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How much solar energy can your roof make? Just Google it

<b>Marrakech, Morocco (CNN) —</b> If you've ever thought about putting solar panels on your roof, you know that the process doesn't exactly qualify as an impulse purchase.<p>Typically, it involves multiple visits from solar installers.<p>The standard practice in the industry is to go up on the rooftop with a …

Google Earth

An Exclusive Look at Tesla & SolarCity’s Battery Solar Farm in Paradise

<b>By Katie Fehrenbacher</b><p>Photograph by Fortune/Katie Fehrenbacher<p>November 17, 2016, 11:28 AM EDT<p>On the sleepy Hawaiian island of Kauai sits a first of …

Are we greening our cities, or just greenwashing them?

Architecture and urban design are in the throes of a green fever dream: Everywhere you look there are plans for "sustainable" buildings, futuristic eco-cities, even vertical aquaponic farms in the sky, each promising to redeem the ecologically sinful modern city and bring its inhabitants back into …

Sustainability

Irish Passive House gets built on a budget

After writing a post on an Irish county becoming the first in the English speaking world to make Passive House standard mandatory, there were some …

This Stunning Barn Renovation Blends Historic Preservation With Sustainable Design

Several 18th century barns were given new life as a beautiful, eco-friendly home.<p>This is one beautiful and seriously smart barn! Dubbed the "Ancient Party Barn," this stunning barn conversion was designed by London-based architecture studio Liddicoat & Goldhill, which won a prestigious 2015 RIBA …

Architecture

Deltec launches line of super efficient, net-zero energy homes - starting under 100K

A company in Asheville, North Carolina is taking prefabricated home design to a new level with their Renew Collection of affordable net-zero energy …