Biophilic dome homes produce more energy than they consume

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It’s no secret that the building sector is a resource-intensive industry, but La Mesa, California-based nonprofit Green New World believes that the future of construction can and should be greener, healthier and energy-producing. Green New World created the House of PeacE (also known as Project HOPE), an autonomous and regenerative residential housing model that champions carbon-free living. Combining biophilic design with renewable energy systems and natural materials, Green New World’s first… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



NYC’s Farm One delivers rare, ultra-fresh produce in just 30 minutes

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Plantagon’s crowdfunded plantscraper aims to produce 500 metric tons of food a year

Swedish company Plantagon believes that ‘plantscrapers’ are the way of the future—and part of solution to the global food crisis. Part urban farm, part skyscraper, these vertical greenhouses could provide large-scale organic food production in cities, with a much smaller energy and carbon footprint than industrial agriculture. After years of research and development, Plantagon is now ready to embark on their first landmark plantscraper, called The World Food Building, and is crowdfunding their… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Australian facility aims to produce 50,000 metric tons of building material from CO2 by 2020

Carbon dioxide emissions could be converted into a useful building material in a project from Australian firm Mineral Carbonation International (MCi). They just unveiled a research pilot plant at the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources. It appears they took a hint from nature: the company says their process mimics but speeds up weathering from rainfall that produces rocks.

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Desert Twins produce water through condensation in driest place on Earth

Safe water isn’t easily accessible for one in 10 people on Earth. For nearly 10 years, artist Ap Verheggen has been working to address water scarcity, and his SunGlacier team recently had the opportunity to test their idea of making water from thin air in what they described as the driest, hottest place on the planet: the Sahara Desert. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Solar-powered aquaponic greenhouses grow up to 880 lbs of produce each year

French company Myfood aims to bring food production back home. They’ve designed smart solar aquaponic greenhouses, small enough to fit in a backyard or even a city balcony or rooftop. These groundbreaking greenhouses, which can function off-grid, can produce 660 to 880 pounds of vegetables every year.

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Revolutionary flapping wind turbine mimics hummingbirds to produce clean energy

A new flapping wind turbine in Tunisia marks a revolutionary breakthrough in the field of mechanics. Until recently, the field has been limited in its ability to apply new understandings of animal and human motions to machines, according to TYER wind. In the wind energy sector, this limitation has resulted in fairly simple, and relatively inefficient turbines. Using 3D Aouinian kinematics that he pioneered, Anis Aouini is disrupting that space with a new turbine modeled on the unique articulations… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Gaza man’s DIY solar desalination machine can produce 2.6 gallons of fresh water every day

In the Gaza region, decades of Israeli-Palestinian conflict have resulted in a severe drinking water shortage, as some 90 percent of the water supply is unfit for human consumption. One local man has created a solar-powered desalination device that turns undrinkable water into healthy, fresh water. Fayez al-Hindi’s homemade distillation setup could help save Gaza, as residents are at risk for running out of water in a matter of months, according to some news reports.

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