Modular homes in Sweden are specially designed for solar panels

January 22, 2020 by  
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Swedish firm Street Monkey Architects has unveiled new solar-powered, prefabricated modular homes in Örebro, Sweden. The row-house project was based on a similar award-winning construction project near Stockholm that was built using passive house principles but designed to complement the urban setting. The single-family structures are designed with energy efficiency in mind to promote lifestyles with smaller carbon footprints. Each home is constructed using six factory-build prefab modules that arrive to the building site already complete with finished walls, bathrooms, kitchens and finishing materials. Onsite, the facade is assembled, and the seams between the modules are finished to remove any evidence of modular prefabrication. Related: Rural, modular home in Mexico allows for a wide variety of configurations The designers heightened the roof in order to better frame the street and allow the homes to stand up against some of the neighborhood’s taller buildings. The facades — which Street Monkey builds once the modular homes arrive to the site — are made from the same combination of wood, steel and plaster as the firm’s Stockholm project but with more exposed steel. The materials used in the facades depend on the orientation, meaning the ones facing east or west have white plaster and the ones facing the north or south are made of either dark silver steel or steel with wood lattice. As a result, the row of modular houses presents three different versions of the same 150-square-meter home and provides a sense of individuality for residents without losing the overall visual cohesiveness of the row. The highlight of the Örebro homes is the utilization of solar panels , the placement of which also depended on the particular house’s orientation. As the solar panels are designed to face south, the architects had to come up with a unique roof designed for both appearance and practicality. Houses that were east-west facing have sawtooth roofs with customized ridgelines and a 45-degree angle for the panels, while homes with north-south facades and east-west ridgelines have asymmetrical, mirrored roofs. + Street Monkey Architects Photography by Mattias Hamrén via Street Monkey Architects

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The shift to a low-carbon economy highlights overlap between ESG and finance

December 24, 2019 by  
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Supermajors are acknowledging write-downs, which pose threats to investors — but new standards could help them get on the same page.

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The shift to a low-carbon economy highlights overlap between ESG and finance

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Supermajors are acknowledging write-downs, which pose threats to investors — but new standards could help them get on the same page.

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It will take more than EV promises from car companies to limit climate change damage

December 24, 2019 by  
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This next decade is crucial for the transition away from gasoline, and electric vehicle makers and climate-minded politicians are not going far enough.

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It will take more than EV promises from car companies to limit climate change damage

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This next decade is crucial for the transition away from gasoline, and electric vehicle makers and climate-minded politicians are not going far enough.

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How Kashi worked with Dow’s Pack Studios to design recyclable granola pouches

November 27, 2019 by  
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Being on the same page about brand integrity and sustainability goals helped the two companies work across the supply chain.

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Looking at climate from the social angle

November 27, 2019 by  
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An NFL fullback, teen activists, a National Geographic photographer and others provide provocative talks about critical equity-climate connections.

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Is 3D printing part of the future for meat alternatives?

November 27, 2019 by  
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A new report shows how some companies and academic research labs are applying extrusion, 3D printing and cellular agriculture to produce meat alternatives.

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Fight or switch? How the low-carbon transition is disrupting fossil fuel politics

November 27, 2019 by  
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Global fossil fuel and overall energy consumption are still rising. But the new focus on them shows that the end is near.

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Opus 12 is one startup on a mission to convert CO2 into useful products

October 16, 2019 by  
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It may sound a bit like alchemy to create building blocks out of thin air, but plants and algae have been doing essentially the same thing for hundreds of millions of years.

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