This solar-powered floating farm combines agriculture and dining under one roof

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As urban farming becomes increasingly popular, people are finding new, unexpected ways of incorporating it into urban environments. From rooftops and community gardens, urban farming has descended onto waterways and lakes, like in the case of this solar-powered floating structure, called Lotus, which will function as a restaurant and farm.

Lotus utilizes a vertical design to house its various hydroponic and greenhouse stations, along with indoor and outdoor dining areas where visitors can enjoy… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Tesla aims to ramp up Solar Roof production in Buffalo next year

Tesla’s solar roof could be seen on more homes as the company plans to increase production in 2018. They said in a letter to shareholders they’ll be moving production from their Fremont, California factory to the Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York. According to Inverse, this is the first time Elon Musk has provided a concrete timeframe for ramping up production.

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Denver to vote on green roof mandate for new large buildings

In November, voters in Denver will go to the polls to approve or disapprove a new ballot initiative that would require most new buildings of at least 25,000 square feet to include a “green roof,” one covered with trees, vegetables or other plants that adds aesthetic value and helps to counteract the urban heat island effect. Although the idea of green roofs is broadly popular, the mandate to require them, something that even liberal San Francisco has not implemented, is somewhat controversial. “I… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

TAXA unveils ultra-lightweight Mantis camper with pop-up roof

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Beautiful cow barn in Basel is made of tree branches topped with a grassy roof

Related: Architects transform an old hay barn into a stunning minimalist home

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Photography by Christian Baur and Serge Hasenböhler

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Beautiful stable grows wild grasses on the roof for horses to eat

Don’t be alarmed if you see horses on the roof of this stable—they’re meant to be there. Argentinian architecture firm Estudio Ramos designed Figueras Stables, a stunning contemporary building for professional polo player Nacho Figueras. Located in the grasslands of La Pampa of central Argentina, the modern stable is planted with wild native grasses on its sloped roof for horses to graze.

The Figueras Stables’ low-lying horizontal profile draws inspiration from the simplicity… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tesla’s new Solar Roof is actually cheaper than a normal roof

Good news for those who have been eyeing Tesla’s new Solar Roof since it was announced less than six months ago. Recently, the company revealed the cost of the eco-friendly solar tiles, and they have a price tag of just $21.85 per square foot. That’s nearly 20 percent less than a normal roof — even without factoring in the energy savings.

The sought-after Tesla Solar Roof tiles are made of glass layered over a photovoltaic substrate as a replacement for traditional roofing materials…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This off-grid school bus home has an incredible raised roof

Related: Traveling family renovates old school bus as both solar-powered home and hostel

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Forward Labs’ new solar roof is 33% cheaper than Tesla’s – and it can be installed in half the time

Tesla gets all the attention when it comes to solar roofs, but meanwhile, start-up Forward Labs has been hammering away at their own solar roof technology that not only blends right in with traditional roofs, but it is 33% cheaper that Tesla’s offering – and it can be installed in half of the time.

Forward Labs’ roof is different from Tesla’s in that, instead of using individual solar shingles, it uses a standing-seam metal roof that is made up of one large, layered piece. It has a tempered… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tesla’s groundbreaking solar roof just hit the market

Get your credit card ready, because Elon Musk just announced that Tesla’s Solar Roof tiles are available to order starting today. The innovative roof tiles look like traditional slate, Tuscan or shingle roofing, but they collect sun to power your home with clean, renewable solar. Musk said that the smooth black and textured will be available “this afternoon.”

Musk made the announcement today, as he so often does, on Twitter, adding that Tuscan and French Slate will be available in 6 months,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building