The Science of Sustainability

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A House Made From Mushrooms? An Artist Dreams of a Fungal Future

A House Made From Mushrooms? An Artist Dreams of a Fungal Future

San Francisco-based artist Phil Ross creates sustainable materials from mushrooms. What started as an art project has now turned into a budding startup.

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Cementing a More Sustainable Future

Cementing a More Sustainable Future

A team of innovative students at UNC Charlotte develop a game-changing material poised to improve the way we build our cities and our homes.

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Facebook and Frank Gehry: Will the New Building Be A Marriage of Sustainability?

Facebook and Frank Gehry: Will the New Building Be A Marriage of Sustainability?

Facebook hired Frank Gehry to design its new building. Why? If the 'book wanted a green building (and who'd dare to build in the Bay Area without "a big emphasis on being eco-friendly"?), Gehry is a less than obvious choice.

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Biomimicry Abounds in the Bay Area

Biomimicry Abounds in the Bay Area

By bringing biologists to the design table, biomimicry offers solutions for increasing sustainability of products, processes, and systems. A new UC Berkeley course, "How Would Nature Do That?" brings together students from architecture, engineering, business, science, and design disciplines to find solutions to sustainable design challenges.

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LEED or Get Out of the Way

LEED or Get Out of the Way

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) has become so popular and well known that many cities now require that new municipal buildings be built to LEED standards. But do these buildings actually save energy?

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The Most Efficient Home Is One That's Built Already

The Most Efficient Home Is One That's Built Already

Making new homes more efficient is not enough. To solve our energy and environmental problems, we have to make our existing homes much more efficient.

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The Building is Platinum

The Building is Platinum

The California Academy of Sciences is officially the greenest museum on the planet.

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Of Birds, Poets, and Architects

Of Birds, Poets, and Architects

A Passivhaus is so well designed that it doesn't need a furnace for heating or an air conditioner for cooling. Because the house is so well sealed, it needs to be ventilated mechanically. That is done through a heat recovery ventilator, a device that pulls up to 80% of the heat from exhaust air and transfers it to the incoming, fresh air.

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Cameras that float through the air

Cameras that float through the air

Cris Benton inspects his kite aerial photography rig before sending it up in the sky. Credit: Jane Liaw. UC Berkeley architecture professor Charles 'Cris' Benton is a kite aerial photography (KAP) enthusiast. Benton is well-known in the KAP world for sharing his knowledge and love of the art. In this art form, a camera is […]

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Green Collar Jobs

Green Collar Jobs

Home designers and constructors are realizing that all houses are organic. The California Energy Commission asked the Davis Energy Group in Sacramento to evaluate new home construction in California a few years ago. The following excerpt from Home Energy Magazine tells you what they found. The increasing architectural complexity of new homes requires greater vigilance […]

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Green Building Revolution

Green Building Revolution

An explosion in green building is underway. Cleverly engineered libraries, office buildings, even public housing projects are popping up across the Bay Area, championed as much by landlords as by environmental groups.

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