Author Archives: Stephen Hanley

Making an Existing Home More Energy Efficient

  Matthew and Sue Seip recently purchased a house in Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania to be near family members who live in the Philadelphia area. Sue Seip, a professor at Philadelphia University, specializes in interior design, and Matt Seip has an architecture degree, so “we are very green-conscious, so to speak, and are both LEED-certified professionals,” she said. “Green building…

Secrets Of The Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House has become a symbol for Australia. It is also a sustainable building designed before sustainability became popular. Here is the story of how and why it was built.

Concrete Brise Soleil Cools Sustainable Building In Ghana

sustainable building in Ghana

One Airport Square in Accra, Ghana uses an innovative brise soleil of concrete to let light in while keeping heat out, which greatly reduces the cost of cooling.

Low Cost Coating For Glass Enhances Sustainability Of Buildings

Glass coating increases sustainability

Researchers at Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi have created a new coating for glass that blocks heat transfer at less cost than traditional methods.

Humanihut Makes Portable Refugee Shelters (w/Video)

Humanihut portable shelter

HUmanihut is an Australian start-up company that makes refugee shelters that are highly portable and durable. They contain sanitary facilities as well as living and sleeping quarters.

3.0 University Place In Philadelphia Will Feature Electrochromic Glass Facade

3.0 University Place

3.0 University Place will feature 50,000 square feet of SageGlass electrochromic glass from St. Gobain. The glass will help reduce cooling costs by 50%.

New Rooftop Wind Turbine Technology

Wind power is a major source of renewable electric power in many places around the world. We usually associate wind power with tall wind turbines located in remote locations or far out to sea. In July, Denmark produced 140% of its domestic energy from just such turbines, according to The Guardian. Yes, that record was…

Kebony Transforms Traditional Norwegian Home

Kebony house

Kebony, an environmentally safe manufactured wood product, has been used to transform a traditional Norwegian home and bring it to Passive House standards.

Wangjing SOHO Wins Emporis Skyscraper Award

Waigjing SOHO wins Emporis Award

Wangjing SOHO took first prize in the 2015 Emporis Awards competition. Its fluid design and energy efficiency impressed the panel of international experts.

Sustainable Home Designs Now Free Online

Free single family home design

The Australian government has begun making free sustainable home designs for single family homes available online. The plans showcase modern, sustainable designs featuring a large main bedroom with a generous walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom. There is also an open plan living and kitchen area with cathedral ceilings, bathroom and laundry. The flexible, functional floor plans are available in…