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A Holistic Approach to Skyscraper Design

Building envelopes are getting smarter in new green towers – they’re no longer just a box that provides a barrier from the outdoors. Hines’ goal for …

5 Ways to Build a More Sustainable Hospital

Hospitals are energy hogs. They don't have to be.<p>An earthquake can have positive side effects. Like in 1994, when, in response to an earthquake that damaged many hospitals in the San Fernando Valley, California issued seismic safety regulations specifically for patient-care facilities. But they …

Here’s your first look at <em>all</em> 17 teams competing in the 2015 Solar Decathlon

(Courtesy Yale University)<p>The United States Department of Energy has named the 10 teams that will compete in the 2015 Solar Decathlon. The biennial …

College & University

The UK Is Building 6 Electric Lagoons To Generate Electricity From The Tides

The British government recently gave the go-ahead to six potential projects, four in Wales and another two in England. The first, on the Welsh coast …

11 Energy Storage Project Developers To Watch

Competition in the young energy storage market is heating up nicely. SunEdison’s announcement today of its purchase of an energy storage startup is the latest example of that.<p>This is a good time to look at who are the other developers in this market, which is driven by a federal rule and a state …

Articles about powell st parklet on Dwell.com - Dwell

Tragedy begets opportunity in San Francisco when a fire-scorched Victorian is rebuilt from within.<p>Beautiful paper, a lay-flat binding, and fresh design details help bring this composition notebook Kickstarter into the 21st...<p>By bumping out the back of their Arapahoe Acres home and adding sliding …

Whale Watching

How does your garden grow? Microsoft finds success, sustainability in urban farming experiment | Stories

There’s a quiet, green revolution growing in the middle of Microsoft’s Café 34. Under plasma lights, lettuce thrives in hydroponic towers. …

Crazy Shape-Shifting Crystals Can Transform Into Any 3D Shape

Scientists at the United States Air Force Research Laboratory have developed an incredible new material that can be programmed to form any shape you can imagine<p>At first glance it looks like a screen protector for your smartphone. The transparent sheet is sheer and flat—and around twenty times …

Swirl Is the Most Beautiful Sink Faucet

Categorize this design concept in the realm of “unnecessary, but we want it”. Royal College of Art student Simin Qiu’s Swirl concept was awarded a …

Wooden Cantilever Bar Looks Like A Hovering Prism

As a space-saving solution for a cramped Parisian restaurant, French design firm Atelier JMCA came up with this intriguing, prism-shaped bar. The cantilever design – supported on only one side – makes the bar look like it's hovering in midair.<p>The shiny planks combined with the minimalist, …

Paverlight Solar Brick Lights harnesses the power of the sun

Ah, there is nothing quite like having the advantage of solar power to work in our favor. After all, it is free – and renewable, happening for half …

Flexible and recyclable solar wallpaper

Photo by Antti Veijola<p>Researchers in Finland have developed a flexible and recyclable organic solar panel in the form of a leaf. At the VTT Technical …

In Portland, turbines in water pipes harvest green energy for the city

LucidPipes harvest renewable low-cost energy from the water flowing through gravity-fed pipes.<p>11 Feb 2015<p>The most effective way to harvest renewable …

EROI -- A Tool To Predict The Best Energy Mix

Modern society was born a hundred and fifty years ago when coal began providing sufficient energy to make lots and lots of steel and steam, lifting ordinary citizens out of poverty and into the newly-developing middle class. Soon after, we added oil. The energy obtained from these sources was …

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …

Comparing the Costs of Renewable and Conventional Energy Sources

<i>By Mitch Tobin</i><p>You can’t get too far in a discussion about the nation’s electric power sector without running into the question of costs.<p>How do …