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The Tallest Building In Thailand Will Be Green

by Justin Thomas •

Asia generally lags behind the U.S. and Europe as far as the green-buildings movement goes. But there are signs that green architecture is starting to move more into the mainstream. The Ocean One Tower is a 91-story beachfront residential high-rise in the Thai resort town of Pattaya. Designed by Australia-based firm Woods Bagot, the building (set to be completed in …

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Build Your Own High-Performance Hybrid Electric Bike

by Justin Thomas •

We recently featured the high-performance electric Optibike, which was mentioned in a New York Times article. Well, apparently you can build a equivalent electric bike for much less (for around $1,600). See the video for more details, and see notes on the bike’s design after the fold.

The Greenest Skyscaper In The U.S.?

by Justin Thomas •

This skyscraper, One Bryant Park, is being constructed on 42nd street in New York. The tower will be hard to miss: it has a faceted glass facade that maximizes the daylight entering the building, while minimizing the heat. The 54-story building is designed to earn the LEED Platinum rating (the highest designation from the U.S. Green Building Council), thereby setting …

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PowerHub: Backup Power From Solar, Wind

by Justin Thomas •

Xantrex, a company well known the renewable energy world, is introducing a new product called the PowerHub. It’s a self-contained power storage system that can be recharged with DC power from solar cells or wind turbines. Additionally, It can be charged via an outlet using AC power.

Off The Grid Homes

by Justin Thomas •

In Off the Grid Homes, architect Lori Ryker, examines a number of modern homes that are “off grid” — meaning they are self-sustaining in regards to electrical power and water use. Looking at each home, she highlights the techniques that were used to generate power and conserve it.

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China’s Solar-Powered City: Rizhao

by Justin Thomas •

Rizhao City, which means City of Sunshine in Chinese, has a unique dedication to the sun. In Rizhao, 99% of households in the central districts use solar water heaters, and most traffic signals, street and park lights are powered by photovoltaic solar cells. In the suburbs and villages, more than 30% of households use solar water heaters, and over 6,000 …

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Solar-Powered LED Road Signs

by Justin Thomas •

The Canadian company Carmanah has introduced some new solar-powered LED road signs. The lights are completely self-contained and require no external wiring. The signs can often pay for themselves in a couple of years, due to the amount of energy they save.

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3 Megawatt Solar Roof: The Largest In Europe

by Justin Thomas •

PGIGrup, a company in Spain, is building the largest solar roof in Europe, for the Telefonica Business Park Complex in Madrid. The park will have over 16,600 photovoltaic solar panels that will run the length of the entire office complex on the building rooftops.

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La Mancha Experiments With Solar Concentrators

by Justin Thomas •

The land of La Mancha, made famous by Quixote and his windmills, is a sun-drenched, windy part of Spain. Fittingly, the region is a veritable experimental hot-house for solar concentrator installations. Many start-up companies are at work devising techniques of focusing light on a solar cell, in order to reduce the amount of silicon or other material needed to produce …

Affordable Wind-Powered Housing In London

by Justin Thomas •

Architects Waugh Thistleton have won planning permission for this wind-powered residential building is to be built in London. The building is clad in glazed tiles and features a stunning tower of helical wind turbines at its spine (unfortunately not visible here). It will provide 66 private and affordable apartments, as well as 1,117 sq m of new office space.