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Tour the Country’s Energy Infrastructure Through A New Interactive Map

Tour the Country’s Energy Infrastructure Through A New Interactive Map | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

Examining the network of power plants, transmission wires, and pipelines gives new insights into the inner workings of the electrical grid.

 

Every time you switch on a light, charge your electronics or heat your home in the winter, you’re relying upon a tremendous network of energy infrastructure that literally stretches across the country: power plants, pipelines, transmission wires and storage facilities.

It can be hard to visualize all this infrastructure and understand how it makes abundant energy available throughout the country. To help see a bigger picture, a new map, just released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, combines a range of data (locations of power plants, electricity lines, natural gas pipelines, refineries, storage facilities and more) into an elegant, interactive interface that helps to piece how it all fits together. You can also zoom in on your own city to see the types of power plants generating electricity nearby.

The map also includes layers of real-time information on storm movement and risks, allowing energy analysts to better understand the potential impact of storms.


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Understanding the grid in real time is somewhat facilitated by this new interactive map.

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Tour the Country’s Energy Infrastructure Through A New Interactive Map

Tour the Country’s Energy Infrastructure Through A New Interactive Map | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Examining the network of power plants, transmission wires, and pipelines gives new insights into the inner workings of the electrical grid
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A Concept Twin-Tower Skyscraper In Hong Kong

A Concept Twin-Tower Skyscraper In Hong Kong | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

Mexican design firm Studio Cachoua Torres Camilletti has designed and developed an ambitious concept that reimagines skyscrapers. 
The concept is 92-stories-high and consists of two parts—for housing and for commerce, linked by bridges. The architects also have an unusual plan to install rice paddies on the roof. 
One of the architects, Adrian Cachoua Oropeza explained that “the farming on the top of the building is an important symbolic gesture as well as an environmental one,” as rice is a staple in Asian countries.
This idea was submitted for the 2014 World Architecture Festival. 


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It's another integration of nature with design but the building looks  a little more like King Kong than Hong Kong

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Architects from 124 countries make 'zero-carbon cities' pledge

Architects from 124 countries make 'zero-carbon cities' pledge | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
NEWS: Architects unions have passed a Declaration spelling out their commitment to tackling climate change
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Now that architects from around the world have pledged to design green, we just need developers and owners to also embrace this and commit to build green.

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Clarence Wong's curator insight, August 30, 6:20 AM
Now that architects from around the world have pledged to design green, we just need developers and owners to also embrace this and commit to build green.
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Giant floating duck could provide solar energy for Copenhagen

Giant floating duck could provide solar energy for Copenhagen | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Copenhagen wants to become the world's first carbon-neutral capital by 2025, and could use the services of a giant, solar-panel-covered duck to help it achieve the ambitious goal.
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This 12-story Danish duck generating solar and hydro-electric power would be quite a spectacle, but if it could really provide power to all of Copenhagen and also bring in tourism revenue as planned, it would be impressive. 

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Clarence Wong's curator insight, August 30, 6:21 AM
This 12-story Danish duck generating solar and hydro-electric power would be quite a spectacle, but if it could really provide power to all of Copenhagen and also bring in tourism revenue as planned, it would be impressive.
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A Concept ‘Vertical City’ Skyscraper That Supports An Ecosystem

A Concept ‘Vertical City’ Skyscraper That Supports An Ecosystem | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

London-based design and academic research architecture practice SURE Architecture has designed and developed a concept skyscraper with multiple functions.
Called ‘Endless City’, the organic skyscraper is built around six steel tubes with an “endless” ramp that goes around the building from the ground floor, all the way up to the top. 
It also features energy-saving and waste management elements that give the building another purpose—supporting an ecosystem. Plazas and communal spaces will occupy most parts of the skyscraper. 
According to the architects, the shape of the skyscraper “attempts to maximize passive energy and reduce artificial lighting and ventilation”...


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This is not yet a real building, only a concept but it does continue the idea of integrating natural processes.

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Grant Graves's curator insight, August 21, 10:21 AM

Cities of the future will evolve as our ideals and control of the world change. Future cities as such would not have traffic jams , population woes, congestion, and many other issues that near all cities of today face. In this manner, cities will be designed for the ever changing needs of humans.  These cities will probably be build from the ground up instead of in an existing town or city. Overall, the future in these directions, will allow for a better advancement of the human race as a whole. -GG

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Future sustainability - urban architecture

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Future sustainability - urban architecture

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Large solar array planned at Ford headquarters

Large solar array planned at Ford headquarters | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it's teaming up with Detroit-based utility DTE Energy to build a 68,000-square-foot solar array at the automaker's Dearborn world headquarters.
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Wonders never cease.

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Singapore Takes the Lead In Green Building in Asia

Singapore Takes the Lead In Green Building in Asia | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
By encouraging the adoption of energy-saving technologies and innovative architectural design, Singapore has emerged as a model of green building in Asia — an important development in a region...
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Check out this photo.  Pretty green.  Now if Singapore can only keep the pythons from climbing up that would be great. :-)

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New “inflatable concrete” construction system is born in Austria

New “inflatable concrete” construction system is born in Austria | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

Architects hoping to play with large, free-form concrete structures often get sent back, literally, to the drawing board because the complex timber formwork required is so expensive. But now a new, “inflatable concrete” system developed in Austria could restore some of that freedom by removing the need for formwork altogether.

Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology (VUT) this month announced the successful demonstration of a system that uses air cushions to push and bend newly-poured concrete slabs up into predetermined shapes..


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Interesting new technology for concrete

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LEED Changes Game with New Dynamic Plaque

LEED Changes Game with New Dynamic Plaque | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
When the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) introduced its newest system at Greenbuild 2013, the industry took notice. And according to a recent GreenBiz.com article, the new LEED Dynamic Plaque h...
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More information is always better as now shown on these plaques.

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10 Examples of Shipping Container Architecture

10 Examples of Shipping Container Architecture | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
They’re not just for global shipping anymore: These creative adaptations think inside the box.

At this moment, there are more than 17 million steel intermodal shipping containers floating or riding across the globe—rectangular, bland engines of global commerce filled with anything and everything you can imagine. While there’s a certain fascination with all these small links in the global supply chain slowly making their way around the world—each identified with its own ISO 6346 number, an odd commercial shorthand—here at Dwell, we’re even more amazed by what happens when the trip ends and reconstruction and reuse begin.

Here are ten more recent projects that give thiese 20-foot-long steel rectangles a second life.


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These are better looking than most modular units, generally for housing, from shipping containers.  Given that the US imports far more than we export we will probably have a lot of these sitting around. 

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Tesla, Panasonic sign deal for battery Gigafactory

Tesla, Panasonic sign deal for battery Gigafactory | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Electric-car maker Tesla Motors and electronics giant Panasonic announced Thursday that they have signed an a deal to build a huge battery plant in the U.S. Tesla calls it the
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Better cheaper batteries and such factories will be a growth industry for many years. 

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On-site composting ideal for urban operations

On-site composting ideal for urban operations | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Vertal Inc., a Montreal-based company specializing in the design and manufacturing of urban composters, says they are revolutionizing on-site urban food waste composting with their CITYPOD composter.  
Vertal says they have gained valuable on-site composting experience since 2008, providing ef...
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IAUC Newsletter No 49 now available – Deaths per 1,000 square kilometers per year due to air pollution | International Association for Urban Climate

IAUC Newsletter No 49 now available – Deaths per 1,000 square kilometers per year due to air pollution | International Association for Urban Climate | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
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Health risks are here now from pollution and for many people this is more critical than long run climate impacts.

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Skyscrapers housing entire CITIES…architects give a glimpse of future living

Skyscrapers housing entire CITIES…architects give a glimpse of future living | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
A vision of the future by a joint UK and China-based architecture company offers a different...
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This proposed sustainable skyscraper has an open-hole atrium, allowing in enormous amounts of natural sunlight, which provides solar power for cooling and heating, and also reduces the need for artificial lighting. What's even more amazing is that there are plans to add entire parks and 'cities' to fit inside the building.
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It’s not just cost savings: LEED certification boosts hotel revenue too | U.S. Green Building Council

It’s not just cost savings: LEED certification boosts hotel revenue too | U.S. Green Building Council | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Worth checking out: It’s not just cost savings: LEED certification boosts hotel revenue too on www.usgbc.org
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There was a previous study conducted by Dr. Norm Miller for office buildings showing that those with LEED certification have higher rents than their non-LEED certified peers.  

 

Now, a new study reveals a similar trend for hotels--LEED-certified hotels have higher RevPAR than their non-LEED certified counterparts. 

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Clarence Wong's curator insight, August 30, 6:19 AM
There was a previous study conducted by Dr. Norm Miller for office buildings showing that those with LEED certification have higher rents than their non-LEED certified peers. Now, a new study reveals a similar trend for hotels--LEED-certified hotels have higher RevPAR than their non-LEED certified counterparts.
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Smart community testing on Miyakojima island in Japan includes solar-powered recharging stations

Smart community testing on Miyakojima island in Japan includes solar-powered recharging stations | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

Smart Community Projects on “Eco-Island Miyakojima” of Okinawa

 

http://www.toshiba-smartcommunity.com/EN/Blog/bid/391733/smart-community-projects-on-ecoisland-miyakojima-of-okinawa

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Here's a truly sustainable EV charging station that gets recharged by solar panels on top. 

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Here's a truly sustainable EV charging station that gets recharged by solar panels on top.
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Top Green Design Firms | ENR: Engineering News Record | McGraw-Hill Construction

Top Green Design Firms | ENR: Engineering News Record | McGraw-Hill Construction | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
"Green and sustainable design techniques are quickly becoming a mainstay in the construction industry."
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Interesting article about the growing demand for green construction. Green regulations, such as IGCC, ASHRAE 189.1, and CalGreen, as well as the new LEED v4 certification are covered.
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Interesting article about the growing demand for green construction. Green regulations, such as IGCC, ASHRAE 189.1, and CalGreen, as well as the new LEED v4 certification are covered.
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A New University Building Design Promotes Sustainable Development In Vietnam

A New University Building Design Promotes Sustainable Development In Vietnam | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

Vietnam-based architect firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects designed an environmentally-friendly structure for FPT University that is located about 34 km away from Hanoi.
The façade of the seven-story building is designed to look like a checkerboard, with huge floor trees placed in the openings. The openings also let in lots of natural sunlight, saving on energy.
Measuring at 11,065-square-meters, the structure will also feature a green roof to protect the whole building from too much sunlight.
According to the architects, “the structure is intended to promote sustainable development in Vietnam,” and “instill sustainable practices in the future generations”.


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Again Asia is really showing a lot of innovation.

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University sustainable design in Vietnam:

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Forget Vertical Farms, This Is a Vertical Rice Paddy/Fish Nursery/Transit Center/Nuclear Plant

Forget Vertical Farms, This Is a Vertical Rice Paddy/Fish Nursery/Transit Center/Nuclear Plant | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
No sustainable detail is left out of this proposed Hong Kong skyscraper.
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This proposed skyscraper is more of a pipe dream, but it is still cool to marvel at all the sustainable features being packed into the project. 

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This proposed skyscraper is more of a pipe dream, but it is still cool to marvel at all the sustainable features being packed into the project.
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The Top 10 Most Innovative Sustainable Buildings Of 2014

The Top 10 Most Innovative Sustainable Buildings Of 2014 | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

By next year, as much as 48% of new non-residential building construction will be green, according to estimates. Sustainable architecture is no longer rare.

 

 

 


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Its nice to see that developers and investors have caught on to the benefits of better buildings but we still have a lot of stock to retrofit before we will make a dent in the total supply.

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Sustainable and affordable should be synonymous

Sustainable and affordable should be synonymous | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it

Everyone needs to start talking a common language when it comes to buildings

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In order to make the cost benefits of green buildings transparent, there need to be universal standards for collecting data and for measuring green building performance.

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In order to make the cost benefits of green buildings transparent, there need to be universal standards for collecting data and for measuring green building performance.
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Feature> Beyond LEED - The Architect's Newspaper

Feature> Beyond LEED - The Architect's Newspaper | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Chris Bentley explores the latest horizons in sustainable design metrics. - Short, direct, and lively, The Architect's Newspaper is the essential read in the field.
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Nice commentary on LEED and simply more sustainable buildings.

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Top 10 countries for LEED | U.S. Green Building Council

Top 10 countries for LEED | U.S. Green Building Council | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Worth checking out: Top 10 countries for LEED on www.usgbc.org
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Energy Retrofits Could Reach $1T By ‘23

Energy Retrofits Could Reach $1T By ‘23 | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
BOULDER, CO Government regulations will play a part in the increased demand for energy efficiency retrofits, but many building owners here and abroad are using them to support greening and green marketing efforts, says Navigant.
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This is good news for the green building industry.
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This is good news for the green building industry.
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Sustainability’s strategic worth: McKinsey Global Survey results | McKinsey & Company

Sustainability’s strategic worth: McKinsey Global Survey results | McKinsey & Company | Sustainable Real Estate | Scoop.it
Executives at all levels see an important business role for sustainability. But when it comes to mastering the reputation, execution, and accountability of their sustainability programs, many companies have far to go. A McKinsey & Company article.
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Thanks to Steve Laposa for this one.  

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