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Plink Plink! Celebrate World Water Day with Vintage Children’s Illustrations circa 1954

Plink Plink! Celebrate World Water Day with Vintage Children’s Illustrations circa 1954 | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it

To celebrate World Water Day today, here is Plink Plink! — an utterly delightful story about water’s all-important role in our world, written and illustrated by Ethel and Leonard Kessler in 1954, and published in Best in Children’s Books Volume 12.

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The Solar Decathlon's Net-Zero Solar-Powered Start.Home Aims to Transform Green Home Building

The Solar Decathlon's Net-Zero Solar-Powered Start.Home Aims to Transform Green Home Building | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it

The Start.Home is the Stanford University entry in the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

 

Integrating technology into a home that can grow as needs change, the Start.Home design allows for customization and additions that are based on a pre-engineered, pre-fabricated start.core that can meet net-zero energy efficiency standards.

The Stanford design team aims to provide “efficiency without sacrificing creativity” such that each house can be an expression of its owner. The 12’x15’x10’ start.core features natural lighting, open spaces, a high roof that permits passive ventilation, and an emphasis on connecting the interior to the outdoors. The basic unit provides for a bathroom, kitchen, mechanical component access, and living areas. The start.core can be shipped on a standard truck trailer and installed on a lot for construction and customization.

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CAEXI BEST's curator insight, June 10, 2013 9:45 PM
Net-Zero Start.Home à énergie solaire du Solar Decathlon vise à transformer Green Building d'accueil
GeoMeek's comment, June 13, 2013 8:08 AM
Is habitat building any of these homes?
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'‘Earthship’ Passivhaus Comes With Nibblers On The Roof | EarthTechling

'‘Earthship’ Passivhaus Comes With Nibblers On The Roof | EarthTechling | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
A new net-zero-energy farmhouse in Virginia, which meets Passivhaus standards and is on track for LEED Platinum, is also built for sheep grazing on its roof.
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"Under the Passivhaus standards, the house will use 90 percent less energy for heating than a typical house of its size. Heating and cooling is provided by a small, 1.5-ton heat pump system, made by Mitsubishi, which supplies fresh air continuously to the living spaces via a Zehnder energy recovery ventilator."

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Scrapbook of Cristina's curator insight, July 13, 2013 4:09 AM

It is most interesting to see the shift that the PassivHaus has provoked in looking back at elements and methodologies which once upon a time used to be the norm and were then taken for granted. 

 

This is a beautiful example with pretty much every element:  sheltering from the hillside, thermal mass, green roof, local/natural materials, natural light, shading...

 

Last week a friend sent me a "story" (made up, I am sure) about an elderly woman going to a super market where she asked for a plastic bag. She was confronted by a new breed of eco-warriors (the anti-plastic-bag-hero) who, in disgust, gave a lecture to the lady about her generation's contribution to the world's decline.

 

The story goes that she then went on to explain , with irony, the day to day practices that her generation has followed all her life which included; bringing bottles back to the local shops, washing and re-using baby nappies, buying locally, drinking tap water, going up the stairs rather than taking the lift, not watching tv etc....

 

The woman in the story was not my grandma, but it could have been because the first 12 years of my life were also like that. Then something changed ... ironically as the first PC (an "Amstrad 1512") arrived to the house, the world around us began to take a different shape. A shape which developed too fast, not allowing time to look back where we were going... 

 

One generation, two generations, three generations and it would seem that finally, the time to assess has come, but has it really? will we finally learnt from our grandparents and their ancestors?

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New Photovoltaic Cell Doubles as Solar Energy Storage System - The Daily Fusion

New Photovoltaic Cell Doubles as Solar Energy Storage System - The Daily Fusion | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
New dye-sensitized photovoltaic cell developed by scientists at the UW-Madison doubles as solar energy storage system. (#PowerStorage New Photovoltaic Cell Doubles as Solar Energy Storage System | The Daily Fusion - Dai...

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"The final design allows for a standard-size solar cell that can simultaneously power a device and store energy for later use, creating a closed-loop system for small-scale applications of solar energy. “We can have some energy set aside locally, right in the panel, so that when you need it, you can get it,” says Jiang."

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First Ever Rooftop Farm on Affordable Housing Project

First Ever Rooftop Farm on Affordable Housing Project | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
Image credit: BrightFarm Systems
Solar is not the only green feature appearing on affordable housing projects these days.
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Brilliant work, congrats!

 

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V3Solar's Spin Cell Cones Could Produce Electricity for the Insanely Low Cost of Eight Cents per kWh

V3Solar's Spin Cell Cones Could Produce Electricity for the Insanely Low Cost of Eight Cents per kWh | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it

When V3Solar released information about their Spin Cell photovoltaic cones last year, the details already looked remarkably impressive; they have a smaller physical footprint than flat photovoltaic cells and the capacity to generate up to 20 times more energy for the same surface area

Read more: V3Solar's Spin Cell Cones Could Produce Electricity for the Insanely Low Cost of Eight Cents per kWh | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

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Sahaj Patel's curator insight, June 4, 2013 1:54 PM

It can greatly help boost the economy of nation.

 

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India Art n Design Global Hop: MDS PassivHaus

India Art n Design Global Hop: MDS PassivHaus | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
Approaching sustainability from a holistic angle, the architectural firm Melbourne Design Studio designed PassivHaus based on economic, eco-friendly and social parameters.
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Scientists Discover New Way To Get Hydrogen From Plants | IdeaFeed | Big Think

Scientists Discover New Way To Get Hydrogen From Plants | IdeaFeed | Big Think | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
The environmentally friendly process, which involves a sugar found in most plants, has the potential to turn hydrogen into one of the most important biofuels in the world.
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Staten Island Ferry to go green with federal cash - New York Daily News

Staten Island Ferry to go green with federal cash - New York Daily News | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
New York Daily News Staten Island Ferry to go green with federal cash New York Daily News “We always look for opportunities to innovate and test new technologies and resources to further green its operations,” a Department of Transportation...
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I created the first green energy network

Ursula Sladek is the founder of a cooperatively-owned power company in Schönau, Germany that provides energy from renewable sources such as hydroelectric and...
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Worms Produce Another Kind of Gold for Farmers

Worms Produce Another Kind of Gold for Farmers | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
New research suggests that vermicompost, a worm-created soil additive, helps plants grow with more vigor, and makes them more resistant to disease and insects, than those grown with other types of composts and fertilizers.
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eLab: Creating a Resilient Electricity System—Join us for a Google Hangout October 23, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. MT

eLab: Creating a Resilient Electricity System—Join us for a Google Hangout October 23, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. MT | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it

Join us on Tuesday, Oct 23 at 11 a.m. MT for an exciting conversation about eLab and how this diverse group of decision-makers across the U.S. electricity sector are working together to accelerate the transformation to efficiency, renewables, and distributed resources.

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Printing Solar Panels in the Backyard

Printing Solar Panels in the Backyard | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
With over $70,000 of backing from a successful Kickstarter campaign, inventors Alex Hornstein and Shawn Frayne are working on a machine that prints micro solar panels.
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World's First Chainless Folding Electric Bike By Mando Is Impossible To Ignore

World's First Chainless Folding Electric Bike By Mando Is Impossible To Ignore | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
This sleek design ditches the bike chain altogether, allowing it to fold up to tiny proportions.
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University of Southern California student is changing the way we farm using hydroponics

University of Southern California student is changing the way we farm using hydroponics | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
A University of Southern California senior used his college days to find the right career, surround himself with the right people and launch a business that could make hydroponics farming mainstream not just in the United States but in...
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Wall House: Stacked Double Home in Singapore is Topped With a Luscious Green Roof

Wall House: Stacked Double Home in Singapore is Topped With a Luscious Green Roof | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
The Wall House by Farm Architects provides a home for the client and one of their children through a series of stacked levels and multiple green roofs in Singapore.

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NRA Show offers a look at the growing of micro-greens | Reporter's Notebook

NRA Show offers a look at the growing of micro-greens | Reporter's Notebook | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
  Micro-greens have become the tiny big thing in many independent sit-down restaurants, but they are a pricey addition to dishes. They can cost upwards of $100 a pound. Enter a home-grown idea: in-house hydroponics.

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How-To: Chart Twine's Course

How-To: Chart Twine's Course | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
Hey! My name is Risto and I do a little of everything here at Supermechanical. Most of my time is spent programming, assembling, and shipping your Twines around the world, but occasionally I get the...
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Programming with Twine, lessons from a lovely hound.

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How to Power the World without Fossil Fuels: Scientific American

How to Power the World without Fossil Fuels: Scientific American | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
Mark Jacobson says he can run the planet solely on wind, water and solar energy. First stop: New York State
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For Farmers in Bihar, A Simple Solution for More Crops

For Farmers in Bihar, A Simple Solution for More Crops | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
Small farms see massive increase in crop yields using a new, fertilizer-free growing method.
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No chemicals, no pesticides. Dramatically better yields!

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Girl, 14, is America's Top Young Scientist: Her Solar-Powered Jug Cleans Water

Girl, 14, is America's Top Young Scientist: Her Solar-Powered Jug Cleans Water | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
A 14-year-old New York student was named “America’s Top Young Scientist” for inventing a solar-powered water jug that changes dirty water into purified drinking water.
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Brilliant!

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Methane leaks erode green credentials of natural gas - Nature.com

Methane leaks erode green credentials of natural gas - Nature.com | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
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Methane leaks erode green credentials of natural gas. Losses of up to 9% show need for broader data on US gas industry's environmental impact.
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Why Solar Costs More in the U.S. Than in Germany

Why Solar Costs More in the U.S. Than in Germany | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
In Germany, installers added $1.20 to the cost of the solar panel to complete an installation. But in the U.S., they tacked on $4.36 per watt. Here's why. (RT @DSchvejda: Why #Solar Costs More in the U.S.
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Windowfarms at American Museum of Natural History

Windowfarms at American Museum of Natural History | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it

Windowfarms was commissioned to build two large arrays of Windowfarms at the museum in conjunction with the globe-traveling special exhibition on Food, “Our Global Kitchen: Food, Culture, Nature“. The LED grow light powered hydroponic research garden is on view for 10 months at the Columbus and 79th street entrance November 2012- August 2013.

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Wellington Aquaponics's curator insight, January 8, 2013 11:58 PM

Check out the use of led grow lights this is another idea we could use our solar panels to power.  It is also an aquaponics idea that we could package for urban impoverished areas.

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German Village Produces 321% More Energy Than It Needs!

German Village Produces 321% More Energy Than It Needs! | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
Ok, those Germans are just showing off now.
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Why You Should Buy Bulk Foods

Why You Should Buy Bulk Foods | Living Green - Integrated Architecture & Practices | Scoop.it
A new study reveals the surprising benefits of shopping from the bins.
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