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Alcatraz Is Now Solar With 1,360 Panels

Alcatraz Is Now Solar With 1,360 Panels

We first reported on plans for the infamous Alcatraz Island prison to receive solar panels in June 2010. The solar power system has become a reality ...more

Animal Foundation Dogs Get Great Design

Animal Foundation Dogs Get Great Design

In 2005 the Animal Foundation of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, consolidated its animal-care campus to expand services for animal sheltering and adoption ...more

Aquatic Center Makes PV Splash (Oregon)

Aquatic Center Makes PV Splash (Oregon)

By Mimi Zeiger, EcoStructure - An indoor swimming pool. It’s hard to imagine a less likely example of sustainable design (or green building). It ...more

Arizona College Serves Up 5 MWs of Solar

Arizona College Serves Up 5 MWs Of Solar

Arizona Western College (AWC) in Yuma, Arizona, USA, broke ground in May 2011 on the largest college or university solar power system in the US. It ...more

AustriaHaus Brings Passive House to Canada

AustriaHaus Brings Passive House To Canada

AustriaHaus is a Passiv Haus that uses approximately one-tenth the energy of a similar-sized building that uses standard North American construction ...more

Bali Green School Designed with Bamboo

Bali Green School Designed With Bamboo

The Green School in Bali, Indonesia, strives to be as energy independent as possible while constructing green buildings using 99 percent natural ...more

Ballard Library

Ballard Library's Green And Solar Topping

Photovoltaic modules attract and convert solar energy to power, helping to reduce the building's electricity requirements. Sixteen RWE Schott Solar ...more

Bank of America Towers Over Manhattan

Bank Of America Towers Over Manhattan

The design of the Bank of America Tower in New York City is an environmentally friendly skyscraper, using technologies such as floor-to-ceiling ...more

Bertschi School Science Wing Goes Net Zero (Seattle, USA)

Bertschi School Science Wing Goes Net Zero (Seattle, USA)

Bertschi School in Seattle created an addition to its already green school by building a net zero energy and water science wing for its more than 200 ...more

Bjerringbro Denmark Natural Science Center

Bjerringbro Denmark Natural Science Center

The Natural Science Center (Naturvidenskabernes Hus) in Bjerringbro, Denmark, is a green building demonstration project for energy and environment ...more

Blacksburg’s Solar Farmers Market (USA)

Blacksburg’s Solar Farmers Market (USA)

A renowned farmers’ market consultant was invited to Blacksburg, Virginia, to give an assessment of the town’s farmers’ market; she advised the ...more

Bosarge Zero Energy Ed Center (Maine, USA)

Bosarge Zero Energy Ed Center (Maine, USA)

The 8,000 square foot zero net energy Bosarge Family Education Center is part of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine, USA. It is ...more

Bullitt Center Thrives (Seattle, USA)

Bullitt Center Thrives (Seattle, USA)

Close to downtown Seattle, Washington, USA, the Bullitt Center has been called the “greenest commercial building” in the world. It produces its ...more

California Academy of Sciences (SanFran)

California Academy Of Sciences (SanFran)

Construction began on the California Academy of Sciences green building in Golden Gate State Park in San Francisco on September 12, 2005. The design ...more

California Dreamin’ at Claire’s Bakery

California Dreamin’ At Claire’s Bakery

Born of a predilection to serve healthy food, organic coffee, and an array of other culinary creations, in August 2009, Claire’s on Cedros bakery ...more

Camp Twin Lakes Solar Treehouse (Georgia, USA)

Camp Twin Lakes Solar Treehouse (Georgia, USA)

Green Building in the Trees Earth Times/Ann Kohut - Dec. 1, 2009 – Come take a walk on the “Wild Side” … or a roll, a climb, a slide or a ...more

Canton Tower Has Complex BIPV System

Canton Tower Has Complex BIPV System

Canton Tower, also known as the Guangzhou TV Tower, is 600 meters tall, twisting over the Haizhu District of Guangzho (formerly known as Canton), ...more

Cave B Winery Recycles Grape Waste

Cave B Winery Recycles Grape Waste

First planted in 1980, Cave B Winery is a boutique vintner located in the Columbia Valley wine region in the very center of Washington State. While ...more

Center for Sustainable Landscapes (Pittsburgh, USA)

Center For Sustainable Landscapes (Pittsburgh, USA)

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) is a veritable Phoenix of green architecture and building sustainability that rises from a restored ...more

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Led Way in

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Led Way In '97

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) headquarters, also known as the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, was designed in 1997. Back then, green ...more

CIS Tower Solar Skyscraper Retrofit (Manchester, UK)

CIS Tower Solar Skyscraper Retrofit (Manchester, UK)

Built in 1962 in Manchester(UK) to host the British insurance company CIS Ltd. head quarters, the CIS Tower was suffering the from its 40 years ...more

Cleveland Mall Interior Becomes Gardens

Cleveland Mall Interior Becomes Gardens

A shopping mall becomes a truly green building. Millions have passed through the Galleria at Erieview in Cleveland, Ohio, sun glinting on its ...more

Denver Airport’s Greenest Parking Facility

Denver Airport’s Greenest Parking Facility

The Canopy parking facility at Denver International Airport in Colorado, USA, is providing free charging stations for plug-in hybrid and electric ...more

Discovery Center in Kansas City, Missouri

Discovery Center In Kansas City, Missouri

Only minutes from downtown Kansas City, Mo., lies an urban oasis: 11 acres of prairie, wetlands, and wildlife habitat surrounding the Anita B. Gorman ...more

Disney

Disney's Giant Sundial In Florida (USA)

Late in 1987 Florida's Disney World sought a new building to consolidate many of its leased offices spread around the Orlando metropolitan region. ...more

Dockside Green Sustainable Urban Village

Dockside Green Sustainable Urban Village

Adam Kreek is an Olympic athlete who won Gold in the Beijing games with Canada’s rowing eights. Adam is also a proud Team Power Smart Leader, and ...more

Enercon Giant Wind Turbine Produces Seven MW

Enercon Giant Wind Turbine Produces Seven MW

The world’s largest wind turbine – until 2011 -- is the Enercon E-126. This turbine has a rotor diameter of 126 meters (413 feet). The E-126 is a ...more

Energy Island

Energy Island

The French inventor Georges Claude is largely forgotten today; if he is remembered at all, it is as the creator of the neon lamp. Yet one of his ...more

Envision Solar Trees for Parking (USA)

Envision Solar Trees For Parking (USA)

ONE environmental installation by Envision Solar provides solutions for: runoff, light pollution, solar energy cogeneration, and urban heat islands. ...more

Epic Systems Installs Epic Solar (Wisconsin)

Epic Systems Installs Epic Solar (Wisconsin)

Epic Systems is a provider of health care software whose facilities director believes it’s more cost-effective to build a big renewable energy ...more

Fipke Centre Awarded Five Green Globes

Fipke Centre Awarded Five Green Globes

A wind tower for air exchange, a groundwater energy system for winter heating and summer cooling, and other innovations have earned an unprecedented ...more

FKP Building Solar High-Rise (Brisbane, Australia)

FKP Building Solar High-Rise (Brisbane, Australia)

When Forrester Kurts Properties was planning the FKP Building, a 21-story high-rise office development in Brisbane’s central business district, ...more

Florida Sun Powers Largest US Solar Farm

Florida Sun Powers Largest US Solar Farm

Florida Power & Light's construction of the 25-megawatt DeSoto Solar Farm in Arcadia is expected to pay big alternative energy dividends. Germany ...more

Forest EcoCentre Employs Passive Design (Australia)

Forest EcoCentre Employs Passive Design (Australia)

Architect Robert Morris-Nunn has persistently explored passive and low-energy designs, and has applied his experience and skill to this hybrid ...more

Genzyme Center Gets Natural Air Flow

Genzyme Center Gets Natural Air Flow

Working with Genzyme, Behnisch and Partner Architekten of Germany began to design the Genzyme Center green building around an internal environment ...more

Great River Energy HQ Powers On

Great River Energy HQ Powers On

The Great River Energy headquarters is a four-story, 166,000-square-foot building located on a 12.5 acre site in Maple Grove, Minnesota’s Arbor ...more

Green Building, Louisville, Kentucky, Style

Green Building, Louisville, Kentucky, Style

The Green Building in Louisville, Kentucky, was home to a dry-goods store for decades starting in the 1890s. In its adaptive reuse, the building is ...more

Greening of Google

Greening Of Google

It's another brilliant day at the world headquarters of the hottest company on the planet. Some shirtless employees are playing a lunchtime game of ...more

Hannover Pavilion Soars in Wood (Germany)

Hannover Pavilion Soars In Wood (Germany)

Wood is a renewable construction material and it possesses almost limitless structural possibilities. German architect Thomas Herzog put it to the ...more

Happy Cow Creamery Uses Solar Hot Water

Happy Cow Creamery Uses Solar Hot Water

by Justin Cooper - They say a happy cow is a productive cow. And saving money on energy can make a farmer happy too. We visit an organic dairy farm ...more

Hawaii Prep School Energy Lab Goes Zero

Hawaii Prep School Energy Lab Goes Zero

The Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab is 6,100 square foot renewable-energy research laboratory where students study, design, and evaluate ...more

Henderson Community Center in California

Henderson Community Center In California

The Henderson Community Building relies on thermally-insulated concrete walls for its natural and green touches in the California desert. The ...more

Hol Church solar retrofit (Norway)

Hol Church Solar Retrofit (Norway)

The Hol Church project in Norway uncovered big challenges that were met when dealing with a historic, protected buildings in Europe. As this building ...more

Holy Wisdom Monastery Goes Ultra-Green

Holy Wisdom Monastery Goes Ultra-Green

by Geoff Williams, AOL Small Business, 2010 - Paul Hoffman collaborated with three nuns in Wisconsin to construct the Holy Wisdom Monastery, which ...more

Hundertwasser’s Forested Roofs and Rooms

Hundertwasser’s Forested Roofs And Rooms

In 1986 the Hundertwasserhaus was constructed in Vienna with perhaps the most extensive vegetation inside and out on any building that wasn’t a ...more

Khan Shatyr Sizzles in Asia (Kazakhstan)

Khan Shatyr Sizzles In Asia (Kazakhstan)

The Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center represents a major civic, cultural and social venue for the people of the capital city Astana, Kazakhstan - in ...more

Kroon Hall at Yale Melds Tradition & Tech

Kroon Hall At Yale Melds Tradition & Tech

Kroon Hall, Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies building on Science Hill, is ultra-green. Designed by Hopkins Architects ...more

Lighthouse: An Innovative Green Skyscraper (Dubai, UAE)

Lighthouse: An Innovative Green Skyscraper (Dubai, UAE)

The Lighthouse is another innovative green skyscraper to be constructed in Dubai. For energy generation, it will have three enormous 225 kilowatt ...more

Louisville Senior Apartments in Hot Water

Louisville Senior Apartments In Hot Water

A solar hot water system was installed on the St Denis Senior Apartments in Louisville, Kentucky, by SunWind Power Systems. Sixteen 32 sq. ft. ...more

Masdar Headquarters (UAE)

Masdar Headquarters (UAE)

The Masdar Headquarters building will produce more power than it needs (an energy positive building). In fact, the solar roof (one of the largest in ...more

Metropol Parasol Shades Sunny Seville

Metropol Parasol Shades Sunny Seville

The Metropol Parasol is a controversial series of six giant woven, mushroom-shaped timber lattice umbrellas in Seville, Spain, that are designed to ...more

Milwaukee Art Museum Takes Flight

Milwaukee Art Museum Takes Flight

The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, known as the Quadracci Pavilion, was architect Santiago Calatrava's first built U.S. project, completed in 2001 on ...more

Monte Rosa Alpine Hut Goes Solar (Swiss Alps)

Monte Rosa Alpine Hut Goes Solar (Swiss Alps)

The architecture department of the Swiss Federal Technical University in Zurich (ETH) and the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) put many heads together to come ...more

Neo Solar Power

Neo Solar Power's Origami HQ (Taiwan)

When it came time to design a new headquarters building in Taiwan, Neo Solar Power’s (NSP) own products were installed on the roof with a capacity ...more

Oberlin College Environmental Studies Building (Ohio, USA)

Oberlin College Environmental Studies Building (Ohio, USA)

Background: The Oberlin College community had a vision for their Center for Environmental Studies: it would be more than just a classroom building. ...more

Ohio University Uses Solar for Composting

Ohio University Uses Solar For Composting

Ohio University’s composting unit on the Athens campus is the largest in-vessel composting system at any college or university in the nation, ...more

Omega Center for Sustainable Living (New York, USA)

Omega Center For Sustainable Living (New York, USA)

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living supplies all of its own energy needs, and its operation is carbon neutral. The self-sustaining building is ...more

Parking Lot as a ‘Solar Grove’ (USA)

Parking Lot As A ‘Solar Grove’ (USA)

One day early in 2004, Robert Noble, an architect specializing in sustainable design, asked himself why parking lots in the United States weren’t ...more

Parkview Green Simply Passive (Beijing, China)

Parkview Green Simply Passive (Beijing, China)

The Parkview Green in Beijing is designed to cut energy use 40 percent, saving 5,000 tons of carbon each year, based on the country’s current green ...more

Patagonia PV Parking Canopies (Ventura, California, USA)

Patagonia PV Parking Canopies (Ventura, California, USA)

A significant portion of Patagonia's existing surface parking lot was enhanced by adding a system of elevated photovoltaic panels, which both ...more

Patagonia Worldwide Distribution Center (Reno, Nevada, USA)

Patagonia Worldwide Distribution Center (Reno, Nevada, USA)

Our Reno Service Center was built in 1996 at a cost of $19 million. Located on the banks of the Truckee River at the site of the old Tahoe Timber ...more

Primland Conservation a Priority (Virginia)

Primland Conservation A Priority (Virginia)

Where Luxury Meets Ecology: Over the past couple centuries in the secluded, forested and rugged hollows of the Blue Ridge Mountains in southern ...more

Principles of Passive House Design, Parts I and II

Principles Of Passive House Design, Parts I And II

The U.S. has many examples of superinsulated buildings that successfully harness the sun’s energy. However, while this country was enjoying low ...more

Rippling Tower Undulates in Chicago

Rippling Tower Undulates In Chicago

From GreenSource -- Jeanne Gang, FAIA, of Studio Gang, had not designed a high-rise structure (not to mention a sustainable one) before Aqua, the ...more

Save the Bay Center (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)

Save The Bay Center (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)

By Joann Gonchar, AIA, Green Source Magazine, October 2007 -- Coast Guard: A Non-Profit's Redevelopment of a Former Landfill Serves as a Model of ...more

Shangri La Is Found Horizon in Texas

Shangri La Is Found Horizon In Texas

The Shangri La Botanical Gardens rests on an extraordinarily diverse 252-acre ecosystem at the edge of the Adams Bayou in southeastern Texas. A local ...more

Singapore’s Zero Energy Building Retrofit

Singapore’s Zero Energy Building Retrofit

A massive array of solar panels of 1,300 sq metres [14,000 square feet] - almost half a football field and the biggest such installation in Southeast ...more

Six Senses Ecological Children

Six Senses Ecological Children's Den (Thailand)

24H-architecture designed the Children's Activity and Learning Centre as part of the Six Senses Soneva Kiri hotel resort on Koh Kood, an island in ...more

Solar Boilers for Hot Water (Israel)

Solar Boilers For Hot Water (Israel)

Israeli solar energy companies such as Solel Solar, Aora, Ormat technologies, and a host of others are now world leaders in the development of sun ...more

Solar Electric Sails in Space

Solar Electric Sails In Space

The idea of leaving the engine of a craft behind and using the endless fuel supply of solar or star light seems like a great way of reducing the mass ...more

Solar Living Center

Solar Living Center

Real Goods Trading Corporation, a distributor of energy conservation and self-sufficiency products, wanted a showroom to mirror its retailing ethic. ...more

Solar Panels Keep Buildings Cool, Study Says

Solar Panels Keep Buildings Cool, Study Says

By Ioana Patringenaru, UCSD, July 2011 - Those solar panels on top of the roof aren't just providing clean power; they are cooling the house or ...more

Solaris Uses BIPVs and Passive Design

Solaris Uses BIPVs And Passive Design

Located on the green belt in Brussels, the Solaris office building is centered around two third-level atriums, and draws on two green energy sources: ...more

Soltecture Panels Energize Buildings - New or Old

Soltecture Panels Energize Buildings - New Or Old

Written by Anupam 2009 Soltecture (formerly Sulfurcell), a manufacturer of solar modules, has announced the development of a sustainable office ...more

Southern Ocean Lodge (Kangaroo Island, SA, Australia)

Southern Ocean Lodge (Kangaroo Island, SA, Australia)

Architect Max Pritchard nestles a sinuous, low-rise, energy-efficient structure on a cliff overlooking the dazzling waters of the Southern Ocean. ...more

Space-Based Solar Power

Space-Based Solar Power

Limitless Clean Energy from Space National Space Society August 2008 The United States and the world need to find new sources of clean energy. ...more

Steinhude Rents Solar-Powered Boats

Steinhude Rents Solar-Powered Boats

The Steinhude Sea Recreation Facility on Bath Island is a recreational island facility, located on the largest freshwater lake in Northern Germany. ...more

Sun Moon Mansion & A Green China (China)

Sun Moon Mansion & A Green China (China)

Sun-Moon Mansion is the largest solar structure in the world in 2009. It will provide the main conference hall for the Fourth International Solar ...more

Suncatcher Solar Technology in Phoenix, Arizona (USA)

Suncatcher Solar Technology In Phoenix, Arizona (USA)

The long-awaited commercial deployment of the world’s most efficient solar technology looks like it will now be near Phoenix, in a 1.5-megawatt, ...more

Tahoe Center

Tahoe Center's Green Keeps Lake Blue

The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences’ spacious, brightly lit basement is filled with cheerfully painted pipes and the quiet hum of ...more

Taiwan Stadium 100 Percent Solar-Powered

Taiwan Stadium 100 Percent Solar-Powered

The solar-powered stadium was built in Taiwan for the 2009 World Games. Designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, the stadium incorporates 8,844 solar ...more

Traditional Medicinals Solar-Powered Tea Factory

Traditional Medicinals Solar-Powered Tea Factory

Traditional Medicinals has a large solar power system at its headquarters in Sonoma County, California, making it the largest solar powered tea ...more

Twelve West Catches the Breeze (Oregon, USA)

Twelve West Catches The Breeze (Oregon, USA)

By Nadav Malin - Wind Steals the Spotlight: Rooftop turbines draw attention to this new mixed-use high-rise in Portland, but it’s the less visible ...more

Tyson Center Living & Learning at Net Zero (St. Louis, USA)

Tyson Center Living & Learning At Net Zero (St. Louis, USA)

One of North America's most sustainable buildings —on the cutting edge of sustainable design and energy efficiency — was opened in May 2009 at ...more

Vancouver Wind Tower Employs Photovoltaics

Vancouver Wind Tower Employs Photovoltaics

Twelve thermopane, stained-glass windows designed by Toronto's artist Sarah Hall were installed in a Wind Tower on the University of British Columbia ...more

Vatican Solar Power (Italy)

Vatican Solar Power (Italy)

SolarWorld AG completed the first solar power plant for the Vatican right next to St. Peter’s Cathedral. Some 2,394 solar modules will generate ...more

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach's Green Convention Center

Fourteen buildings have been narrowed down from 200 entrants from across the U.S. to compete for using less waste and reducing their energy ...more

Wales Institute Educates Sustainably

Wales Institute Educates Sustainably

by Ellis Woodman - The Wales Institute for Sustainable Education at the Centre for Alternative Technology is an impressive physical embodiment of the ...more

Water + Life Museums Celebrate Fossils

Water + Life Museums Celebrate Fossils

The 70,000-square-foot Water + Life Museums complex is highly energy and water efficient despite its harsh desert environment of Hemet, California, ...more

Watsonville Water Resource Center (CA)

Watsonville Water Resource Center (CA)

The Watsonville Water Resources Center is a functional, educational, and visual extension of the water recycling plant it supports. The new 16,000 ...more

Woodland Park Zoo Horses Around with Solar

Woodland Park Zoo Horses Around With Solar

The hand-carved carousel at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle has had a sunny update in the rainy Pacific Northwest: On the roof of the carousel ...more

WPUDA Goes Grid-Tied Solar in Olympia

WPUDA Goes Grid-Tied Solar In Olympia

When the Washington Public Utility Districts Association (WPUDA) built a new headquarters building in 2007, it installed a 34-kilowatt solar array on ...more

Yellowstone Has New Old Faithful Center

Yellowstone Has New Old Faithful Center

The popular, classic Hannah Barbara characters Yogi Bear and BooBoo will be romping - via the silver screen - through the landscape in search of ...more

Zayed Museum To Cool Passively (Abu Dhabi)

Zayed Museum To Cool Passively (Abu Dhabi)

The Zayed National Museum will become the centerpiece of the emerging Saadiyat Island Cultural District in Abu Dhabi and is the UAE's first major ...more

Zion National Park Visitors Center (Utah, USA)

Zion National Park Visitors Center (Utah, USA)

In creating the Zion National Park Visitor Center, the National Park Service (NPS), working with DOE's National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), has ...more