First NYC Shipping Container Home Receives Final Certificate of Occupancy

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After more than two years in construction and red tape, the shipping container home that David Boyle and his wife, Michele Bertomen, who is an architecture professor at New York Institute of Technology, have been building received its final certificate of occupancy from the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) on February 28, 2013.

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This Week in Energy News for March 23, 2013

This week in Jetson Green Energy News, solar power is gaining momentum in Japan and Greece, competition is growing in offshore wind farms, Californians have inexpensive solar investment opportunities, D.C. government agencies will be powered by 100% renewable energy, and we have new upcoming green events.

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Japan to Get 111 MW PV Solar Facility

Softbank, a telecommunications company in Japan, has plans to develop a solar power facility in Tomakomai, Hokkaido prefecture, Japan that will have a capacity of 111 MW, 79 of which will be connected to grids belonging to Hokkaido Electric Power under a purchase agreement. The plant is expected to be operational within two years.

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Chinese Government Requiring Buildings to Meet New Green Standards by 2015

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China, the world’s largest carbon emitter and energy consumer, will soon be working toward a revolutionary green building overhaul. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) will issue a green building code that requires existing buildings to meet mandatory new green building standards by 2013.

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Ultra-Low Passivhaus Energy Standard Met by Dwell Development’s Columbia Station Micro-Community

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The first spec home in the Pacific Northwest to meet Passivhaus standards is in the Columbia Station green micro-community built by the award-winning design+build boutique firm, Dwell Development. Passivhaus is an energy standard that is more difficult to achieve than LEED with respect to energy efficiency. Homes that meet the Passivhaus standard must reach thermal comfort levels by postheating or postcooling fresh air without necessitating recirculation.

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Tvzeb Studio Home is Zero-Energy, Insulates Itself Using 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

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Located in the wooded hills of Vicenza, Italy, this zero-energy studio uses all sorts of creative design strategies to produce its own energy and insulation. Geothermal power, solar power, and a Corten steel shell are some of most prominent factors in energy generation, but it’s the 40,000 recycled plastic bottles making up the wall and roof insulation that really make this Tvzeb studio stand out.

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This Week in Energy News for March 15, 2013

This week in Jetson Green Energy News, London might build a bicycle super-highway, KLM is flying planes with biofuel from old cooking oil, Australia might be reaching solar power saturation, U.S. green car sales are on the rise, Guatamala might get pay-as-you-go solar power, and we have new upcoming green events.

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London Mayor Proposes £913 Million Cycling Infrastructure Plan

Mayor Boris Johnson wants to create a an unbroken network of bicycle routes and make London a “world-class cycling city,” saying, “The Westway, the ultimate symbol of how the urban motorway tore up our cities, will become the ultimate symbol of how we are claiming central London for the bike.”

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