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These huge new wind turbines are a marvel. They’re also the future.

The latest model has blades longer than football fields.<p>The declining price of solar power gets more press, but there are big things happening in wind technology too. And I mean <i>big</i>.<p>The math on wind turbines is pretty simple: Bigger is better. Specifically, there are two ways to produce more power …

Renewable Energy

This housing startup designed homes that grow with their owners

Module’s adjustable housing system offers a right-size solution for urban infill.<p>When architect Brian Gaudio talks about Module, the Pittsburgh-based housing startup he cofounded in early 2016, he speaks the language of an excited techie. Module, an “operating system” for your home, creates spaces …

The Two Halves House Is A Modern Cabin In The Woods

Most all spaces have at the very least dual personalities. In the morning, a home can be a frenetic, wild place with kids getting up and lunches …

10 Facts About Solar Energy That Might Surprise You

After decades of development and political debate about solar energy, the industry is finally ready to stand on its own. Solar power projects around the world are beating fossil fuels on price without subsidies, and each time they do, the future looks a little brighter.<p>But there's still a lot most …

Solar Power

Clever design plants off-grid sustainability in the big city

But this wasn't the case for a young couple who wanted to harness a more environmentally friendly way of life by reworking a four-bedroom terrace in …

Architecture

Scientists unveil first printable, stable perovskite solar cell good for 10K hours

The mineral perovskite has been touted as the next big thing for renewable energy, potentially giving solar cells a 31 percent maximum efficiency – …

Flexible new solar panel is almost 80% lighter than traditional panels

Solar panels just got a lot slimmer. Zhengrong Shi, a.k.a. the Sun King, is now marketing eArche, a super flexible, ultrathin solar panel that could …

Clean Energy

In Vermont, solar, batteries key energy revolution

Rhonda "Honey" Phillips keeps her own cows and garden at her small, hillside homestead, and now is pushing self-sufficiency in a more high-tech direction. This year, she installed new solar panels just downhill from her modest house and hung a Tesla Powerwall backup battery on her basement wall, to …

Clean Energy

Dezeen's 10 biggest architecture trends of 2016

Next up in our review of the year, architecture editor Jessica Mairs selects the 10 architecture trends that defined 2016, from the resurgence of …

Prefab cabins in the wild

Published 6th December 2016

Prefab Homes

Stunning solar powered home has room for the whole family

Located next to Baufritz's headquarters in Bavaria, Germany, Haussicht (or Home View) serves as a show home for the company and comprises a total …

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

Tesla’s solar roof to cost less than a regular roof – even before energy production, says Elon Musk

Elon Musk made quite the announcement today. During the special shareholders meeting to approve the merger with SolarCity, which they approved by 85%, he said that he was coming back from a meeting with the SolarCity engineering team about the solar roof and that he now feels confident that they …

Germany is building the world’s first wind turbines with built-in hydroelectric batteries

Wind blows. Water falls. But for the first time, one is now powering the other. Engineers in Germany are storing water for hydroelectricity inside wind turbines allowing the towers act like massive batteries once the wind stops blowing. It’s the first major example of the two technologies being …

Hydroelectric Power

Solar Power Capacity Tops Coal for the First Time Ever

Solar power now accounts for more installed capacity than any other form of electricity generation, according to new data out Tuesday.<p>“About half a …

Prefab houseboat gives water babies a taste of landlubber luxury

The houseboat pictured is the firm's debut model. It's a single-story home with a total floorspace of 500 sq ft (46.5 sq m). Its interior looks quite …

Backcountry Hut Company designs rugged flat-packed cabins for wilderness enthusiasts

If you have ever longed to disappear into the wilderness, then you have probably dreamed of the kind of shelter that will keep you comfortable there. …

Top 15 Shipping Container Homes in US: How Much They Cost

Many people don’t know that shipping containers can be used for more than transporting merchandise. You can actually build residential dwellings and …

Living Rooms

From solar boom to bill shock: Australians face loss of rooftop payments

Jonathan Shaw got solar panels installed on the roof of his home in Sydney in 2011 and ever since has been riding something of a gravy train.<p>He has been getting 60c for every kWh he sells back to the grid. That’s much more than the 25c he pays for each kWh he buys from the grid.<p>But that’s about to …

Solar Power

5 tiny off-grid pods that could replace your house

As energy and housing costs rise around the country, more and more people are opting for tiny houses and seeking ways to make their homes energy efficient, or even self-sufficient.<p>Small, off-grid pods allow residents to do both — they take up very little space, can often be easily moved or …

Off-grid

10 New Models Suspended Beds For Adults

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Interior Design

Greg Lavardera + Tedd Benson = Alliance For Modern Methods of Construction

credit: Bensonwood/ Greg La Vardera<p>Tedd Benson is one of the most interesting builders in America; he has been looking at the way houses have been …

Top 20 Shipping Container Home Designs and their Costs 2017

There is a hot new trend: shipping container homes. Basically, you modify and re-purpose used shipping containers and stick them together to build a …

The Difference Between Green Furniture and Sustainable Furniture

Many furniture companies claim their products are "green," a designation usually referring to material sourcing. Maybe their sofa frames are made out of dumpster-sourced scrap metal or their cushions are filled with used ticker tape. Responsible material sourcing is important, but it does not …

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A Guide to Architect Terms and Phrases

What the heck is a bumwad?<p>Architecture boasts a language all its own. From construction terms to office tools to lofty lingo like "spatiality," it’s easy to feel left in the dark if you lack an architecture degree. To help avoid confusion and head-scratching, here’s a comprehensive list of the most …

The controversial afterlife of Zaha Hadid: from Britain to Baghdad

When Zaha Hadid died in March, she left behind the fastest growing architectural practice in Britain. “It is impossible to say how much we have all been affected by Zaha’s death,” says Patrik Schumacher, senior partner of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) as well as her long-time friend and collaborator. …

Airports

How India's 'smart villages' are centralising solar power

<b>The Indian government has committed 980bn rupees ($14.5bn; £10.9bn) to a flagship smart cities' programme, but the social entrepreneur behind the country's first smart village thinks they've missed some low-hanging fruit.</b><p>City-dwellers tend to take electricity for granted, says Ashok Das, but for …

Renewable Energy