MVRDV unveils solar-powered Milestone building that looks like a crystal rock

January 31, 2018 by  
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MVRDV just unveiled designs for a new mixed-use building in Esslingen, Germany that looks as if it were unearthed from a crystal mine. Dubbed The Milestone, the 6,500-square-meter tower “will literally be a milestone,” say the architects, due to the structure’s crystalline facade that and eye-catching design that symbolizes the city’s future ambition. The building also incorporates sustainable building elements, such as photovoltaic panels and fritted glass to reduce solar gain, and is expected to become partly self-sufficient in the future. Located in Stuttgart in the south of Germany , Esslingen boasts a robust historic core as well as a number of recent regeneration projects in the area of “Neue Weststadt” around the main railway station. The Milestone was commissioned to draw attention to the town and its ambitious projects in the center of the newly developed district that will accommodate a university, housing, and retail. “MVRDV’s ambition is to generate a building that shows the city of Esslingen and at the same time, opens up to its surrounding and its users,” write the architects. “To the people who pass by on the train, and to those that look at the city from the hills ‘Here We Are.’ It shows its pride, its history and its future.” Related: China’s new futuristic library is unlike any we’ve seen before The Milestone’s part-mirrored, part-transparent facade will feature an interactive surface that communicates the area’s topography and history. Each square “pixel” panel on the facade is embedded with technology and integrated QR codes to show stories of the city and users will be able to learn more through an accompanying smartphone app. The large gap in the pixelated facade, called the “Essingler Room,” is for public use and made up of stairs, terraces and platforms that provide views of vineyards and surrounding hills. Public amenities will include a restaurant cafe and meeting areas, while the upper levels are occupied by modern office spaces. Construction is slated to begin in 2020. + MVRDV Images via MVRDV

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57% of Scotland’s energy came from renewables in 2015

April 5, 2016 by  
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A new report published by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change shows that 57.7% of Scotland’s electric consumption came from renewable sources in 2015, exceeding the country’s 50% target for the year. This milestone comes in spite of the UK government’s recent decision to end public subsidies for onshore wind farms a year earlier than initially planned. Read the rest of 57% of Scotland’s energy came from renewables in 2015

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Aspen, CO becomes third U.S. city powered totally by renewable energy

September 4, 2015 by  
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Three is a magic number. And Aspen, Colorado has hit that enchanted numeral by becoming the third city in the U.S. to power itself with 100 percent renewable energy . Aspen Times reports that the city has reached this milestone after more than a decade of work, by employing wind, solar and geothermal energy. Its efforts put the Rocky Mountain hub in a very exclusive renewable energy club, along with Burlington, Vermont and Greensburg, Kansas. Read the rest of Aspen, CO becomes third U.S. city powered totally by renewable energy

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Walmart steps in right direction to cut chemicals, fertilizer

September 12, 2013 by  
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At Walmart's Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting today, the retailer vowed to target chemical and fertilizer use in its mammoth supply chain.

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USGBC Milestone: Over 20,000 US Homes Are Now LEED Certified

June 14, 2012 by  
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The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that over 20,000 homes across the country have earned certification through the USGBC’s LEED for Homes program . Like the LEED certification program for government and business buildings, LEED for Homes is a national voluntary certification system that provides guidance and verification for homes that are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and healthy for occupants. Read the rest of USGBC Milestone: Over 20,000 US Homes Are Now LEED Certified Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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First Takes: Waste Mgmt’s Nat-Gas Milestone, Green Bulbs Evade a Ban, and More…

July 13, 2011 by  
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The 1000th natural-gas garbage truck in Waste Management’s fleet, fake-green hybrids, and the failure of the ban on green lightbulbs are all in our morning roundup.

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