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The all-electric Opel Ampera-e will make its world debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show on October 1st.Opel Ampera-e is the European cousin to the Chevrolet Bolt, as the Ampera was to the Volt.“The Opel Ampera-e makes electromobility fully feasible for everyday use and ready for the future” says Opel more
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The energy-storage goal of a polymer dielectric material with high energy density, high power density and excellent charge-discharge efficiency for electric and hybrid vehicle use has been achieved by a team of Penn State materials scientists.The key is a unique three-dimensional sandwich-like structure that protects the dense electric field in more
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Autonomous racing series RoboRace has revealed a working prototype of its electric self-driving race car, called the DevBot.The primary purpose of the DevBot is to allow teams to develop their software and experience the hardware that will be used on the “Robocar”.Unlike the futuristic-looking Robocar concept, the DevBot has a more
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A recent report from Navigant Research details the global market for light duty vehicles, including light duty hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric vehicles, or plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), segmented by scenario, region, country, drivetrain, and automaker, through 2024.The end of 2015 marks the completion of the fifth full year more
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Fast-forward with me to the year 2024. Food is plentiful and no one goes hungry — but our society has gone horribly, terribly wrong. After eight years under Obama and eight more under Clinton, there are hardly any straight white male farmers left. They’ve all moved on to other professions — Birkenstock more >>
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On their 100th anniversary, Grist is exploring America’s national parks and the humans who use them. See the full series. African-American, Latino, and Asian voters show enormous support for preserving and expanding access to national parks, despite obstacles that prevent them from visiting them. That’s the conclusion of a report released this more >>
Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Heliostats reflect sunlight onto boilers in towers during the grand opening of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert near the California-Nevada border
California’s San Bernardino County narrowly rejected a controversial solar panel project over concerns that it would threaten groundwater and wildlife in the region. Soda Mountain Solar was slated to be built just a half-mile from the Mojave National Preserve. The 3-2 vote against certifying the project is a big win for environmentalists who claimed constructing more >>
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Two new studies conducted by Berkeley Labs have concluded that the median installed price of solar in the United States fell by 5% to 12% in 2015. The conclusions are part and parcel of the latest editions of two recurring “state of the market” reports published by the Department of Energy’s more >>
Thu, Aug 25, 2016
Bloomberg: SolarCity Chooses Its Relatives (for Loans) Among the many disconcerting things about Tesla's offer to buy SolarCity was this line from Elon Musk during the June 22 conference call explaining the deal: "Since SolarCity is constrained in the short term from just going out and raising equity itself, Tesla would provide more >>
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In 1979 president Jimmy Carter proposed an national energy policy and installed solar panels on the white house roof as a national symbol of the united states beginning to become energy efficient. [….more]


tsEnergy star was created in the early 1990’s as a joint venture between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the department of Energy. (DOE), Energy star’s primary focus is on improving energy performance and reducing green house gas emissions. [….more]


leedLeed founded in 1993 stands for leadership in energy and environmental design. Leed is a voluntary program and is administered through United states green building council (USGBC). USGBC is an international nonprofit that offers various types of green rating systems. One rating specifically designed and targeted for green neighborhoods. [….more]


fhb192xs024-01_med National green building standard. NGBS approved and debuted in 2009 more than 15 years later than energy star or leed certification.The NGBS is a collaboration between the National association of home builders (NAHB) and International code council. (ICC) [….more]


Earthcraft-Logo1Earthcraft is a voluntary program launched in 1999 which is a regional program for climate conditionstailored for the southeast united states. Earth craft certification is used from Virginia to Georgia. [….more]


Water-Sense-Label-mdWater sense. Is an EPA voluntary program started in 2006, designed to improve water efficiency through consumer educational labeling. With an ever expanding array of products and services displaying the water sense label. Third party verification  and certifying to be a minimum of 20% more water efficient than conventional products without sacrificing consumer performance. In the near future water will become a scarce valuable resource, prices will rise, availability will be restricted, and nations will control water accessibility to the public at large!


RESNET_HERS_Index_Logo2HERS score/index, home energy rating system (HERS) created in 1995 by third party non profit residential energy services network (resnet).  The HERS score  is nationally recognized by the federal government,environmental protection agency (EPA) and the mortgage industry. The Hers score is a numeric numeral that directly translates into the energy efficiency of the selected inspected home. The trained and certified ecorater inspects the home and benchmarks the home against a reference home. A computer model of a home that is the same shape and size. [….more]


netzerocertificationLaunched in late 2006 the Living building challenge substantially raises the green bar and offers a rigorous net zero building certification. Net zero green certification is rapidly becoming  the future of  green building. Net zero is located on the extreme end of green building scale. Net zero is defined as either a residential or commercial building structure which produces all the energy that is consumed on an annual basis within the certified building. There are currently three levels of net zero certification. Full certification, petal recognition, and net zero energy  building certification. [….more]


News, Sustainable Food, Gardening and Plants, watermelon record, watermelon world record, watermelon guinness world record, Zhengzhou Research Seedling Technology Co., tianlong 1508, watermelon fruit, 131 watermelon
Taking the world “superfruit” to a whole new level, a Chinese watermelon plant just broke a Guinness World Record by sprouting 131 enormous fruit. Each melon weighed an average of 10 kilograms, or 22 pounds, and the whole lot took only 90 days to mature after planting. Not only is more >>
Thu, Aug 25, 2016
Architecture, Nova Scotia, rainwater harvesting, passive solar, solar gain, Gallery, carousel showcase, beach house, cantilevered, storm surges, concrete floors, Green Building, eastern white cedar, Lockeport Beach House, Nova Tayona Architects
Clad in black-stained eastern white cedar, the single-story Lockeport Beach House blends in with the surrounding forest of tamarack and spruce that protect the sandbank from erosion. Although the house is hidden from view of the beach, the sounds of waves and shimmering light reflected off the water can be more >>
Thu, Aug 25, 2016
Architecture, Daylighting, Japan, adaptive reuse, green renovation, MAD architects, Gallery, carousel showcase, kindergarten, natural wood, okazaki, Clover House, Design, eco kids, aichi prefecture, japanese school
The Beijing-based architecture firm unveiled the design renderings last year when the project broke ground, which captured the whimsical beauty of this unique renovation project. The old house, located in the city of Okazaki in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, was stripped down to its barest structure and then, using the original more >>
Wed, Aug 24, 2016

Interim president Michel Temer keen to beat US and China in race to formally back Paris climate agreement The post Brazil to ratify Paris climate deal on 29 August – reports appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. more >>
Thu, Aug 25, 2016
New law requires the US economic powerhouse to cut its emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 The post California passes ambitious climate targets appeared first on Climate Home - climate change news. more >>
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Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Before Robert D. Campbell Junior High School’s HVAC system was retrofitted with controllable chilled beam pump modules (CCBPM) in late 2015, the school used ventilators to cool the facility and waited long periods of time for the building’s temperature to change. more >>
Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Michael Mordell has been appointed to the position of vice president of international operations at Universal Forest Products Inc. (UFPI). Michael Mordell has been appointed to the position of vice president of international operations at more >>
Wed, Aug 24, 2016

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I’ve stepped into an adventure on the high seas, or so it would appear. As I board the boat, men clad in thick rubber rain gear spool out gillnets into the water, deftly making sure the net stays straight and uncoiled. Overhead, gulls circle and raucously call, occasionally pelting me more >>
Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Lions. Photo © Panthera
The internet has a long love affair with cat pictures, but these aren’t your mom’s internet cats. Now internet cats are getting even bigger and wilder. Camera CATalogue is a new citizen science project from Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization, and Zooniverse, a collection of online citizen science projects. Related more >>
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

Blue glass skyscrapers
The real estate industry is facing a wave of technological disruption. Progressive firms are looking straight into the storm. They’re finding new digital tools to enhance their operations in many areas. Here we discuss key emerging trends in real estate investor software and analysis.In a recent McKinsey & Co. article, more >>
Wed, Aug 24, 2016
Modern glass building tco review
Costs are key considerations for any firm’s real estate operations. Operating costs in relation to building value and revenue are ultimately what drive returns for investors. For owner-occupiers, operating costs and capital costs over time drive management success.Organizations rarely discuss the total cost of ownership (TCO) for real estate. TCO more >>
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

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