David Baker’s Ultra-Efficient Net Zero Cottage Generates 30% More Energy Than it Consumes [PHOTOS]

October 9, 2013 by  
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Eleonora Nicoletti’s Sculptural ‘Dancing Screen’ Uses Solar Power to Charge Electronic Devices

October 9, 2013 by  
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The Dancing Screen by Eleonora Nicoletti is a dynamic architectural installation that generates electric power from the sun. Nicoletti designed the screen as a charging point for passers-by to quickly power up their electronic devices. The screen is constructed from thin film solar cells and its modules are continuously reconfigured as they “dance” in the wind. The power generated by the panels is stored in the base of the screen, and visitors can plug into docks that extend from the foot.  + Eleonora Nicoletti  The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dancing Screen , eco-art , Eleonora Nicoletti , public chargers , solar design , solar power art        

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Over 80 Percent of Earth’s Ecosystems are at Risk Unless Climate Action is Taken

October 9, 2013 by  
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A new study finds that more than 80 percent of ice-free land is at risk of ecosystem transformation by 2100 unless global warming is limited to 35.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) above preindustrial levels. Even if emissions are cut enough so that global warming doesn’t reach 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) by the end of the century, 20 percent of land ecosystems would still be at risk of moderate to major changes. Read the rest of Over 80 Percent of Earth’s Ecosystems are at Risk Unless Climate Action is Taken Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , ecosystems , emissions , global warming        

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Meet the Ten Finalists in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

October 9, 2013 by  
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The first Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge, coordinated by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in partnership with Make It Right , was launched in November of 2012. By June of 2013, over 144 products were entered into the competition, which aims to challenge sustainable product manufacturers to “rethink and retool” building materials in order to follow the full cycle of sustainable and affordable product design, manufacturing, and consumption. After a highly selective screening process, only ten finalists out of the 144 entries are going on to compete for their share of the total cash prize of $250,000. The ten finalists are true industry leaders in  sustainable building design production , offering alternatives to the traditional building materials such as drywall, insulation, paints, siding, roofing, and construction panels. Keep reading to learn more about each of them. Read the rest of Meet the Ten Finalists in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Air quality , Cradle to Cradle Innovation Challenge , green building supply , green materials , green product design , healthy homes , Make it Right , Sustainable Materials , sustainable product design        

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Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

July 29, 2013 by  
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If you’re reading Inhabitat , you’re probably interested in green building , and if you work in the building and construction industry, it’s likely that you strive to build in as environmentally conscious a manner as you can. But how do you measure, compare and make choices about the environmental footprint of different products, materials and building practices ? Over the past few years, you’ve probably encountered a veritable cacophony of eco labels competing for your attention, stamped on everything from carpeting, appliances and furniture, to building materials , windows and roofing, to entire buildings . If you’re feeling overwhelmed by this onslaught of competing eco labels, fear not. Inhabitat is here to break them down for you and help you decipher what green building labels really mean, and which are the most important ones to pay attention to when it comes to building green . Read the rest of Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy star” , “leed” , American National Standard , ansi , ASHRAE , ASTM , BIFMA , BREEAM , building green , Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method , c2c , cradle-to-cradle , eco building , eco labels , ecologo , environmental footprint , environmental product and building certifications , epa watersense , first party eco label , Forest Stewardship Council , FSC , fsc certification , green architecture , Green Building , green building labels , Green Building Labels 101 , green building practices , green products , green seal , greenguard label , inhabitat , International Standards Organization (ISO) , iso , Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design , lee logo , leed certification , leed CI , leed for homes , leed for schools , LEED gold , LEED platinum , leed silver , LEED-AP , LEED-NC , living building , living building 2.0 , Living Building Challenge , NAHB , National Green Building Standard , net zero waste , net zero-water , net-zero energy , ngbs , SCS certified calCOMPLIANT , scs scientific certifications system , second party eco label , Sustainable Building , third party eco label , U.S. Green Building Council , UL , ul environment , usgbc , USGBC LEED , usgbc leed logo , voc free , watersense        

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If you’re reading Inhabitat , you’re probably interested in green building , and if you work in the building and construction industry, it’s likely that you strive to build in as environmentally conscious a manner as you can. But how do you measure, compare and make choices about the environmental footprint of different products, materials and building practices ? Over the past few years, you’ve probably encountered a veritable cacophony of eco labels competing for your attention, stamped on everything from carpeting, appliances and furniture, to building materials , windows and roofing, to entire buildings . If you’re feeling overwhelmed by this onslaught of competing eco labels, fear not. Inhabitat is here to break them down for you and help you decipher what green building labels really mean, and which are the most important ones to pay attention to when it comes to building green . Read the rest of Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy star” , “leed” , American National Standard , ansi , ASHRAE , ASTM , BIFMA , BREEAM , building green , Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method , c2c , cradle-to-cradle , eco building , eco labels , ecologo , environmental footprint , environmental product and building certifications , epa watersense , first party eco label , Forest Stewardship Council , FSC , fsc certification , green architecture , Green Building , green building labels , Green Building Labels 101 , green building practices , green products , green seal , greenguard label , inhabitat , International Standards Organization (ISO) , iso , Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design , lee logo , leed certification , leed CI , leed for homes , leed for schools , LEED gold , LEED platinum , leed silver , LEED-AP , LEED-NC , living building , living building 2.0 , Living Building Challenge , NAHB , National Green Building Standard , net zero waste , net zero-water , net-zero energy , ngbs , SCS certified calCOMPLIANT , scs scientific certifications system , second party eco label , Sustainable Building , third party eco label , U.S. Green Building Council , UL , ul environment , usgbc , USGBC LEED , usgbc leed logo , voc free , watersense        

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Koa Produces World’s First “Organic Water”

July 29, 2013 by  
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If the idea of bottled water strikes you as not particularly environmentally minded or possibly even a scam, you may want to hold onto your reusable canteen for the subject of this new Kickstarter campaign. Behold Koa , the “world’s first organic water.” Yes, you read that correctly. A team of entrepreneurs is banking on the fact that consumers will pay a premium for a product that tastes just like water, but is made from a proprietary process that presses nine fruits and vegetables in order to retain nutrients without any sugar. No external liquid is added during the process of squeezing the produce to create Koa. For a pledge of only $25, you too can enjoy that fresh, “spa water” taste! So, what makes Koa H2O different—other than an overzealous marketing team with a fragile grasp on the idea of sustainability? Read the rest of Koa Produces World’s First “Organic Water” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: america , blackbox , Bottled Water , California , Dallas , h2o , kickstarter , koa organic water , Produce , San Joaquin Valley , spa water , texas        

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Halliburton Admits to Destroying Evidence After Deepwater Horizon Disaster

July 29, 2013 by  
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As if the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill weren’t a big enough mess, Halliburton has now pleaded guilty to charges of destroying evidence related to the disaster. They have agreed to a $200,000 fine (the maximum allowed under law) and to a $55 million donation to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation , the non-profit organization founded by Congress in 1984 which provides conservation grants. Read the rest of Halliburton Admits to Destroying Evidence After Deepwater Horizon Disaster Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: deepwater horizon , Deepwater horizon case , Deepwater Horizon gulf coast spill , Deepwater Horizon Haliburton , Deepwater Horizon Spill , Deepwater Horizon spill information , environmental destruction , environmental impact , environmental impact of oil rigs , Gulf Coast oil rig , Gulf Coast Oil Rig spill , Haliburton court case , Haliburton destroying evidence , Haliburton destroys evidence , Haliburton falsifying information , Haliburton oil rig case , oil rig case , oil rig spills        

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Europe’s Largest Battery to Test Green Energy Storage in Groundbreaking UK Trial

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Image via Shutterstock Three companies have plans to install Europe’s largest battery at a UK substation in order to test improved renewable energy storage. Solar and wind are excellent, clean sources of energy but still outstanding is a stable method to incorporate this power into national grids, which results in intermittent power supply. S&C Electric Europe , Samsung SDI and Younicos hope to change this situation with a trial run of their new energy storage technology that has received £13 million support from the UK taxpayer. Read the rest of Europe’s Largest Battery to Test Green Energy Storage in Groundbreaking UK Trial Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , Bedfordshire substation , clean tech , europe’s largest battery , green energy storage technology , Leighton Buzzard , lithium manganese energy storage tech , renewable energy , UK , UK energy storage , wind energy        

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Chicago Home Renovation Receives the Most LEED Points Ever Recorded

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