Earth911 Podcast, Dec. 14, 2018: EnergySage on the State of Solar

December 14, 2018 by  
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Illinois gears up for rapid clean energy expansion

December 6, 2018 by  
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The Prairie State is using a carrot-and-sticks approach to grow solar and energy efficiency.

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A gloomy house is revived as a modern solar home built of recycled materials

November 8, 2018 by  
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A dark and gloomy, non-insulated dwelling with zero views to speak of has been dramatically transformed into a bright and sustainable home thanks to the work of local architecture studio Urban Creative . Flanked by 6-meter-tall walls and set on a long and narrow lot in inner Melbourne , 2 Halves Make a Home is a three-bedroom family residence that comprises two structures centered on a light-filled courtyard that allows daylight to penetrate deep into the living areas. Bricks sourced from the original decrepit structure were recycled for the construction of the new home, which features repurposed and sustainable materials throughout, from low-VOC finishes to a solar photovoltaic system and green wall. Faced with a site only 5.5 meters in width, the architects knew that access to the outdoors and light were crucial to making the family residence feel comfortably spacious. To that end, a courtyard was inserted along with walls of operable double-pane glass that blur the line between indoors and out. In addition to allowing natural light to enter the home, the courtyard also promotes passive cross ventilation while the full-height glazing and adjacent masonry party walls help capture early morning solar gain for passive heating in winter. “The original brick party wall has been uncovered and cleaned back to expose its rich warmth throughout the main axis of the dwelling,” the architects explained. “Not only does this avoid the use of new materials to construct this facade, but both dwellings on either side of the party wall serve to insulate each other.” Related: Samurai-inspired home keeps naturally cool in Melbourne Aside from the renovated brick wall and reclaimed brick used for the ground-floor facade, other recycled materials were used wherever possible. Reclaimed timber was used from the stairs and floorboards to the repurposed internal solid timber doors and timber shelves in the living room. Instead of replacing the ground floor structural slab, the architects polished the concrete and added a hydronic heating system. Low-VOC materials and finishes, like Tadelakt — a Moroccan rendering technique based on lime plaster and olive oil soap — promote a healthy indoor living environment. The house is also equipped with a solar array and a rainwater harvesting system. + Urban Creative Photography by Jessie May via Urban Creative

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Survey Results: Solar Panels on Your Home?

November 7, 2018 by  
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Earthling Survey: Eco-Friendly Changes at Home

November 7, 2018 by  
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Earth911 Podcast, Nov. 5, 2018: Sunflare Capture 4 Thin-Film Solar Roofing

November 5, 2018 by  
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Jamaica’s prime minister is now the ‘Solar Head of State’

October 25, 2018 by  
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Installations on presidential domiciles have a history of galvanizing interest in renewables.

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Wisdom from a climate champion: A conversation with Katharine Hayhoe

October 25, 2018 by  
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To advance solutions, “more science is not the most important thing” for this prominent climate scientist.

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The risk of ‘cascading’ natural disasters is on the rise

October 25, 2018 by  
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As climate models predict danger to the nation’s infrastructure, we need better public education to reduce and address these threats.

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Earth911 Quiz #29: Solar Progress Check

September 20, 2018 by  
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