Biophilic design on display at the California Academy of Science in San Francisco

EarthTalk: Biophilic Design – Connecting the Built Environment to Nature

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear Earthtalk: What is biophilic design in architecture and where can I see it implemented? — Winston Black, Newark, NJ Biophilia is defined as the inherent human inclination to affiliate with nature. The moral imperative of biophilia is that we cannot flourish as…

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$68 Billion: Northeast’s Untapped Solar Investment Potential

Some 274,637 commercial buildings across the Northeast are suitable sites for solar PV systems, Wiser Capital concludes in its ¨2015 Solar Economic Barometer.¨ Installing solar PV systems at these sites could produce some 94,733MW of clean, renewable electricity for on-site use and grid distribution.

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Infographic: LEED is Changing How Building Are Built in the U.S.

A thriving, sustainable future depends in large measure on our built environment. According to the World Health Organization, in 1960 only 34 percent of the global human population lived in cities. In 2014 the urban population had swelled to 54 percent, while the total population grew from a little more than 3 billion people to more than 7 billion today. The…

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Infographic: Why Build Green?

The advantages of building green – Humanity is now predominantly an urban species. Our impact on the natural world through the built environment is a key driver of sustainability. Between 35 and 40 percent of manmade greenhouse gas emissions, nearly 40 percent of energy consumption and 12 percent of water consumption come from our buildings. While there are obvious environmental benefits to…

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A new type of cement could reduce emissions from cement production by 97 percent

Cement and CO2 Emissions

One ton of portland cement produces a ton of CO2 emissions; can alternatives reduce that by 97 percent? This summer, if you’re thinking of mixing two parts of pozzalona with one-part lime and water as a tropical drink to serve to your guests, it will surely make their their throats go dry…really dry: these are the ingredients the Romans used…

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New Energy Achieves Record-Setting Jump In Solar Window Power Efficiency

New Energy Technologies’ latest SolarWindow set a new record for see-through organic photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation in certified, independent testing at NREL, surpassing the previous mark by over 53% and bringing the promise of solar windows, homes and commercial buildings a step closer to commercial viability.

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DOE Solar Market Pathways Funding To Spur Shared, Community Solar

Some 360,000-plus solar PV systems have been installed by U.S. households, The Dept. of Energy aims to keep the momentum going with the launch of the $15 million Solar Market Pathways funding opportunity, which seeks to spur shared, community solar PV installations across residential and commercial rooftops.