Binishell System

An approach to Construction Automation developed by Dante Bini. Using air to create their form, Binishells are inherently green as they require less labor, material, resources, energy and time to construct compared to common building practices. Along with savings during …


Seattle’s first Passive House-certified home

Madison Park, Seattle, Washington (NK Architects) Quick note about Passive-House Certified: Passive, in this case, refers to heating and cooling without the use of mechanical systems. A Passive-House certified home is one that, by passive means and energy efficient building strategies, …


Solar Equity Bill Becomes Law

The Governor’s signature on the Equitable Access to Solar Energy Bill (AB217) means continued access to solar for struggling California families. Thousands of low-income families across California are now assured access to money-saving solar technology and clean energy jobs training …


Turbine Free Wind Power

Turbine-Free Wind Power

Watch the Video on Vimeo Conservationists argue that wind turbines pose a risk to birds, bats and sensitive habitats like shorelines. People living close to wind farms, meanwhile, complain of constant noise and vibration. This year [2011], engineers responded with …


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Open House – Passive Solar Building Design

Open House follows Passive Solar Building principles to manage occupant thermal comfort and energy consumption. House design with attention to sun orientation, geography and climate works to manage most heating and cooling needs naturally. Co-existing with its environment, in this way, also helps to circulate …


Urine Powered Generator

Created by four girls and presented at the Maker Faire Africa [2012] in Lagos. These young ladies are Duro-Aina Adebola (14), Akindele Abiola (14), Faleke Oluwatoyin (14) and Bello Eniola (15). 1 Liter of urine gives you 6 hours of electricity. How …


the Pearl by Solaleya

…The Pearl incorporates an array of “passive solar” principles that harness the sun for heating and take advantage of air movement for natural ventilation. The bay windows are fitted with an automated venting system – during the winter they soak …


Guerrilla Gardening – Cagliari Sardinia Italy

Night attacks on streets, squares and sidewalks, halfway between performance art and gardening are the signature of urban gardener ‘Insortu’ who has chosen to pursue a peaceful protest against indiscriminate urban decay and progress… …small gardens of ornamental plants created …


Vindskip Cargo Ship Will Harness Wind With Its Hull

…this conceptual super-carrier could potentially save billions of barrels of petrol every year just by harnessing the wind. The Vindskip concept’s design by Norway’s Lade AS promises to cut fuel use by 60 percent and CO2 emissions by up to 80 …


Solar Decathlon 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence …