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Highest BREEAM Score For Sustainable Building To Bradford University


Like we always say… ‘it’s all for the kids’. Well, this time that statement may be true if reports are correct that Bradford University in the U.K. has built the greenest student housing building ever. The cost of the new green dorm was about $63 million with several apartment buildings and townhouses making up 1,026 […]

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Empire State Building Refitted With Ultra Efficient Windows


As part of the major Empire State Building retrofit project, the building now has refurbished windows that are four times more thermally efficient. The 6514 new windows will reduce solar heat gain by more than 50% and will reduce the building’s energy costs by more than $400,000 a year. All of the renovating was done […]

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Habitat for Humanity Building 5,000 Energy Efficient Homes


Habitat for Humanity International (which has built over 300,000 homes) and The Home Depot Foundation are now working together to build 5,000 energy efficient homes over the next five years. The $30 million Partners in Sustainable Building program will issue grants to Habitat affiliates for homes built following Energy Star, LEED or other nationally recognized […]

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Sears Tower Getting An Eco-Friendly Overhaul


The Sears Tower is getting set to undergo a massive 350 million dollar green overhaul, and will be installing wind turbines, solar panels and roof gardens to help complete the task. The five-year project would reduce the tower’s electricity use by 80% and save 24 million gallons of water a year, according to the building’s […]

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Madonna’s Malawi Documentary Now on Hulu


She may have the biceps to match her giant ego, but the fact of the matter is, Madonna is doing great things for the people who are affected by AIDS in Malawi. Madonna’s new documentary that chronicles her efforts in Malawi, I Am Because We Are is now available with limited commercial interruption on Hulu.com. […]

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Google Founder Building Eco-Mansion


Famed progressive thinker and Google co-founder Larry Page is working out the details as he plans his new 6,000-square-foot, eco-friendly house on an acre sized lot in Palo Alto. The Google house will include solar panels, materials that do not emit toxic chemicals, and paving that allows the rain to seep through, which is a […]

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Brad Pitt Meets Obama to Discuss New Orleans Green Building


Brad Pitt met with President Barack Obama yesterday to discuss green rebuilding efforts in New Orleans through his charity organization, Make it Right NOLA. After Hurricane Katrina, Pitt began by working with Global Green to sponsor an architecture competition aimed at generating ideas about how to rebuild sustainably in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, which […]

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Japan’s Sanyo Solar Ark


Sanyo, one of Japan’s largest electronics companies, has come up with an innovative and beautiful architectural design that allows a large solar power facility to exist within Japan’s need for clean aesthetic. The Solar Ark, in Gifu, is over 1,000 feet wide and 120 feet tall. The Solar Ark’s outer surfaces are covered with more […]

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Transparent Solar Photovoltaic Windows by RSi Solar


The desire, and need, to completely subsidize building energy costs for everything from heating to lighting is beginning to be more of a reality. Post the conception of integrated solar power the most common use has been discreet roof top tiles that appear to be regular roofing material but are actually solar panels. Now RSi […]

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New WTC Freedom Tower Will Have World’s Largest Fuel Cell


The New York Power Authority and UTC Power are working together to make one of the largest fuel cell installations in the world. The Freedom Tower and three other towers under construction at the WTC site are getting 12 fuel cells that will increase energy efficiency for the buildings. These fuel cells are apparently one […]

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