Sustainability Drove Design Behind US Bank Stadium

When I joined a group of journalists to visit US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, not only was I impressed with what I saw, I had the pleasure of interviewing Brian Wolfe, HKS sustainable design manager and a key member of the architectural team for the stadium. Our interview began with my question on the destruction of the former Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the site where the new stadium was built. Meyers: From the demolition of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome to the design of the…

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Why Measure CO2 For IAQ And HVAC?

Scientific studies have demonstrated that monitoring CO2 for HVAC, rather than just for temperature or humidity, can significantly increase energy efficiency and save costs. Not only that, controlling CO2 emissions can enhance workplace productivity. Improving Workplace Alertness &  Productivity Researchers have shown that CO2 levels above 1000ppm can negatively impact on concentration and increases lethargy in the workplace. The graph below shows how indoor CO2 levels can increase to 1000ppm in 50 minutes, demonstrating the need for adequate ventilation. 7…

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Winner of the tiny house competition

Chicago Tiny House Design Competition Winners

The winners of the Chicago AIA’s tiny house design competition were announced recently. Launched in November 2015, the competition solicited entries to address young adult homelessness in Chicago as part of the Tiny Homes Summit. The winning entry, “A House for Living In,” is composed of 11 336-square-foot units and one interior community space gathered around a central courtyard. The project costs an estimated $73 per square foot, which is substantially less expensive than typical affordable housing, which is in the…

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A Shipping Container Home With Solar Power: The Jagpod

This post, written by Jake Richardson, recently appeared on our sister site, Cleantechnica. The founder of Jaguar Containers, William Coit, has created shipping container homes with solar power systems and is currently running an Indiegogo campaign. Mr. Coit answered some questions about his shipping container homes for Cleantechnica. How many square feet of living space does a Jagpod have? The 20 ft. unit has 144 square feet and the 40 ft. unit has 300 square feet of living space. The 20-foot…

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World’s Largest Solar Glass Envelope To Supply Electricity At Copenhagen International School

Dubai-based Emirates Insolaire will supply about 12,000 solar glass panels to the Copenhagen International School in Denmark, boosting the facility’s production of clean electricity. Emirates Insolaire produces and distributes colored solar glass and colored PV modules using what is called Kromatix technology. This technology allows solar PV to be integrated into the architectural design of all types of buildings, opening opportunities for building aesthetics to be coupled with enhanced energy savings. The company indicates it is expecting sales of 50,000 square meters of…

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How Photovoltaic Glass can Transform Windows into Solar Generators

What if glass windows could produce enough electricity to power the energy needs of an entire building? This is precisely the goal of photovoltaic glass. The principle is simple and has been around for several years now: it is a solar panel system integrated into double glazing. It works just like a traditional solar collector but the material is transparent and lets the natural light in: the result looks just like a regular window. Its installation is no less different…

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Reversible Concrete Allows for Easy Removal

Yes, you read the title correctly – reversible concrete! It seems like an oxymoron – concrete is known for its stability and strength, and its permanence. Well, not anymore! Last October at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Self-Assembly Lab at MIT and Gramazio Kohler Research of ETH Zurich showed off a process that might finally one-up concrete, using only a 3-D printing extruder, rocks, string, and smart design. The short, unscientific version is that the rocks are bound together by the…

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Dassault 3DS Wind Turbine

Join the Wind O&M Conference in Dallas, April 12-13

North America’s leading commercial wind operations and maintenance event, Wind O&M Dallas 2016*, is gearing up for April 12 and 13. The Wind O&M Dallas Summit is an annual event that brings together hundreds of wind industry professionals, decision-makers, and investors, from around the United States and the world. The event will be preceded by the Wind O&M Dallas Awards 2016, which will be held on April 11 and will launch the 8th annual Wind O&M Dallas Summit. The Awards dinner and…

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Reasons To Choose Natural Slate For Sustainable Building

As far as materials go, there is nothing quite like natural slate. It is beautiful, graceful, and long-lasting. Spanish slates, in fact, have traditionally been regarded as one of the best materials for roofing and cladding. According to, slate is a fine-grained, foliated metamorphic rock.  Used since Roman times, natural slate is remarkably durable, fire resistant, and naturally waterproof. Because of its durability and attractive appearance, it is popular for a wide variety of uses, including roofing, cladding, flooring, and flagging Natural slate…

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Remarkable $20K Houses From Rural Studio

Auburn University’s design team at Rural Studio has achieved the lofty goal of building affordable houses for somebody living below the poverty line. Here’s how: The team did so by completing two pilot project houses priced at $20,000 apiece. Materials for the homes totaled $14,000 each. The Design Challenge For over a decade, architecture students at Rural Studio, Auburn University’s design-build program in West Alabama have worked on a daunting problem, reports FastCompany. “How do you design a home that someone living…

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Study Shows LEED-ND Fails To Provide Affordable Housing

A study recently published in the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA) by Nicola Szibbo, PhD, a planner with the City and County of Honolulu, found that only 40 percent of LEED-ND certified projects included affordable housing. With very little incentive in the credit structure, many developers choose not to include affordable housing, and there are no consequences for doing so. LEED-ND is a green certification program for neighborhood developments, sponsored by the US Green Building Council, the association that…

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Greenhouse with legs

Try This Greenhouse With Legs For Flood Control

For those having a proclivity for flooding paranoia, this greenhouse with legs might arrest some of those fears. Conceived and developed by BAT Studio, we are told this UK structure has been constructed in an area which experiences frequent flooding. The Greenhouse That Grows Legs incorporates a novel approach to flood protection. “The building is fabricated on a bespoke steel frame with four hydraulic legs, capable of lifting the building 800 mm from the ground on command.” The story of…

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Analyzing Exterior Deck Options

When asked what is a highly desired feature outside of the house, a good number of people will first select an exterior deck or porch. Here’s why: if done well, it makes an inviting place to visit with family or friends to enjoy summer cookouts, or simply as a great place to sit back, relax, and savor the wonderful natural world outside the house. If you happen to be one of those wanting to build something like this, you are…

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Designed For The Future: Media TIC – Barcelona, Spain

GBE will be featuring three posts highlighting projects from the recently published book Designed For The Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World. The book asks the question: “What gives you the hope that a sustainable future is possible?” Featuring responses by 80 innovators spanning architecture, urban planning, landscaping, journalism, and also environmental leaders, the resulting book is a compilation of their interesting ideas on how to create a better future.  Fully integrate new technology into building design. David Garcia is…

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Forests & Civilization – John Perlin Interview Series Part IV: Fighting For Photons

Join me for Part IV of this interview series with John Perlin concerning our forests. Today’s subject: “Fighting for Photons,” a subject about which Perlin knows plenty.   He is the author of two diverse and important books which explore this subject: “A Forest Journey: the Story of Wood and Civilization,” and “Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy.” If you have missed our previous interviews, you can catch up here: Our Forests & Our Civilization: Interview Series…

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Masdar’s 2016 Blogging Contest: Envision a More Sustainable Economy

This article was originally published on Clean Technica We’ve partnered again for Madar’s 2016 blogging contest in which you can win a trip to Abu Dhabi’s famous Sustainability Week. Masdar’s humongous Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) — which includes the Zayed Future Energy Prize; the IRENA General Assembly; the World Future Energy Summit; the International Water Summit; EcoWaste; The Women in Sustainability, Environment & Renewable Energy (WiSER) Initiative; and “The Festival” — is just around the corner, and the mega clean energy…

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Steelhenge, made of shipping containers

‘Steelhenge’ Takes Shipping Containers To Another Level

Swiss architecture firm Bureau A recreated the iconic Stonehenge with shipping containers for the first edition of the biennale for independent art spaces in Geneva, BIG. Using 50 containers, the firm was commissioned to create an open air venue that would function as a space for attendees to congregate. “We like to work with references, displacement or even direct quotes,” Bureau A’s Leopold Banchini said in an interview with Dezeen. “In this case, the ruins of Stonehenge and the pagan rituals that…

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