TechVille Green Concept Home by ZED

Techville by Zero Energy Designs

I really like the homes featured on Zero Energy Designs’ portfolio page.  One home in particular, the TechVille Concept Home, caught my eye.  It’s strikingly modern and absolutely incredible.  It’s the kind of you home you see in movies … except it’s off-grid, healthy, water-efficient, and super smart.  ZED designed this 4500 sf concept home as the first of two thousand planned residences in a modern village in Akodo Ise, Nigeria.  TechVille has passive and active cooling, PV system, on demand hot water, air exchange system, dehumidification system, low- and no-VOC materials, abundant natural light, rainwater capture, greywater system, and smart home technology.

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Rainwater Collection Gaining Huge Mainstream Momentum

Rainwater

There’s kind of an edgy, underground movement of conscious homeowners and environmentalists that are finding creative ways to capture water and reuse it for their needs.  BusinessWeek’s Malia Wollan just wrote an article called "Rainwater collectors work to ease shortages," and she talks about the popularity of the movement.  In the article, Wollan mentions a website called HarvestH20, which has seen an increasing number of visitors seeking information and advice on rainwater collection and reclamation. 

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PNC Planning D.C.'s First LEED Platinum Office Building

Pnc

Within the last couple months, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and Vornado/Charles E. Smith released their shiny new design for what could be Washington D.C.'s first LEED Platinum office building.  The 365,000 sf building is planned for the corner of 17th and H Streets, NW, a prime location just two blocks from the White House.  Designed by Gensler, 800 17th Street / PNC Place will have an Eco Lobby featuring a three-story climate wall that radiantly cools the lobby with flowing water. 

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Home Wind Power, Eco-rentals, Green Equity Office, + Solar Power's Future

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Solar Cell Tree Charger for the Home

Treecharger

This solar cell tree charger by Vivien Muller is kind of interesting.  You can use it to recharge your cellphone, camera, or whatever, because it has 54 tiny photovoltaic panels and an internal battery that stores energy.  The modular parts are connected and can be rotated infinitely creating a different tree for your favorite sunny spot at home.

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[Video] Margarido House and The View

Remember earlier this week when we talked about the Margarido House, you know that posh, modern home that’s about to be the first LEED-H Platinum home in Northern California?  Well, the always entertaining Sally Kuchar of SallyTV has just posted these videos and we thought it’d be fun to share.  You might know Sally from her recent work designing the Silicon Valley Dwell Nexthouse, but she’s also a regular contributor to Apartment Therapy SF and MoCo Loco.  I can’t help but watch these videos and think about the endless possibilities presented by thoughtful design and modern green materials. 

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