Tropical greenery surrounds a sustainable, solar-powered home in Singapore

February 13, 2020 by  
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In Singapore, a lush veil of tropical plants has enveloped a sustainable home for a family of five. The house, aptly named “Fade to Green,” is the work of Singaporean design studio HYLA Architects , who was tapped to create a semi-detached home that was green in both design and spirit. In addition to its thriving tropical foliage, the house is equipped with a rainwater harvesting system and rooftop solar panels to reduce the building’s environmental footprint. Located on a long and narrow lot, the Fade to Green house makes the most of its rectangular footprint by building upward and leaving space for a generous L-shaped garden that wraps around the front and side of the home. In contrast to its more traditional neighbors, the contemporary house is wrapped in a timber screen made from strips of Kebony — a treated timber product from Norway — selected for its ability to develop a natural gray patina over time. The spacing of the slats in the timber screen vary in size to either provide privacy or enough sunlight for plants to thrive. Related: Stunning solar-powered home in Singapore melds with adjacent botanic gardens “Sited within the tropical heritage surrounding of the botanic gardens , the house was designed with the narrative of nature and its relationship with architecture,” the architects explained. “Building around the inhabitant’s experience, the house blurs spatial boundaries to orchestrate light and environment into daily life. Contrary to resisting the elements of nature, the house pursues this idea of when the building stops, nature takes over.” Dense tropical foliage surrounds the building and provides privacy and a cooling microclimate. Nature is continuously referenced throughout the home, from the ground floor where the open-plan living and dining area seamlessly connects to the garden through sliding glass doors to the predominant use of timber and stone in the minimalist materials palette. The bedrooms — three on the second floor and the master suite on the top floor — are also set back to provide space for a continuous layer of landscaping that grows along the wraparound garden terrace. + HYLA Architects Images via Derek Swalwell via HYLA Architects

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San Francisco library boasts a green roof and LEED Gold status

February 7, 2020 by  
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When Hacker Architects redesigned a historic, 1969 branch library in the southeastern Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco in 2013, the firm wanted to make sure that the building continued to serve as an educational and communal space for the area. As such, added sustainability measures were included to support the environmental goals for the library but also to act as teaching tools for the community. The library replaced an original building on the same site and features green design elements, such as solar panels and a lush green roof, that earned it LEED Gold certification. Despite its modern, sustainable technologies, the project honors its history and celebrates the local culture and community in its design. Related: LEED Silver museum’s shimmering, iridescent facade evokes flames in Kansas In the center of the library, a courtyard brings in natural ventilation and light, all while providing visitors with views of an urban garden. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light even deeper into the building. The library’s green roof is also visible from the inside. The vegetation, mostly native grasses and perennials, on the roof helps filter stormwater runoff, while the onsite electricity is generated through solar panels. Additionally, a natural ventilation system inside helps to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the interior. The 9,000-square-foot library was renamed in 2015 to commemorate Linda Brooks-Burton, who worked as the head librarian of the branch from 1995 until 2011. Brooks-Burton was an advocate for education, co-founding the Bayview History Preservation Project and the Bayview Footprints Network of Community Building Groups in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Brooks-Burton passed away unexpectedly in 2013, just months after the library was rebuilt. The building received the 2013 Sustainability Award from the Portland, Oregon chapter of the American Institute of Architects San Francisco and was named a New Landmark Library by the Library Journal. Karin Payson Architecture and Design (KPa+d) was awarded the Kirby Ward Fitzpatrick Prize by the San Francisco Architectural Foundation for its role as associate architect and interior designer for the project. + Hacker Architects Photography by Bruce Damonte via Hacker Architects

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Dow embraces circularity . . . and fossil fuels

February 7, 2020 by  
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Dow is looking to lead on the circular economy — not so much on moving away from fossil fuels.

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The State of Solar Panel Recycling in the U.S.

February 4, 2020 by  
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Careers in Solar Energy

January 21, 2020 by  
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Clean Energy Deal Tracker: Don’t say Amazon isn’t doing anything — international PPAs on the rise

January 16, 2020 by  
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The corporate renewable procurements disclosed in the fourth quarter of 2019 were remarkable for being unremarkable.

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4 Trends in Solar Energy for 2020

December 24, 2019 by  
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The coal industry is shrinking — here’s what miners need for a just transition

December 5, 2019 by  
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Programs should be nurtured to have lasting effects, rather than serving as short-term band-aids.

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Solar booms and surging investment: 5 takeaways from the IEA’s latest renewables report

October 24, 2019 by  
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All you need to know about the IEA’s projections for the global renewables market for the next five years.

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Clean Energy Deal Tracker: This corporate renewable thing is kind of a big deal

October 24, 2019 by  
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In Q3 2019, the big deals kept getting bigger.

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