US-Funded Energy Storage Provider Beacon Power Files For Bankruptcy

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Energy storage company Beacon Power, which received $56 million from the federal program since 2009, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The flywheel technology maker will maintain operations in its efforts to pay off creditors

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INTERVIEW: HOK’s Yann Weymouth Discusses Designing the Hurricane-Resistant Salvador Dalí Museum

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Earlier this year we reported on the opening of the stunning Salvador Dalí Museum located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Dalí works, and since its debut this past April, the dazzling venue has already welcomed over 300,000 visitors. With its clean minimalist lines juxtaposed against a sparkling geodesic glass atrium, the spectacular structure designed by HOK stands as a work of art in its own right, while still paying homage to the spirit of Salvador Dalí . The building also brings more to the table than just its looks. Housing over 2,000 pieces of Dalí’s most important works , the museum is sited within a corner of the country that often finds itself battered by severe storms with catastrophic results. To prepare for the worst, HOK designed the shell of the structure to withstand a Category 5 hurricane . The design also features numerous green systems, including a solar hot water powered dehumidification system , high efficiency HVAC and ventilation systems, and strategic daylighting to illuminate the interiors. We recently sat down with principal architect and Senior Vice President of HOK Yann Weymouth who enlightened us on the intricacies of the design, and what it took to get the museum built. Jump ahead for our exclusive interview with Yann as he explains the design, and how his team of architects and engineers used Building Information Modeling to build a space that’s not only beautiful and sustainable, but disaster-proof.   This interview is brought to you by  Autodesk – Accelerating Better Design. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: HOK’s Yann Weymouth Discusses Designing the Hurricane-Resistant Salvador Dalí Museum Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2 2d/3d cad , 3D representation , 3d studio max , 3DS , Architecture , autdocad , autodesk , BIM , Buckminster Fuller , building information modeling , Building Modeling , CAD , computer aided design , dali , dali museum , dali-esque , disaster proof architecture , Disaster-proof design , eco design , eco museums , florida , geodesic dome , geodesic inspired , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green museums , greywater filtration , HOK , HOK architects , hurricane proof architecture , hurricane resistant architecture , hurricane resistant building , Revit , salvador dali , salvador dali art collection , salvador dali museum , st. petersburg , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , sustainable museums , tampa bay , Using BIM For Green Building , virtual design and construction , world’s largest salvador dali collection , Yann Weymouth

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Defend Against An Undead Attack with These 6 Zombie-Proof Safe Houses

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‘Tower For The Dead’ is an Eco-Cemetery Inspired by the Grieving Process

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One of the most mysterious towers ever conceived, the Tower For the Dead is actually a practical solution that adresses the needs of our growing and aging population. The proposal won honorable mention in the 2011 eVolo Skyscraper Competition for its vertical eco graveyard concept, which frees up valuable land in overcrowded Mexico City. However, the tower provides more than just a mode for saving space — as the design team describes, “The ‘Tower for the Dead’ allows the family members of the deceased to be reborn, after a trip to the underworld, where they just buried their loved one.” Read the rest of ‘Tower For The Dead’ is an Eco-Cemetery Inspired by the Grieving Process Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 5 steps in grieving , day of the dead building , Elsa Mendoza Andrés , evolo 2011 skyscraper competition , graveyard building , graveyard tower , green burial , Israel López Balan , Mexico city green building , Moisés Adrián Hernández García , Vertical graveyard

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Rustic and Beautiful Backyard Micro-House is Built from Recycled Barnboard

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Voltaic Introduces High-Powered Solar Backpacks That Charge Laptops!

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The dream of going wireless with a laptop or iPad becomes pretty meaningless when reality hits and your left with a battery drained to nothing. But  Voltaic ‘s new solar backpack brings things back into balance, giving you the option to recharge your laptop and other gadgets even if the sun isn’t shining! Incorporating a battery with a sewn in 10 watt monocrystal solar module, the setup has two power ports and four voltage settings connected to the 60 watt battery. The new backpack gives you the ability to recharge just about any portable device whenever you need to. Read the rest of Voltaic Introduces High-Powered Solar Backpacks That Charge Laptops! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Array solar backpack , Fuse solar charging , green portable power , Recycled Materials , Solar Backpack , solar ipad charger , solar laptop charger , solar pack , Voltaic power pack

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Did Hollywood Kill ‘the Lorax’? (Video)

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The beloved Dr. Seuss story gets the big screen treatment, and it looks like a disaster …

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14 Eco-Friendly Women’s Trench Coats, Blazers and Parkas!

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Summer slipped by so quickly, and boy have we been feeling the chill across the country. Whether you’ve been battling heavy rain, strong winds, or are simply spending your days strolling your local park crunching leaves beneath your feet, this brisk weather definitely calls for a bit of a coverup. Just in time for the cold weather seasons, we’ve rounded up 1 4 eco-friendly trench coats, blazers, and parkas sure to keep the  brrrs at bay in a very stylish way! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco clothing , eco friendly coats , eco friendly winter coats , green fashion , green winter coats , sustainable coats , Sustainable Fashion , winter coats

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Gigaton Awards Profiles: Johnson Controls

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As part of our coverage of the Carbon War Room’s second annual Gigaton Awards, GreenBiz is profiling several nominees. We launch the series today with a look at Johnson Controls Inc.

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Christian DuCharme Turns Plastic Spoons and Paper Cups Into Atmospheric Lamps

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Spotted by CollabCubed on the streets of New York, this custom built lamp is the fantastic creation of designer Christian DuCharme. DuCharme has made an art out of repurposing paper cups, coffee filters, and plastic spoons, creating dazzling and dramatic lighting fixtures from the recycled materials. Currently, installed at the Lafayette Espresso Bar and Market, this along with his ’300 Cups Lamp’ are enchanting and enlightening visitors on the merits of reuse. Read the rest of Christian DuCharme Turns Plastic Spoons and Paper Cups Into Atmospheric Lamps Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Christian DuCharme , coffee cup lamps , coffee filter art , coffee filter light fitting , Coffee Lamps , collabcubed , custom lights , gallery laFayette , paper cup lamp , recycled filter lamps , recycled lighting art , recycled lighting design , rpurposed lighting design , spoon lamps

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