From void into vision, from vision to mind, from mind into speech, from speech to the tribe, from the tribe into din.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Zero Net Energy - October 19, 2018

Zero Carbon Race - The first STATE to achieve a NET ZERO CARBON ECONOMY with the BEST QUALITY OF LIFE WINS.

ECO360 - energy positive house in Tel Aviv

One DeLisle - Toronto tower with interesting structure that may (I’m not quite sure) offset all its energy through local district heating system

Online building carbon footprint tools
Editorial Comment:  “[USA] GSA Carbon Footprint Tool  Decommissioned Spring 2017”  

Teenagers from Romania, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Norway design a building of the future combining energy and resource efficiency with vertical gardens

Ask This Old House visits a net zero community, Whisper Valley near Austin, TX - some units available for below market rates

19 cities commit to net zero carbon buildings by 2030

Sustainable City Dubai - "a working model of what the future could look like"
Editorial Comment:  We need to think a little more about what the future could look like

Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment - 38 signatories made up of 12 businesses, 22 cities, and four states and regions from around the world at the Global Climate Action Summit in SF:  "All buildings within direct control of the organisation to operate at net zero carbon by 2030, and all buildings by 2050"

Chinese concept net zero house

This Old House building a net zero house in Jamestown, RI

ZNE Living in Mid-Coast Maine in Falmouth, ME - NESEA tour on Friday, November 9, 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Personal Power Set

$10 solar light and charger

$10 hand crank light and charger

$60 bike charger

A $80 personal power set:  solar, hand cranked, bicycle power electricity for lights, communications, and basic necessities any time anywhere.  All of these are now commodity products produced in mass quantities available globally online.  

Monday, September 03, 2018

First Wind, Solar, Battery Utility Scale Energy Installation: Kennedy Energy Park

"Kennedy Energy Park is a world-first wind, solar and energy storage facility located in Flinders Shire in central north Queensland [Australia]. The project is owned by Windlab and Eurus. Construction has commenced and it will be generating by late 2018."

43 MW wind from 12 Vestas wind machines (67 meter/ 220 foot blade length)

15MW solar
2 MW/4 MWH battery

Kennedy Energy Park will generate around 210,000 megawatt hours of electricity a year, enough to power  more than 35,000 average Australian homes.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Zero Net Energy - July 13, 2018

Carbon Positive Towers for Stockholm

Carbon Neutral Headquarters for Solvay in Brussels

Sendero Verde - Passive House development of 650 affordable housing units in East Harlem, NYC

New Block Sustainable Design concept earns a patent - “live green roof" included

“Ask This Old House” visits a net zero community

Futurology:  the New Home in 2050 from UK’s National House Building Council Foundation

Net positive energy kindergarten in Switzerland

Net positive energy classroom in UK

Net Zero Sawmill House in CA's high desert
Editorial Comment:  there are net zero or near net zero buildings for the Arctic and Antarctic but net zero for deserts may be just as important

American Geophysical Union is rebuilding its headquarters as a net zero energy building

The Spark - net energy positive data center for Bergen, Norway designed by Snøhetta, one of the most advanced designers of advanced buildings today

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Zero Net Energy - May 10, 2018

Design for World’s First Energy Positive Hotel in the Arctic Circle
Editorial Comment:  Snøhetta is doing more and more and more of these ground-breaking projects.  Good for them.

Net Zero Energy retrofit for Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, CA

Disappear Retreat:  zero energy, zero waste, zero water microhouse

Charenton-Bercy net zero skyscraper by Skidmore Owings and Merrill in Paris

Architecture at zero competition

Oslo Airport smart city will be the world’s first energy-positive airport city with the capacity to sell surplus energy to surrounding buildings and communities

CORE 9 carbon positive house

Canada’s first net positive carbon multi-tenant building

USA’s first passive house plus, retrofit of a brownstone built in 1900’s

Self-sustaining modular floating city design

Tidal powered net positive energy hotel for Hainan

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Everyday Solar

There's a lot of solar street furniture that's appeared around town in the last few years.

Like this solar garbage can.

Or this bench with solar phone charger.

And this solar powered pay station for the local bike share.

There are even solar signs.

Increasingly, solar electric installations, big and small, are becoming everyday objects.

The renewables transition is well underway and gaining speed.  Solar is weaving itself into the fabric of this 21st century world.  Soon it will be almost invisible, ubiquitous, and available 24/7/365.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Zero Net Energy - January 19, 2018

Clovis, CA net zero energy development

The Zero House - Zero net energy, Zero carbon footprint, Zero toxins, Zero construction waste

Transforming the Real Estate Market: Scaling Net-Zero Energy Homes at No Additional Up-front Cost

REACT home produces its own energy and food

Net zero residence built out of recycled materials

Innenco says they can reduce existing buildings' energy use by 58-90% using the buildings’ own thermal mass, heat pumps, and chillers

Oxford, UK plans zero emissions zone for vehicles

Passivhaus for 6,500 people
from the Eco Architect blog about all things Passivhaus

Reversible tent design for homeless

Net zero building over-view 2018

More Than Housing in Zurich, Switzerland, with 13 buildings, nearly 400 housing units, 35 retail units and large shared community spaces built to 2000 Watt per person standard where 1,200 residents and 150 employees live and work

Maersk Tower in Copenhagen with "Denmark’s most energy-efficient laboratories"
Editorial Comment:  Living in Cambridge, MA, the energy-efficiency of laboratories is of increasing importance as we work towards becoming a zero emissions city