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EPFL’s new convention center west façade features dye solar cells

By Damir Beciri
3 December 2013

michael-gratzel-dsscEPFL is going to showoff with their new convention center by making power from its colorful glass façade. This is the first architectural integration of dye solar cells technology at this scale, and it’s achieved in partnership with Romande Energie with a goal to develop a large-scale solar park and conduct research and development projects… »

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Green architecture – Junction House, Melbourne

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments29 November 2013

junction-house-melbourne-1Situated in west Melbourne, the Junction House project required town planning due to the small lot size and its narrow northern frontage site. To overcome these issues, the architects decided to raise both the living areas and the mass of the building up. Aside being cleverly built, the house features various sustainable solutions which make… »

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Green architecture – Human Health Building

By Damir Beciri
20 November 2013

human-health-building-1Built on the northwest corner of Oakland University’s campus, Human Health Building (HBB) emerged from need for more space in university’s School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences. Aside providing the two schools with greater collaborative setting among students, facility and community partners, HBB became the first LEED Platinum certified building on a university… »

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Small Eco Houses – Guinnard houses at Les Paccots, Switzerland

By Sonja Raca
15 July 2013

les-paccots-minergie-p-eco-house-1Two family houses owned by Guinnard family at Les Paccots in Switzerland belong to new generation of ecological projects with Minergie-P-Eco certification. Acquiring this certification is very demanding, and there were less than 350 objects in Switzerland that got this certificate until 2012. Unlike Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects standards, Minergie-P-Eco requires 40 percent… »

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SIS solar cells allow creation of colorful solar facades

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments6 July 2013

fraunhofer-color-facade-sis-cells-1When you hear someone talking about solar panels, you imagine the black or bluish-gray colored panels. However, various groups of researchers are contributing to changes which help designers and architects in their goal for aesthetics. With the help of thin-film technologies, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute managed to contribute to this cause by turning solar… »

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Resnick Sustainability Institute and Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis

By Damir Beciri
3 July 2013

jorgensen-1The most sustainable structure you can build is the one you already have. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) created a state-of-the art facility for two new centers of sustainability research: The Resnick Institute for Science, Energy, and Sustainability, whose mission is to address challenges related to the creation and conservation of energy, and the Joint… »

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Google Office in Tel Aviv, Israel

By Damir Beciri
One Comment25 June 2013

google-tlv-1At the end of December 2012, Google Israel opened a new office by renting a part of the third tallest building in Tel Aviv. Sustainability played a vital role to Google in the development of their new Tel Aviv offices and the project is currently awaiting LEED Platinum certification – the first of its category… »

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Green architecture – Ehrlich Retreat +

By Damir Beciri
19 June 2013

ehrlich-retreat-1Around 10 years ago, Ehrlich residence has set a benchmark for sustainable architecture built the house around a garden, emphasizing the nature and tranquility that he sorely missed. A decade later, private investor Craig Ehrlich discovered that his neighbors were moving, and promptly decided to continue his adventures in architecture with Ehrlich Retreat + –… »