HAUT Amsterdam, the second highest wooden skyscraper in Europe

HAUT Amsterdam, the second highest wooden skyscraper in Europe

In 2019, the building process starts and by 2020 the building should be ready

In Amsterdam, skyscraper Haut will appear, a wooden residential tower with 21 floors. Because wooden buildings are durable and good for the climate.

Haut will be a building of superlatives.

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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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Paint with graphene makes buildings more energy efficient

Paint with graphene makes buildings more energy efficient

Pure lime absorbs CO2 and helps improving the air quality.

The Spanish paint factory Graphenstone claims that his new developed paint, which consists graphene, preserves buildings by improving the thermal properties of the structures.

The paint with graphene consists of 98% pure lime. According to The Graphene Company, the paint is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional paint. Pure lime absorbs CO2 and helps improving the air quality.

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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

Build Solar with SunBlocks

Build Solar with SunBlocks

Building integrated Solar Cells with SunBlocks

Scientists at the British University of Exeter developed a new way of generating solar energy: SolarBlocks.

These glass blocks can seamlessly be integrated into a building’s architecture and increase the efficiency of the solar cells that are incorporated into it. 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

Gates invests $1 Billion in Breakthrough Energy Tech

Gates: We need an energy miracle

Gates: We need an energy miracle

Bill Gates is launching $1 billion fund, called Breakthrough Energy Ventures, to invest in new forms of clean energy. 

He said that there is an urgent need for “high risk” investments in breakthrough technologies for renewables.

In July 2016, Gates considered 2 billion.   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

LA goal: 100% renewables

LA goal: 100% renewables

The City of Los Angeles took a significant step toward realizing its global leadership potential. Mayor Garcetti released LA’s first-ever urban sustainability plan: the pLAn.

LA City Council members Paul Krekorian and Mike Bonin coauthored legislation for a fast route to 100% renewables for LA. With an appreciative nod from the Sierra Club, the news reported at 11district.com follows:

“LADWP is on the verge of making significant investments in its infrastructure, and with that 100-year-old power system in need of significant upgrades, the city has an opportunity to re-create its utility in a way that recognizes the potential for a fossil-free future, demonstrates global leadership in its commitment to clean energy, and protects ratepayers from the increasing costs of carbon-based fuels.”

Under the current plan, emissions are expected to drop. Under a new plan, they could drop to zero!

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Route Energy: 10 challenges

challenges

We have to rush to limit climate change and to seize the economic opportunities that the transition entails.
This WindWheel has released an architecture design for the wind turbine of the future

10 challenges we should overcome in order to transform successfully to a sustainable, strong and secure green energy economy.

Buildings, transport, industry, ICT, user behavior, energy storage, solar energy, wind energy, bio-energy, CO2 capture and more … Energy is one of the biggest changes in this century and has many aspects.

We present to you the ten important and urgent challenges, summarized by NERA. Read More

Facade System allows building to ‘breathe’

Facade System allows building to 'breathe'

how to keep the climate comfortable in buildings, without energy-intensive installations

Do you also have dry eyes and headaches in your office building? This new Facade System allows a building to ‘breathe’. Tobias Becker used biomimicry for a pleasant indoor climate. 

German innovation

The German engineer Ing. Tobias Becker has developed a glass facade system that requires minimal energy to generate a pleasant indoor climate. The system allows air through holes and makes buildings ‘breathe’. Read More

10 decisive energy trends

10 decisive energy trends

Solar panels modules decrease by 20% at every doubling capacity. By 2025 solar panels will be the cheapest form of electricity in many parts of the world.

10 decisive energy trends and drastically changing energy realities. That’s what DNV GL reports in its Technology Outlook 2025.

Note: this is not a futuristic prediction. It’s a picture of the impact of trends that have already been deployed, trends that will provide a new energy reality. 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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Nepal, the worst scenario

Nepal, earthquake, Mobile Factory, Lego, building, concrete, funding, shelter, mobile factory, recycle, reuse

Let’s give them hope. It’s not all karma. It’s your support they need.

This beautiful and peaceful country sufferd from a huge earthquake.

More than 9,000 people were killed.

Now they have to rebuild their country.

But the new government took most of our fund raised money.  Read More

This #1 Cool Building Initiative Needs Your Support

Mobile factory, Lego, building, community, sustainable, debris, Q-brixx, environment, Haiti, earthquake

Committing to the people in Haiti, who are still living in tents feels ah-mazing.

Seldom I have seen people so grateful with a small contribution. I’m honest. Slightly less than 10 dollars. For a lot of StartUps this is normal nowadays. This one not. Class!

The Mobile Factory transforms rubble into Lego building blocks. The blocks allow victims of war or natural disasters to construct their own new, earthquake proof houses, and rebuild the communities they lost. And they need your support. Today!  Read More

Zero Energy – more comfort, less money

Energy neutral, building, solar, electricity, sustainable, grid, office, climate change

He can heat his jacuzzi without receiving an utility bill with the extra energy he is generating. This is comfort!

Jan van Liempt, director of In2Ecobuildings:

“The electronics industry makes perfect stuff for consumers: TVs, iPhones, sound equipment. Everything is made because customers want it. Clients get value for their money.


Any complains? Most of the times, it’s resolved perfectly. Why not for houses? Nor installations? That’s my passion. I build energy neutral buildings and I have learned that comfort in an energy neutral building is possible!”

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Building needs energy coordinator

c2c, climate change, building, architecture, greenhouse, business park, McDonough

The municipality wants to be climate neutral by 2040. Therefore it is driven to realize energy efficiencies, solar panels in the city and expansion of the heating network.

Buildings can save a lot of energy. In order to realize the energy savings, an experienced energy manager is necessary.

BetterWorldSolutions asked three coordinators what they realized.  Read More

Florida’s fears of further beach erosion and coastal flooding

Coastal erosion costs Florida millions a year

Climate change causes a lot of damage in Florida

Decades after Congress sought to curb the federal costs of coastal management, several agencies are encouraging communities to apply for aid to protect shores with sand replenishment, bulkheads, breakwaters and rock embankments.

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