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Nicolai Ouroussoff writes about all the new glass towers architects are designing in New York these days; they are lovely things, but what will power them or feed their occupants in years to come? Green roofs won't do it, they are too small.
News 01.28.13 Barnes Foundation In 2009 the New York City Parks Department began replacing sections of the famous Coney Island Boardwalk, built in 1923, with synthetic decking materials and concrete.
Achieving energy efficiency by ‘ going green ‘ has now become the most sought after methodology to not only bring down operational costs but strengthen the customer interest and loyalty towards the company as well. This is the result of the growing awareness amongst common men as they are now keen to ensure that industry operations are contributing to raising the environmental safety – even if they aren’t part of a green industry.
Hydrogen power is an exciting alternative energy source because it burns clean and emits only water vapor and heat -- however the tech is crippled by the fact that it takes a lot of energy to produce hydrogen fuel. This eye-popping Hydra Tower aims to solve the hydrogen conundrum in the most logical awesome way possible -- by harnessing bolts of lighting to smash molecules of water into hydrogen and oxygen. The spire's sinuous exoskeleton is made from graphene , a carbon super-material that is 200 times stronger than steel and highly conductive to heat and electricity - the better to channel incredible amounts of energy straight from the sky.
Energy efficiency is often the number one concern for home owners.
An engineer in the Czech Republic has built himself a house that can rotate to face any direction he chooses.
A new childcare center planned in Canada is expected to raise the bar on traditional green building practices. The center serves the UniverCity community, which is walking distance to the Simon Fraser University campus on Burnaby Mountain, just outside Vancouver. The center is built to meet the Living Building Challenge certification, which takes into account seven different areas known as “petals.”
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“In a hole in a ground lived a hobbit . Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing to sit on or eat: It was a hobbit hole and that means comfort.”
Attractive Net-Zero-Energy House On A Budget A Seattle couple shows how to build to net-zero-energy standards economically. Read more →