Pittsburgh leads in green energy with largest single sloped solar array in the US

August 18, 2020 by  
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The shift from non-renewable sources of energy to green energy continues to gain momentum. In the past few years, we have seen the launch of groundbreaking renewable energy projects around the world. One of the latest projects is a solar array for Mill 19 at Hazelwood Green in Pittsburgh. The project, led by Scalo Solar Solutions , is now the single largest sloped solar array in the U.S. It consists of 4,785 silicon solar panels that are capable of powering the entire Mill 19 plant. The project was established at a cost of $5 million and is expected to provide sufficient power to supply the energy needs of Mill 19. The 4,785 silicon solar panels sit on a 133,000-square-foot area on the frame of Mill 19. The solar panels were installed using an innovative technology called the Spider WorkWeb. With this approach, the panels were directly attached to Mill 19’s existing frame, thereby cutting the cost of putting up a new frame for the project. Each of the LG solar panels was assembled on the ground and then lifted and fitted into position. Related: IceWind launches residential wind turbines in the US The Hazelwood Green site, where Mill 19 is located, is seen as a model for sustainable development. Mill 19 has a goal to achieve 96% daylight autonomy, providing maximum thermal efficiency. Mill 19 is also targeting LEED Gold certification. The design of the solar slope caters to stormwater drainage. A strategic drainage system has been set in place, which will see all the water through a rainwater garden to a centrally located filtration basin. The Pittsburgh solar project is more proof that there is a possibility of attaining 100% renewable energy in many industries. There are many other businesses and organizations that can use the same model to reduce dependence on non-renewable sources of energy. + Pittsburgh Green Story Image via Pittsburgh Green Story and Andreas

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Hello Wood launches flat-pack kits for DIY tiny cabins

August 18, 2020 by  
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In one of its latest timber-centric projects, Budapest-based design studio Hello Wood has created the Kabinka, a prefab cabin inspired by the tiny house movement . Developed with affordability in mind, the modular structure comes in four sizes — ranging between 12 to 20 square meters — and comes flat-packed for easy transportation. Each cabin kit can be assembled by hand in just one to three days. Crafted under the slogan “design cabin at a reasonable price,” Hello Wood’s Kabinka is a minimalist, gable-roofed tiny cabin that is inspired by the rural vernacular of Hungary. Each Kabinka is designed and manufactured in Hungary and comfortably fits a tea kitchen, a bathroom, a couch and a stove. The four base sizes include the small at 12 square meters; the medium at 14.9 square meters; the large at 17.3 square meters; and the extra-large that includes 20 square meters of indoor living space along with a 9.6-square-meter outdoor patio. The cabin rises to an exterior height of 4.06 meters with an interior floor-to-ceiling height that is tall enough to accommodate a loft level. Related: Hello Wood unveils a tiny cabin that sleeps up to 8 people Flexibility was key in the design of Kabinka, which can be used as a weekend retreat, private work space or even as an extra meeting room or community space for a company. “The compact coolable and heatable interior can be turned into a tiny home that you can enjoy all year-round,” Hello Wood explained. “Then there’s its environmental footprint; thanks to its low energy consumption and environmental focus, the cabin is also greener than a house built of non-renewable materials with conventional technologies.” The prefabricated timber elements of the Kabinka tiny cabin are constructed with a CNC machine. The base model construction is estimated to take between six to eight weeks; customization and extra features such as additional windows are available. Hello Wood developed the Kabinka as a DIY project that can be assembled without the need for skilled labor. The retail price, which is available upon request, does not include shipping, groundwork or assembly, but it does include technical documents and an assembly manual. + Hello Wood Images via Hello Wood

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Eco-friendly housing startup Module breaks ground in Pittsburgh

June 4, 2020 by  
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Home building and buying are modern-day decision-wheels with size and location options balanced with a desire for eco-friendly construction. Buying too large of a home creates wasteful material and utility usage. Buying too small means having to sell and re-buy when life requires more space. So, the Pittsburgh-based housing start-up Module decided to create homes that are both environmentally-friendly and modular , allowing them to grow with your family. Under construction in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood, Module is providing three types of housing: a duplex, an affordable home and a market-value house. The location allows easy access to the homes via public transportation, bike, or foot. The four housing units make up a Zero Energy Ready development. Zero Energy Ready certification means steps were taken to achieve extreme energy efficiency through quality HVAC and thermal protection systems. This not only conserves resources, but also saves the homeowner money. A fresh air system and safer building materials provide superior air quality too. Plus, a roof-to-foundation water barrier system keeps water from entering and damaging any part of the home. Inside the home, Energy Star products further reduce energy and water consumption. All this efficiency doesn’t require huge sacrifices. In fact, each design offers an outdoor pad that can be used as a patio or off-street parking. There are also yards and decks for entertaining and outdoor fun. The stand out feature of these homes is the modular capability. For example, the Haven design starts with a compact 1,000 square feet space. However, it can expand to 2,000 square feet with the addition of modules if the homeowner needs an additional bedroom or home office. Even the duplex, referred to as the Duo design, has expansion capabilities. Combined, the units provide 1,600 square feet of space, which can be adapted into over 2,500 square feet as needed. With the initial Pittsburgh development underway, Module is already seeking out other suitable vacant lots around the city where they can provide further adaptable and eco-friendly housing. + Module + Pittsburgh Green Story Images via Pittsburgh Green Story

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Are those two Super Bowl ads really good for sustainability?

February 3, 2018 by  
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The NFL should step up to tell the Big Game’s green story to an audience of more than 100 million people.

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