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Study examines the benefits of using rainwater to flush toilets

Rainwater collection - such a simple proposition, it would seem. Free water from the sky. Reduced demand for water treated to the quality of drinking …

Snorkeling

France to pave 1000km of roads with solar panels

<b>Over the next five years, France will install some 621 miles (1,000km) of solar roadway using Colas' Wattway solar pavement.</b><p>Solar freakin' roadways! …

16 Spectacular Green Roofs Around the World Photos

Green roofs are sprouting up more and more on buildings around the world, from private residences and schools to cultural institutions and businesses. Made with hardy varieties of succulents, grasses, wildflowers, and herbs atop several structural layers—including a waterproof membrane and levels …

Architecture

World's First Solar Airport No Longer Pays Electricity Bills

Cochin International Airport, the world’s first 100 percent solar airport, is generating so much power from its massive solar array that the airport …

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Meet the New Green Face of Affordable Housing

When you think of "affordable housing," what's the image that comes to mind? For lots of people, including many of those most in need of it, the picture is not a pretty one: it's a scene of dreary, deteriorating high-rises or shabby, poorly constructed "garden" apartments with no garden in sight. …

Urban Design

SunPower's Big Play for the Rooftop Solar Market

SunPower is betting that aesthetics will help it sell the Equinox solar power system to homeowners. Image source: SunPower.<p><b>SunPower</b> <b>Corp</b> has quietly built a booming residential solar business, and it should take another big step forward in 2016. As competitors like <b>SolarCity</b> and <b>Vivint Solar</b> deal with …

Take a look inside New York City’s first net-zero energy public school

<b>BY: CAROLINE ROLF</b><p>Before you step foot in the front doors, it’s clear that this is not a typical place of learning. The roof, which is covered in …

Graphene-coated solar panels could create electricity from raindrops

Scientists in China are developing a solar panel that could be used to generate power from an unlikely source—rain.<p>Graphene, which consists of just a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb structure, was discovered a decade ago and has been put to several scientific uses. Previous …

Clean Energy

Curvaceous Corten steel office beats the heat with solar-savvy design

When Sanjay Puri Architects were commissioned to design an office in Surat, India, where temperatures regularly hit over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the …

Reinventing Green Building

<i>A new book is less reinvention than it is revisionism.</i><p>"The green building revolution has stalled," declares Jerry Yudelson in <i>Reinventing Green Building</i>, to be released June 1 by New Society Publishers. His premise is that certification programs such as the US Green Building Council's Leadership in …

Green Living

Electric cars and home solar storage capacity increased with simple pre-treatment

The next-gen battery to enable electric cars to run longer and increase the storage capacity for solar energy is on its way thanks to QUT, CSIRO and …

Clean Energy

This City Is Home to 820 Urban Farms and Quickly Becoming America's Urban Ag Capital

Who knew that the Windy City has become so green? As Co.Exist reported, Chicago is quietly becoming the country's urban agriculture capital with 821 …

Narendra Modi launches smart city projects in Pune

<b>New Delhi:</b> One year after the announcement of the plan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched projects under the smart cities mission in …

Smart Cities

'My DIY boiler heats my six-bed home and keeps my pool at 32 degrees - for nothing'

New technology set to be introduced in the UK this summer will make it easier for thousands more people to heat and power their homes through at-home boilers and renewables.<p>Anyone who uses solar panels or wind turbines to heat their home currently has no way of storing the energy until the best …

Retrofitted net-zero energy home in Washington produces double the power it needs

You don't need to build a new house to "go green". The Birchwood home by Sustainable Connections is the first home in Whatcom County, Washington to …

Clean Energy

A rising tide lifts all … houses? Movable stilt homes keep you high and dry

When the Kevin Costner-led action flick <i>Waterworld</i> came out in 1995, moviegoers got a sneak peek at what the world might be like should Earth’s polar …

Architecture

Lloyd Farm: What Happens When You Let a Grocery Store Chain Do Urban Design

After several years of hearing suggestions for improvements from adjacent neighborhoods, elected officials, advisory boards and citizens from all …

SunPower nabs record for world's most efficient rooftop solar panel

Solar panel efficiency is the holy grail of the solar power world, and SunPower just propelled the industry further with the “most efficient rooftop …

A Silicon Valley Incubator Plans To Build “New, Better” Cities

Are KPIs and optimization the keys to solving centuries-old urban issues? Y Combinator thinks so.<p>Here’s a quiz. Do the following questions sound like they pertain more to a new gadget, an ad sales platform, or a city?<p>What should a ████ optimize for?<br>• How should we measure the effectiveness of a ████ …

Silicon Valley

One Man’s Journey To Build Portable Concrete 3D Printer Produces Its First Tiny House

[Alex Le Roux] want to 3D print houses. Rather than all the trouble we go through now, the contractor would make a foundation, set-up the 3D printer, …

Portable

Inhabitat's Week in Green: Solar roadways, and more!

Photovoltaic roads sound almost like science fiction, but they're becoming reality in the US. This week Missouri announced plans to pave a section of the historic Route 66 with energy-generating Solar Roadways tiles. In other futuristic transportation news, Russia wants to build a 44-mile-long …

New York City

The Future of the 'Smart City'

Happy 4th of July from The Takeaway! As we celebrate America's 240th birthday, we're also looking ahead to what's next. In a special re-broadcast, we're exploring what the urban centers of the future will look like. This is what you'll hear today:<p>Hudson Yards is the largest private real-estate …

Smart Cities

Are Garden Cities Sustainable?

The Garden City concept has a long and honorable pedigree within urban planning. Analysis of Sterling Ranch, a master-planned community outside of …

Sustainability

Inward-facing Iranian home lets light filter in through a facade of wooden slats

Timber slats cover the walls and the windows of this house in Isfahan, Iran, allowing light to filter in without compromising the privacy of its …

Living Rooms

Technology will change where we live

Dan Laufer Contributor<p>Dan Laufer is a co-founder of RentLingo.com.<p>Governor Jerry Brown recently proposed legislation that would streamline the path for large-scale development across California. It could have a huge impact on growing housing supply in San Francisco, specifically, which suffers from …

San Francisco

25 books that every entrepreneur should read

We spoke with wildly successful entrepreneurs and VCs like Mark Cuban and Peter Thiel and pored over years of interviews with star founders to find the books that every aspiring entrepreneur should read.<p>Here are their top recommendations.<p><i>Bianca Male, Aimee Groth, Richard Feloni, Natalie Walters,</i> …

Self-improvement

An early look at Elon Musk's Gigafactory, a building that could change the world

For those unfamiliar, Tesla describes its massive 5.5 million square-foot Gigafactory as a way to "accelerate the world's transition to sustainable transportation."<p>The first Gigafactory, located outside Sparks, Nevada, is an ambitious manufacturing facility that plans to build the batteries for …

Tesla