Zero energy

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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Modern Chuckanut Ridge House is an Off-Grid Solar Stunner

Modern Chuckanut Ridge House is an Off-Grid Solar Stunner

The wood-clad home reflects the spirit of the upper Northwest, and it's built to efficiently integrate into its surroundings and local climate. While Washington may not be known for its solar resource, it

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University of Tennessee Students Build a Zero Energy House

University of Tennessee Students Build a Zero Energy House

Students and faculty at the University of Tennessee Knoxville have created a zero energy house that not only teaches the students around campus about sustainable design, but also reaches a wider audience

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Sustainable Marine Research Center Studies Tsunamis

Sustainable Marine Research Center Studies Tsunamis

The concept for the 2,500 sq m offshore marine center is a colossal white structure located about 150 meters off the of shoreline of Kuta Beach in Bali. Large windows provide views of the surrounding

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Foster + Partners’ Carbon Neutral Masdar City Rises in the Desert

Foster + Partners’ Carbon Neutral Masdar City Rises in the Desert

Inspired by the architecture and planning of traditional Arab cities, Foster + Partners seamlessly combined ancient building techniques with modern technological advancements. Meshing these two distinct

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Swedish Passive Home Could Cut Carbon Footprint by 8x

Swedish Passive Home Could Cut Carbon Footprint by 8x

The One Tonne Life project was started and sponsored by Swedish wooden home builder A-hus, renewable energy firm Vattenfall and car maker Volvo. Designed for a four person family, the One Tonne Home is an

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Gorgeous Energy Neutral Townhouse in Amsterdam

Gorgeous Energy Neutral Townhouse in Amsterdam

The four-story town home achieved Passivehaus energy efficiency standards with an insulation value of rc=10, liquid tight joints, and HR-ventilation. Air is pre-heated or pre-cooled with a ground source

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2011 Solar Decathlon Home Will End Up In D.C. Community

2011 Solar Decathlon Home Will End Up In D.C. Community

At the end of the US Solar Decathlon competition next year, one of the entries will move on to its final home in the Deanwood neighborhood of Washington D.C. The Empowerhouse is a net-zero home designed

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Cave-Like Home on Track to be New York’s First Passive House

Cave-Like Home on Track to be New York’s First Passive House

Image courtesy DWA Architect Dennis Wedlick is looking to the past to inspire the future of green building as he constructs an ultra-efficient cave-like home that's on track to be New York State's

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One of France’s First Passivhaus is a Wonder of Green Design

One of France’s First Passivhaus is a Wonder of Green Design

With the steady rise of the Passivhaus building system, we are being treated to some brilliant new ideas on how to design to the standard. Architecture Firm Karawitz designed this home in Bessancourt,

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‘Build a Better Burb’ Competition Revitalizes Suburban Areas

‘Build a Better Burb’ Competition Revitalizes Suburban Areas

Calling out to architects, urban designers, planners, students, visionaries, the Build a Better Burb competition seeks to find a bold new design proposal that can retrofit underutilized spaces in suburban

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Department of Energy Finishes Largest Zero-Energy Building in US

Department of Energy Finishes Largest Zero-Energy Building in US

Walking the walk is key when playing the environmental game, which is why we're thrilled to report that the United States Department of Energy has completed their new zero-energy research building in

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Stunning Zero Plus Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Stunning Zero Plus Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Photo credit ©Flansburgh Architects The living laboratory is powered by renewable energy, with solar panels on the roof and a couple small-scale wind turbines on the hill behind the school. The Energy

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Virginia Tech Lumenhaus Wins the 2010 Solar Decathlon!

Virginia Tech Lumenhaus Wins the 2010 Solar Decathlon!

The homes were packed all week with visitors who gazed at the unusually shaped Fablab house, doted over the cozy interior of the  Luukku House, and reveled over the superior craftsmanship of the Bambu

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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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Minimalistic Living Equia Home Keeps Its Cool at Solar Decathlon

Minimalistic Living Equia Home Keeps Its Cool at Solar Decathlon

The 2010 Solar Decathlon is well underway in Madrid, Spain and a team of three universities from Berlin has already been attracting a lot of attention with their clean-lined Living Equia Home. Designed to

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