Sculptural Haus B uses passive solar principles to surpass Germanys energy standards

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Completed over the span of four years, Haus B is a passive solar home that’s a contemporary departure from the housing norm of the 1960s suburban neighborhood in which it resides. Located in Dreieich, Germany, the 320-square-meter house was designed by Düsseldorf-based design studio One Fine Day (Office for Architectural Design) in collaboration with Ulrike Thies who acted as the construction supervisor. Most impressively, the single-family residence was designed and built to surpass the requirements… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



“Cheesy” solar charger kit empowers students in East Africa

SunMade Cheese is one of the most inspiring solar panel charger kits anticipated on the market in 2018. Playful in its design and highly functional, the device features a charging socket for flashlights, lighters, radios and even cell phones with mere sunlight. The device was developed by YOLK, the solar company applauded for its kickstarter project ‘Solar Paper’ in 2015 that has sold millions of dollars worth of units worldwide. The Solar Paper charger gained global recognition as the “world’s thinnest… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Egypt set to open its first solar farm – and it’s the largest in the world

Egypt, the most populous Arab nation, has long relied on environmentally taxing fossil fuels. Over 90% of electricity is generated from oil and natural gas in the country that subsidizes fossil fuels making them a cheap option for its 96 million citizens. However, the government plans to change courses and put itself on the clean energy map with the inauguration of the world’s largest solar park, the Benban Complex, under construction in Egypt’s Western Desert and said to open next year. The first… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The largest solar farm apiary in the US opens this week

An important feature of the design system known as permaculture is the concept of stacking functions, or finding multiple uses for the same space or resource. North Carolina-based PineGate Renewables is taking this principle to a new level with the opening of the largest solar farm apiary in the United States. Starting this week, the Eagle Point solar farm in Jackson County, Oregon will host 48 hives of honey bees underneath and between the solar panels. John Jacob of Old Sol Apiaries helped to determine… 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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California to become the first US state to require solar panels on new homes

California is expected to require solar energy for just about all new homes, the Orange County Register reported. The California Energy Commission is slated to vote this Wednesday on new standards mandating almost all new houses be equipped with solar panels, beginning in 2020, and it’s expected they’ll approve the move.

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6 solar roads shaking up infrastructure around the world

Roads aren’t just for walking or driving on anymore. Solar road or pathway projects around the world reveal roads can provide firm footing and generate clean energy. Inhabitat rounded up six projects in places as diverse as China and rural Georgia to highlight potentially game-changing technologies in the solar road sphere. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New 3 in 1 Roof solar tiles power your house for half the price of a Tesla roof

Tesla is getting all the focus when it comes to solar roofing, but there are some competitors out there who are innovating in ways that even Elon Musk hasn’t thought of. 3 in 1 Roof system, for instance, marries insulation, extreme wind protection and solar power, all in one. The solar roof system comes in a huge range of finishes, has a lighter load than traditional slate tiles, and is the first to introduce zero heat transference into the attic – so it reduces your heating and cooling costs all… 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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Dutch villa smartly taps into solar energy and optimal site conditions

EVA Architecten took the long view when designing Villa IJsselzig, a modern home optimized for energy efficiency and durability. Set next to the river Hollandse Ijssel, the villa respects the neighboring buildings by adapting a similar form but also quietly stands out with its distinctly contemporary design. Renewable energy including solar and a heat pumps power the home while the carefully positioned openings reduce unwanted solar gain.

Topped with a dark copper roof and reddish-brown… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building