UK’s first energy positive classroom produces 1.5x the energy it uses

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After one year in operation, the numbers are in: the United Kingdom’s first energy net positive classroom is capable of producing 1.5 times the amount of energy it needs to operate. Known as the Active Office, the energy producing classroom stands as a shining example of what is possible as the United Kingdom and other nations attempt to transform their energy systems in response to climate change. The building was designed by experts at SPECIFIC, a UK Innovation and Knowledge Centre led by Swansea… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The City of London will be powered with 100% renewable energy by October 2018

The City of London, the historic “Square Mile” central district of London, will soon switch onto clean energy in a big way. Starting in October 2018, the City of London will source one hundred percent of its power needs from renewable energy sources by installing solar panels on local buildings as well as making investments in larger solar and wind projects and purchasing clean energy from the grid. Though no longer actually a square mile, closer now to 1.12 square miles, the City of London is a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The Cocoon Smart Home will harvest rainwater, solar energy and organic veggies in the Caribbean

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Sleek fiberglass visitor center is a beacon for wind energy in Denmark

The wind turbines at Thisted, Denmark don’t just generate renewable energy—these massive structures are among the world’s largest offshore wind turbines and have become a big draw for tourism too. In light of the site’s popularity, Cubo Arkitekter was tapped to design the Østerild Visitors and Operation Center that offers insight on wind energy and other sustainable technologies.

Completed last year in the National Park Thy, the nearly 7,000-square-foot Østerild Visitors… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This self-sustaining Australian home harvests its own food, energy, and water

Building a self-sustaining home can involve a higher upfront investment, but having it designed by experienced architects will make it pay off in the long run. Design-build CplusC Architectural Workshop renovated this 1980s terrace house in Australia into an environmentally friendly home that allows its owners to grow their own produce and track daily energy consumption.

The house, named Aquas Perma Solar Firma, is located in an inner suburb of Sydney and owned by a couple that works… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s largest solar energy project will be 100 times bigger than any other on the planet

200 gigawatts of solar power. $200 billion. 100,000 jobs. Those are the numbers attached to what could be the biggest solar energy project in the world, under a deal signed by Saudi Arabia and Japanese conglomerate company SoftBank, Bloomberg and Reuters reported. The move could help Saudi Arabia, the largest oil exporter in the world, progress from oil to renewables.

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The companies storing energy in cold air

While renewable sources of energy are gaining strength in their ability to generate electricity, energy storage remains an obstacle standing in the way of wide adoption. To fill this gap, some companies are thinking outside the box and investing in developing energy storage that relies on cold air. “Compressed air is an interesting technology,” Ravi Manghani, director of energy storage at Greentech Media told the BBC. “It can be a form of bulk storage.” Alacaes in Switzerland is one company… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

MIT claims that clean, limitless nuclear fusion energy is just 15 years away

You’ve probably heard this before… many times. But before you click off to some other story (may I suggest this one about 3D printing is disrupting the architecture industry) check this out. MIT scientists, along with startup Commonwealth Fusion Systems, just announced that clean, limitless power from nuclear fusion might be just around the corner.  They believe that they can have a working power plant on-grid within the next 15 years.

Scientists have been trying to make nuclear fusion… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Renovated Adobe headquarters channels design giants creative energy

When it came time to renovate creative software powerhouse Adobe’s headquarters in San Jose, it was abundantly clear that creativity and color would be central to the renovation. The firm tapped Gensler for the artful 143,000-square-foot redesign that’s sensitive to the environment and pays homage to the San Jose community. An artistic approach was applied throughout the building that’s furnished with locally made decor, emphasizes open and collaborative working environments, and offers a dazzling… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Groundbreaking new energy storage device charges up in just 20 seconds

A new aqueous storage device can be fully charged in a mere 20 seconds. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Kangwon National University scientists developed the device suited for portable electronics, and KAIST said in a statement it is safe and environmentally friendly.

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