Kansas State students built this charming affordable home for low-income families

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

A group of fifth-year architecture students at Kansas State University teamed up with local firms El Dorado and Studio Build to design and build an affordable two-unit dwelling for low-income families. The Waldo Duplex, built for $200 per square foot, comprises carefully designed open spaces that strategically utilize  natural light . The duplex, built on a budget of $290,000, is located in a historic area of Kansas City, Missouri, dominated by single-family bungalows and shotgun homes. While the duplex has been dominated by generic, utilitarian form these days, the designers wanted to create something that stood out. The result is an unconventional housing solution amongst fairly uniform residential typology. The exterior and roof are clad in corrugated steel and features high-end finishes on the interior. Related: El Dorado brings Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Echo Ridge Community to Topeka, Kansas The students, working as part of Design+Make Studio, teamed up with two local studios to design this pair of apartments for low-income tenants. “This building type was conceived as a more compassionate way to meet housing needs in lower-income municipalities and neighborhoods without the density that is typical in affordable housing,” explained the team. The street-facing porches are enclosed within wooden slats and cantilever over the site. Each apartment offers 725 square feet (67 square meters) of space, with open-plan layouts that include living rooms, kitchens and dining areas. These spaces balance natural and artificial light, working in synergy and dialogue with each other. + Design+Make Studio + El Dorado Inc. + Studio Build Via Dezeen Photos by Mike Sinclair

Read the rest here:
Kansas State students built this charming affordable home for low-income families

India added more rooftop solar in 2017 than the past 4 years combined

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

India’s rooftop solar sector has been exploding. In 2017, the country added 715 megawatts (MW) in roof installations – more than MW added in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 put together, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). And the cost of electricity from rooftop solar power has been cut in half in the past five years. Rooftop solar is the quickest-growing sub-sector of renewable energy in India, according to BNEF. Rooftop PV installations totaled 32, 78, 165, and 227 MW in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 respectively – and then this year saw installations of 715 MW. Rooftop solar has “clocked a four-year compound annual growth rate of 117 percent,” according to BNEF. Related: Solar prices in India dip below coal Low solar panel prices and increased competition has allowed Indian rooftop system installations to be less expensive than the global average by around 39 to 50 percent, according to Quartz India . And in all major states in the country, rooftop solar energy is cheaper than industrial and commercial power. Government policies and incentives have also spurred the growth, CARE Ratings analyst Gautam Bafna told Quartz India. Individual projects have also escalated in size, from an average of 250 kilowatts (kW) in 2015 to 855 kW in 2018. BNEF said, “We estimate India will reach 9.5 gigawatts (GW) of rooftop PV capacity by FY2022 – seven times its current total.” That’s still short of the government’s goal of 40 gigawatts by 2022. There’s still a ways to go. India’s power distribution companies are hesitant to promote rooftop solar, according to Quartz India, because they are concerned about finances. A KPMG partner with infrastructure and government services, Anish De told Quartz India, “During the day, there’ll be sudden spikes of generation; in the evenings, there’ll be a reverse flow. So till [power] storage comes in a much larger way, utilities might find it difficult to manage this.” And over half the rooftop solar market is concentrated in only six of India’s 29 states. Via Quartz India and Bloomberg New Energy Finance Images via Depositphotos and Wikimedia Commons

Here is the original post: 
India added more rooftop solar in 2017 than the past 4 years combined

Historic Missouri church rises from the ashes with an eco-friendly twist

April 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Historic Missouri church rises from the ashes with an eco-friendly twist

When the 2011 catastrophic fire ravaged the historic Westport Presbyterian Church in Kansas City , much of the church’s structure and finishes were completely destroyed. Fortunately, however, the original limestone facade survived in good condition. Rather than knock down the building and start anew, Kansas City-based design firm BNIM reconstructed the iconic church, from the painstaking restoration of sacred components to the creation of a new addition that features modern and eco-friendly elements. Built in 1905, the 27,000-square-foot multi-story Westport Presbyterian Church is one of the most iconic buildings in Kansas City’s historic Westport community. BNIM and the community came together to rebuild the church and tackle the challenges of preserving original elements while crafting a space that was also dynamic and progressive. Parts of the church considered not sacred were deconstructed and large amounts of salvaged material —from the reclamation of 40,000 feet of pinewood framing material to the reuse of original limestone—were used in reconstruction. The restored and renovated church features a new addition with a 150-seat sanctuary, 40-seat chapel , gathering space, fellowship room, 3,000-square-foot multipurpose room, a 1,000-square-foot street-facing “community room”, administrative offices and office space that will be leased to a Westport area nonprofit. The renovation includes energy saving elements such as LEDs and contemporary stormwater management practices. All stained glass was restored and reinstalled in contemporary mounting. The project won an AIA Kansas Merit Award and an AIA Kansas City Citation Award. Related: Stunning see-through church is made from stacked weathered steel “This is one that put a smile on all our faces,” said an AIA Kansas City jury member. “There was a fire, and it destroyed just about everything on this church except for the stone walls. For the community to come together and rebuild this, and do it in such a thoughtful, elegant, and modern way, was something the jury really applauded.” Another jury member added: “It wasn’t just a restoration, it was a repositioning of the whole church itself. It made for a better building, and we think more connected to the community.” + BNIM Images via BNIM

See the original post here:
Historic Missouri church rises from the ashes with an eco-friendly twist

This stunning hotel in the Dolomites brings nature inside

April 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on This stunning hotel in the Dolomites brings nature inside

Design studio noa* transformed an early 20th century hotel into a beautiful mountain-inspired building that brings nature indoors. Surrounded by the snow-capped Dolomites, the Tofana Hotel ‘Explorer’s Home’ enjoys a quiet location near the woods and a ski lift. The building’s asymmetrical shape draws inspiration from the Dolomite landscape, featuring zigzagging balconies with densely planted coniferous trees that give the building depth and a mountain-like appearance. Located in Italy’s Badia Valley, the newly refurbished Tofana Hotel captures the concept of an “Explorer’s Home.” Founded in 1933, the establishment has been passed down for three generations and is currently owned by Günther and Verena Frena, who share an enthusiasm for outdoor recreation. Inspired by the clients’ athletic lifestyles, the architects created a hotel in the image of a mountain with zigzagging terraces that look like climbing routes, while numerous trees and plants on the terraces help blend the building into the landscape. Stunning views of the Dolomites can be enjoyed from numerous angles. Related: Norwegian Mountaineering Centre mimics a dramatic snow-covered mountain “From building to landscape: the design celebrates the evolutionary transformation of an originally compact building – into a layered structural landscape that sustainably reflects its surroundings… the house brings nature into the house,” said architect Lukas Rungger. Large windows and spacious terraces allow natural light to penetrate deep into the building. The interior color scheme, materials palette, and spatial layout also draw inspiration from nature. The use of larch, linen, and natural stone paired with blue, green, and brown tones are suggestive of alpine meadows, biotopes, moss forests, and rock caves of the Badia Valley. The reception is likened to a “Base Station” with its gondola and visitors ascend to their “hut cabins,” or hotel suites. + noa* Images via noa*

See original here:
This stunning hotel in the Dolomites brings nature inside

Google starts giving free internet access to Fiber cities’ public housing residents

February 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Google starts giving free internet access to Fiber cities’ public housing residents

Google has started rolling out its plan to provide free internet access to its Google Fiber cities, beginning with the program’s original market in Kansas City. Residents in all 100 homes of the West Bluff property can sign up for free internet access up to 1,000 mbps, a service that is still very much a luxury in lower income locations. The best part is that the company is only just getting started. Read the rest of Google starts giving free internet access to Fiber cities’ public housing residents

Read more:
Google starts giving free internet access to Fiber cities’ public housing residents

Green For All and University of Phoenix to Host Academy for Green Businesses in Kansas City

October 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Business, Eco, Green

Comments Off on Green For All and University of Phoenix to Host Academy for Green Businesses in Kansas City

Kansas City, Mo. – On Friday, Oct. 26th, Green for All and University of Phoenix are teaming up to host a free workshop designed to help Kansas City-area entrepreneurs and small businesses succeed in the green economy. During the workshop, local business owners will learn about funding and incentives for green businesses, pitching their businesses, procurement, sustainability and networking with industry and community leaders.

The rest is here:
Green For All and University of Phoenix to Host Academy for Green Businesses in Kansas City

Kenyan Refugee Camp For Victims of Record-Breaking Drought Now As Big As Kansas City

July 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Kenyan Refugee Camp For Victims of Record-Breaking Drought Now As Big As Kansas City

photo: Oxfam East Africa / CC BY 2.0 Some updates on the ongoing situation in the Horn of Africa, where thousands of people are being forced to flee from record-breaking drought and, in certain places, outright famine–all of which is, at least in part, made worse by our changing climate. According to Germany’s Africa polic… Read the full story on TreeHugger

Read more from the original source:
Kenyan Refugee Camp For Victims of Record-Breaking Drought Now As Big As Kansas City

Creating 25 Community Gardens in Just 4 Years (Video)

July 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Creating 25 Community Gardens in Just 4 Years (Video)

Image credit: Peak Moment TV From sharing gardens offering food for all , to neighbors removing fences and growing food , Peak Moment TV has shown plenty of examples of communities coming together to garden. But how scalable are these initiatives? One Washington activist group decided to see just how many gardens they could start in their county—and the results… Read the full story on TreeHugger

View post:
Creating 25 Community Gardens in Just 4 Years (Video)

Taiji, Japan Holds Security Drill To Prep For Dolphin Hunt Activists

July 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Taiji, Japan Holds Security Drill To Prep For Dolphin Hunt Activists

Photo by cornstaruk via Flickr CC Japan must be expecting a response from activists when the next season of dolphin hunt opens. Officials held a security drill this week, practicing dealing with a boatload of activists messing with fishing nets inside the bay at Taiji — a bay that has become infamous after being featured in the Oscar-winning “The Cove” documentary. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

Go here to see the original:
Taiji, Japan Holds Security Drill To Prep For Dolphin Hunt Activists

The Renault Fluence EV. Fully Charged Takes a Drive (Video)

July 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on The Renault Fluence EV. Fully Charged Takes a Drive (Video)

Image credit: Fully Charged There’s been a lot of interest in the Renault Fluence ZE , and Brian even got to take a test drive when he visited a Better Place battery swap station in Denmark . There are good reasons for all the buzz. From its design origins as a regular, run-of-the-mill car, to its readiness for battery swap technology, it is certainly… Read the full story on TreeHugger

See original here:
The Renault Fluence EV. Fully Charged Takes a Drive (Video)

Next Page »

Bad Behavior has blocked 1110 access attempts in the last 7 days.