Solar facades with a print

Solar facades with a print

The power design wall generates 80% electricity compared with traditional solar panes.

Wouldn’t it be beautiful to generate electricity with solar facades designed with a print?

Through a combination of graphical techniques with solar cell technology, Dutch Solar Design succeeded in generating all facets of energy.

The yield of the aesthetic facade elements is about 80 percent of normal solar panels.

 

 

 

 

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Buildings, biggest opportunity reducing carbon

Low CO2 opportunities for Buildings (2)

CO2 emissions savings as high as 5.8 billion tonnes by 2050 WorldWide

Buildings are the biggest opportunity to reduce carbon for cities. A study by the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that, if implemented globally, energy efficiency measures in the building sector could deliver CO2 emissions savings as high as 5.8 billion tonnes (Gt) by 2050, lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 83 percent below the business-as-usual scenario. 

Most of these technologies are commercially available today and many of them deliver positive financial returns within relatively short payback periods. Read More

Almere: sustainable residential area with natural water treatment

Almere: sustainable residential area with natural water treatmentAlmere, a large city in the Netherlands starts with the development of an ecological residential area.

The future residents will live in an ecological area with energy-efficient homes and where waste water treatment is organized naturally.

Almere

The houses in the ecological district in Almere will be developed with well-insulated facades, triple glass and wooden windows. In addition, wall heating is combined with solar panels and integrated ventilation. According to the developers, the CO2 impact is less than 10 percent compared with a regular house of concrete and steel. Read More

Rotating Skyscraper generates Power

Rotating Skyscraper generates Power

Every minute another sight from your window

A rotating skyscraper that generates solar and wind energy and turns 360 degrees around its axis for a beautiful view of the city.

By 2020, this revolving residential tower will enrich Dubai. Read More

PowerWindow Breakthrough

PowerWindow Breakthrough

PowerWindows can be integrated with SmartWindows. 

This is a real PowerWindow Breakthrough. A new generation transparent solar energy generating windows will provide enough power to make buildings energy neutral. The founders: startup Physee settled in Delft (the Netherlands).

The powerwindows have solar cells installed in the edges at a specific angle that allows the incoming solar light to be efficiently transformed into electricity.

and its Smart:

With SmartWindow we integrate smart sensors in the window that sense the outside environment. SmartWindows control inside systems, such as Airconditioning and sun blinds, based on information about the outside conditions around the building.

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Abu Dhabi is building a green metropolis in the desert

The Masdar City in Abu Dhabi is a role model for a sustainable future

The Masdar City in Abu Dhabi is a role model for a sustainable future

Abu Dhabi has started an attempt to create the world’s first car-free, zero-carbon-dioxide-emissions, zero-waste ‘Masdar’ city.

The city is the centerpiece of the Masdar Initiative, a $15 billion investment by the government of Abu Dhabi. Read More

Cityblob Green, Circular Architecture

Cityblob Architecture

Capital A is the new landmark building for Amaravati, the new capital city of Telangana, India

Cityblob Architecture is leading in circular, sustainable architecture and Urban Planning for Smart City Development

Cityblob is an Amsterdam-based architecture, urban planning and real estate development company that focusses on the following project types:

  1. Infrastructure
    Railways, underground stations, bridges and more
  2. Sustainable and Affordable Mass Housing and big Green Buildings
  3. Sustainable and Affordable Mass Housing

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Recyclable Rubber saves billions

Recyclable Rubber Is Possible

This Rubber House is named for its use of recycled rubber conveyor belts screwed onto the exterior of the home to serve as roof and cladding material.

PhD Laurens Polgar has created recyclable rubber.

Until now, rubber was only reusable as low grade product, for example used as pegs or paving stones.

By using a different system, Polgar has made rubber that is completely recyclable to new rubber, while maintaining all its properties.

Polgar won with his invention the Benelux finals of the prestigious Falling Walls Lab and is allowed to participate in the European final in Berlin. Read More

BioBased Material 20% Better Insulation

To decrease our energy and water consumption, we should pay more attention to a better insulation of our houses, offices and community buildings.

Of course we know all the classic insulation materials. But using BioBased insulation materials do have a lot of advantages: Read More

BetterWorldConstructions

green architecture

BetterWorldConstructions Green Architecture and Urban Development

BetterWorldSolutions intents to start a new platform BetterWorldConstructions connecting regional and national networks of sustainable builders.

The focus will be on CO2-reductions in the construction sector.

Low Carbon Constructions

We have chosen to change Circular Infrastructure into Low Carbon Constructions. Why? Because there are a lot of advantages to transform our build environment using biobased building materials, low carbon concrete, recycled products to a completely circular economy.

Proven advantages:

  • millions of tons of emissions
  • it prevents the shortage of raw materials
  • the good air quality (indoor and outdoor) improves health
  • 100% recycling possible so its completely circular

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My own EcoHouse

ecohouseAn absurdly comfortable EcoHouse which will produce enough energy of its own. A comfortable house, like you lay down in your bed, firmly tucked in a blanket, and still can move freely at the same time.

This was the idea of the EcoHouse of Jasper Jobse. Next year he will build his house in the new eco-neighborhood in Arnhem. Read More

SolarWind Bridge

SolarWind Bridge

Solar cells coated in clear plastic, are able to produce 11.2 million kilowatt hours

This SolarWind Bridge could power 15,000 homes. And even better, the bridge could be a vegetables garden. 

Designed by Francesco Colarossi, Giovanna Saracino and Luisa Saracino as part of an Italian design contest to re-imagine a decommissioned bridge (for which it placed second), this so-called SolarWind concept would have solar cells embedded in the roadway and an array of 26 wind turbines underneath, which the designers say could produce enough energy combined to power 15,000 homes. Read More

A complete circular building

Thomas Rau created a real circular building

Circular building is more than reusing the existing structure. All added materials, such as the concrete tiles, furniture and the insulation material, are recycled products and materials.

How do you give four dated bunched offices a second life without wasting material? Simple: build circular.

Energy Company Liander did it.

We have seen it. And it’s an amazing ‘new’ future proof and circular building. Read More

Best Building of the Year

Best Building of the Year

Best Building of the Year 2015: The Interlace / Singapore / OMA / Ole Scheeren

What will be the world’s best building of the year 2016? An happiness center in Bhutan, a silo adjoining chapel in Chile or the Chanel shop in Amsterdam with its enchanting brick facade?

This week the nominees have been announced for the World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF), the largest architectural awards festival in the world. In November the award ceremony will be in Berlin. Read More

High Tech Pavilion built of residuals

High Tech Paviljoen built of rest materials

The hollow columns are designed to store rainwater.

To accelerate the Clean Tech Innovation, green architect GertJan Scholte has built a high tech pavilion of residuals in Amsterdam.

Building with bio-composites needs repetition – and therefore modular solutions – because the molds are expensive. 

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BREEZE: a zero-energy hotel

Hotel BREEZE

World’s first zero energy and circular hotel. This is Hotel BREEZE

Hotel BREEZE’s air conditioning performs entirely circular. Without mechanical ventilation.

This innovative concept called the ‘Earth, Wind & Fire’ (EWF) concept has been created by Engineer Bronsema.

Briefly the EWF works with falling water, sun and wind. Read More

FerrisWheel: the Future Windmill

FerrisWheel: the Future Windmill

The power of this design is the building with an open eye. The hole will generate renewable energy by water drops circulating in an electric field.

Dutch WindWheel has released an architecture design for the wind turbine of the future: the FerrisWheel.

FerrisWheel design:

  • The windmill is 174 meters high
  • The hole in the middle ensures renewable energy with water drops
  • The building will generate solar power
  • In the building is enough space for apartments and hotels

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Grace Farms Building green building example nr. #1

Grace Farms, Sanaa, ircular architecture, CO2, design, Green building, inspiring place, light, Sustainable infrastructure

The main building, called the River, is a sinuous form that winds its way down a hill just a few hundred yards from the New York border, with five separate sections

Grace Farms, as this project is called, is also known as ‘The River’.

Not amazing, is it?

This new (2015), nature center for communities is designed by the Japanese architecture firm Sanaa.

Sanaa was asked to design a multi functional complex including a nature center, gym, hub for social justice groups, community garden, a chapel and more.

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The Sea Ranch: one of the most inspiring places in the world

circular architecture, Sea Ranch California, green building, design, sustainable infrastructure, CO2, light

Sea Ranch is noted for its distinctive architecture, which consists of simple timber-frame structures clad in wooden siding or shingles. The buildings are designed to deal with prevailing weather and topography and could be considered as a hybrid of modern and vernacular architecture.

In 1964, Al Boeke, architect and Vice President for Community Planning, fell in love with the barren and grand Rancho Del Mar in California USA.

He wanted to develop a natural community and made a dream come true.

The Sea Ranch became one of the most inspiring places in the world full filling a regenerative country-life colony within a wildlife preserve.

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Save space with water storage beneath roads

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Thanks to a WT swirling, the rainwater will be discharged quickly to the water storage foundation

Due to the increasing rainfall in many parts of the world, municipalities have to reserve more space for their water storage. Ditches and ponds take much space.

This is another solution: a water reservoir beneath the road. The Aquaflow® system solves storm water problems. Read More

Tower: start of a smog-free world

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Daan Roosegaarde introduces the Free Smog Tower: a 7 meters high tower that creates smog-free air in the area.

“It’s my job to look around, and find new proposals to solve global issues. I have been involved in fashion and highways. And since 2014, I am involved in smog.”

Daan Roosegaarde introduced the ambitious idea for the Free Smog Tower. He started a Kickstarter Project with the goal to built a 7 meters high tower in Rotterdam that creates smog-free air in the area. Read More

Termite hill great examples CO2 neutral buildings

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The chimney principle is copied from ants and termites, which ingeniously craft corridors that regulate the temperature without active ventilation.

Two new buildings have been opened as an example of building energy and CO2 neutral.

  1. One of them is a school which even will deliver electricity to the grid
  2. The other is an Environmental Education Centre (picture) is housing offices, a restaurant, exhibition halls and a doctors practice. But for both of the buildings, the solar chimney is The Big Innovation!

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Designing sustainable infrastructure to meet the water demand of future generations

Climate change, adapting, water management, infrastructure, architecture

Adding in green infrastructure systems is not only good for managing water, but also good for communities.

Climate change, urbanization, population growth and higher water consumption per capita, the energy infrastructure and so much more. We do have big advantages and increasing problems in the world. 

But clean water supply is getting a bigger problem day by day.

To make urban area ‘future proof, engineers should collaborate with architects and city planners.

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Barcelona smog-eating bridge

CO2, footprint, Spain, Barcelona, climate change

The new bridge in Barcelona ‘eats’ CO2

The Sarajevo bridge in Barcelona gets a green makeover. The Spanish architect BCQ redesigned the bridge.

The bridge will have a renovation turn with photocatalytic concrete, which purifies the air.

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Green and smart building design with 4D

Green and smart building design with 4D

Stop your carbon footprint. You can save energy with much more comfort than you can image. Built green

There is a new way of building, called Smart Building Design Europe.

The building projects bring the eco-building vision into reality.

Green design and sustainable construction can achieve massive energy and environmental savings without forgetting the importance of architecture and aesthetics. Read More