Leading Stanford climate scientist builds incredible net zero home, complete with Tesla Powerwall

October 30, 2017 by  
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A leading climate scientist — who has dedicated his career to proving the feasibility of transitioning the world off fossil fuels — walks the walk with his personal home. Professor of civil & environmental engineering and director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program at Stanford University, Mark Z. Jacobson has built an incredible Net Zero home using energy-efficient features that enable the house to generate all of its own energy from renewable sources . Jacobson is one of the founders of The Solutions Project , an initiative backed by scientific research that aims to show how every state in the USA can transition to 100 percent renewable energy . Using the organization’s ethos and his own research as a guide, Jacobson worked with luxury custom homebuilders, BONE Structure to design and build his ultra-efficient home . Related: This new energy concept from Sweden can make any building net zero Located in Stanford, California, the structure is the epitome of future efficient home design that doesn’t sacrifice on style or comfort. The project’s planning began by creating an ultra-low energy thermal shell that would insulate the home and reduce energy requirements. Next, to generate and conserve energy, the home was equipped with solar panels along with a couple of Tesla Powerwall battery packs for storage. This system meets all of the home’s energy needs, including heating, cooling, plug loads and even transportation charging. Jacobson moved into his Net Zero home last summer and has been monitoring its performance ever since. Not only does his energy system generate enough clean energy to meet his family’s needs, but Jacobson has also been able to sell 67 percent of the clean electricity back to the utility grid. + BONE Structure

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Arnold Schwarzenegger & Project Green Light Launch “Sustainia” to Inspire Sustainable Living

March 9, 2012 by  
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Sustainia , an ambitious initiative by Project Green Light to present a virtual realization of a truly sustainable world , was launched March 7 at the University of Geneva by Arnold Schwarzenegger and European Climate Chief Connie Hedegaard .  The launch saw the release of a gorgeous, vivid book, chock-full of handy sustainability-related infographics both about the history of environmentalism, notable current sustainable projects, and the future implications of eco-friendly living. Through collaboration with designers, this book will soon be accompanied by additional virtual representations of how our lives could be transformed by widespread adoption of sustainable practices. If that isn’t enough excitement, Sustainia also plans to establish an award they describe as a “Nobel prize for sustainable development.” Read the rest of Arnold Schwarzenegger & Project Green Light Launch “Sustainia” to Inspire Sustainable Living Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arnold schwartzenegger , BIG Architects , connie hedegaard , general electric , Green Light Project , guide to sustainia , homes of the future , knoll design , rio+20 conference , sustainable cities , sustainable design , sustainable living , United Nations , united nations global compact

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