Net-zero prefab home stacks together and expands like childrens blocks

October 10, 2017 by  
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Wish you could expand the size of your home without breaking the bank? A group of architecture students from the University of California, Berkeley and University of Denver created RISE, an affordable and sustainable housing solution that lets you do just that. Conceived for urban infill lots, the adaptable and scalable solar-powered home stacks together like children’s blocks and can expand up to three stories with up to five units of multifamily living. RISE—which stands for Residential, Inviting, Stackable, Efficient—was designed specifically for Richmond, California, a coastal city struggling with a shortage of affordable, sustainable housing. Flexibility is key to the RISE design, which boasts customizable floor plans with moveable walls and windows to meet the needs of diverse occupants. The moveable walls, installed on a track system, can roll to the sides to transform three-quarters of the interior into an open-plan area or can be used to delineate multiple rooms. Transforming furniture and modular cabinetry support this versatile floor plan. Modular, prefabricated construction makes the home scalable and stackable, and gives homeowners the ability to transform their home from a single-story family unit into a multigenerational dwelling. The house can be constructed efficiently without specialized labor. Sustainability is also an important factor to RISE, which is designed to achieve net-zero energy consumption and is powered by solar energy. Daylighting and access to natural ventilation is optimized throughout the home, while wool insulation helps lock in stable and comfortable indoor temperatures. A green wall of moss covers the north facade. RISE was completed as University of California, Berkeley and University of Denver’s entry to the Solar Decathlon 2017 competition, after which the home will be donated to the Denver Habitat for Humanity, which will install it on a permanent lot and sell it to a family in need. Related: Transformable solar building changes shape to teach people how to live sustainably “At $200,000, a single RISE unit is less expensive than 72% of homes in the city,” wrote the students . “Whereas this fact is significant, what really increases the affordability of RISE is that five units can fit onto a single lot that traditionally would host just one home. The RISE home’s stacked design and large open roof-deck spaces allows greater density and a lower price point per unit while preserving the open feel of a neighborhood home, which residents both need and desire to build community. Though designed specifically for Richmond, this approach would translate well to other urban centers that currently face a shortage of affordable housing.” + Solar Decathlon Images via Mike Chino

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We will close the loop on waste by 2030

September 13, 2017 by  
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Closed Loop Partners finds the “take-make-waste” cycle giving way to a new model just as powerful as the rise of solar and wind energy.

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Episode 85: How AI may help sustainability; Keurig dives into recycling

July 21, 2017 by  
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In this week’s episode, the rise and fall of NRG’s green strategy, a chat with a biomimicry green guru and a visit to the ePrix.

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3 big winners of the new low-carbon age

December 17, 2015 by  
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The Paris Agreement signals the rise of an era of low-carbon technologies. While the biggest loser is an obvious mark, many businesses stand to gain.

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Mohawk’s Rochelle Routman on transparency

December 17, 2015 by  
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The Mohawk Flooring vice president talks about the importance of transparency in her industry. Customers want to know the chemical ingredients of their built environment.

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Episode 7: COP21 kicks off, LinkedIn and IDEO target climate innovation

December 4, 2015 by  
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With the Paris climate talks in full swing, the weekly GreenBiz sustainable business podcast hones in on climate action and the rise of the circular economy.

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7 questions that will shape the future of sustainability

October 27, 2015 by  
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From Europe’s refugee crisis to the rise of renewable energy and advanced manufacturing, a wave of change will reshape the way businesses engage on sustainability.

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October 27, 2015 by  
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From Europe’s refugee crisis to the rise of renewable energy and advanced manufacturing, a wave of change will reshape the way businesses engage on sustainability.

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FedEx, United bet it’s (finally) time for jet biofuels to take off

July 21, 2015 by  
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Aviation biofuels are on the rise again thanks to airlines like Virgin, Southwest and United, as well as buy-in from manufacturers and logistics providers Boeing and FedEx.

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Water Theft on the Rise as California Drought Drags On

November 14, 2014 by  
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As the Californian drought drags on and on, water theft is on the rise around the state. Given the severity of the situation – with almost 60 percent of the state currently experiencing exceptional drought – it is perhaps unsurprising that people are  getting desperate . However reports indicate that some people are attempting to sell water on the black market, leading to calls for penalties for water theft to be drastically increased. Read the rest of Water Theft on the Rise as California Drought Drags On Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: black market , california drought , crime , Drought , fines , growing black market for water in California , water issues , water theft , water wastage , wildfire

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