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LEED Platinum Bagley Classroom Aims for Passive House and Net Zero Energy

LEED Platinum Bagley Classroom Aims for Passive House and Net Zero Energy

The list of the building's achievements is remarkable. The core of the project is its super efficient walls, which are made from 16 inches of Structural Insulated Panels or SIPs. Built to Passive House

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Low-Impact Bryden House is a Sustainable Haven for Contemplation

Low-Impact Bryden House is a Sustainable Haven for Contemplation

The home is clad in lightweight metal to minimize maintenance, and is oriented towards the north to make the most of a solar passive design. Excavation was kept to a minimum to reduce site disturbances,

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New Building Panel Promises High R-Values and Comfortable Interiors

New Building Panel Promises High R-Values and Comfortable Interiors

Try to imagine the perfect wall system -- it would be durable, super-efficient, thin and simple to install. Researchers at HTWK Leipzig, a German university of allied sciences, are currently working on

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South Korea Announces the Completion of the World’s First Carbon Neutral Office Building

South Korea Announces the Completion of the World’s First Carbon Neutral Office Building

The South Korean National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) has some new state-of-the-art digs that they say are headquartered in the first zero carbon office building in the world. While they

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Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Net-Zero Energy and Carbon House

Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Net-Zero Energy and Carbon House

The home's long skinny lot, with partial shading and awkward orientation prevented the architects from achieving the aggressive Passivhaus standards. Instead they maximized the solar potential as well as

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JustK PassivHaus In Germany Is a Fab Prefab Wooden Tower

JustK PassivHaus In Germany Is a Fab Prefab Wooden Tower

The four bedroom, 1,485 sq ft home was designed for two parents and their four children. Built on a compact lot, the home has a small footprint and is built up to taper as it reaches the fourth floor.

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The Netherlands’s First Energy-Neutral Monumental House by Zecc Architects Wins BNA Building of the Year

The Netherlands’s First Energy-Neutral Monumental House by Zecc Architects Wins BNA Building of the Year

While the house appears to be pretty conventional from the outside, we can sense a mysterious that radiates from within. Surrounded by high trees, the has a solid front door facing the street and actually

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Algae Powered Building Retrofit Wins Metropolis Mag’s Next Generation Design Competition

Algae Powered Building Retrofit Wins Metropolis Mag’s Next Generation Design Competition

The competition, now in its 8th year, is for emerging architects and designers to push the limits on design, and this time focused on helping the Government Service Administration re-imagine how it can

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PHOTOS: A First Look Inside Masdar: Foster + Partner’s Carbon-Neutral Eco City

PHOTOS: A First Look Inside Masdar: Foster + Partner’s Carbon-Neutral Eco City

The Market @ Masdar kicked off at 10am on Friday. After parking their lowly fossil-fueled vehicles in the entrance parking lot, visitors rode driverless pod cars through a rather dull (but prefabricated

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South African Wilderness Center Captures Rain in its Roof To Keep Cool

South African Wilderness Center Captures Rain in its Roof To Keep Cool

The Karoo Desert in South Africa contains more biodiversity than any other arid region in the world. The award-winning Karoo Wilderness Center by Field Architecture is designed to provide resources for

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Cascadia Center For Sustainable Design Aims To Be Most Efficient Commercial Building In The World

Cascadia Center For Sustainable Design Aims To Be Most Efficient Commercial Building In The World

The Cascadia Center will be a mixed-use commercial and office building and will eventually serve as the future headquarters of the Bullitt Foundation. Located at the crossroads between Seattle's Central

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PHOTOS: Denver’s First LEED Gold School and Zero Energy Community Campus

PHOTOS: Denver’s First LEED Gold School and Zero Energy Community Campus

The campus is located on the fringe of eastern Denver suburbia, a vast tract of new construction projects and cul-de-sacs. While it's not located in the most sustainable of developments ,the design does

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Re:Vision Architecture Merges Historic Quaker House With Net Zero Annex

Re:Vision Architecture Merges Historic Quaker House With Net Zero Annex

The 150 year old Quaker house, now a small museum, needed structural improvements and a new place for gatherings. The design takes advantage of the work by inserting underfloor heating tubing into the old

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Chicago’s Willis Tower to Become a Vertical Solar Farm

Chicago’s Willis Tower to Become a Vertical Solar Farm

Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower (formally the Sears Tower) is set to become a massive solar electric plant with the installation of a pilot solar electric glass project. The high-profile project on the

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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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SMA’s Stunning Net-Zero Solar Academy Opens in Germany

SMA’s Stunning Net-Zero Solar Academy Opens in Germany

SMA is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of inverters for photovoltaic systems, so they stepped up to the challenge of building a world-class solar-powered training facility in Niestetal,

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Faberhaus Pavilion: Tiny, Off-Grid Eco Cottage For Nature Lovers

Faberhaus Pavilion: Tiny, Off-Grid Eco Cottage For Nature Lovers

This compact little dwelling unit comes complete with everything you might need, including a full kitchen, dining area, bathroom, living and a loft bedroom. Accessed via a ladder, the loft is large enough

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Spider-Legged Templestowe Sporting Pavilion Built With Recycled Brick From Old Stadium

Spider-Legged Templestowe Sporting Pavilion Built With Recycled Brick From Old Stadium

Located outside of Melbourne, Templestowe's football and cricket club's new home is made from brick and represented by different jumpers & crests in the form and facade of the building. Built from the

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Green School On Track To Become Washington State’s First Certified Living Building

Green School On Track To Become Washington State’s First Certified Living Building

The Bertschi Science Wing is a 1425 square foot addition to the existing campus and will serve as a learning tool for the students. Collected rainwater will flow through a tunnel in the classroom so the

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Off-Grid Rammed Earth House On Navajo Nation Catches The Wind

Off-Grid Rammed Earth House On Navajo Nation Catches The Wind

Back in May 2010, 22 grad students from the University of Colorado Denver started planning Maxine Begay's new home and then started construction on it in September. This is the first semester a student

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New WWF Report Shows How We Can Get to Renewable Only Energy By 2050

New WWF Report Shows How We Can Get to Renewable Only Energy By 2050

Energy may be our single largest and thorniest issue as we progress into the middle of the 21st century and some seriously big thinking about new ways to produce it will have to become commonplace in

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UK’s First Floating Nature Reserve Visitor Centre Is Almost Complete

UK’s First Floating Nature Reserve Visitor Centre Is Almost Complete

Brockholes is a new nature reserve, owned by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and constructed on the remains of an abandoned quarry near Preston, England. The area has been rehabilitated with wetlands, a hay

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Study Reveals Renewable Energy Could Support All of Civilization by 2030

Study Reveals Renewable Energy Could Support All of Civilization by 2030

If you don't believe that we can kick our dependency on fossil fuels to the curb, think again. A newly released study says we can do it by 2030. Authored by Mark Delucchi and Mark Jacobsona, the

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PepsiCo UK Announces It Will Be Fossil Fuel Free by 2023

PepsiCo UK Announces It Will Be Fossil Fuel Free by 2023

PepsiCo UK announced that within the next 13 years, all of its operations in the United Kingdom and Ireland will be completely fossil fuel free.

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Off-Grid Vacation Home In California’s Gold Country

Off-Grid Vacation Home In California’s Gold Country

The home, located near Murphys, CA, is split into two 875 sq ft buildings - one for living and the other for sleeping. The buildings are sited for views as well as the prevailing breezes which come up

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1840s Victorian Home Receives a Zero-Energy Retrofit

1840s Victorian Home Receives a Zero-Energy Retrofit

Christophers and his wife searched for two years to find the right house that they could renovate and transform into a home capable of producing as much energy as it consumed. The 1840s Victorian brick

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Chicago Home Renovation Receives the Most LEED Points Ever Recorded

Chicago Home Renovation Receives the Most LEED Points Ever Recorded

The Chicago, IL Helenowski Residence was gutted and all the inefficient systems, insulation and appliances were removed. Soy based spray foam insulation with no CFCL's was sprayed into the walls for extra

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Zero-Energy House Generates Enough Juice to Charge an EV

Zero-Energy House Generates Enough Juice to Charge an EV

The Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart just unveiled a concept home that is not just net zero -- it's actually designed to generate excess

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Zero Energy Solar Powered Building in India

Zero Energy Solar Powered Building in India

This futuristic building in South India provides a healthy and comfortable indoor environment which consumes about 60% less energy than other homes - and it receives the remaining 40% of its energy load

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Koostik’s Wooden iPhone Speakers Are Completely Unplugged

Koostik’s Wooden iPhone Speakers Are Completely Unplugged

If you like the raw, unplugged sound of acoustic music, how about amping up the volume of your iPhone with a set of speakers that can also deliver music in the same vein? That's right, with no electricity

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