A solarium regulates temperatures and allows occupants to grow food in this flexible urban design.
Participating in the Solar Decathlon for the first time, the University of Buffalo took second place among the 14 teams with its Garden, Relax or Work—or GRoW—Home. Designed for an urban environment, the home features living space that expands and contracts with the growing seasons and centers on what contestants call a “GRoWlarium.” This greenhouse-like space can be enjoyed as living space in benign weather and used as a greenhouse the rest of the time. It also encloses, buffers and moderates the conditioned space.
Only recently have Los Angeles and sustainability been mentioned in the same sentence. With its polluted air, freeways clogged with millions of single-passenger cars, chronic water shortages, and over-lit nighttime cityscape, Los Angeles has been a poster city for poor urban sustainability—until last spring.
Solar shingles and an attractive rebate program are making net-zero homes from Addison Homes appeal to buyers in this South Carolina market.
Addison Homes is committed to making zero energy a mainstream option, modeling a vision of sustainable construction that’s attractive, affordable and attainable for homeowners. Its 2,700-square-foot InVision Zero SC is not only the first zero-energy home in Greenville, S.C., it is also the first area’s first Active House.
More manufacturers are using technology to optimize efficiency, comfort and performance.
February 23, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Green Builder Media recently announced its annual 2016 Hot 50 Products. Included on the list are products that contribute to a home’s intelligence, durability, energy efficiency and/or resilience. Many of this year’s picks optimized their functions by combining improved design with connected technology.
by Christopher Lindstrom, Co-founder of Catalyst Bioenergy Group and the great-great grandson of John D. Rockefeller
As I write this COP21 meetings are over, having culminated with a commitment to keep the planet’s temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the path to achieve this goal is still vague with many questions remaining about how to implement.
In recent years, there has been much discussion of alternative energy moving into the mainstream. While it hasn’t yet shed the “alternative” label, alternative energy’s shift to the mainstream is largely complete and likely irreversible. Despite continuing uncertainty over policy incentives and competition from historically low natural gas prices, alternative energy’s momentum continues to accelerate. In the case of wind and solar power, growth is regularly outpacing projections.