Team Rhône-Alpes’ Canopea House Wins the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe!

September 29, 2012 by  
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Big news out of Madrid:  Team Rhône-Alpes’ Canopea House has won the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe ! At the forefront of the competition since winning the Architecture and Operations prizes, this compact home is topped with a 10,7 kW array of photovoltaic panels that produce enough energy for both floors and a mini EV. Designed to evolve into whole nanotowers of stacked modules, Canopea addresses the overwhelming need for sustainable urban housing in the alpine corridor. The top six homes in the final standings are as follows: 1. Canopea House by Team Rhône-Alpes 2. Patio 2.12 by Team Andalucia 3. MED in Italy by Team Italy 4. ECOLAR by Team Germany 5. Counter Entropy by RWTH Aachen University 6. ODOO Project by Team Hungary In the first week of the 2012 Solar Decathlon in Madrid , competition was touch and go, but Canopea has kept a fairly constant lead since winning the architecture and operations categories. Not only has this team demonstrated remarkable engineering skills, but they’ve displayed consistent leadership in virtually every category. Team Rhône-Alpes received a whopping 120 points for architecture, 116.85 for functionality and 86.70 for sustainability for the two-story Canopea prototype topped by a crown of PV panels . However, their nanotowers could scale up both horizontally and vertically to create whole neighborhoods of Canopeas, which is something that the judges took into consideration. The final scores haven’t been released yet, but since today’s win hinged on innovation, we’re not at all surprised to see the team from France take first place. + Canopea by Team Rhône-Alpes + Solar Decathlon on Inhabitat

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Debunked: 10 of the Most Common Excuses for Not Paying a Living Wage

September 29, 2012 by  
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Fast fashion companies have plenty of excuses for not paying workers a fair living wage. Consumers don’t want to pay more for clothes, they argue, and they insist that they’re helping create jobs for people in developing countries who would otherwise be unemployed. None of these excuses stand up to scrutiny, and over at Ecouterre we’ve taken the time to debunk 10 of the most common (lame) excuses fashion labels make for not paying a living wage. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-fashion , fair labor , Fashion , fashion companies , fast fashion , garment industry , labor , living wage , minimum wage , sweat shops

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Hungary’s ODOO Solar Decathlon House is Wrapped in Photovoltaic Panels

September 20, 2012 by  
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Prefab Ekó Solar Decathlon House is an Awesome Sustainable Housing Solution for Brazil

September 20, 2012 by  
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Vertical and Rooftop Solar Panels Power Hungary’s ODOO Solar Decathlon House

September 20, 2012 by  
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Portugal’s Modular Casas Em Movimento House Rotates to Follow the Sun at the Solar Decathlon Europe

September 19, 2012 by  
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RWTH Aachen University’s Counter Entropy Solar Decathlon House is Made From Recycled CDs!

September 7, 2012 by  
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Freestone Astonyshine House by Arts et Métiers ParisTech is a High Performance Prefab

September 5, 2012 by  
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Re-Purposed Bus Stop Clad in Futuristic Metal Skin Lures Tourists to Northwest Spain

September 5, 2012 by  
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