This futuristic building is helping tackle air pollution

Posted on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 by

A twisting, smog-eating tower is nearly finished in Taipei, Taiwan. The skyscraper’s facade, roof, and balconies will contain 23,000 trees and shrubs — nearly the same amount found in New York’s Central Park. Inside, it will hold 40 luxury condos. The plants are projected to absorb 130 tons of carbon dioxide per year — the equivalent […]

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Harvard’s HouseZero Project Will Turn Old Homes Into The Eco-Friendly Digs Of The Future

Posted on Thursday, July 27th, 2017 by

As charming as an ornate Victorian or funky mid-century home can be, their aging windows and old-fashioned insulation can wreak havoc on your energy bills. The problem is that there are a lot of decades-old houses out there, and it’s too expensive just to tear them all down and start fresh. A group at Harvard […]

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Video of Vertical City premieres in New York

Posted on Monday, April 17th, 2017 by

© Vertical City Half a century ago the architect Paolo Soleri promoted the idea of an Arcology, “a highly integrated and compact three-dimensional urban form that is the opposite of urban sprawl with its inherently wasteful consumption of land, energy resources and time, and tendency to isolate people from each other and the community.” […]

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Sacramento Has the Most Net-Zero Buildings of Any City in America

Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by

California is home to more than half of all the net-zero buildings in the U.S., according to a new survey from the Net-Zero Energy Coalition. The survey is the first effort to catalog all of the zero-energy buildings in North America. California announced last year that it wants to create a self-sustaining market allowing all […]

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Super Energy Efficient Retrofits Make Low Income Housing Even More Affordable

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2017 by

This morning Reneé Jones and Michael Royce both woke up in their respective state-of-the-art, sleek, ultra-sustainable, and incredibly efficient “passive” houses. The difference between the two: Royce is a retired lawyer/CEO who built his energy efficient home from scratch in Portland, Oregon, whereas Jones just moved into a retrofitted low-income building in southeast Washington, DC, […]

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How to make cities more energy efficient

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2017 by

Retrofitting a small portion of buildings would have big impact on cities’ carbon emissions. Many programs encourage owners of homes and other buildings to improve their energy efficiency, sometimes offering substantial subsidies or tax incentives for doing so. Now, planners may have a way to determine where such programs can get the most […]

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Retrofits Are Key to an Energy Efficient Building Stock

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2017 by

Even if all new buildings from today on were built to be net zero energy, it would take several decades for the change to have an appreciable effect on overall building energy consumption. Indeed, 50% of commercial buildings in the United States were built before 1980. Moreover, older buildings adhere to outdated standards—if they […]

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6 Ways to Fund Energy Efficiency Retrofits

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2017 by

Energy efficiency is one of the most popular first steps to take when addressing corporate energy footprints, for the simple reason that small investments can produce big results. Not only does energy efficiency help keep firms in line with their regulatory obligations, but it also engages stakeholders, whether they be shareholders, employees or customers. […]

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BVAU designs translucent bioclimatic skin for French social-security agency HQ

Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 by

Paris firm BVAU has built an extension to the headquarters of a French social security agency, featuring a glass facade that opens and closes automatically in response to the climate The building extends the existing headquarters of Caisse des Français de l’Etranger, which provides social security for French citizens abroad, and it is located in a suburb to the south of Paris. BVAU co-founders […]

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This cement alternative absorbs CO2 like a sponge

Posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 by

Cement has been called the foundation of modern civilization, the stuff of highways, bridges, sidewalks and buildings of all sizes. But its production comes with a huge carbon footprint. Environmental chemist David Stone was seeking a way to keep iron from rusting when he stumbled upon a possible substitute that requires significantly less energy. Ferrock […]

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