The fact that Cloud 9’s Media-TIC in Barcelona has topped 700 buildings from around the world to take WAF’s ‘World Building of the Year’ award is an encouraging sign for green building. This is digitally designed per-formative architecture where each facade responds to different environmental conditions.
GM, Ford and Chrysler are all working closely with engineering students from the University of Michigan Solar Car Team to create viable green cars for the future.
‘Father’ of the iPod unveils new gadget after ten years – and it’s… a thermostat. Nest learns from your temperature adjustments, programs itself to keep you comfortable, and guides you to energy savings. You can control the thermostat from anywhere using a smartphone, tablet or laptop, and Nest never stops learning, even as your life and the seasons change.
Germany already runs on 20% renewable energy. Now Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national railway operator, has announced plans to run all of its trains on 100%renewable energy by the year 2050.
A new poll indicates that two out of three Europeans see climate change as a more serious problem than the global economic crisis. Sixty-eight percent of those polled saw climate change as a very serious problem (up from 64 percent in 2009), while 80 percent saw it as either ‘very serious’ or ‘fairly serious’.
3M has developed a see-through film that turns ordinary windows into solar panels. It will go on sale next year. The solar film, on display at the Ceatec electronics conference in Japan, is arrayed in narrow, translucent green strips with clear gaps between and then glued to windows in large patches.