Green Communities

It takes a village. Or a city. Some PF Member ideas for turning whole communities green.

District energy systems distribute thermal energy (steam, hot water, and/or chilled water) through a network of underground pipes to multiple buildings in an area, such as a downtown district, college or hospital campus, airport, or military base.... Read More
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Inhale, exhale! Unless the air is dirty, that is. Cleaning up the air is a problem that many cities face. The American Society of Landscape Architects says that by planting more trees and creating urban forests, cities can be a cleaner and... Read More
E-cube meets the needs of today with room to spare. The only solar decathlete with a two story design, E-cube literally stands out above the rest.
FIU's PerFORM[D]ance House combines the three ideas behind sustainability: economy, ecology and society. Relying on landscape elements, PerFORM[D]ance expands the built environment. The house reaches to the outside world, blending both efficiently... Read More
How, exactly, does the dancer react to the dance? In the case of PerFORM[D]ance House, the house dances at the whim of its inhabitants.
Much like a dancer, the PerFORM(D)ance House relies heavily on its core to generate power. How does this help the house "move?" Watch the video to find out more!
Planet Forward
Do you have an idea for the next big innovation in green building? If you submit a video that tells your story in one minute or less, you could find it on display at the world’s largest green building expo.
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
When an old building is torn down, the waste material is usually just carted off to a landfill. According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, this material can be used to create parks and other greenspace where old buildings once stood... Read More
The homes are simple, affordable, energy-efficient curved structures resistant to natural disasters. Check out the builder's site here.
We need to rethink the way that people live, redesigning the traditional family home to be much more sustainable in all aspects. Ohio State's enCORE is the university's second entry into the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The team is... Read More

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