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Hobbit House Micro-Community Growing In Washington

Inspired by the earth-sheltered tiny homes, often called Hobbit Houses, created by Simon Dale and others, designer, dressmaker and tiny house expert Kristie Wolfe is building a micro-community of three houses in Chelan, Washington. The first Hobbit Home is complete, and Wolfe hopes to have the other two done by the middle of 2016. Wolfe’s Hobbit House is located on a 5.5 acre plot, and built into the mountainside so completely that it could be easy to miss on first…

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Solar Installation Complete Atop Future IKEA Las Vegas; Will Be Nevada’s Largest Single-Use Retail Array When Store Opens May 18

The solar installation is complete atop the IKEA Las Vegas store. The opening is scheduled for May 18, 2016. Once commissioned, an IKEA press announcement states the project will be the largest single-use retail rooftop solar array in Nevada. The store’s 240,504-sq.ft. solar comprises a 1.14 MW rooftop system using 3,620 panels. The panels will produce approximately 1,750,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store. Translated into a global warming perspective, this production represents the equivalent of reducing 1,207 tons…

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IKEA boast largest retail solar array in Nevada

Largest Retail Solar Array in Nevada Belongs to IKEA

The new solar array recently installed on the roof of the soon-to-be-open IKEA store in Las Vegas is the largest retail solar array in Nevada. The store is set to open May 18, 2016. The store’s 240,504 square foot solar power system is a 1.14 MW system, built with 3,620 panels, and will produce approximately 1,750,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 1,207 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 254…

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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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Renusol America To Help Palm Springs Air Museum Go Solar

PV mounting system manufacturer Renusol America will provide its VS mounting system and frameless module clamps for the solar power installation scheduled at the Palm Springs Air Museum in California. The Atlanta-based company’s Renusol VS system and clamps will be used as part of the solar power solution contracted by Sunworks, a design-build renewable energy firm. Sunworks, with support from Tiger Electric, designed the roof-mounted 340 kW system for the air museum. Among the challenges in engineering the project was the FAA-required glint/glare…

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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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Green Building Tool Helps Architects, Builders, Specifiers

Building with Chemistry has provided a useful online tool aimed at sustainable or green building. The resource targets creating more energy-efficient and sustainable homes, offices, schools and other buildings, stating: “The increased popularity of green building design and construction has given rise to a variety of approaches that aim to guide architects, designers, materials specifiers, and builders in how to build ‘green.’” The following brief descriptions and links provide an extremely detailed and useful resource for anyone who happens to be…

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Health and Well-Being Now Part of Real Estate Assessments

As interest in health and well-being in buildings grows, the industry has recognized the need for practical tools for systematic assessment, objective scoring and peer benchmarking of health and well-being. GRESB, the global standard for environmental, social and governance (ESG) assessment of real estate portfolios and infrastructure assets, today announced the launch of the GRESB Health and Well-being Module. The new module evaluates and benchmarks actions by property companies and funds to promote the health and well-being of employees and their strategy to…

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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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Building A Facebook Fort Worth Data Center

Construction of a new US Facebook data center is well underway at 4500 Like Way in Fort Worth, Texas. Permit information reveals that the development began back in May 2015 under the alias “Project Ernst” reports San Francisco-based BuildZoom, a commercial and residential construction data firm tracking national building permit activity. The Facebook data center aims to be 100% renewable, and has already contributed 200 MW of wind energy to the Texas grid, said vice president of infrastructure Tom Furlong last summer.…

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ETFE Football Stadium Will Soon Be Minneapolis Showcase

When it opens this summer, US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis will feature the only ETFE (ethylene-tetra-fluoro-ethylene) roof on a sports facility in the United States. This resilient and transparent material, long used in Europe, will now provide Minnesota Vikings football fans with a comfortable experience inside the stadium and a clear view outside, even if the outdoor temperature is far below zero degrees Fahrenheit. In contrast to the preponderance of opaque domed stadiums in this country, some 60% of the…

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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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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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