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Directory of green building technologies with clean energy as a key component.


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Buildings

  • Featured: Solar > Applications / Building >
    Walipini Underground Greenhouses - The Walipini utilizes nature’s resources to provide a warm, stable, well-lit environment for year-round vegetable production. Locating the growing area 6’- 8’ underground and capturing and storing daytime solar radiation in the soil and water barrels are the most important principles in building a successful Walipini. (PESWiki; Jan. 14, 2010)
  • Wall House: Durable $5000 Home Made from Recycled Paper - Invented by Gerd Niemöller, the Universal World House measures 390 square feet, weighs about 1,763 pounds, and is built to last for generations. It comes complete with plumbing, eight built-in single and double beds, and basic facilities. Its versatile structure allows its walls to open up to take advantage of daylight and natural ventilation. (Inhabitat; Jan. 22, 2009)
  • Solar Roofing Materials - United Solar Ovonic has teamed with CENTRIA to create a metal roof system that generates electricity from sunlight more cost-effectively. The partnership offers seven different prefabricated systems, ranging in capacity from 3 to 120 kilowatts. Tests show that the solar roof panels are rugged and can withstand winds in excess of 160 miles per hour. (MIT Technology Review; Sept. 12, 2008)
  • Beijing 2008 Green Olympics >
    Science and Tech Go to the Olympics: Wired.com's Coverage - The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing are, first and foremost, a celebration of human endurance, strength and ability. But they're also a massive display of technological effort, from the Chinese government's laudable (but largely ineffective) efforts to clean up the air to athletes' performance-enhancing gadgetry. (Wired; August 8, 2008)
  • PhotoVoltaics / Wind >
    NANO VENT-SKIN: CO2 Filtering Solar Micro-turbines! - Nano VentSkin sheath for existing structures is a zero-emission material that soaks up sunlight via a photovoltaic layer; and its tiny turbines employ “polarized organisms" to create chemical reactions, generating power each time the turbine makes contact with the structure; and the organisms present in the inner skin of each turbine soak up C02. (Inhabitat; June 4, 2008)
  • Twelve amazing shipping container houses - While a number of resourceful people have converted shipping containers into make-shift shelters at the margin of society for years, architects and green designers are also increasingly turning to the strong, cheap boxes as source building blocks. (Yahoo Green; March 16, 2009)
  • China boasts 'world's greenest tower' - The Pearl River Tower, rising to its 71-story design in Guangzhou City is expected to pay for its added costs through energy savings over five years. Its windows double as solar collectors, and wind power is captured on around the 40th floor. The designer anticipates a net zero energy profile. (BBC; Oct. 21, 2009)

Building Projects

  • Earthship Biotecture - A global company offering proven, totally sustainable design and construction services worldwide. The company is lead by Michael Reynolds, the principle biotect and creator of the Earthship Concept. (PESWiki; March 8, 2009)
    • Earthship Biotecture on the Weather Channel - Episode 128: "Alternative Homes"; Original Air Date: 2007-08-25. Take a tour through a unique community in Taos, New Mexico. It features eco-friendly homes that are built with discarded materials, and they're also "off the grid." That means they're totally energy independent. How cool is that?
  • MVRDV Designs Gwanggyo Green Power Center - Rotterdam-based architects MVRDV recently won the Gwanggyo City Centre Competition with their design of this incredible new city just south of Seoul, South Korea. Envisioned as a verdant acropolis of organic ‘hill’ structures, the proposed complex is a fully self-sufficient city for up to 77,000 inhabitants. (Inhabitat; Dec. 8, 2008)
  • Academy >
    Green California Academy of Sciences Unveiled! - The Academy is the only institution in the world so far to feature an aquarium, a natural history museum, a living rainforest, a planetarium, and world-class research and education programs - all housed under a 2.5 acre green roof; home to 38,000 live animals. (Inhabitat; Sept. 22, 2008)
  • Zero Emission House on Display at the Hokkaido Toyako Summit - This house of the near future, will be equipped with a photovoltaic power generation system, fuel cells, advanced robots, and other cutting-edge technologies. As part of the Environmental Showcase hosted by the Japanese government, the Zero-Emission House is aimed at advertising Japan’s outstanding energy and environmental technologies.(METI Press Release; June 2008)
  • A home powered by spinach! - Home design has a photosynthetic, phototropic spinach skin surface and a vegetated roof system that filters storm water in. It also sports a vertical core with super-conductive photosynthetic plasma that allegedly generates 2x more voltage than ordinary solar cells. (EcoFriend; Feb. 7, 2008) (Winner of Cradle 2 Cradle)
  • A LEED Certified Spaceport - The world's first private spaceport is slated for New Mexico. Tourists and passengers will drive into the middle of the desert, where Richard Branson and others will literally burn rubber, mixed with nitrous oxide, to fire people into space for seven minutes at $ 200,000 a pop. (TreeHugger; Sept. 9, 2007)
  • Urbine = Urban Wind Turbine - To optimize power, some architects are integrating wind turbines into the design of tall buildings in such a way that the contours of the building envelope focus wind on to the turbine blades, much like the casing around a gas or water turbine. World Architecture News labels these: "urbines". (TreeHugger; July 30, 2007)
  • Net-Zero Skyscraper Planned in China - 300-meter tower on drawing board would require zero net energy to operate, using wind turbines, photovoltaic louvers, calibrated to automatically adjust to the sun’s angle and intensity. (TreeHugger; April 19, 2006)
  • Swedish Tower to be Lit by LEDs/Renewables - The new Turning Torso residential tower in Malmö, Sweden, supplied with 100 percent locally produced renewable energy, is not only an architectural feat, but a state-of-the-art example of LED usage for residential lighting. (TreeHugger; April 26, 2006)
  • Biomimetic Building uses Termite Mound as Model - The Eastgate Centre in central Harare, Zimbabwe was designed to be ventilated and cooled entirely by natural means — biomimetically modeled on local termite mounds. Daily temperature swing of 10 to 14° C enables the passive cooling system in lieu of artificial air-conditioning. (TreeHugger; Aug. 7, 2006)

Reality Show

  • Classifieds > Building / Grid >
    Documentary Film Seeks Family Moving Off-Grid - "We’d like to document their move from Suburbia to off the grid, in order to live off the wild, build their own homes, to be safe, and healthy. We’d love to document the journey of moving in while the family is building their new home from scratch or just moving into new property. It can also be a situation where they are just developing it as a 2nd home as well." (PESWiki; September 3, 2012)

Building Materials

  • Featured: Building / Tools >
    Barotex Technology Corporation - Company is actively engaged in the innovation and creation of specialty fiber solutions from volcanic rock that will significantly redefine the composite material industry and impact the world. "Just about anything any other composite can do Barotex can do it better, for less money in a sustainable manner." (PESWiki; March 17, 2009)
  • Featured: Building >
    Earth Bag Building Method (Interview) - The Cal-Earth bags enable you to build a home mostly from the dirt under your feet, mixed with ~10% concrete and 10% water, with a great deal of artistic freedom in wall shape; using arch construction, eliminating the need for a separate roof. Makes home building far more affordable and renewable while giving you thermal mass to save on heating/cooling costs. (PESWiki; Sept. 30, 2009) (Comment)
  • Solar Thermal / Building / ZPE / Methane >
    A few free energy developments in Romania - A Russian news agency reports on several interesting systems being developed, including an efficient solar water heating design, a composite building materials having strength and a high R value, a magnetic fertilizer, and a system that allegedly loads methane molecules with the vacuum zero point energy increasing the methane’s heating power by 40 percent. (Financiarul; Oct. 30, 2009)

Earth Ship

Cement

  • Building > Cement >
    Student creates cost-effective self-healing concrete? - Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have created a concrete matrix embedded with a micro-encapsulated sodium silicate healing agent via a process that can be done in a cost-effective manner. When cracks form in the concrete, the capsules rupture and release the agent into the adjacent area... (GizMag; May 27, 2010)
  • Building > Cement >
    Permeable cement-like creation could help the environment - Naji Khoury, an assistant professor at Temple, uses a mixture of recyclable plastic bottles and soil to create “Plastisoil,” a trademarked product, which when mixed with course aggregate and heated, it produces what Khoury calls “porous Plastisoil,” which functions like pervious concrete and porous asphalt. (PhysOrg; April 20, 2010)
  • Ceratech, Inc.'s Green Cement - CERATECH’s products are compromised of 30 to 95% green sustainable industrial waste stream materials and are manufactured via a simple low energy, powder blending process; while the product is a cement with superior strength that can be deployed in a condensed timeframe. (PESWIki; Aug. 28, 2008)
  • New 'green' geopolymer concrete delivers win-win for industry and the planet - An inorganic polymer concrete being developed by Dr Erez Allouche at Louisiana Tech University utilizes fly ash, one of the most abundant industrial by-products on earth. The cement is stronger, lasts hundreds of years rather than tens, has better resistance to corrosion and fire... (GizMag; Oct. 2, 2009)

Bricks

  • Building > Bricks >
    The brick-road-laying Tiger Stone - A road-wide device by Dutch inventor, Henk van Kuijk of Vanku, is fed loose bricks, and lays them out onto the road as it slowly moves along. A quick going-over with a tamper, and you’ve got an instant brick road. (GizMag; November 15, 2010)
  • Building >
    Sustainable Brick Made from Sand, Bacteria and Pee - Architect Ginger Krieg Dosier has designed a way of forming bricks without baking by combining sand, bacteria, calcium chloride and urea, all easy-to-come-by materials. These Better Bricks are created through a chain of chemical reactions known as microbial-induced calcite precipitation. (EcoGeek; May 12, 2010)

Green Roofs

  • Building >
    Copenhagen Adopts a Mandatory Green Roof Policy - As part of its overall strategy to become a carbon neutral city by 2025, Copenhagen has become the first Scandanavian city to adopt a policy that requires green roofs for all new buildings with roof slopes of less than 30 degrees. Copenhagen presently has 20,000 square meters (over 215,000 square feet) of flat roofs. (Inhabitat; June 9, 2010)

Resources

Institutions

  • Environment / Building / Renewable Energy >
    50 Must-Read Green Engineering Blogs - A list of blogs that wonderfully illustrate how creative, innovative engineers – including technology, architecture, civil, construction, materials science, transportation, energy, computers, and product design engineers – are synthesizing their studies with the environmentalist awareness as a means of bettering Earth for current and future inhabitants. (TopOnlineEngineeringDegree)

Government and Politics

  • Building / U.S. Govt. and Energy >
    $100 Million Class Action Filed Against LEED and USGBC - Two years ago, Henry Gifford wrote an article claiming that LEED rated buildings used 29% more energy than conventional buildings. Now he's launched a $100 million class action lawsuit for Sherman Act Monopolization through fraud, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, false advertising, wire fraud and unjust enrichment. (TreeHugger; Oct. 14, 2010)
  • Washington State Law Mandates Green Building - First state to require that new public buildings meet "green building" standards of energy efficiency, water conservation and other environmental standards. (Renewable Energy Access; April 21, 2005)

See also Directory:U.S. Government and Energy

Training

Directories

  • Automated Buildings - Online trade magazine providing News, Articles, Interviews, New Products, and Reviews.
  • www.GreenBuilding.co - Directory of green building materials, Eco-friendly products, metal roofing, and green construction companies.
  • Allied Energy Rating Ltd - A team of highly qualified Energy Assessors with the highest level of technical backup to ensure they get the best possible Building Energy Rating for you.
  • Green Sandwich Technologies - The Green Sandwich Building System cuts construction time in half using structural concrete insulating panels that provide the highest levels of energy efficiency. The superior insulation (R-40 performance) results in 40%-60% energy savings for heating and cooling systems.
  • Sustainable Homes - Safecrete AAC (autoclaved aerated concrete) is a lightweight masonry product with superior insulation characteristics, reducing heating and cooling costs by as much as half. AAC contains millions of tiny air cells and offers an array of benefits such as thermal mass, thermal inertia, whole wall coverage, and low air infiltration.
  • Strawjet - natural building material from straw - Strawjet Inc. produces a machine that gleans waste straw from fields, weaves it into cables, then, using a clay-cement material, binds the cables into building materials, such as blocks and beams. construction supervisor. (Mail Tribune, Oregon; May 28, 2006)
  • Tracking, Evaluating and improving green design - The Woods Hole Research Center, a green building design at the Gilman Ordway Campus in Massachusetts, will be providing detailed performance information for public perusal. (PhysOrg; May 2, 2005)
  • Green buildings, Green Server Farms? - Has IT evolved to the point where it can consider energy efficiency without sacrificing uptime or performance? APC's Richard Sawyer, says yes. (Slashdot; May 16, 2005)

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