Adobe House Somerset West, South Africa Photo: Jan Tik
Renewable energy services company SolarCity and homebuilder Shea Homes have partnered to make a “no electric bill” home available to homebuyers in all Shea Homes Active Lifestyle and Trilogy communities in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, and Washington.
EXHIBITS: Center for Architecture Opens Two Exhibitions on Middle Eastern Architecture and Engineering
The Center for Architecture announces the opening of two concurrent exhibitions on architecture in the Middle East. City of Mirages: Baghdad, 1952-1982, in its U.S. debut, presents built and unbuilt work by 11 architects, including Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown. The second show, CHANGE: Architecture and Engineering in the Middle East, 2000-Present surveys more than 120 contemporary works in 20 countries and territories.
Guest Post: You may be aware that your home is not energy sound. The first thing to do is to find the source of the energy loss.
A 35-meter-long photovoltaic pavilion adds the finishing touch to the campus of Potsdam University of Applied Sciences and is to be used as a space for social events, brainstorming ideas and presentations. Odersun solar modules cover the whole building. Made from 25 mm-thick break-proof security glass, the PV modules act as façade elements and were specially developed and manufactured for this project.
As the fuel cell industry makes the transition from the R&D stage to full commercialization, breakout applications are continuing to emerge and business models and market structures are evolving rapidly, reports Pike Research.
Independent solar panel test lab, PV Evolution Labs (PVEL), will present its findings from recent PV characterization work at industry events scheduled in February and March 2012. Module manufacturers, solar investors and project developers utilize PVEL to assess solar panel reliability and durability.
The Buckminster Fuller Institute has published 103 entries to this year’s Buckminster Fuller Challenge in the IDEA INDEX — BFI’s remarkable repository of whole systems solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. “IDEA INDEX 1.0 is a searchable database of incredible ideas submitted by design pioneers and social innovators from all over the world”, commented Elizabeth Thompson, BFI’s Executive Director. “What you’ll find is a collection of practitioners meaningfully engaged in systems change, all worthy of attention and support.” Entries were…
Capturing Rainwater from Rooftops: Report Spotlights Practical Green Infrastructure Solution to Alleviate Nation’s Water Woes
As America’s expanding urban areas struggle with major water supply shortages and runoff pollution problems, capturing rainwater from rooftops provides a tremendous untapped opportunity to increase water supply and improve water quality, according to a recent analysis on “Capturing Rainwater from Rooftops” by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
Guest Post: Solar panels, formed from several types of photovoltaic cells, can be manufactured from a variety of different materials – most of which being crystalline silicon. Over a hundred different manufacturers produce photovoltaic cells all over the world.
A new study says that some LEED credits might carry an additional risk of worker injury of up to 41 percent, writes Douglas Reiser on Sustainable Cities Collective. The study he cites published by the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Colorado Boulder, which finds that a number of LEED credit tasks carry potential risks.
Green Homes Market Expected to Increase Five-Fold by 2016 – Up From a $17 Billion Opportunity Today – Says New McGraw-Hill Construction Study
According to the study, construction industry professionals report an even steeper increase in green home remodeling; 34 percent of remodelers expect to be doing mostly green work by 2016, a 150 percent increase over 2011 activity levels. Many homebuilders have shifted to the remodeling market due to the drastic drop in new home construction.
KB Home opened its first net-zero energy home in Nevada during a special event held yesterday at its Talavera at Mountain’s Edge community in Las Vegas. At the event, KB Home employees and Clark County Commissioner, Susan Brager, hosted a group of area school children for a morning of education, games and a guided tour of the innovative new home, dubbed ZeroHouse 2.0.
ZamRay, dubbed by Engineering News Record the “Craigslist of the construction world,” is celebrating its first year in business with the announcement that the unique site has already surpassed more than 750,000 viewers and over 2.5 million page views.