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Open-sourcing: Taking Sustainability to Another Level

Open-sourcing: Taking Sustainability to Another Level

Can you imagine receiving free tools and instructions to build your own house and building materials, and possibly start your own village? Open Building Institute, founded by TED fellow and founding member of the Open Source Hardware Association, Dr. Catarina ...

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Net Positive Energy + Water Conference 2016

Net Positive Energy + Water Conference 2016

The What: The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) is hosting its third annual Net Positive Energy and Water Conference, dedicated to the exchange of technical expertise, bold strategies and provocative case studies—all aimed at accelerating the global shift toward Net Positive ...

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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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2014 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project Winners Announced

2014 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project Winners Announced

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have just announced this week their selection of the 2014 Top Ten Green Projects, examples of sustainable architecture and ecological American design projects that protect and enhance ...

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Historic YMCA Transformed Into Green Affordable Housing

Historic YMCA Transformed Into Green Affordable Housing

One of the things I miss most from working at Citizens Housing is my weekly visits to our construction sites. I had the chance to witness buildings get built from the ground up and renovated into modern, seismically safe, and ...

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Zero Competition Architecture Responds to California’s 2020 ZNE Goals

Zero Competition Architecture Responds to California’s 2020 ZNE Goals

Team Folium, consisting of Herman Coliver Locus Architecture, EBS Consultants, and Architectural Lighting Design, won the Special Recognition Award from the Architecture at Zero 2013 design competition. The Folium concept presents a fresh urban design solution that brings a sense ...

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Gilroy’s First LEED Platinum Project

Gilroy’s First LEED Platinum Project

Gilroy, California is well known for its garlic crop, but it also has at least three LEED projects within its 16 square miles. The newly built Gilroy Sobrato Apartments developed by South County Housing is the first LEED for Homes Platinum ...

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Station Center Family Housing Wins 2013 ULI Global Award

Station Center Family Housing Wins 2013 ULI Global Award

Congratulations to developer MidPen Housing and David Baker Architects, one of my favorite San Francisco architecture firms to work with, for winning the 2013 ULI Global Award for Excellence for its LEED Platinum certified project, Station Center Family Housing in Union ...

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