Zero-carbon home generates income by making more energy than it needs

March 6, 2017 by  
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The home of the future could slash your utility bills and generate enough money to help pay the mortgage. UK firm Koru Architects designed and built one such house, named the Lloyd House, that’s effectively zero-carbon and runs entirely on renewable energy. Tucked away on a quiet street in England’s East Sussex, this contemporary home generates more energy than it consumes and even brings in a net income of £2650 per year from solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, and a wood-chip biomass boiler. Completed in 2011 as a case study, the Lloyd House is a large and contemporary three-bedroom home that only consumes around half the energy of a typical UK household thanks to its use of passive solar design, energy efficient appliances, effective insulation, and high airtightness. The home was built with mostly natural materials including sustainably sourced timber for the cladding and flooring, zinc roofing, hemp and wood-fiber insulation, recycled glass in the kitchen countertops, and lime-based natural plants. Sedum plants carpet the roof to add an additional layer of insulation and provide habitat to local insects and birds. A 4,700-liter Freewater UK Elite rainwater harvesting system collects rainwater for reuse in irrigation, the washing machine, and the dual-flush toilets. The Lloyd House produces all the hot water it needs for domestic use and for the underfloor heating with a 6-kilowatt solar thermal system and a 10.5-kilowatt wood-pellet boiler. A twelve 340-kilowatt peak solar array provides around 3800 kilowatt-hour of electricity annually, which is more than it uses thanks to its energy-efficient measures. Excess energy is exported to the grid and, with the help of renewable heat incentive and feed-in-tariff schemes, the home brings in a net annual income of £2650 ($3,300 USD) after bills are subtracted. The house emits 93% less carbon dioxide equivalent than the average UK household. Related: Colorful wind-powered community in Scotland is everything an eco-village should be Constructed with passive solar principles, the airtight home is oriented towards the south with large areas of glazing to take advantage of the sun’s heat and natural lighting to reduce energy demand. High-level skylights also flood the interior with natural light. In addition to the three bedrooms, the home comprises a home office, two bathrooms, living room, utility room, open plan kitchen and dining area, garage, and garden. The spacious and comfortable interior is organized into split-levels to make the most of the sloped site. “The house is expected to last around 80 years, and through its generation of clean energy it is expected to offset 41 tonnes of carbon over its life,” write the architects. “Including the replacement of the renewable energy technologies, it would take 48 years to become entirely carbon-neutral.” The project was awarded the RIBA Download Prize 2011 in the category for sustainability and serves as a source of green inspiration for the community. + Koru Architects

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Heineken opens the world’s first large-scale carbon neutral brewery in Austria

June 7, 2016 by  
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Heineken ‘s brewing facility, which originally opened in 2003, is now powered completely by electricity from renewable and reusable sources , but the beer company didn’t stick to just one or two energy generation methods. The brewery draws power from solar, and hydropower, as well as biogas and waste heat from a neighboring saw mill. Key ingredients for the beer will be sourced locally whenever possible, reducing transportation energy in the supply chain in an effort to further shrink the company’s carbon footprint. Related: America’s favorite sustainable beers of 2012 In addition to its clean energy, the high-tech brewery has a few other fancy environmental tricks going for it. The facility also has systems in place to reduce waste energy and boost energy efficiency . Altogether, its operations will be able to reduce carbon emissions from approximately 3,000 tonnes a year to zero. “Through a combination of innovative technology, creative thinking and partnerships with our local community, we have turned a heritage brewery into the world’s first major zero carbon brewery,” said Andreas Werner, Brew Master at the Göss brewery. “Our Göss brewery may be in a small town but our goal was to make a big impact. I am proud of what we have achieved for the Heineken Company and want to help our other breweries, and the wider brewing industry, make renewable energy part of their energy mix, just as we have done.” The new zero carbon brewery is part of the company’s larger environmental goal. Heineken is aiming for a 40-percent reduction in global carbon emissions from production by 2020. The brewery has already won an EU Sustainable Energy Award in the Business category, and is also up for a ‘people’s choice’ award to be announced on June 14. + Heineken Images via Heineken

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7 Futuristic floating cities that could save humanity

April 8, 2015 by  
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Los Angeles to network all 7,500 miles of LED streetlights through wireless and cloud technologies

April 8, 2015 by  
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Los Angeles has more LED streetlights than any other U.S. city. Massive retrofits in recent years have created some 7,500 centerline miles of energy efficient lighting , all keeping the streets brighter, safer and more pedestrian-friendly. But with this modernized network came a new question: how best to control and maintain the LEDs while monitoring their energy usage and reporting on the savings that the LEDs bring? Now, the city is set to install a system, Philips CityTouch , which will allow L.A. to oversee this huge network of LED street lights remotely using mobile and cloud-based technologies. Read the rest of Los Angeles to network all 7,500 miles of LED streetlights through wireless and cloud technologies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , city infrastructure green , cloud technologies , LED streetlights , Los Angeles , los angeles bureau of lighting , pedestrian safety , philips citytouch , Smart Cities

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GDS Architects Unveils New Jinshui Science Park Concept with Zero Carbon Footprint

September 2, 2013 by  
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Temporary Story Tower Made With Recycled Materials Offers Free Book Exchange in Latvia

September 2, 2013 by  
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VELUX and HTA’s Ultra-Efficient CarbonLight Homes Encourage Residents to Live More Sustainable Lives

August 7, 2013 by  
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Ralf Sander’s World Saving Machine Uses Solar Energy to Create Ice!

August 6, 2013 by  
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The World Saving Machine III is an incredible sculpture that transforms solar energy into ice – literally, as well as (on a larger scale) metaphorically. The project was installed at the Seoul Museum of Art in 2009, and it used solar energy during the hot Korean summer to make snow fall inside the museum’s café. Designed by artist Ralf Sander , the World Saving Machine explores the ability of science and innovation to change the world and seeks to spur public discourse about societal problems. + World Saving Machine + Ralf Sander The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , eco-art , green art , green design , ice , Ralf Sander , renewable energy , Seoul Museum of Art , solar powered ice maker , solar refrigeration , sustainable design , World Saving Machine , World Saving Machine III        

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Zero Carbon Solar-Powered Long Studio Sits Gently Upon the Earth in Rural England

February 11, 2013 by  
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What Does the Interior of the World’s Largest and Most Expensive Family Home Look Like?

February 11, 2013 by  
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The completion of  Antilia — the world’s largest and most expensive family home — certainly caused a stir when we first reported on the sky-scraping abode back in 2011, with readers ( and we here at Inhabitat ) calling the Ambani family out for its excess. While exterior shots could be readily found on the web over the last couple years, not much surfaced when it came to the interior. Well, it looks like Curbed  has delivered our first look coupled with some crazy details as to what is hidden inside this towering construction. From nine high-speed elevators to an ice-room able to produce snow in blizzard-like proportions, this 27-floor home is packed full of ridiculous amenities and then some. Read the rest of What Does the Interior of the World’s Largest and Most Expensive Family Home Look Like? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: $1 billion house , Antilia , eco design , green design , Hirsch Bedner Associates , Mukesh Ambani , Mumbai , Nita Ambani , perkins + will , sustainable design , Vastu Shastra , world’s most expensive home

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