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Dubai's Xeritown Has Eco-City Aspirations, Too

The task of building an entire city from scratch isn’t novel in Dubai — it seems there’s a new city announcement every half year or so.  Xeritown is one of the latest that I’ve learned about and it’s planned for Dubailand.  The idea behind the 60-acre city is that it will be designed to accommodate the elements of the desert rather than overcome them.  The form of the city follows a north-south axis to take advantage of the cool breeze coming in from the sea.  The buildings, rather than artificial and water intense landscaping, provide shading and structure. 

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By |July 14th, 2008|Categories: Land Use|Tags: , |0 Comments
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Covalent Solar to Commercialize Low-Cost Organic Solar Concentrators

The innovators of this new technology, if they get it into production, may just be the green building revolutionaries of tomorrow.  At the end of the week, MIT engineers published research of new technology showing that the sun’s energy could be harvested from a large area, such as a window, and concentrated at the edges by solar cells.  With this so-called luminescent solar concentrator, the potential for low-cost electricity seems almost within reach.  Technically, here’s how it works: 

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By |July 13th, 2008|Categories: Gadgets, Solar|Tags: |13 Comments
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Future Wonders, Green Olympics, Greenwashing, Stylish Sustainability, + CEOs on Sustainability [WIR]

15 Future Wonders of Green Technology. Green architecture’s new goal: stylish sustainability. Green Olympics yield mixed record on green building. How bad is greenwashing, really? Higher education takes the […]

By |July 12th, 2008|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

[Video] GM Installing $78 M World's Largest Solar Roof

Earlier this week, GM announced that they were adding the world’s largest, rooftop, solar photovoltaic power installation to its car assembly plant located in Zaragoza, Spain (a factory that manufactures Opel vehicles for sale in Europe).   When the project is completed in the fall of 2008, the solar installation will have 85,000 solar panels covering about 2,000,000 sf of roof space.   Bloomberg further reports that the $78.5 million installation will avoid about 7k tons of emissions per year.

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By |July 11th, 2008|Categories: Corporate, News, Solar|Tags: |5 Comments
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Certified Green Homes to Save Coin on Insurance

It looks like the nation’s first provider of green insurance coverage for the commercial sector has decided to expand that coverage into the residential sector.  Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company will be offering green coverage to homeowners who either own a green home or who want to upgrade their home with green features in the event of a loss.  So in a loss situation, the homeowners can rebuild their home and have it certified under the LEED system. 

Homeowners with green homes will be offered a five percent discount on their insurance premium.  In addition, homeowners will be able to rebuild and replace as follows:

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By |July 10th, 2008|Categories: Corporate, News|0 Comments
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Vermont Green Home Features Contemporary Style

Reader and recent commenter Raedia just sent over details of her and her husband’s green home being built in Vermont.  They were able to secure an in-town lot and decided to design and build something that was affordable, sustainable, and stylish.  In looking at the images, I think they were able to do just that.  With a super-insulated structure and passive heating and cooling, the home uses less of the mechanical systems for temperature control. 

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By |July 10th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: |12 Comments
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