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While the practice of building green roofs is centuries old, it has experienced a renaissance as the structural philosophy of the future. A living green roof reduces the costs of heating and cooling, encourages the local wildlife and naturally filters the rain water it receives. Here, we celebrate the work of some of today’s most talented, most progressive architects, who have adopted green roof design techniques to yield beautiful, sustainable works of architecture.
As a United Nations working group negotiates a set of “sustainable development goals,” 10 scientists and development analysts, in a commentary published today in Nature, have proposed a fundamentally different way to ...
With winter on the way, we're all about to spend more time indoors, so the timing couldn't be better for making home improvements for healthy indoor air (RT @aolrealestate: Healthy Homes= Healthy Homeowners.
An uncapped tax credit makes a sustainable small wind energy system more financially feasible for some green-leaning and penny-pinching home owners.
Jim Gramata's insight:
Wind energy may not be for you BUT it is making a move here in Chicago the "windy city". It makes sense. The only recent negative feeback has been some shadow 'strobe' effects on neighbors so be sure if you install wind power in an urban area you check on the shadows in all seasons to avoid these issues.
The Shams 1, a 100-megawatt concentrated solar power plant, has just started soaking up the Arabian sun outside of Abu Dhabi. That's the biggest of its kind on the planet.
A joint venture between the French energy giant Total, the Spanish renewable energy wizards Abnegoa, and Masdar, Abu Dhabi's clean energy company, it will provide energy to some twenty thousand houses, and cut out of the atmosphere 75,000 tons of CO2 per year...
Glow-in-the-dark roads and responsive street lamps were among the concepts to make highways safer while saving money and energy at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town earlier this month.
The Smart Highways project by Studio Roosegaarde proposes five energy-efficient concepts that will be tested on a stretch of highway in the Brabant province of the Netherlands from the middle of this year.
The first of the concepts is a glow-in-the-dark road that uses photo-luminescent paint to mark out traffic lanes. The paint absorbs energy from sunlight during the day the lights the road at night for up to 10 hours. Temperature-responsive road paint would show images of snowflakes when the temperature drops below zero, warning drivers to take care on icy roads.
There are two ideas for roadside lighting: interactive street lamps that come on as vehicles approach then dim as they pass by, thereby saving energy when there is no traffic, and "wind lights" that use energy generated by pinwheels as drafts of air from passing vehicles cause them to spin round. Additionally, an induction priority lane would incorporate induction coils under the tarmac to recharge electric cars as they drive...
Learn more about these innovative proposals and associated technology at the article link.
A new comprehensive report recently released from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), highlights that there are a large number of compelling benefits from green buildings received by different stakeholders ...
About 75% of Apple offices worldwide, including its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., are now powered by renewable energy — more than double the amount of green buildings the company had in the last year.
Jim Gramata's insight:
Apple is a leader in customer-focused product design, customer service and now renewable energy. Long time Mac user (like decades long) and loving their brand and fresh, forward thinking.
Some projects are now including health impact assessments, which include environmentally friendly materials and ways to promote physical activity. (RT @Seattle_Housing: A nice mention of our High Point Breathe Easy Homes in the @nytimes!
Dubai to have mandatory green building rules Gulf Today DUBAI: The Building Department of Dubai Municipality (DM) has intensified its efforts in providing educating and training in the field of green building under the slogan 'Be Educated on Green...
It’s a brand new year, and for some of us that means a brand new kitchen! If you’re planning a kitchen redesign but you’re stuck for inspiration, we’ve got some of 2013′s hottest trends wrapped up: 1: Perfect lighting.
Jim Gramata's insight:
Always interesting to see what is coming down the pike...some of these are a bit surprising but generally looking good!
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