This off-grid retreat in Ohio was inspired by a treehouse

April 15, 2019 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

With features like a natural ventilation system to cool the home and rainwater collection to supply plumbing, The Hut is completely eco-friendly in addition to being off-grid . There is no access to main electricity or water, so the minimalist structure relies exclusively on solar power. Rather than constructing on top of the building site as most projects do, the architects built the home to harmonize with its surrounding environment. While the sustainable and eco-conscious design is worth commendation alone, The Hut was also born from a unique emotional place as well. Architect Greg Dutton of Midland Architecture wanted to build a quiet retreat in his family’s forested property on their Ohio cattle farm, within an area filled with happy childhood memories of hiking and exploration. The land, which he and his family have owned and operated for 40 years, holds a nostalgic value that helps connect the home with the building site. Related: Eco-friendly “treehouse” in French pine forest boasts surprisingly chic interiors Designed to appear as a treehouse , The Hut is elevated within the trees overlooking a lake through the use of concrete pillars at the edge of a small cliff. The position takes full advantage of exposure from the southern sun, helping to keep the home powered by solar energy. The floor-to-ceiling windows behind the wood-burning stove add to the lofted-in-the-trees effect. Though the natural cedar that tops the roof initially sticks out, with time and weather, the color will blend in perfectly with the surrounding forest. Inside, the floors are made of white pine and the wall/ceiling paneling of yellow pine, an homage to the Scandinavian and Danish architecture style that inspires a cozy atmosphere . The interior utilizes mostly organic light brown and white colors, with touches of black to add natural accents. There is a simple living space that connects to a kitchen, bathroom and sleeping area. The architect drew inspiration from the rustic and straightforward designs he grew up with in his farming background. + Midland Architecture Via Dezeen Photography by Lexi Ribar via Midland Architecture

Read more from the original source: 
This off-grid retreat in Ohio was inspired by a treehouse

Purchasing local solar power is a win-win for cities

March 14, 2019 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on Purchasing local solar power is a win-win for cities

The back story of Philadelphia’s plan to build a 70-megawatt plant that will power up to 22 percent of its municipal government.

Here is the original:
Purchasing local solar power is a win-win for cities

Playing for keeps: Is designing emotional durability the key to a circular economy?

March 14, 2019 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on Playing for keeps: Is designing emotional durability the key to a circular economy?

We have too much stuff, and too much consumer detachment. But getting people to see material products as long-term is hard.

Excerpt from:
Playing for keeps: Is designing emotional durability the key to a circular economy?

Green-roofed NY home taps into passive solar with contemporary style

March 13, 2019 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Green-roofed NY home taps into passive solar with contemporary style

New York-based design firm Slade Architecture has reconciled a client’s need for privacy with their desire for connection with the landscape in the Link Farm House, a contemporary home that splits the public and private areas into two perpendicular volumes. Located on a 220-acre organic farm in Dutchess County, New York, the expansive home engages the bucolic surroundings with a glass public-facing volume balanced atop a grassy knoll and a lower, private-facing volume built of locally sourced stone. The two volumes are optimized for passive solar benefits and heavily insulated, from the lower volume’s thermal barrier-like stonewalls to the upper volume’s triple-glazed facade. Built for a couple with three children, the Link Farm House serves as a family retreat from Manhattan. The home’s two perpendicularly intersecting volumes are positioned so that the lower volume is hidden from view in the entry sequence and only reveals itself in close proximity. The conspicuous upper volume is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glazed walls and topped with a flat roof with overhangs that shield the walls of glass from unwanted solar heat gain in summer. Geothermal wells power the home’s heating and cooling and are complemented with radiant floors heated with a geothermal heat pump-driven forced-air system. Remote solar cells are tapped for electricity.   “The building uses the site and the unique characteristics of the two volumes opportunistically maximizing the passive benefits of the two conditions as well as the active potential of the site for energy conservation,” the architects explain. “In terms of passive thermal strategies, the upper volume engages the exterior conditions and the lower volume insulates against the exterior environment. The triple insulated glass walls and roof overhang of the upper volume leverage summer and winter sun angles to shade the interior in summer and maximize solar penetration and heat gain in winter. The lower volume uses super-insulated walls and windows to create a thermal barrier. In addition, the stone flooring throughout this lower volume creates a thermal flywheel, stabilizing the temperature.” Related: LEED Gold home celebrates Utah’s brilliant light and beauty To reduce the home’s embodied energy footprint, the architects sourced wood from the client’s farm property for use throughout the house from the solid cherry paneling in the mudroom and study to the locally sourced timber used for the cabinetry and ceiling of the master bathroom. The lower volume, which contains the private areas, consists of five bedrooms, a family room, mudroom, and a study. The upper level comprises an open-plan living room, dining room, kitchen and family room that opens up to a green-roofed terrace. + Slade Architecture Images via Tom Sibley

Read the original here: 
Green-roofed NY home taps into passive solar with contemporary style

China hopes to bring solar power to space

March 6, 2019 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on China hopes to bring solar power to space

China is looking to be the first country in the world to install a solar power outlet in space . Scientists at the China Academy of Space Technology are working on new technology to make solar power in space a reality, and they hope to have something in place by the year 2050. The story of China’s ambitious solar power initiative was first published by a newspaper ran by the country’s Ministry of Science and Technology. The scientists working on the project believe that installing solar power in space will provide them with “inexhaustible clean energy,” though details of the plan are still being ironed out. Related: China plans to launch the world’s first ‘artificial moon’ The scientists, led by Pang Zhihao, are targeting space as a potential landing spot for solar power, because the equipment will not be exposed to overcast skies or night conditions. According to Dezeen , Zhihao is optimistic that the solar power will provide as much as six times the energy of solar farms based within the Earth’s atmosphere. Zhihao and his team are currently building prototypes in Chongqing and plan to continue testing different models over the next decade. Once they work out all of the details, they plan to start construction of the solar power space station as early as 2030. Governments around the globe are looking into ways to use clean energy on a larger scale. Businesses are also researching ways to lessen their carbon footprint, and solar power could be a means to that end. For example, Apple recently promised to use 100 percent clean energy in all of its stores and facilities. The company is installing solar panels on rooftops to help reach its renewable energy goals.  NASA has also looked into installing solar power in space over the past 20 years. Japan is looking to put a solar power farm in orbit and has developed technology for it. One of the main issues with solar power in space is getting the energy back to Earth, something China hopes to accomplish via lasers or microwaves. Via Dezeen Image via NASA / GSFC / SDO

See the original post: 
China hopes to bring solar power to space

How tech became the ‘wind at the back’ of the sustainability movement

February 28, 2019 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on How tech became the ‘wind at the back’ of the sustainability movement

Technology is a tool that companies can increasingly use to meet sustainability and climate emissions reductions goals.

View post:
How tech became the ‘wind at the back’ of the sustainability movement

Corporate neighbors in Pennsylvania share solar power, courtesy of blockchain

February 19, 2019 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on Corporate neighbors in Pennsylvania share solar power, courtesy of blockchain

The installation could be a model for other deregulated markets.

Original post:
Corporate neighbors in Pennsylvania share solar power, courtesy of blockchain

The Green New Deal would boost the restoration economy. What does that mean?

February 19, 2019 by  
Filed under Business, Eco, Green

Comments Off on The Green New Deal would boost the restoration economy. What does that mean?

Few are paying attention to a thriving $25 billion economy that’s already supporting more than 200,000 jobs outside of renewable energy. These 11 points clear up misconceptions and myths.

Read more from the original source:
The Green New Deal would boost the restoration economy. What does that mean?

How can the supply of community-shared solar meet the demand?

February 14, 2019 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on How can the supply of community-shared solar meet the demand?

Setting up neighborhood projects can be difficult — but innovative financing models can help push them through.

See more here:
How can the supply of community-shared solar meet the demand?

How Can I Finance a Solar Energy System?

February 11, 2019 by  
Filed under Eco, Eco Tech

Comments Off on How Can I Finance a Solar Energy System?

Are you considered installing a solar power system on your home? … The post How Can I Finance a Solar Energy System? appeared first on Earth911.com.

View post:
How Can I Finance a Solar Energy System?

Next Page »

Bad Behavior has blocked 995 access attempts in the last 7 days.