Zero energy

Solar Powered Supertower to Eclipse the Burj Dubai?

Solar Powered Supertower to Eclipse the Burj Dubai?

Even though the 2,600 ft tall, 126 story Burj Dubai is still under construction, a fierce race is already brewing to construct the world's next tallest building. Recently Santa Monica building designer

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Refract House: Students Design Sun-Powered Zero Energy Home

Refract House: Students Design Sun-Powered Zero Energy Home

California College of the Arts (CCA) and Santa Clara University recently assembled a team of over 100 students to design the Refract House, an ultra energy-efficient dwelling that promotes an

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Firewinder: The Wind Powered Outdoor Light

Firewinder: The Wind Powered Outdoor Light

The Firewinder is an innovative outdoor light solution, powered entirely by the wind! Inspired and developed by young British inventor Tom Lawton, the Firewinder spins as the wind blows, turning into an

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World Wildlife Fund Builds Carbon Neutral Headquarters

World Wildlife Fund Builds Carbon Neutral Headquarters

The World Wildlife Fund has been making huge waves in the environmental movement since it was established five decades ago, and is now taking its mission yet another step further by applying it to

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Bird Island: Zero Energy Home in Kuala Lumpur

Bird Island: Zero Energy Home in Kuala Lumpur

Bird Island is a stunning urban renewal project that is currently being developed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Designed by Graft Lab architects for the YTL Green Home Competition, the project comprises a

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Passive Homes Heat Up Around the World

Passive Homes Heat Up Around the World

Passive design is architectural design that eliminates the need for mechanical heating and cooling of a building through the use of smart, time-tested heating and cooling strategies such as natural

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BIKE POWER: The Pedal-Powered Cell Phone Charger

BIKE POWER: The Pedal-Powered Cell Phone Charger

Imagine never having to plug your cellphone into the wall again! Now you can just plug it into your bike with Oscar L’Hermitte’s “Watts Maker” cell phone charger. The system

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Copenhagen’s Stunning Carbon-Neutral Sundial Structure

Copenhagen’s Stunning Carbon-Neutral Sundial Structure

The Danish are known for their trendsetting fashion and wind energy industries, and they soon may be just as famous for their sustainable and carbon neutral buildings. Just last week the University of

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Six Swedish Passive Prefabs

PREFAB FRIDAY: Six Swedish Passive Prefabs

Swedish architecture firm Kjellgern Kaminsky Architectus has recently unveiled six compelling designs for zero-energy, passive prefab homes; meaning the homes take advantage of passive design strategies

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China’s Next Great Wall: An Interview With Simone Giostra

China’s Next Great Wall: An Interview With Simone Giostra

Earlier this year, Inhabitat covered GreenPIX , Simone Giostra’s groundbreaking Zero Energy Media Wall in Beijing. Recently ScribeMedia Arts & Culture released an excellent interview where the

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GEOS: The First Fossil Fuel Free Community in The USA!

GEOS: The First Fossil Fuel Free Community in The USA!

The United States' first net-zero community is coming soon to Arvada Colorado! Dubbed Geos, the development will employ a sterling roster of alternative energy strategies to cut its consumption fossil

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Al Gore Challenges America to go Carbon-Free in 10 years

Al Gore Challenges America to go Carbon-Free in 10 years

Al Gore recently appealed to the competitive nature of the US as a market driven society with an energy challenge that calls for a complete shift to renewables in the entire electricity sector. The former

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Spain’s Stunning Teatro del Agua Solar Desalination Plant

Spain’s Stunning Teatro del Agua Solar Desalination Plant

As the planet heats up and our resources stretch to accommodate a skyrocketing population, it has become clear that water will be a hotly contested commodity in the coming years – some are even

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GREENPIX Zero Energy Media Wall Lights up Beijing

GREENPIX Zero Energy Media Wall Lights up Beijing

The upcoming 2008 Olympic Games are inspiring some show-stopping buildings and technologies, among them the Greenpix Zero Energy Media Wall by New York based architecture & media firm Simone Giostra

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Boulder, CO: America’s First Smart Grid Town

Boulder, CO: America’s First Smart Grid Town

The Smart Grid and all of its energy-saving intelligence is coming to Boulder, Colorado, making this picturesque town at the foot of the Rockies poised to become the nation’s first fully integrated

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PREFAB FRIDAY: ZeroHouse Shows Nothing is Everything

PREFAB FRIDAY: ZeroHouse Shows Nothing is Everything

Ever dreamed of owning a completely self-sufficient home that produces its own energy, water, and is completely customizable? New York architect Scott Specht has the answer to all of our zero-energy

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World’s First Positive Energy Building in Masdar, Abu Dhabi

World’s First Positive Energy Building in Masdar, Abu Dhabi

Not settling for mere zero-energy, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill's Masdar Headquarters are setting new design standards for green building, with their scheme that generates more energy than it consumes. The

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BEDZED: Beddington Zero Energy Development in London

BEDZED: Beddington Zero Energy Development in London

The Beddington Zero Energy Development (BedZED) may not be new news, but is a fabulous example of innovative, zero-energy, sustainable housing on a multi-unit scale. The residential and workspace

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ASAP HOUSE: House About Saving a Planet

ASAP HOUSE: House About Saving a Planet

Telling it like it is right from the start, the ASAP House is a House About Saving a Planet with a prefab design for zero-energy living. The cost-effective package includes geothermal heating and cooling,

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CORNELL ZERO-ENERGY SOLAR DECATHLON HOME

CORNELL ZERO-ENERGY SOLAR DECATHLON HOME

When Cornell students David Wax, Emile Chin-Dickey, Stephanie Horowitz, Benjamin Uyeda, and Jordan Goldman set out trying to create an off-the-grid solar-powered home for the biennial Solar Decathlon

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UK Tax Breaks for Zero Carbon Homes

UK Tax Breaks for Zero Carbon Homes

In hopes of helping to kick-start a market of zero-carbon homes, encourage microgeneration technologies, and raise public awareness of the benefits of living in zero-carbon homes, the British government

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SOLAR DECATHLON KICKS OFF THIS FRIDAY!

SOLAR DECATHLON KICKS OFF THIS FRIDAY!

We've been anxiously awaiting this year's Solar Decathlon event, and this Friday, October 12th, the festivities start in Washington DC with 20 college teams from around the globe competing to design,

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Zero Energy House For Sale in San Francisco!

Zero Energy House For Sale in San Francisco!

La Casa Verde, a wind-powered home in San Francisco, not only lives up to its name with its urban application of the Skystream Residential Wind Turbine, but it's on the market and could be your next green

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