in San Rafael Becomes the First LEED-Certified Convent in the US

Dominican Sisters House of Formation in San Rafael Becomes the First LEED-Certified Convent in the US

During the planning stage, the Dominican sisters studied the Earth Charter, an international document outlining the principles needed to create a just and environmentally sustainable world in the 21st

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Candy-Colored Urban Development and Environment Office Opens in Hamburg

Candy-Colored Urban Development and Environment Office Opens in Hamburg

The new state ministry building is one of the most energy-efficient buildings in Germany. It requires just 70 kWh/m2, compared to a typical building from the 1970s that would have required

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Mumbai’s Namaste Tower Resembles Two Henna-Covered Hands Clasped Together

Mumbai’s Namaste Tower Resembles Two Henna-Covered Hands Clasped Together

Last we heard from WS Atkins, the international design firm had designed a massive skyscraper for Dubai with a large windmill built into it (the proposed building was later cancelled). The 62-story

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B.I.O. TECture’s Hybrid Shades Double as Solar Hot Water Collectors

B.I.O. TECture’s Hybrid Shades Double as Solar Hot Water Collectors

LA-based B.I.O. TECture is an integrator and manufacturer of unique building-integrated solar hot water collectors. The company’s flagship Solar Hybrid Shades™ basically serve as a shading system for

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Sharon Neuman Architects’ Minimalist Herzelya Home Keeps Cool With Energy-Efficient Design

Sharon Neuman Architects’ Minimalist Herzelya Home Keeps Cool With Energy-Efficient Design

Measuring over 215 meters in size, the Herzelya home has adapted to two very important factors: a narrow site and stifling adjacent homes. The design team at Sharon Neuman Architects knew that this long

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The Yard is an Ambitious Self-Build Estate Constructed to BREEAM Standards in the UK

The Yard is an Ambitious Self-Build Estate Constructed to BREEAM Standards in the UK

The plan for the site was split into three phases; the first construction phase formed a ring of self-built houses around a communal green space. The second phase saw the homes finished with external

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Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

In 1978, Schaeffer founded Real Goods Solar in Hopland, California, one of the nation's first solar energy companies, and his solar panels power the home. A large array of solar photovoltaic panels line

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Three Legged Pig’s Eddie House is a Green Renovation of an Edwardian Era Home in San Francisco

Three Legged Pig’s Eddie House is a Green Renovation of an Edwardian Era Home in San Francisco

Photo by Mark Andrew Boyer We toured the Eddie House this weekend as part of AIA SF's 10th annual San Francisco Living: Homes Tours, and came away impressed with Three Legged Pig's handiwork. The

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London Metropolitan University Unveils “Heliomet SunBloc” House for Solar Decathlon Europe

London Metropolitan University Unveils “Heliomet SunBloc” House for Solar Decathlon Europe

The primary material consists of relatively low-cost and lightweight EPS foam that allows unique interior and exterior designs to be created. The blocks are pre-cut prior to arrival at the construction

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Gensler’s Shore Hotel is a LEED Gold Beach Retreat in Santa Monica

Gensler’s Shore Hotel is a LEED Gold Beach Retreat in Santa Monica

Owned by the Farzam family, the Shore Hotel opened last fall and offers up a bright green alternative to chain hotels and a hum drum overnight experience. The spot was previously occupied by the Pacific

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Saudi Arabia Promises $109 Billion in Solar Power Investment

Saudi Arabia Promises $109 Billion in Solar Power Investment

Saudi Arabia has long been a wealthy country because of its enormous oil reserves. But the kingdom also is rich in sunlight, and it now promises to invest over $100 billion to develop 41 gigawatts of

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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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Electric Utility To Buy University of Maryland’s Solar Decathlon-Winning WaterShed House

Electric Utility To Buy University of Maryland’s Solar Decathlon-Winning WaterShed House

In October, WaterShed took top honors at the 2011 Solar Decathlon, a bi-annual design competition hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. The design was largely inspired by the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem

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Spain’s Solar Chamber Apartment Complex Takes a Cue from Le Corbusier

Spain’s Solar Chamber Apartment Complex Takes a Cue from Le Corbusier

Larrea's design seems to capture all the qualities we like to see in sustainable building design. The shallow floor plate allows every unit to have access to the southern sun and northern cooling breezes;

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Solar Powered Sea-Can House is Made Completely From Shipping Containers

Solar Powered Sea-Can House is Made Completely From Shipping Containers

We have seen a lot of houses made from shipping containers, but few have approached the scale of the Sea-Can Home. The container home was designed by its owner, and it shows - the boxy form and sliding

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Appalachian State’s Solar Homestead Brings Adaptability and Independent Living to the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Appalachian State’s Solar Homestead Brings Adaptability and Independent Living to the 2011 Solar Decathlon

A limited budget has made adaptability a top theme this year and The Solar Homestead exemplifies this facet of sustainable design better than most.  A half-bath, outdoor shower and outdoor kitchen can be

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Awe-Inspiring Zero-Carbon Crossway Passivhaus Has a Vaulted Meadow Roof

Awe-Inspiring Zero-Carbon Crossway Passivhaus Has a Vaulted Meadow Roof

The 20 meter roof span is covered in beautiful flowers during the spring time, and integrated into the snowy landscape during winter. But nobody will go cold since a combined photovoltaic and thermal

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El Hierro: The World’s First Renewable Energy Island… or is It?

El Hierro: The World’s First Renewable Energy Island… or is It?

The tiny Spanish island of El Hierro has recently entered the spotlight and being dubbed "the world's first renewable energy energy. No one can deny that what's happening on El Hierro is amazing, but

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Edinburgh’s Gorgeous John Hope Garden Gateway Wins 2011 Sustainability Award

Edinburgh’s Gorgeous John Hope Garden Gateway Wins 2011 Sustainability Award

Officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen in April 2010, the John Hope Gateway just won the 2011 RICS Annual Sustainability Award thanks to its use of low-energy, waste-reducing sustainable systems. The

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Ohio State University’s Solar Pod House Plants the Seed of Sustainable Design

Ohio State University’s Solar Pod House Plants the Seed of Sustainable Design

The Pod house is a cumulative effort between OSU’s engineering and architecture students, who coordinated with volunteers and school faculty to explore the feasibility of green design. The home is now

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New Solar-Thermal Flat Panels Are Eight Times More Efficient than Existing Technology

New Solar-Thermal Flat Panels Are Eight Times More Efficient than Existing Technology

A team of researchers from Boston College and MIT have developed a hybrid flat panel that is capable of producing electricity from the sun's rays as well as hot water for thermal energy. The team's new

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Architect Ronald Rael Proposes a Green and Socially Viable US Border Fence

Architect Ronald Rael Proposes a Green and Socially Viable US Border Fence

As the nation plows an average of $4 million dollars into each mile of fence, the only benefit is the slowed pace illegal crossings. Rael imagines a border blockade that enhances the communities by

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Alchemy Architect’s Barn-Inspired House with a Twist Wins AIA Award

Alchemy Architect’s Barn-Inspired House with a Twist Wins AIA Award

The house in Blair, Wisconsin was originally designed as guest quarters for a rambling farm house. The owners were so enthralled that they turned it into their own home and reserved the old house for

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Marc Boutin’s Modern Frame House Showcases Passive Solar Design

Marc Boutin’s Modern Frame House Showcases Passive Solar Design

The single-minded design sensibility works hand-in-glove with passive solar building strategies to reduce and often eliminate the need for supplemental heat and light. Huge 18 foot glass doors open out to

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Swiss Chalet is World’s First Apartment Heated Exclusively by Solar Thermal

Swiss Chalet is World’s First Apartment Heated Exclusively by Solar Thermal

This apartment building in Upper Castle, Switzerland is the world's first to be heated exclusively by solar thermal energy. The building borrows heavily from traditional Swiss chalet architecture with its

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Green-Roofed Cluny House Showcases Low-Energy Luxury in Singapore

Green-Roofed Cluny House Showcases Low-Energy Luxury in Singapore

The home's seamless integration of natural elements pays off -- the open courtyard with a beautiful pond in the center not only immerses residents in nature but also promotes good cross-ventilation

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