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Passive House: Comfort through Efficiency

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The Passive House ( is the world’s leading standard in energy efficient construction: Energy saved on heating is 80% compared to conventional standards of new buildings. The energy requirement for heating is lower than 10 to 20 kWh/(m²a) (depending on climate), adding up to a low cost of 10 to 25 € per month. Therefore high energy prices are no longer a threat to Passive House occupants. continue reading

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For many, ecoskyscrapers are synonymous with Ken Yeang. In more than three decades of practice, Ken Yeang has almost single-handedly pioneered and developed this building genre.

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Green State of Mind. When all is said and done, more is said than done

Category: ⚐ EN+colaboraciones+eu:abierto+sustainability

In this week’s post I would like to continue my reflections on sustainability by asking where we actually stand ourselves in the face of climate change? How are we prepared to accept neccesary restrictions and unavoidable change?

Well, the majority of people still do very little. Yet this should not make them feel guilty because a real change in climate change is not about guilt and expiation. On the contrary, mistakes and errors are natural milestones in the search for new solutions, they show us what we have overlooked and what we could do better and more intelligently. continue reading

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play on plaid: music made out of solar energy

Category: ⚐ EN+events+open culture+sustainability+technologies+video

Think to a Plaid in the middle of a field, a sunny day and some musical Nerds with their laptops that generate sweet electronic melodies: not a sound from a generator, no stinky fuel but only the sound of the music and the smell of just cut grass.

Play on Plaid is also the occasion to record tracks produced with solar energy and make out of them records with out being totally slaves of oil.

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coolearth, solar energy

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GROW.1: the original embodiment of the GROW concept.

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First realized as an Industrial Design Thesis project at Pratt Institute in Spring 2005 by Samuel Cabot Cochran, GROW.1 employs thin film photovoltaics with piezoelectric generators and screen printed conductive ink encapsulated in ETFE fluoropolymer lamination.

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Bioecolab – Modena (Italy)

Category: ⚐ EN+architecture+eu:abierto+sustainability

BIOECOLAB is promoted by Provincia di Modena, Comune di Modena, and Promo (Modena Economical Promotion Society ).
It is thought as a place of information, training, research and experience; it interests and involves both the town-planning and housing operetors, and the final user ( the citizen).
It is also thought as a point of reference for the operators of the “sustainable planning and building” trend.

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