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R-House: Affordable Passive Home

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Net zero prototype offers new slant on sustainable architecture.

Here's a nicely styled sustainable house prototype spotted over at Inhabitat. Designed by Architecture Research Office and Della Valle Bernheimer for the Syracuse School of Architecture, the R-House is a compact, angular form that hits on the twin notes of sustainability and affordability. Built to passive house standards, with a final price tag of under $150K, the 1,100 square foot......read more

Leasing Solar Panels

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Financing models make going solar affordable.

Most of us would love to power our homes via have solar panels but forking over tens of thousands of dollars to make it happen just isn't doable. Enter the lease. Leasing solar panels allows homeowners to pay a relatively small amount of money each month, at around the cost of their current utility bill. So in other words, you could more or less exchange the cost of your electricity bill each......read more

SHFT Sampler 12-10-10

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Weekly links: James Bowthorpe rules, Barcelona looks nice from the air, Ford's electric van starts shipping, and more.

James Bowthorpe is bad ass. Last year, in a bid to raise awareness for Parkinson's, he rode his bike around the world in 174 days, setting a new world record. Earlier this fall, he built a boat from construction waste and rowed it down the Thames. Now he's doing the same thing on the Hudson River. Feel lazy now? Same. Read an interview with the man at Nowness. Everyone is going off......read more

Nano-Thin Solar Cell Potential

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Stanford engineers reach breakthrough in solar energy research.

Researchers at Stanford University may have reached a breakthrough in their efforts to improve solar efficiency and affordability. According to Stanford University News, the scientists discovered that "by properly configuring the thicknesses of several thin layers of films, an organic polymer thin film could absorb as much as 10 times more energy from sunlight than was thought......read more

SHFT Sampler 8-12-10

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Weekly link pile: Affordable LED bulbs, crazed collages, and getting pissed about climate change.

Home Depot announces LED lightbulb that costs under $20 -- and lasts for 30 years. Seiko Kato's collages are, how you say, AMAZING. Sea Change: Photographers respond to the BP oil spill -- with optimistic pics of sustainable farming, beekeeping, and urban homesteading. No more Mr. Nice Guy: "End of Nature" author Bill McKibben says it's time to get pissed off about climate......read more

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