This net-zero home is inspired by Iceland’s volcanic landscapes

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In sunny Santa Monica, local studio Minarc has unveiled one of their latest projects built from mnmMOD panels, their award-winning and patented prefabricated building system that yields net-zero energy efficiency. Dubbed the Dawnsknoll project, the 2,500-square-foot dwelling champions sustainability beyond just building materials. Positioned for optimal passive solar conditions, the single-family home also boasts repurposed and recycled materials throughout, high-performance energy systems and a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Sheep farm deep in Iceland’s fjords transformed into luxury off-grid retreat

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Iceland’s “Thor” volcano power plant can generate 10X more energy than oil or gas wells

Tapping into geothermal energy is nothing new, but Iceland is taking things majorly next level by drilling nearly 3 miles down into a live volcano to tap boiling hot magma. The well is likely the hottest hole on the planet, reaching oozing magma that reaches 800 F. If the project – nicknamed Thor after the Norse god – is successful, it would mean clean energy for the country that is ten times more productive than conventional oil or gas wells.

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