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Cutting Red Tape to Make Solar Faster, Cheaper and Easier to Install

Cutting Red Tape to Make Solar Faster, Cheaper and Easier to Install | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

"...a recent report by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory indicates that lower soft costs are not just a result of aggressive federal-level policy support. In reality, Germany’s low costs are the product of a mature market for solar and they point to a direction of where we need to go."

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"I believe that environmentalism is not so much defined by what we are against as by what we are for, and neither fear nor guilt are prerequisites." - Larry Bell

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Rebrick :: Reusing bricks

Watch the REBRICK film, introducing our way to turning waste into a resource.
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Reuse of bricks is our solution to turning waste into a resource.
Everytime you reuse a brick, you save the environment 500 grams of CO2. That equals 1 tonne of CO2 per 2000 bricks.
Through the EU project REBRICK, we are about to expand our technololy to the European market.

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NL architects: super market sanya lake park

NL architects: super market sanya lake park | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
a super market proposal for a residential master plan in southern china introduces a new typology for commercial food spaces under a stepped contoured green roof.

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One giant leap for mankind: £13bn Iter project makes breakthrough in the quest for nuclear fusion, a solution to climate change and an age of clean, cheap energy

One giant leap for mankind: £13bn Iter project makes breakthrough in the quest for nuclear fusion, a solution to climate change and an age of clean, cheap energy | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
An idyllic hilltop setting in the Cadarache forest of Provence in the south of France has become the site of an ambitious attempt to harness the nuclear power of the sun and stars.
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Patch Dynamics: Urban Design and Ecology as MosaicCollective

Patch Dynamics: Urban Design and Ecology as MosaicCollective | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

The urban ecology framework of Patch Dynamics has been key in watching how city models such as the megalopolis and the megacity interact and generate urban ecosystem change.


Urban Design practices have always been created in response to emerging and overlapping city models and the disciplinary contexts designers find themselves in. The urban ecology framework of Patch Dynamics has been key in allowing me to see how city models such as the megalopolis and the megacity interact and generate urban ecosystem change. One's first thought about a patch may be that of a shape that changes. However, the concept of a patch in this case describes a set of patches or a mosaic that changes over time. This search is not to find or create the best patch mosaics, or those that function in the most resilient ways.

Instead, it is a project of creating urban design practices and strategies for a diversity of urban actors to engage their patches and democratize the resilience cycle in their own ways.


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Wooden Skyscrapers: A New Level of Sustainability?

Wooden Skyscrapers: A New Level of Sustainability? | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

A new breed of high-rise architecture is in the process of being born, thanks to the collaborative efforts of modern design pioneers. Envisioned as the best sustainable option for meeting world housing demands and decreasing global carbon emissions, wooden mega-structures are now one step closer to becoming a reality.


“Big Wood,” a conceptual project to the eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition, builds on the premise that wood, when harvested responsibly, is one of the best tools architects and engineers have for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating healthy communities. Aspiring to become one of the greenest skyscrapers in the world, Big Wood challenges the way we build our cities and promotes timber as a reliable platform to support tomorrow’s office and residential towers...


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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 20, 2013 1:47 PM

Whoa..Chicago!

Geovanni's curator insight, May 8, 2013 6:32 AM

Fascinating place. Must of been a lot of wood to be created.

Bubba Muntzer's comment, May 13, 2013 8:44 AM
It takes around 30 years for a seedling to grow into the kind of wood that can be used in construction. A little maintenance is required during that period. Meanwhile it's soaking up CO2 and making oxygen. The only industrial processes required are to cut it down and cut it into boards and 2 x 4s. If you stagger your planting you have an endless supply.
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BIG Unveils Winning Plans for Massive Green-Roofed Europa City Outside of Paris

BIG Unveils Winning Plans for Massive Green-Roofed Europa City Outside of Paris | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Europa City is a new sustainable, master-planned community designed by BIG, which will feature the intimate qualities of central Paris with the amenities of living in the country and will be topped with a massive green roof.
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Copenhagen Carbon Neutral By 2025, Danish Capital Moving Towards Ambitious Goal

Copenhagen Carbon Neutral By 2025, Danish Capital Moving Towards Ambitious Goal | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Copenhagen's ambitious plan to be 100% carbon-neutral by the year 2025 continues to move forward. This plan, once achieved, will make Copenhagen the world's first carbon-neutral capital.
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Green Roofs: International Inspirations | Sustainable Cities Collective

Green Roofs: International Inspirations | Sustainable Cities Collective | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
The proven benefits of green roofs increase along with our ability to design and integrate them. Some of the most well-documented benefits are the creation of ecosystem networks, and storm water runoff management.
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Financing a Residential Solar Energy System | Sustainable Cities Collective

Financing a Residential Solar Energy System | Sustainable Cities Collective | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Solar financing arrangements are becoming increasingly common across the country.
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To Repair or Rebuild: Part I

To Repair or Rebuild: Part I | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Time has a way of treating seemingly similar buildings very differently. More than just the years of abuse from the elements and the course of daily use, the change in priorities and cultural trend...
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Best of Both Worlds Power Storage from Graphene Supercapacitors

Best of Both Worlds Power Storage from Graphene Supercapacitors | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
EcoGeek - Technology for the Environment
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Japan's Quiet Skyscraper-Demolition Technique Generates Energy | Wired Design | Wired.com

Japan's Quiet Skyscraper-Demolition Technique Generates Energy | Wired Design | Wired.com | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
A Japanese construction company is using giant jacks and electricity-generating cranes to dismantle a high-rise tower in Tokyo, floor by floor.
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London's largest Living Wall will "combat flooding"

London's largest Living Wall will "combat flooding" | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Ten thousand plants make up London's largest living wall, which has been placed on the side of a hotel in London, designed to reduce urban flooding.
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New NASA Base Shapes the Future of Green Building Technology

New NASA Base Shapes the Future of Green Building Technology | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
The new NASA Sustainability Base was designed by William McDonough + Partners to embody the spirit of NASA while fostering collaboration, supporting health and well-being, and exceed the requirements of LEED® Platinum with systems that will...
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Less Is More: Rogue Economists Champion Prosperity without Growth - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Less Is More: Rogue Economists Champion Prosperity without Growth - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
For years, economists have posited that prosperity requires growth, with environmental damage as the regrettable but unavoidable consequence.
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New Plasma Device Considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of Energy Generation and Storage | Pure Energy Blog by PES Network

New Plasma Device Considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of Energy Generation and Storage | Pure Energy Blog by PES Network | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Tracking the best exotic free energy technology news from around the world, as well as breakthrough clean energy technology developments.
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IBM solar collector will concentrate the power of 2,000 suns, keep its cool

IBM solar collector will concentrate the power of 2,000 suns, keep its cool | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Modern solar collectors can concentrate only so much energy for safety's sake: too much in one place and they risk cooking themselves. An IBM-led group
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Water sensitive design: integrating water with urban planning

Water sensitive design: integrating water with urban planning | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

Water has become a risk rather than an opportunity in our cities and that must change.


At Ecobuild, Professor Tony Wong, chief executive of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, spoke about the steady progression up the agenda of water sensitive urban design (WSUD) in Australia. Successive years of flooding and some of the worst droughts in history have threatened the health and wellbeing of the population and nearly brought industry grinding to a halt, prompting the government to think differently about water.

A new report published in March reinterprets the WSUD concept and its concludes: for too long, we have been designing water out of our cities when we should have been designing it in.


For example, sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) – the creation of ponds, wetlands, swales and basins that mimic natural drainage – can be a cost-effective way to prevent surface flooding while creating valuable public amenities. But we need to go further and join the dots between flood risk management and water resource management, and put water at the heart of discussions about what makes places great to live...


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Noor Fatima's curator insight, April 20, 2013 7:10 AM

impotant 

Keith Thorogood's curator insight, June 18, 2013 12:31 PM

Water resource management.

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World's energy 'as dirty now as 20 years ago', IEA says

World's energy 'as dirty now as 20 years ago', IEA says | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Progress towards the use of cleaner fuel technology has stalled, with production of the world's energy as 'dirty' now as it was two decades ago, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday.
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The Upcycle: The Next Step In The Cradle To Cradle Revolution

The Upcycle: The Next Step In The Cradle To Cradle Revolution | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
This week, architect William McDonough released his first book in over a decade: The Upcycle.
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Decoding Integral City Maps; Cohering the Source of Patterns

Decoding Integral City Maps; Cohering the Source of Patterns | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
The Key to decoding  the Integral City Maps is the Master Code: Take Care of Yourself Take Care of Each Other Take Care of this Place Take Care of this Planet This Key is symbolized with the Integr...
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How Battery Storage Will Change The Household Energy Market

How Battery Storage Will Change The Household Energy Market | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
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The plunging cost of solar PV means that it may now be half the cost of grid-based electricity, according to some industry estimates.
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A bridge in the climate debate - How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change

A bridge in the climate debate - How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
This is one of the most important posts ever on WUWT, it will be a top "sticky" post for a few days, and new posts will appear below this one during that time. People send me stuff. Imagine, shooti...
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German student builds electromagnetic harvester to recharge a battery

German student builds electromagnetic harvester to recharge a battery | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Dennis Siegel, a student at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany has built what he calls an electromagnetic harvester—it converts electromagnetic fields in the immediate environment into electricity to recharge a common AA battery.
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Bat-Yam Cans Pavilion | Recyclart

Bat-Yam Cans Pavilion | Recyclart | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
This cans pavilion was made during the Bat-Yam International Biennale of landscape urbanism in Israël. Here the description this concept : The
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