Apple's data centers are powered by 100% renewable energy and, overall, the iPhone company meets 75 of its electricity needs with clean energy. In just three years, Apple has made great progress in the energy sector, going from 35 in 2010 to the current 75. The ultimate goal is to meet all (100) of its energy demand with clean energy.
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Asbestos, a word that is scary just to pronounce it, is still present on the roofs of many homes and warehouses. Sure! For about a century it has been used for all uses and purposes. What to do in front of a battered roof of asbestos slabs? It is necessary to take all necessary precautions to safely reclaim an asbestos roof.
China seems to be immune to the economic crisis that is sweeping the globe, indeed, it seems that this country is getting along very well with smart cities so it is preparing to set up another one. After having designed a small city in the middle of the desert, China is about to build Meixi Lake, another smart city destined to be built in the Hunan Province, along the shores of Lake Meixi.
Energy efficiency, even those who have only heard of it know very well which systems consume the most energy: heating and cooling. For heating, thermostats and insulating panels think about maximizing efficiency, as far as cooling is concerned, an old technology could achieve energy savings ranging from 40 to 90 percent.
It was built on a former redeveloped industrial site, the Vodafone Village in via Lorenteggio, Milan, has been awarded the LEED (Leadership in energy and environmental design) certification for the Commercial Interior category. Created by the Carminati Group through the Real Estate company, the Vodafone Village is among the buildings with low environmental impact thanks to green strategies ranging from the choice of materials to energy efficiency.
Stacking Green, an entirely green building, was inaugurated in Saigon, Vietnam. Vegetation is the element that accompanies both the interior and the exterior facade. This new house is 4 meters wide and 20 meters deep and develops in height thanks to a series of superimposed levels.
Integrating solar panels into a home environment is not that difficult. There are photovoltaic roofs for every need and with thin film technology, walkable photovoltaic surfaces have been created with high energy efficiency. The speech changes drastically when it comes to wind energy, the market offers few alternatives and those who want to produce energy from the wind to meet the domestic electricity needs, must rely on mini wind turbines with vertical or horizontal turbines.
The Italian situation is disconcerting. Tax exemptions for the energy efficiency of buildings are about to expire and, in Italy, there is still no concrete plan to encourage the spread of low energy consumption plants and systems. Energy efficiency interventions generate concrete savings by ensuring, in a short time, the total return of the initial investment (read a concrete example).
Tecorep is a system capable of producing energy from the demolition of buildings. It was applied for the first time in Japan and was patented by the Japanese Taisei Corporation. The first building to be demolished with the Tecorep system was the Grand Prince Hotel Akasak, a 140-meter structure!
Wood is rightly considered the ecological material par excellence. It is living matter that contains the energy stored throughout life by the plants from which it is derived, which absorb carbon dioxide and solar energy. Some things, however, you need to know because they serve to dispel clichés and to choose well.
An ice skating rink was inaugurated in the Belgian city of Liège, which has received much praise from both design critics and green building fans. The skating rink was designed by the "L’Architettura Escaut" studio and is not simply the perfect place to run around on the ice but it is also an example of passive architecture that can boast an arena of 1200 seats.
When it comes to energy efficiency, if you want to have a concrete impact on the reduction of harmful emissions, the turning point must be on a large scale but in the end it is the small realities that form the masses. Energy efficiency is a cornerstone of sustainable construction; among the challenges of this sector there is the saving of resources seen at 360 °: saving of energy, raw materials and soil.
In the African state of Rwanda, a hospital has been created that provides treatment for 21,000 patients. The hospital is located in the Burera District, it is called Butaro Hospital and will bring new life to a region ravaged by numerous genocides and devastated by guerrillas. The Burera district represents a big step forward for the entire country, especially when it comes to health services and green building.
A building that uses plant organisms for energy sustenance. It is not science fiction but reality, the building will be ready by next March 31st. It is called Biq - Das Algen Haus and incorporates, in the facade, a bioreactor that guarantees thermal insulation, provides biomass for energy production and shade for sunny days.
Big size, big savings. The new Pistoia Hospital is a beautiful example of a public building: modern, efficient, cost-effective. Above all, it testifies that energy efficiency can be the engine of win-win actions on the economic and environmental side, the best in times of crisis. Energy efficiency is a pillar of the green economy.
What happens if a Shire Hobbit meets Ewok from the wooded moon of Endor and they decide to build a house together? Bilbo Beggins cannot give us his testimony but we are almost certain that the result would be very similar to that obtained by Robert Oshatz with the Wilkinson Residence. The residence is located in the lush woods of Portalnd, Oregon.
In Asia, in particular, in Bangladesh, floating schools are nothing new at all. A non-profit association, Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha has taken the field by building flood-proof solar-powered floating schools. Frequent floods and the absence of an effective electricity grid make it impossible for the Bangladeshi youth to educate and floating schools were born as a solution to the problem.
We have already talked about the smog-eating tile on IdeeGreen, an innovative and effective system of breaking down some of the main pollutants in the air, especially nitrogen oxides, and making the air around the house healthier. A tile that, in practice, in addition to protecting from rain and snow (which remains its main function) acts as a continuous cycle air purifier.
One of the most popular people in the world was born in a cave - let's talk about Jesus! - and if you've always dreamed of living in a cave, this modern house might interest you. Located in Festus, Missouri, it is a cocktail of energy efficiency and “rustic living.” The house covers an area of 1.
The idea of using disused containers to build residential boxes is not new. It must be admitted, however, that as soon as we see such a house we immediately understand that it is a container house, the house retains all the shapes and characteristics of a container with the addition of doors and windows.
At first glance it would seem a classic Dutch colonial house but if you look closely you will notice something unusual: the building was made entirely of glass! From walls to ceiling. It is not a real house but a mixed-use building located in Schikndel, the Netherlands.