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Building Below Zero: The Net Zero Plus Transformation

Building Below Zero: The Net Zero Plus Transformation

Thank you PBS for spreading the word – net zero buildings are front and center now. American public TV station PBS recently aired “Building Below Zero: The Net Zero Plus Transformation,” a documentary written, produced and directed by Jim Jackson. ...

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Why Green Building Materials Are Here to Stay

Why Green Building Materials Are Here to Stay

Editor’s Note: Contributing author Megan Ray Nichols created and writes for her own blog Schooled by Science. Green building practices and materials are growing in popularity in the United States as well as throughout the world. Indeed, given the increasing ...

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Hua Nan Bank Goes for the Gold

Hua Nan Bank Goes for the Gold

The Xinyi Central Business District in Taipei, Taiwan is home to a handful of buildings designed by well known architecture firms including C.Y. Lee & Partners of Taipei 101 fame, Paris-based Vincent Callebaut Architectures, U.S.-based Richard Meier and Partners, and ...

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NZE Library as Students’ Live Learning Lab

NZE Library as Students’ Live Learning Lab

Editor’s Note: This article consists of writing from the Editor as well as WRNS Studio. In light of the upcoming Net Positive Energy and Water Conference to be held on February 18-19 in San Diego, California, I reflect upon the ...

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Solar Serpents as Adaptable Global Solution

Solar Serpents as Adaptable Global Solution

Editor’s Note: The Solar Serpent in Paradise project was brought to my attention by Mans Tham, a Stockholm-based architect and urban strategist who was educated in Stockholm as well as at U.C. Berkeley. One of his post-graduate classes examined how urban ...

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From Down and Out to Solar Pioneer

From Down and Out to Solar Pioneer

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara (HACSC) has successfully transformed a previously foreclosed federal housing complex into a dignified and energy efficient, affordable family housing complex that annually feeds 244,350 kWh of renewable energy to the power ...

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Triple Green Building Certification Is Achievable

Triple Green Building Certification Is Achievable

Portland and Seattle-based builder Hammer & Hand was recently awarded the 2015 Housing Innovation Award from the U.S. Department of Energy for its energy consulting on and construction of the Pumpkin Ridge Passive House designed by Scott | Edwards Architecture. Builder and architect worked ...

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Winners of 2nd perFORM Building Design Competition

Winners of 2nd perFORM Building Design Competition

The winners of the perFORM 2015 Building Design Competition were announced by Hammer & Hand at a ceremony held at AIA Portland’s Center for Architecture. Winning Entry: Jon Lund, Narek Mirzaei, and Luis Sabater Musa, University of Cincinnati. Runner-Up: Sang-Oh Jo, ...

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