Next Generation Wal-Mart Uses 25% Less Energy!

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I know, I know.  I’m treading on thin water with this one, what with all the haters and anti-sprawlsters out there.  But strictly to make the point that businesses can use less and save money, I like this story.  Next week, Wal-Mart will open the first store of the company’s next generation of green stores in Romeoville, Illinois.  Where their first generation of two green stores saved about 20% energy, this store will save about 25% energy.  The energy savings result from experimentations in refrigeration and heating/cooling systems in their first generation of green stores. 

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By |January 17th, 2008|Conservation, Corporate, Energy Efficiency, Nature, Retail|0 Comments

Manifestation of Green in a Building

Ann Demeulemeester

The look of this building is incredible.  I’ve seen living walls and how the growth can devour structures, but I like the look here.  Asia is so moist, what with the rainy season in the summer, etc., that I’ve seen walls growing a sort of perma-algae.  So, I think the design here in Seoul, Korea works and I like how the windows break through the calm chaos of green. 

The Mass Studies-designed building houses an Ann Demeulemeester store on the first level and restaurant above.  The design relies on a trifecta of colors:  deep green, coffee brown, and minimalist white — all of which blend and dance nicely.  I’m not sure as to whether anything else is green (i.e., materials, systems, etc.), but nonetheless, I really like the manifestation of green. 

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By |January 4th, 2008|Land Use, Modern design, Nature, Vegetation|0 Comments

Small-wind, Green Roofs, Eco-Towers + Development, + Productivity (WIR)

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By |December 22nd, 2007|Nature, News, Week in Review|0 Comments

Nanosolar Kicks Off the Solar Revolution: 12/18/07

Nanosolarpanelsrmrhead_web I mentioned Nanosolar back in August because I found an excellent video about the company — they’re poised to dramatically flip this solar industry inside out.  Today comes news that they shipped their first product and received an actual revenue check.  This is a big deal.  Thin film solar is incredible because it can be used more flexibly and produced at a much lower cost. 

Their powersheet product was recognized by Popular Science as 2007 Innovation of the Year.  Now that the product is a reality, we’re going to see some craziness.  They’ve accomplished a slew of world’s firsts (below) and decided to auction off an early batch of product on eBay.  Unfortunately, that’s all you’re likely to get because they’re sold out for the next 12 months!  Better start your orders now. 

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By |December 18th, 2007|Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Materials, Nature, News, Solar|3 Comments

Sustainable House in Poland, it's the Imagery

Architekt Kuczia

The original website for this house by Architekt Kuczia is not in english, so here’s a quick synopsis of some of the details: "The construction costs of this simple house were low and the lifecycle costs will be reduced.  The built form is designed to optimize the absorbance of solar energy.  80% of the building envelope is directed towards the sun.  “Black box”, a three storey structure clad with dark fibre cement panels, is warmed by the sun and offers a view on the lake."  Notice the living roof?  Via WAN.

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Super Green Sunset Idea House 2007

Sunset Idea House

This is the San Francisco Sunset Idea House for 2007, and it's one of the first LEED Certified residential remodeled homes in the nation.  This home is unique from other Sunset Idea Houses in that it's in a dense urban area on a compact site.  There are two-units and the smaller one, which is about 1,200 sf, is reportedly on sale for $1,089,000.  No word on whether the larger, 3,600 sf unit will be for sale. 

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