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SEED Classroom with Kids

Phipps Conservatory and EcoCraft Homes partnered to build the second of only two modular SEED classrooms. The SEED Classroom is a hands-on sustainable learning space at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, built to Living Building Challenge standards. This means that the classroom is net-zero energy, net-zero water, is made of non-toxic materials, includes daylighting, urban agriculture and equity components and creates a space that fosters inspiration, education and beauty.  ©2015 Banko Media

SEED Classroom Inspires (Pittsburgh, USA)

Unveiled in 2015, the Phipps Conservatory SEED Classroom is one of the first sustainable, modular classrooms in the U.S. - built to maximize student wellness and optimize a learning environment focused on sustainability. Fabricated by EcoCraft ...more

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EcoTect Design Tools (Fee-based)

ECOTECT is a complete building design and environmental analysis tool that covers the full range of simulation and analysis functions required to ...more

Build It Solar

This website provides a selection of references and analysis tools for solar design - books, websites, publications and information on solar ...more

Psychrometrics Calculator for Air Properties

Air conditions can be quickly characterized by using a special graph called a psychrometric chart. Only two properties are needed to characterize ...more

Solar Water Heating Calculator

Use this calculator to explore the energy usage of your water heater, and to estimate whether a solar water heater could save you money.


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Question: How Much Electricity Does a Rooftop Solar PV System Generate

Factors affecting rooftop solar plant output includel location, orientation of the roof, panel efficiency, ambient temperature, temperature ...more

EcoCraft Homes (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)

EcoCraft Homes is a Pittsburgh area resource-efficient Smart Home builder of super energy-efficient homes.

Founded in 2012, by long time ...more

Photovoltaic Estimation App

Onyx solar offers a completely free-of-charge Photovoltaic Estimation App.

Enter the value for the photovoltaic installation area you have ...more

Solar Checker App

Solarchecker determines the solar radiation at the current location and calculates the ROI for a solar power system on the available roof ...more

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