Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and real estate developer MIRIS have unveiled designs for ‘The Spark,’ an urban data center that reuses excess heat to power cities. Framed as a “solution to the global climate crisis,” the prototype is designed to power cities with up to 18,000 people. The city of Os, located south of Norway’s second largest city, Bergen, will be the first municipality to test the concept as part of a plan to become the world’s first-ever energy positive city.
from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/snohetta-designs-an-energy-positive-data-center-to-fight-climate-change
Set on the edge of a forest conservation area in central Maryland, the Forest House is a contemporary home integrated with a wide variety of energy-efficient features. Local design firm Gardner Architects LLC designed the spacious home that responds to passive solar principles and rises to the height of the tree canopy to capture surrounding views. The sustainable technologies include geothermal energy, rooftop solar panels, rain gardens, as well as low-tech solutions like stack ventilation.
from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/geothermal-powered-forest-house-showcases-sustainable-features-in-maryland
The notion of living large in small spaces is perfectly captured in the Pohutukawa, a tiny house on wheels that fits up to six people and boasts a double mezzanine. Designed by New Zealand-based firm Tiny House Builders, the contemporary Pohutukawa is a luxury tiny house that comes with a fully fitted-out interior and all the necessary hookups. Keep scrolling to take a peek inside the surprisingly spacious tiny house.
Fitted out with all the modern comforts of home, the Pohutukawa…
from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/the-luxurious-pohutukawa-tiny-home-on-wheels-lets-you-live-large-in-style
- Australia boasts a renewable energy potential of 25,000 GW, one of the highest in the world and about four times the installed electricity production capacity of the entire planet. A chemist at Monash University says that energy can be captured and stored for later use by making ammonia, which can be used as a carbon-free fuel. [Science Magazine]
Australian energy (Coast Protection Board, South Australia)
- A Tesla spokesperson officially confirmed to CleanTechnica that the company had sold and delivered 200,000 EVs in the US. The phaseout period of the federal EV tax credit is set into motion when a manufacturer sells its 200,000th EV in this country. The amount of the tax credit will be cut 50% on January 1, 2019, with two further to follow. [CleanTechnica]
- A combination of good meteorological conditions in the first half of 2018 has led Spain to cover 45.8% of the electricity demand on its grid from renewable energy sources. Wind energy systems were the peninsula’s primary source of electricity, covering 22.6% of its electricity demand, followed by hydro power, with a 16.9% share. [pv magazine International]
- Researchers at Norway’s Department of Energy Technology in Kjeller say they have perfected a way to substitute silicon for the graphite commonly used in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries. The discovery will lead to batteries that can power an electric car for 600 miles or more, the researchers claim. Pure silicon has ten times the capacity of graphite. [CleanTechnica]
- In 2016, the UK ran for a total of 210 hours without using coal to generate electricity. In 2017, the figure rose to 624 hours. For 2018, the figure is already above 1,000 hours, and the switch to renewable power is accelerating, as two of the UK’s eight coal-burning plants are to close this year. Over the past four weeks, PVs provided 7.4% of the UK’s electricity. [The Guardian]
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from Green Energy Times http://www.greenenergytimes.org/2018/07/13/july-13-green-energy-news-5/
San Antonio’s idyllic Confluence Park just became a little greener and more scenic, thanks to the teamwork between American firms Lake Flato and Matysys with the support of landscape architect Rialto Studio. The riverfront park now boasts sweeping sculptural pavilions that provide shade from the fierce Texas sun as well as an elegant method for collecting rainwater.
Confluence Park is located at the spot where the San Antonia River merges with San Pedro Creek. Covering just over 3…
from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/confluence-parks-new-solar-powered-pavilions-collect-rainwater-and-provide-shade-from-the-summer-sun
New York City-based architecture and interior design firm Stonehill Taylor tapped into New Orleans’ storied past for their design of The Eliza Jane, a new boutique hotel a few blocks west from the city’s iconic French Quarter. The unique hotel was created from seven centuries-old warehouses that were combined and renovated to form a variety of elegantly dressed spaces including 196 guest rooms with 50 suites, a fitness center, garden courtyard, lounge, restaurant, and lobby.
from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/historic-warehouses-transformed-into-a-swanky-boutique-hotel-in-new-orleans
A new glamping destination has popped up in an unlikely destination—on a 172-acre island just across the river from New York City’s Statue of Liberty. Launched by Denver-based Collective Retreats on Governors Island, the Collective Governors Island retreat combines luxury tents with modern amenities in a verdant setting just a quick ferry ride away from Manhattan. The experimental campsite is the first time camping has been allowed on Governors Island, which has recently undergone dramatic changes…
from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/go-glamping-with-views-of-the-statue-of-liberty-on-nycs-governors-island