Israeli CSP Pioneer AORA Launches Modular Tulip System in Almeria, Spain

I had the privilege of visiting AORA’s launch of its hybrid modular “Tulip” CSP system at Spain’s solar energy development park outside of Almeria. What I saw was tremendously impressive. This affordable energy solution can be used in numerous places that don’t even have access to the electric grid. The potential for this technology sparks the imagination. AORA Cuts Blue Ribbon on Europe’s First Hybrid Micro CSP Demonstration (via Clean Technica)

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Repurposed Parts for a Repurposed Berkley, CA House

Designed by husband and wife team Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger of Leger Wanaselja Architecture, the upper outside walls of the house are made from over 100 salvaged car roofs. According to the architects, the roofs were sawed out of grey cars left for parts in local junkyards. The lower walls are clad in poplar bark, a waste product from the furniture industry of North Carolina. And the awnings are fabricated from junked Dodge Caravan side windows.

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EPA Factoid: 2010 Recovery of Municipal Solid Waste

In 2010, Americans recovered almost 65 million tons of MSW (excluding composting) through recycling. Composting recovered over 20 million tons of waste. We combusted about 29 million tons for energy recovery (about 12 percent). Subtracting out what we recycled and composted, we combusted (with energy recovery) or discarded 2.9 pounds per person per day.   Source: US Environmental Protection Agency

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Marrying Historic Preservation with LEED Gold Certification

What a house, what a concept, what a challenge! Amid a heaping pile of press releases, Annie Kohut from Kohut Communications got my attention with this photo. Her accompanying note read: “One doesn’t often hear about sustainable design projects that are also historic preservation projects. But despite some preservationists who don’t believe that historic restoration can be accomplished sustainably, the restoration of a 19th century Italianate farmhouse demonstrates that historic restoration and green building principles do in fact complement one another.”…

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Five Top Sustainable Building Practitioners

For building purposes, let’s start with the issue of sustainability. Energy, economics, material use, land and water use are primary considerations any architect, developer, or owner should place on the design scales before starting anything, if they’re worth their designer salts, that is.

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