World’s largest vertical garden hosts 115,000 plants to create “living building”

By Kimberley Mok (@kimberleymok) published on Treehugger, June 8, 2017 Share on Facebook © Paisajismo Urbano Adding living greenery to our urban buildings in the form of vertical gardens not only helps to beautify the city, but also serves the more practical purpose of producing more oxygen and cleaning the air. In Bogotá, Colombia, we have the world’s largest vertical garden on …

11-story wood building in Portland, carbon emissions are 75% less than conventional

By Steve Hanley, Clean Technica, 12 June 2017 Building officials in Portland, Oregon, have approved the construction of what will be the tallest wooden building in the US. Known as Framework, the building will be 11 stories tall and provide subsidized living spaces on the upper floors while serving as home to Albina Community Bank and Beneficial State Bank on …

Harnessing energy from glass walls: Semi-transparent perovskite solar cells have been developed that could be great candidates for solar windows

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Science Daily, 29 May 2017  A Korean research team has developed semi-transparent perovskite solar cells that could be great candidates for solar windows. Scientists are exploring ways to develop transparent or semi-transparent solar cells as a substitute for glass walls in modern buildings with the aim of harnessing solar energy. But this has …

EPA Finalizes ENERGY STAR Ratings For Smart Thermostats, Nest First To Qualify

By Joshua Hill, originally published on Clean Technica, 9 Mar 2017 The US Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its first-ever ENERGY STAR specifications for smart thermostats, a move which resulted in the Nest Learning Thermostat becoming the first smart thermostat to receive an ENERGY STAR rating. The first-ever ENERGY STAR specifications for smart thermostats were determined back on December 23, …

The Net Zero Plus Electric Training Institute (NZP-ETI) is now modeling the future of energy-efficient building design

By Roy Hales, Originally published on the ECOreport, 9 March 2017   The first zero-net-energy building in the United States was erected at the beginning of this century. In California, this standard has penetrated the residential market, and every new home will have to produce as much energy as it consumes by 2020. A building in greater Los Angeles goes far beyond that …

California legislation to require solar panels on new buildings

By ECT Jan 9, 2017, East County Today  California State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced he will be introducing legislation on Monday that would make California the first state in the nation to require solar panels on new buildings. According to his post on Medium: Previously, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, I authored similar solar legislation, …

Less CO2, more natural light and ventilation leads to 26% higher cognitive function, better sleep, more

By Joe Romm, 17 Oct 2016, Think Progress, Harvard finds certified green buildings improve both thinking and sleep:  Better indoor air and lighting likely drive gains. New research from the Harvard School of Public Health finds that workers in high-performing, green-certified buildings think and sleep better than those in similar buildings that were not green-certified. Led by Dr. Joe Allen, director of Harvard’s …

World’s first solar panel road (1 km) opens in France, in Normandy – test will see if it can power road lights for village of 3,600 residents in a cloudy area

Route in Tourouvre-au-Perche cost €5m to construct and will be used by about 2,000 motorists a day during two-year test period.  The area has just 44 days of strong sunshine a year compared with 170 in Marseilles but will test functioning in conditions that are often cloudy or wet and can involve snow and ice. The company says it hopes to reduce …