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G house: Passive Design in Normandy, France

G house: Passive Design in Normandy, France | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it

The intermittent use of this structure near the Seine estuary, built as a holiday home, strongly influenced the environmental choices of the project. The challenge was to give priority to passive devices and architecture, offering a gain in terms of energy performance, but also for the comfort of the occupants.

 

The exposure has been a main priority : East-West orientation, oversized opening to the South, natural shades and solar control strategy, North side blind.

Great attention has been given to thermal insulation. Choosing wood slab, and a wood panelling structure insulated from the outside, has allowed us to obtain good levels of insulation and air tightness. Furthermore, the low-thermal-mass building, offered by the wooden structure is interesting in the context of a weekend home, that needs to heat up quickly, for short periods. A wood stove thus is sufficient to heat the home.Finally, the building is based on the dry process framework, with the benefits of prefabrication : quality building, swift assembly, and site protection...


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Solar energy will surpass nuclear by the end of the year

Solar energy will surpass nuclear by the end of the year | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
New data from GTM Research suggests that rapid adoption of solar power could mean that its global gigawatt capacity rivals that of nuclear power by the end of 2017.

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The Mall of the Future Will Have No Stores

The Mall of the Future Will Have No Stores | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
“Shopping-center landlords are rethinking the traditional mall model—and shops aren’t necessarily part of the equation.”
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Innovative Façade to Keep a Lebanese Bank Cool

Innovative Façade to Keep a Lebanese Bank Cool | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
The new Banque Libano Francaise (BLF) building in Beirut, Lebanon will feature an interesting façade, which will also have the added benefit of keeping the inside temperature at a comfortable level. The building was also designed with economic, social and environmental sustainability in mind. The building is called The Magic Box, and it will feature a façade made of limestone, which will vary in depth around the structure. Due to this, it will work to…
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Adjusting solar panel angles a few times a year makes them more efficient

Adjusting solar panel angles a few times a year makes them more efficient | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
With Earth Day approaching, new research from Binghamton University-State of New York could help U.S. residents save more energy, regardless of location, if they adjust the angles of solar panels four to five times a year.

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Solar Power Is Now The World's Cheapest Energy

Solar Power Is Now The World's Cheapest Energy | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
Over the past six years, the cost of solar energy has dropped dramatically, to the point where it is now even cheaper than wind power in emerging markets like China and India. This may be largely due to rising investments in solar over the last few years. Now, there is electricity being produced in Chile for $29.10 per megawatt hour–half the price of power produced by coal.

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Multifamily tower in St. Louis uses stacked design to make every apartment a corner unit

Multifamily tower in St. Louis uses stacked design to make every apartment a corner unit | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
Unlike with a tray of brownies, the debate about whether or not a corner apartment is better than one in the center is not quite so contentious. Corner apartments offer better, more varied views and more natural light. Unfortunately, only a select few residents in each building get to experience life in a corner apartment.
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Stanford engineers set record for capturing and storing solar energy in hydrogen fuel | Stanford News

Stanford engineers set record for capturing and storing solar energy in hydrogen fuel | Stanford News | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
Solar energy has the potential to provide abundant power, but only if scientists solve two key issues: storing the energy for use at all hours, particularly at night, and making the technology more cost effective. Now an interdisciplinary team at Stanford has made significant strides toward solving the storage issue, demonstrating the most efficient means yet of storing electricity captured from sunlight in the form of chemical bonds. If the team can find a way of lowering the cost of their technology, they say it would be a huge step toward making solar power a viable alternative to current, more polluting energy sources.

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Think Wind Power Is Cheap Now? Wait Until 2030

Think Wind Power Is Cheap Now? Wait Until 2030 | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
A survey of experts finds onshore and offshore cost reductions will be significant.
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Harvard finds certified green buildings improve both thinking and sleep

Harvard finds certified green buildings improve both thinking and sleep | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
Better indoor air and lighting likely drive gains.
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Architizer - Timeline | Facebook

Architizer. 1,800,888 likes · 43,939 talking about this. With over 120,000 buildings averaging $33M in value, Architizer is the premie
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Transformation of Global Electric Industry Depends on Energy Storage - Solar Novus Today

Transformation of Global Electric Industry Depends on Energy Storage - Solar Novus Today | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
“ The main areas of growth in the next five years are likely to be in small-scale battery storage in conjunction with solar PV; in utility-scale electricity storage; in electric vehicles; in commercial, communications and software capabilities to allow DER to be aggregated, in a ‘virtual power plant’ or ‘swarm’; in pumped storage hydro; and in islanded use cases integrating renewables.”
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Analysis: Renewables turn utilities into dinosaurs of the energy world

Analysis: Renewables turn utilities into dinosaurs of the energy world | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
PARIS (Reuters) - Every new solar panel installed on European rooftops chips away at power utilities' centralized production model.

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"In a future electricity system, the electricity network company could essentially be an insurance company, providing insurance against not having sunshine when you need power," said International Energy Agency economist Laszlo Varro.

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"In a future electricity system, the electricity network company could essentially be an insurance company, providing insurance against not having sunshine when you need power," said International Energy Agency economist Laszlo Varro.

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Green Building Case Study: Oregon's Center for Health and Healing

Green Building Case Study: Oregon's Center for Health and Healing | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it

The Center for Health and Healing at Oregon Health and Science University, a 400,000- square-foot, 16-story medical office building, was an ambitious project from the start.

Comprising physician practices, outpatient surgery, a wellness center, research labs, and educational space, it incorporates a host of sophisticated energy-efficiency measures, water-conserving technologies, and other green features in an effort to show what’s possible in the often conservative market of medical office buildings. Those ambitious goals made it an especially valuable target for a comprehensive building performance study that took place about two years after occupancy.

The study team deployed an occupant survey, analyzed utility bills, and compared the building’s performance to the goals that had been set for it.


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Hospitals are among the worst buildings for energy efficiency, clean air and efficient waste disposal, not to mention clean visitor and health worker hands.   But these newer examples show they can be dramatically improved saving energy and improving health.

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A smog-eating twisting tower that features luxury apartments will soon open in Taiwan — take a look inside

A smog-eating twisting tower that features luxury apartments will soon open in Taiwan — take a look inside | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
“The Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Tower includes 23,000 trees and shrubs to eat CO2 — nearly the same amount found in Central Park. The building will open in September.”
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National Geographic 2017 – Future Of Renewable Energy | Renewable...

National Geographic 2017 – Future Of Renewable Energy | Renewable... | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
“ National Geographic - strange secrets in the amazon rainforest national geographic documentary 2016 hd. documentaries, unveiling a new banner titled National Geographic Documentary Films North Korea Documentary national geographic 2016 The Secret Of Antarctica -... #discoverychannel #eagles #forest”
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Future Energy Storage At The Grid Level - The Liquid Metal Battery - Solar Thermal Magazine

Daily clean energy news for solar thermal and PV, wind, wave, tidal and bio-fuels. All energy that comes from the sun.
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Workshop on Heat Storage

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Multifamily tower in St. Louis uses stacked design to make every apartment a corner unit

Multifamily tower in St. Louis uses stacked design to make every apartment a corner unit | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
Unlike with a tray of brownies, the debate about whether or not a corner apartment is better than one in the center is not quite so contentious. Corner apartments offer better, more varied views and more natural light. Unfortunately, only a select few residents in each building get to experience life in a corner apartment.
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Future Energy Storage At The Grid Level - The Liquid Metal Battery - Solar Thermal Magazine

Daily clean energy news for solar thermal and PV, wind, wave, tidal and bio-fuels. All energy that comes from the sun.
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Floating Solar Panels: A Viable Solution?

Floating Solar Panels: A Viable Solution? | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
“ Since 2011, French Company Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as: drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals, remediation and tailing ponds, and hydro electric dam reservoirs. This simple and affordable alternative to ground-mounted systems is particularly suitable for water-intensive industries who cannot afford to waste either land or water.”
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Solar Wars Draw Millions in Cash in Threat to Rooftop Industry

Solar Wars Draw Millions in Cash in Threat to Rooftop Industry | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
“ There’s a war brewing over the future of rooftop solar, and Arizona is at ground zero. Pinnacle West Capital Corp., which owns the state’s largest utility, last week said it has formed a third-party group to support candidates for an elected state board that regulates their industry. The move promises to inject $1 million into a race in which SolarCity Corp., a rooftop solar provider, is already planning to spend $2 million though a nonprofit it supports, according to officials from the two groups.”
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Harvard finds certified green buildings improve both thinking and sleep

Harvard finds certified green buildings improve both thinking and sleep | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
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World's Largest Solar Project Would Generate Electricity 24 Hours a Day, Power 1 Million U.S. Homes

World's Largest Solar Project Would Generate Electricity 24 Hours a Day, Power 1 Million U.S. Homes | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
California-based energy company SolarReserve announced plans for a massive concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Nevada that claims to be the largest of its kind.
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The era of energy dinosaurs is coming to an end

The era of energy dinosaurs is coming to an end | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
The big, slow-moving dinosaurs of the energy world face increasing competition from a swarm of smaller, fast-moving mammals. Energy companies will update their strategies for a changing world, or t...

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"But a shifting environment means increasingly replacing dinosaur heuristics with mammal heuristics: efficiency, flexibility, responsiveness, open data, transparency, coalitions."

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"But a shifting environment means increasingly replacing dinosaur heuristics with mammal heuristics: efficiency, flexibility, responsiveness, open data, transparency, coalitions."

Michael John Carter's curator insight, March 7, 2013 12:39 AM

Interesting the move from the "Old Energy to the Newer One"

 

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Is Concentrating Solar Power The Technology That Saves Humanity?

Is Concentrating Solar Power The Technology That Saves Humanity? | Sustainable Living Through Technology and Nature | Scoop.it
Concentrating solar power (CSP) could unlock our clean energy future and boost solar from an intermittent contributor to a baseload generator – if we clear the regulatory, technological, and financial hurdles standing in the way.

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