Rødovre Tower to be Plush Sky Village

Proximity Hotel Assumes Role as One of the Greenest Hotels in Country Proximity Hotel seems to have found a way to deliver a comfortable,
luxury-type experience and still be one of the greenest hotels in the country. It was built to use roughly 36% less energy and 30% less water than a comparable hotel. Proximity Hotel also heats over half the building’s water with roughly 4,000 sf of solar thermal panels on the roof. In the video embedded below, Dennis Quaintance, Chief Design Officer of Proximity Hotel,
Rødovre Tower to be Plush Sky Village Rødovre, an independent municipality of Denmark, was looking for a new residential tower and MVRDV, with co-architect ADEPT, rose to the challenge. On Monday, it was announced that their “Sky Village” concept won a design challenge to create the next Rødovre skyscraper. The 116 meter (~381 foot) tower will feature apartments, retail, offices, an hotel, as well as a public park and plaza. The architects’
Putting Parking Lots to Good Use University of California, San Diego is in the process of installing Solar Trees by Envision Solar on the roofs of two of its parking garages. The Solar Trees are designed to provide clean energy for the campus, shade for vehicle parking, and future infrastructure for electrical vehicles. Each Solar Tree at UCSD will generate more than 17,000 hours of clean energy per year, which is enough to power more than four single-family homes. In aggregate,
REI Round Rock Second Gen Green Store To Use 48% Less Energy Mounting on the green building success of their previous stores, including the green Boulder REI we wrote about previously, REI today opens the doors to its second generation of green prototype store in Round Rock, Texas. The Texas store is projected to consume 48% less energy than a typical store and generate a portion of its power from a solar panel installation,
Green Trailer Maxes Out Sustainability This is the McCownGordon Construction Green Trailer. Pretty nice, right?! It was designed to use a fraction of the energy typically used by jobsite trailers and still provides a modern user experience on the inside. The interesting thing about this trailer is that it was designed using Autodesk Revit to get everything just right: the panels were placed at the best angle to capture energy and clear overpasses,
The Union Modern Solar-Powered Lofts This is The Union by architect and developer Jonathan Segal Architect. The project gets its name from its prior life as the union hall for San Diego’s textile manufacturing business. When the textile union moved away, the building fell into disrepair, and rather than demolish it, Jonathan Segal decided to adaptively reuse the structure to create sustainable live/work units and his own architectural office.
LEED Platinum Home Breaks Records We’ve seen a ton of LEED Platinum homes on this site, but today’s home achieves something new. USGBC founder David Gottfried and his family recently finished the green renovation of their 1440 square foot Craftsman bungalow, a home that was originally built in 1915, and took it through the LEED for Homes certification process. In doing so, they received a total of 106.5 points (out of a total 136) and the
Vatican Gets Serious with Solar Maybe Samsø started a trend in becoming a net exporter of renewable energy because it appears that the Vatican is thinking about doing something similar. The curvacious roof of Paul VI Audience Hall, a building that’s located right by the famous St. Peter’s Basilica, has been topped with 2,400 photovoltaic panels to source energy for lighting, heat, and air conditioning. The 5,000 m2 (54,000 sf) roof will produce ~300
IBM Predicts Solar Growth in 5 Years IBM is becoming gradually more involved in the world of clean tech, so it’s not surprising that their third annual “IBM Next Five in Five” includes a mention of solar power. The list includes five innovations that will change the way people work, live, and play over the next five years. Accordingly, IBM thinks energy saving solar technology will be built into asphalt, paint, and windows. Basically, with the advent of thin-film solar cells and advances in technology, everything everywhere will have solar cells and harvest energy. And the technology to do so will be affordable, too. According to IBM:
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