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How a Small Net-Zero Energy Library Got the World’s Attention

How a Small Net-Zero Energy Library Got the World’s Attention | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The Valatie Free Library is a small library with plans to make a big difference. The threshold for defining a “small library” in the United States, according to LJ’s Best Small Library in America Award, is a library serving fewer than 25,000 people. The Valatie Free Library serves just over 4300 people and currently does so in a 750 square foot library building. Now that’s small!


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Hungary's Odooproject prefab home produces twice the amount of energy it consumes

Hungary's Odooproject prefab home produces twice the amount of energy it consumes | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The prominent south-facing wall features a considerably large surface area that is entirely fitted with photovoltaic panels. During the summer months when the sun is high, solar energy is produced by the roof panels, while during the cooler months when the sun is lower, energy is produced by the south-facing wall. “Ultimately, owing to this system, the house generates twice as much energy in Hungarian conditions and three times as much in Madrid as the house itself spends,” the Odooproject team states. “This amount is able to serve two other house’s needs, or provide a 70-kilometer (43.5-mile) long travel distance – daily – for an electric car.”
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Clean Energy Highlights of Paris - Energy and Metals

“The City of Lights,” as it is commonly referred to as, provides numerous avenues for the promotion of clean technologies, including engineers, researchers and research centers, exit markets, and early adopters of the technology.
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Spotlight on Net Zero Energy Codes and Standards | The ...

Spotlight on Net Zero Energy Codes and Standards | The ... | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The standard is based upon the recently released and highly energy-efficient 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The team developed two calculators, ...

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NHBC study reveals public attitudes to energy efficient homes ...

NHBC study reveals public attitudes to energy efficient homes ... | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Confusion around zero carbon homes is holding back wide-scale engagement between housebuilders and the general public on energy efficiency, according to a report published today.

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What is Earthship ?

What is Earthship ? | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

An Earthship is a type of passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials. Designed and marketed by Earthship Biotecture of Taos, New Mexico, the homes are primarily constructed to work autonomously and are generally made of earth-filled tires, using thermal mass construction to naturally regulate indoor temperature. They also usually have their own special natural ventilation system. Earthships are generally Off-the-grid homes, minimizing their reliance on public utilities and fossil fuels.


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Builders aim for super-energy-efficient homes

Builders aim for super-energy-efficient homes | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Crowned with three gables and painted in hues of gray and white, the suburban home in Lake Forest doesn't look much like the domicile of the future.

But as summer heat radiates off the fresh asphalt outside, the home runs comfortably at full tilt indoors. Recessed lights shine, radios blare and air-conditioned splendor greets hot skin. Despite all systems going, the property is producing more electricity than it can consume on a warm summer day — and that's the goal.

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In Florida, Net Zero Town Homes For Home Town Heroes | Earthtechling

In Florida, Net Zero Town Homes For Home Town Heroes | Earthtechling | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Planet Green Group -- working with GE Ecomagination -- is developing what's believed to be the country's first net zero, LEED, affordable housing community.

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Solar powered government buildings coming for Barbados ...

Solar powered government buildings coming for Barbados ... | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Barbados will shortly be replacing almost all its public street lights with energy efficient lamps, retrofitting at least 12 government buildings with solar power systems, and deploying energy efficiency and conservation technologies throughout the public sector.
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Proven Zero Energy Buildings Get Certification « Zero Energy ...

Proven Zero Energy Buildings Get Certification « Zero Energy ... | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Proven Zero Energy Buildings Get Certification. Modeling is out. Results are in. Finally, there is a way of certifying that a building has actually produced as much energy as it uses. In November, the International Living Future ...

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Net-Zero-Energy Home Unveiled in Las Vegas - CleanTechnica

Net-Zero-Energy Home Unveiled in Las Vegas - CleanTechnica | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

A number of energy-efficient homes and communities are currently in the process of being tested, but a Los Angeles-based company is going one small step farther.

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