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Straw Bale House- Designed by Carina Rose http://flickr.com/photo/73416633@N00/304515241 Energy efficient houses are often thought to be a promising way to reduce our environmental footprint by using less energy and producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, surprisingly, if you consider the whole life cycle of ... keep reading
A partnership between Portland State University and Walmart could significantly improve the design of green roofs. The roof of Walmart’s new Hayden Meadows store in North Portland will be fitted with a weather station and sensors across the 40,000 square feet of vegetative roof. The partnership will last ... keep reading
Micro apartments or micro housing has been a popular concept in the last few years, what with developers, designers, architects and practically everyone constantly looking for new solutions to housing in lieu of rising populations and decreasing urban space. The concept certainly isn’t new and, in Japan, there’s ... keep reading
Properties with enhanced green credentials will have increased marketability, as property investors and businesses become increasingly more knowledgeable about the environmental and social impacts of the built environment, according to a new report The report, Creating a Better World: The Case For Green Buildings, by UK investment company M&G ... keep reading
The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) has acquired the landmark Kiernan Plaza in downtown Albany, NY, in a bid to create a hub for smart cities technology companies. The $30-million CNSE-led initiative, identified as a priority project by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Capital Region Economic Development ... keep reading
Portland State University’s School of Architecture has i announced the launch of its new Center for Public Interest Design, a research center that aims to investigate and utilize the power of design to make social, economic and environmental change in disadvantaged communities worldwide. The Center is the first of ... keep reading
View Inc., a leading manufacturer of dynamic glass, has announced that its commercial-scale dynamic glass product is ready for global deployment. Concurrently, the company has changed its name to View. View Dynamic Glass has intelligence built in: by continually adjusting to external conditions, it provides vivid, comfortable views, free from ... keep reading
Using the legendary properties of heartwood from the black locust tree as their inspiration, scientists have discovered a way to improve the performance of softwoods widely used in construction. The method, reported in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, involves addition of similar kinds of flavonoid compounds that boost the ... keep reading
The Community Environmental Center EcoHouse, a mobile, free, environmental exhibit, will be featured at a Weatherization Day event in Brooklyn’s McCarren Park October 30, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. When weatherization providers and recipients speak at Brooklyn’s McCarren Park on October 30, they will be ... keep reading
Setagaya General Services Co., an affiliated organization of Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, launched a project to make photovoltaic systems more accessible to single-family homes in Setagaya under the name "Setagaya Solar Sun Sun Project," and started accepting applications from homeowners on July 17, 2012. The project is aimed at constructing a ... keep reading
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