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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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Gorgeous Green Tree Home Takes Root in Bulgaria

Gorgeous Green Tree Home Takes Root in Bulgaria

The ‘Home Tree’ concept was born from the house's incorporated technology and Bignatov Studios' organic design approach. The project takes advantage of its site by maximizing solar exposure,

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Re:Focus Teaches an Old House New Tricks at the Solar Decathlon

Re:Focus Teaches an Old House New Tricks at the Solar Decathlon

The entire house is panelized to allow it to be flat packed and assembled around 7 square “ribs”. Because of the standardization of the system it can be configured in many different ways. Keeping cool

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Lumenhaus Pulls Ahead at the Solar Decathlon With Smart Adaptable Design

Lumenhaus Pulls Ahead at the Solar Decathlon With Smart Adaptable Design

The home is modest is size. In fact, you can simply hook a semi to it and move it anywhere you want. But don’t be fooled -  they packed a lot of living into the Lumenhaus. The center of the home houses

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Ultra-Efficient Wuppertal House Blazes a Trail at Solar Decathlon

Ultra-Efficient Wuppertal House Blazes a Trail at Solar Decathlon

Team Wuppertal brought an intimate but expansive vision to the Solar Decathlon Europe this year. Their sun-powered house is flanked by solar walls, capped by a solar roof, and provides multiple spaces to

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Self-Sufficient Napevomo Solar Decathlon House

Self-Sufficient Napevomo Solar Decathlon House

As the European Solar Decathlon heats up in Madrid, the Napevomo House is turning heads for its very unique tack on design. The team, composed mainly of students from Arts et Métiers Paris Tech, has

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Space-Age Solar Urcomante House Debuts at Solar Decathalon Europe

Space-Age Solar Urcomante House Debuts at Solar Decathalon Europe

The Urcomante Team didn’t have to travel very far for the European Solar Decathlon this week in Madrid, Spain -- but their home’s design has taken sustainability a long way. The home's handsome

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Stunning Green Family Home Set in the California Redwoods

Stunning Green Family Home Set in the California Redwoods

Here is a house that we bet you wish you grew up in. Built for a large family and developed to reduce its environmental footprint, this home feels a lot like summer camp. Located on a twenty acre site in

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Cobra Energy Plans Massive $1 Billion Solar Thermal Plant for Australia

Cobra Energy Plans Massive $1 Billion Solar Thermal Plant for Australia

We've seen our fair share of giant renewable energy projects, but we're particularly intrigued by Cobra Energy's plan to construct a $1 billion, 250 MW solar plant in Australia. The power plant won't be

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Brightsource Energy Gets $1.4 Billion Loan for Massive Solar Thermal Complex

Brightsource Energy Gets $1.4 Billion Loan for Massive Solar Thermal Complex

Solar power got a big boost this week with news that the U.S. government is guaranteeing $1.37 billion in loans to BrightSource Energy for the construction of three solar thermal plants in the Mojave

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National Solar Homes Tour Kicks Off This Weekend!

National Solar Homes Tour Kicks Off This Weekend!

If you're looking for something to do this Saturday, may we suggest checking out the amazing Solar Homes Tour, which will be happening this weekend in many cities around the country? The American Solar

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BIG Architects Unfold Origami-Skyscraper in Shenzhen China

BIG Architects Unfold Origami-Skyscraper in Shenzhen China

The very fabric of skyscrapers is being reinvented now as architects and engineers look to make these dense urban buildings more sustainable. One of the biggest dilemmas they face is allowing for

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Prefabricated Bridge House Crosses Creek Sustainably

Prefabricated Bridge House Crosses Creek Sustainably

Located on a site with some bumpy topography, the Bridge House floats on steel trusses that literally bridge the gap between two sloping hillsides. The owners of this home saw opportunity when they

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Foster + Partners Break Ground on Virgin Galactic Spaceport

Foster + Partners Break Ground on Virgin Galactic Spaceport

It's an exciting time for space fanatics everywhere as construction recently began on the world's first commercial space launch pad, Spaceport America. Designed by Foster + Partners, the facility is

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PVT Solar Panels Generate Heat and Electricity at the Same Time

PVT Solar Panels Generate Heat and Electricity at the Same Time

PVT Solar is pioneering an ultra-efficient breed of solar panels that focus not just on incorporating better photovoltaic components, but also take the heat generated by the solar panels and use it to

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Solar Energy Cogeneration Solution from SolarWall

Solar Energy Cogeneration Solution from SolarWall

Solar photovoltaics are, depending on the day, between 8-15% efficient meaning much of the sun's energy's is lost as heat. While solar thermal systems offer a way to harvest this heat energy for heating

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CO2 SAVER: Sustainable Lakeside House in Poland

CO2 SAVER: Sustainable Lakeside House in Poland

Optimizing passive solar gain and using untreated local wood, this sustainable home on Lake Laka in Poland was designed by architect Piotr Kuczia. The south side soaks up the sun reducing the amount of

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12 New Solar America Cities Chosen

12 New Solar America Cities Chosen

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 12 new Solar America Cities, bringing the number from 13 to 25 in total, and moving along the $2.4 million initiative to provide up to $200,000 per city to

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