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How do solar panels work? Should you buy them?

We dive into an investigation of all things solar panels, from design and engineering to cost of installation.
Tags: Trends, Solar Panels, Smart Home, Buying Guides

LEED Gold-certified Azurmendi crowned Worlds Most Sustainable Restaurant

Three-star Michelin restaurant Azurmendi has once again been crowned the “World’s Most Sustainable Restaurant” by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Noteworthy for its renewable energy systems that offset the building’s carbon footprint, the LEED Gold-certified restaurant has also distinguished itself as a leader of sustainable development with its proactive community role in encouraging knowledge-sharing and a circular economy. Located in Spain near the town of Bilbao, Azurmendi is also currently...
Tags: Design, Spain, World, Architecture, Restaurant, Michelin, Solar Panels, Sustainable Food, Compost, Geothermal Energy, Best Restaurants, Recycled Materials, Rainwater Collection, Leed Gold, Brae, Iberian Peninsula

Rundown lodge near the Nile River is now a solar-powered eco-resort

Once known as one of Uganda’s most popular hotels, the Nile Safari Lodge had fallen into disrepair over the years. When it was tasked to breathe new life into the property, Kampala-based studio Localworks decided to pay homage to the building’s history by respectfully and carefully rebuilding the existing facilities instead of tearing them down and starting from scratch. Now, the fully refurbished accommodation is an incredible, solar-powered eco-retreat offering guests a direct connection to th...
Tags: Design, Hotels, Uganda, Architecture, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Green Renovation, Kampala, Nile River, Green Hotels, Natural Materials, Low Impact Design, Murchison Falls National Park, Passive Design Strategies, Will Boase, Localworks

Charge your Tesla and lower your electric bill with these solar blinds!

Renewable energy is our ticket to the future and the current climate crisis. From electric cars to sustainable tools, designers are changing the world for the better one product at a time. Joining that list are these Solar Blinds from SolarGaps that make your home smarter and your environment better. If you want to charge your Tesla without increasing your bill, this should be your first buy.Solar Blinds help you save on your energy costs and reduces your electric bill by 30% compared to convent...
Tags: Home, Design, Technology, Office, Lifestyle, Renewable Energy, Tesla, Carbon Emissions, Solar Energy, Appliances, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Interiors, Lighting, Solar Panel, Product Design

Tencent gets proposal from MVRDV for green smart city

After two years of development, MVRDV has unveiled its competition entry for Chinese tech giant Tencent’s next campus — a green and futuristic smart city shaped like a continuous undulating mountain range. Located on a 133-hectare site in Shenzhen’s Qianhai Bay, the nature-inspired development combines references to the lush, mountainous surroundings with Tencent’s cutting-edge technology. The massive urban district is expected to include enough office space for 80,000 to 100,000 employees, publ...
Tags: Smart City, Japan, Design, China, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Tencent, Toyota, Solar Panels, Shenzhen, Carousel Showcase, Green City, Conference Center, MVRDV, Sustainable City

The Union Flats is a LEED Platinum-certified housing community

Prefab architecture and energy efficiency go hand-in-hand at The Union Flats, one of the largest completed modular housing developments in Northern California. Located in Union City directly across from a new public plaza and the local BART station, the transit-oriented community celebrates walkability and the outdoors with its amenities and proximity to green space. Completed in August 2018 by David Baker Architects, the solar-powered project has earned LEED Platinum certification and includes ...
Tags: Design, California, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Panels, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Bart, Green Roof, Leed Platinum, Modular Architecture, Prefab Architecture, Prefab Housing, Courtyard, BOISE Idaho, Union City

Self-sustaining Ugandan surgical facility provides healthcare to underserved areas

In an inspiring example of humanitarian architecture, Kliment Halsband Architects teamed up with Mount Sinai Surgery in New York to create the Mount Sinai Kyabirwa Uganda Surgical Facility, a prototype for an independent, self-sustaining ambulatory surgical facility. According to the architects, roughly 5 billion people lack any form of safe or affordable surgery, leading to millions of deaths annually worldwide. In response, the architects created a modular, easily replicable surgical facility ...
Tags: Health, New York, Design, Uganda, Architecture, Norway, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Humanitarian Design, Modular Architecture, White Nile, Humanitarian Architecture, Self-sustaining, Mount Sinai Surgery, Kliment Halsband Architects, Kyabirwa

BIG presents a sustainable living laboratory town in Japan for Toyota at CES

As part of CES 2020, Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled exciting designs for its first project in Japan — the Toyota Woven City, a sustainable “living laboratory” at the foothills of Mt. Fuji. Created in collaboration with Toyota Motor Corporation, the project will be the world’s first urban incubator dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of mobility with a focus on sustainability, from renewable energies to shared mobility. The futuristic prototype town will also be notable for its inclusio...
Tags: Smart City, Japan, Design, Ces, Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Bjarke Ingels, Toyota, Solar Panels, Big, Carbon-neutral, Bjarke Ingels Group, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Toyota Motor Corporation, Mt Fuji

3D-printed concrete forest pavilion proposed for Dubais Expo 2020

United Arab Emirates-based design practice MEAN* (Middle East Architecture Network) has proposed a sculptural 3D-printed pavilion for a prominent traffic roundabout to welcome visitors to the upcoming 2020 Expo in Dubai. Designed as a “spatial forest,” the interactive installation comprises a series of palm tree-like concrete elements and branching LEDs. The “Expo 2020 Landmark” proposal is also powered with solar energy and can be programmed to light up at night with a variety of lighting modes...
Tags: Design, Architecture, 3d Printing, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Brazil, LEDs, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Uae, 3d-printed Architecture, World Expo, MEAN, Expo 2020, 3D printed, World Expo 2020

Net-zero community planned for Hamburg will rely on geothermal and solar energy

The formerly industrial borough of Harbugh in Hamburg, Germany will soon get a strikingly modern and eco-conscious facelift thanks to Neuländer Quarree, a new mixed-use community planned for the area. Cape Town-based architecture and design firm SAOTA won the architectural competition for the project with its design of a net-zero energy development powered by geothermal wells, wood pellet-fuelled cogeneration plants and photovoltaic panels. The project was also ‘Highly Commended’ in the Resident...
Tags: Design, Germany, Berlin, Architecture, Cologne, Cape Town, Community, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Photovoltaics, Geothermal Energy, Hamburg, Net Zero Energy, Masterplan, Net Zero, Mixed-use

Solar Panels Will Soon Be Required For Newly Constructed Homes In California

BERKELEY (KPIX 5) — For years now, many Californians have made the choice to add solar panels to their roofs to combat climate change and maybe save money in the process. But for new home buyers, that choice is about to become a requirement. After years of offering financial incentives to entice homeowners to choose solar, on Jan. 1, new state building codes go into effect that will require any new home constructed in the state to include solar collection panels. “Man, that’s…that’s…that’s game ...
Tags: News, California, California News, Solar Panels, Jerry Brown, Berkeley, Antioch, Golden State, KPIX, Darrell Williams

The Cybunker is the off-the-grid garage+bunker the Tesla Cybertruck deserves

I’ll admit, even though I’m not a Cybertruck evangelist, it’s really fun to see the movement it’s created, spawning funny memes, and pretty interesting products. The Cybunker by Lars Büro is certainly one of the latter.Designed for the Cybertruck patron, Tesla enthusiast, and lover of all-things-electric, the Cybunker is literally styled on the polarizing polygonal design of the pickup truck which launched a month ago. Made to work off the grid, the bunker comes with a roof of solar panels that ...
Tags: Home, Transportation, Design, Technology, Tesla, Architecture, Automotive, Solar Panels, Garage, Bunker, Cybertruck, Tesla Cybertruck, Cybunker, Lars Büro

How a lesson learned from lotus flowers could give us self-cleaning solar panels

Dust can be a massive problem for solar panels. Borrowing from a neat evolutionary trick found in lotus flowers, researchers have developed a new material that could help. Here's how it works.
Tags: Trends, Solar Panels, Biomimicry, Materials Science, Emerging Tech

Fuksas designs a zero-impact public square in the heart of Sofia

Italian design firm Studio Fuksas has recently revealed designs for the new Sveta Nedelya Square, a “zero-impact” public space in the heart of Sofia, Bulgaria. Located in front of the medieval Sveta Nedelya Church, the project will bridge the city’s ancient roots and modern urbanism with a contemporary design that shows off the city’s historic architecture. As a beacon for sustainability, the square will feature transparent solar panels atop a “hi-tech canopy” of pavement modules and a rainwater...
Tags: Design, Renewable Energy, Rome, Park, Urban Design, Bulgaria, Solar Panels, Public Space, Rainwater Collection, Rainwater Harvesting, Sofia, Public Square, Cardo, Fuksas, Pedestrian Friendly, Zero Impact

Solar-powered Dutch home produces all of its own energy with surplus to spare

When Marjo Dashorst and Han Roebers set their sights on designing a sustainable home in Zutphen, a municipality on the east side of the Netherlands, the couple turned to Amsterdam-based practice Attika Architekten to realize their dream. The goal was to develop an energy-efficient home that would not only meet all of its own energy needs through renewable systems but also be capable of producing enough surplus energy to charge an electric car. The resulting project, aptly titled the Energy Plant...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Solar Panels, Solar Power, The Netherlands, Recycled Materials, Reclaimed Materials, Skylights, Green Roof, Net Zero, Snøhetta, Zutphen, Sustainable Architecture, Energy Plus

Heliogen’s Solar Farm Could Drastically Reduce Global Emissions

Backed by Bill Gates, clean energy company Heliogen has developed a concentrated solar energy source that could eliminate carbon-emitting industrial processes—essentially “transforming sunlight to create and replace fuels.” The advancement would allow heavy machinery to forego fossil fuels and employ those created from the process (like hydrogen or syngas), ultimately reducing global carbon emissions by 10%. The technology at the center of Heliogen’s innovative idea …
Tags: Energy, Science, Design, Climate Change, Environment, Tech, Fossil Fuels, Bill Gates, Innovation, Solar Energy, Clean Energy, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Linkaboutit, Solar Farm, Heliogen

Amsterdams new circular archives building sustainably generates all of its own energy

The city of Amsterdam has officially opened the Depot Amsterdam Noord, a new repository for the capital’s Stadsarchief city archives. Designed by cepezed and cepezedinterieur, the new building offers nearly double the amount of space of the existing archive facilities. Even more impressive is its use of circular design principles and energy-neutral operations thanks to an airtight envelope, energy-efficient systems and solar panels. Realized by BAM Bouw en Techniek within a Design, Build & Mai...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Amsterdam, Solar Panels, Solar Power, The Netherlands, Napoleon, Andreas, Climate Control, Stormwater Management, Prefabrication, Airtight, Energy Neutral, Envelope, Lucas van der Wee, Cepezedinterieur

Architecture students design and build a LEED Platinum smart home in Kansas

Every year, graduate students at the University of Kansas Department of Architecture enroll in the nonprofit Studio 804 program to design and build a sustainable, affordable and innovative home over the course of the year. In 2018, the group not only accomplished their goal of a LEED Platinum-certified house but also created the program’s first fully integrated smart house. Located in the Brook Creek neighborhood of Lawrence, Kansas, the net zero energy-targeted residence is a shining example of...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Kansas, Energy Star, Solar Panels, Net Zero Energy, Net Zero, Leed Platinum, University of Kansas, Architecture Students, Stormwater Management, Studio 804, Zero energy, Lawrence Kansas, Low Flow, University of Kansas Department of Architecture

Tesla reaches settlement with Walmart to bring solar panel suit to an end

Walmart announced it dropped its lawsuit against Tesla over malfunctioning solar panels manufactured by the company that resulted in fires.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Tesla, Walmart, Solar Panels, Emerging Tech, Tesla Solar

BREEAM Excellent office building keeps London's carbon reduction targets in sight

The site of a former petrol station has been given a new lease on life as 1 Valentine Place, an award-winning sustainable office building certified BREEAM Excellent. Completed in March 2013, the seven-story office building was designed by West London architectural practice Stiff + Trevillion, who clad the contemporary structure in anodized aluminum and high-performance, solar-control glazing for a sleek and minimalist appearance. The energy-efficient building was a 2013 NLAwards winner and was s...
Tags: Design, London, Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Solar Panels, Southwark, Green Renovation, Thermal Mass, West London, Office Building, Energy Efficient Glazing, Anodized Aluminum, BREEAM, BREEAM excellent, Office Architecture, Stiff + Trevillion

Understanding Solar Power And Its Benefits to Business

In today’s world, solar power is becoming the new norm. It’s versatile with a number of advantages for both the people using it and the environment. It’s also a great… Read more » The post Understanding Solar Power And Its Benefits to Business appeared first on
Tags: Business, News, Renewable Energy, Tips, Solar Panels

Zaha Hadid Architects completes futuristic, energy-saving airport in Beijing

China has officially opened the Beijing Daxing International Airport, a futuristic transit hub designed by Zaha Hadid Architects with the world’s biggest terminal spanning 700,000 square meters. Seamlessly integrated into the city’s expanding transportation network, the new airport is defined by dramatic sweeping curves, an abundance of interior daylighting and energy-saving systems that include photovoltaic panels and a rainwater harvesting system. The Beijing Daxing Airport is expected to acco...
Tags: Design, China, Architecture, Beijing, Energy Efficiency, Solar Panels, Airport, Water Management, Skylights, Daylight, Rainwater Harvesting, Energy Saving, Tianjin, Hebei province, Ground Source Heat Pump, Zaha Hadid Architects

Old Paris railway site will transform into a carbon-neutral ecosystem neighborhood

An abundance of green will soon take over the heart of Paris with the transformation of the city’s old railway site, Ordener-Poissonniers, into a lush 3.7-hectare “ecosystem neighborhood.” The mixed-use masterplan will be spearheaded by Danish landscape architecture practice SLA and French architecture firm BIECHER ARCHITECTES, who won an international competition with the “Jardin Mécano” (“Mechanical Garden”) proposal for a sustainable urban development emphasizing bioclimatic design. In additi...
Tags: Design, Renewable Energy, Urban Design, Paris, Community, Railway, Solar Panels, Sla, Carbon-neutral, Adaptive Reuse, Mixed-use, Sustainable Urban Design, Rasmus Astrup, Post-industrial, Ordener-Poissonniers, Railway Transformation

Snhetta completes worlds northernmost energy-positive building

Snøhetta has once again raised the bar for sustainable architecture with its completion of Powerhouse Brattørkaia, the world’s northernmost energy-positive building located in the Norwegian city of Trondheim. Designed with a sloped roof topped with photovoltaic panels, the eight-story, 18,000-square-meter office building produces, on average, more than twice as much electricity as it consumes daily. It feeds surplus renewable energy to neighboring buildings and the city transit system through a ...
Tags: Design, Harvard, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Norway, Solar Panels, Carousel Showcase, Snohetta, Trondheim, Snøhetta, Skanska, Ivar Kvaal, Sustainable Architecture, Energy Positive Architecture, Powerhouse

Escape to the Bavarian Alps in a charming A-frame that produces surplus energy

An A-frame house from the 1970s has been converted into the Solarferienhaus S3 (Solar Holiday Home S3), an energy-positive holiday home located in a former holiday village in the hilly Chiemgau landscape of Upper Bavaria. Redesigned last year by German architect Thomas Ziesel, the innovative modern home is primarily powered by large photovoltaic panels mounted on both sides of the steeply sloped roof. Natural light floods the interior, which follows a minimalist design to keep the focus on the ...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Hotels, Germany, Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Alps, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Bavaria, Salzburg, Rental, Loft, Holiday Home, Upper Bavaria, Chiemgau

A Dutch village inspired the design of this solar-powered home

Within a cluster of traditional Dutch homes in The Hague, local firm Global Architects designed a single-family home that stands out from its neighbors with its contemporary design, yet relates to the surroundings with a layout that references the concept of a village. Aptly named the Hidden Village, the modern home also distinguishes itself with its use of energy efficient technologies that span passive solar principles to the use of solar panels and an air-heat pump. As a potential forever ho...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Solar, Solar Panels, The Netherlands, Contemporary, Mezzanine, Eco-friendly, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, The Hague, Air Heat Pump, Western Red Cedar, Global Architects, Indoor Outdoor Living

InSight’s solar panels get a spring cleaning from Martian winds

Winds on Mars might have caused the demise of the Opportunity rover, but they could also extend the life of the InSight mission. Scientists are now studying the way wind can blow dust off solar panels and affect power generation. The post InSight’s solar panels get a spring cleaning from Martian winds appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Insight, Mars, Solar Panels, Opportunity, Emerging Tech, Martian Weather

Cozy pop-up Seedpods let you escape into nature with a minimal footprint

Reconnecting with Mother Nature has been elevated to new heights with Nomadic Resorts‘ latest treehouse initiative — the Seedpod. Shaped like a human nest, these lightweight sleeping pods are designed for minimal landscape impact and can pop up in remote locations in just one day. The pop-up hotel rooms were recently installed in Mauritius’ Bel Ombre Nature Reserve, where they were hung from trees and made to “float” above the forest floor. Founded in 2011 as a reaction against the environment...
Tags: Design, Hotels, Gallery, Solar Panels, Pod, Glamping, Mauritius, Mother Nature, Hospitality, Carousel Showcase, Treehouse, Sustainable Architecture, Sustainable Hotel, Minimal Site Impact, Low Impact, Nomadic Resorts

A solar-powered luxury home blends into a Pacific Northwest landscape

When a client commissioned Seattle-based architectural practice Hoedemaker Pfeiffer to design their new solar-powered home, they asked that the design take inspiration from a stone-and-wood retreat that they had lost to a fire decades ago in the hills of Appalachia. As a result, the new build takes cues from the client’s former property as well as its location on a remote forested plateau atop a steep hillside in the San Juan Islands. The dwelling, named Hillside Sanctuary, is built of stone an...
Tags: Design, Washington, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Panels, Seattle, Carousel Showcase, Timber House, Puget Sound, Guest House, APPALACHIA, San Juan Islands, Stone Walls, Clerestory Windows, Full-height Glazing, Cantilevered

A solar-powered home in Maine rises above the sand dunes on wooden stilts

Portland-based firm Caleb Johnson Studio has unveiled a beautiful cedar-clad home elevated off the ground on stilts so that the natural “landscape is allowed to flow under the house.” The solar-powered home, named “In the Dunes,” was designed to not only protect the natural dune terrain, but the resilient design also reduces the risk of damage caused by potential coastal flooding. Located in the coastal town of Wells in southern Maine, the three-story home is built on sand dunes overlooking th...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Maine, Portland, LED lighting, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Home Design, Resilient Architecture, Atlantic Ocean, Landscape Design, Wells, Trent Bell, Beach Homes, Solar Powered Homes