Man downsizes from 250 to 54 sq. ft. ‘expandable’ mobile tiny home (Video)

Kimberley Mok kimberleymok January 29, 2018   Video screen capture Relaxshacks For most people, the idea of living in 250 square feet full-time will likely seem too cramped for comfort. Yet for Dallas, Texas-based Richard Ward of Terraform Tiny Homes, his 250-square-foot tiny home on wheels seemed like a “mansion” ever since he returned after a four-month-long road trip in a Honda Element …

PUSH Buffalo has worked with neighbors to buy 120 parcels of land, renovate and rent out 84 green affordable apartments, and weatherize hundreds of homes

PUSH Buffalo has worked with neighbors to buy 120 parcels of land, renovate and rent out 84 green affordable apartments, and weatherize hundreds of homes. We took an abandoned building filled with garbage and turned it into our region’s first net-zero house – which creates as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year – training 43 …

Cost-benefit of zero net energy and renewables. ZNE certified and emerging projects increased by 74% in 2016, Santa Clara adds to code, documents cost-benefit

Originally published at ilsr.org by ILSR summer intern Matthew Douglas-May. As energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies continue to improve both functionally and economically, Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings are spreading in communities around the country. The energy savings and environmental benefits of ZNE buildings, which produce as much energy using on-site renewables as they consume, are catching the attention of city …

Solar window buildings going up in 2018

Skanska’s commercial development business unit in Central Eastern Europe will be the first developer worldwide to cover office buildings with semi-transparent perovskite solar cells on a commercial scale. This will revolutionize the approach towards energy self-sufficient buildings. Saule Technologies will be the technology provider. The initial implementation tests are planned for 2018 in Poland. Energy independent office projects are now …

Smart technology can reduce a commercial building’s energy use by nearly a fifth

Smart Cities Dive 4 Jan 2018 Smart technology can reduce a commercial building’s energy use by nearly a fifth, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy‘s recent report, Smart Buildings: a Deeper Dive into Market Segments. The study examined office and retail space, hotels and hospitals and found each segment has significant differences in smart technology adoption. About …

India’s Move to Make Buildings Efficient

by  Sumedha Malaviya and Bharath Jairaj – November 08, 2017           Dehli skyline. India’s building sector accounted for nearly a third of its energy consumption in 2016. Photo Wili Hybrid/Wikimedia India’s buildings are silent power guzzlers. Residential and commercial structures consumed nearly a third (32 percent) of the country’s total electricity in 2016, according to the latest annual energy statisticspublished by the Ministry of Statistics, Planning …

Solar cells can be an extremely beautiful and colorful building component and can go not only on the roof, but also all over the sides of a building

EPFL has developed a special glass filter that allows the solar panel to take on one single color. The filter determines which wavelengths of light will be reflected as a visible color,” Mandrup said. The rest of the sunlight is absorbed by the solar panel and converted into energy.” After 12 years of research, they have figured out a way …

MIT study finds that energy-efficient construction is key strategy for energy and effectively fighting climate change

Employing the full complement of building energy efficiency approaches for new construction and retrofits, and a rapid electrification of the automobile fleet are the most effective ways to substantially reduce emissions.   For building efficiencies, it is important to get this implemented for new construction, where it is easiest to make a difference.  Mandating that newly built homes be more energy …

Potential of evaporative power? Also, cooling for all, and low-tech air conditioner that uses terracotta tubes & water to naturally cool down air

Evaporation Power Could Supply 325 Gigawatts (70%) Of US Electricity Demand September 28th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica In what is believed to be the first analysis of evaporation as a renewable energy source, researchers from Columbia University have determined that US lakes and reservoirs could generate a whopping 325 gigawatts worth of clean energy, which would account for approximately …

After the Hurricanes, Rebuilding for Energy Efficiency and Storm Survival: Builders of prefabricated zero-energy homes equipped for solar power have seen a spike in calls

By Lyndsey Gilpin, Inside Climate News, 2 Oct 2017 A quarter of homes in the Florida Keys are estimated to have been destroyed by Hurricane Irma, including widespread damage in mobile home parks. Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images The scope of the damage to mobile home parks and older neighborhoods along America’s hurricane-ravaged coasts is enormous. More than 15,500 homes were …