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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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BuildingGreen’s Top 10 Green Products for 2017

BuildingGreen’s Top 10 Green Products for 2017

BuildingGreen’s team announced its 2017 Top 10 Products List at last week’s Greenbuild in Los Angeles. For the past 15 years, BuildingGreen has recognized green building products that significantly improve upon standard “business-as-usual” practices. These products help transform the industry ...

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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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Plumen 002 LED: Elegance in Energy Efficiency

Plumen 002 LED: Elegance in Energy Efficiency

Editor’s Foreword: This article consists of writing from the Editor as well as Plumen. On one hand I can count the number of times that I have gotten excited about energy efficient light bulbs. One time was during my first ...

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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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