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How Google Maps can be used to make solar power decisions for your home

As energy prices continue to climb, the idea of utilizing solar energy is common sense. The process of getting solar panels installed, however, is quite the opposite. RoofRay, a new Californian business, aims to give home owners better information to enable them to make more informed environmental decisions for their home. Using the site’s modeling […]

VEIL solar shades

With global warming taking a toll on earth and non-renewable fossil fuels hastening the process, designers and engineers are finding innovative ways of conserving and developing green energy in our environment. A merchandise of their efforts is the VEIL solar shades which does more than just transforming sunlight into energy. Created by Australian design firm […]

The Hoteam: Solar Energy Powered, Light Emmitting BRICKS!

The SolarBrick from Hotbeam is a self-contained solar powered light designed for traffic and decorative uses. This device is waterproof, easy to install and can be driven over by vehicles. The SolarBrick is available in 6 bright colours. It comes in 2 standard sizes, 200x200x60mm and 200x100x60mm. Rechargeable batteries currently used in conventional solar devices […]

The Hotbeam: Solar Powered, Glowing BRICKS!

The SolarBrick from Hotbeam is a self-contained solar powered light designed for traffic and decorative uses. This device is waterproof, easy to install and can be driven over by vehicles. The SolarBrick is available in 6 bright colours. It comes in 2 standard sizes, 200x200x60mm and 200x100x60mm. Rechargeable batteries currently used in conventional solar devices […]

Donald Trump Provides the Future for Sydney!

Donald Trump is moving his focus to Australia with Sydney as the city set to benefit. Having just released his Palm Beach property from his book, he is planning to move by the end of the year and real estate throughout the Harbour city is set to be changed forever. Property in Sydney is set […]

The coolest idea for air-conditioning

Greencore Air have developed a guilt-free, green air-conditioning method using the most available resource at the sunniest time – the sun. Based in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Greencore Air uses solar technology to cool a room up to 600 square feet with its solar powered battery charging system. The unit also comes with the option of […]

The world’s first $2billion home

Mukesh Ambani, head of India-based petrochemical giant Reliance Industries, and the fifth richest man in the world, is having a 27 floor skyscraper home built in Mumbai for approximately $2 billion. Forbes estimated Ambani’s net worth at $43 billion in March. Reliance Industries was founded by Mukesh’s father, Dhirubhai Ambani, in 1966, and is India’s […]

Carbon Neutral 101

Carbon Neutral 101 from the Green Building Council (GBCA) has recently received numerous queries on the topics of ‘carbon neutral’ and ‘zero net operating emissions’. We expect that we will continue to hear about projects wishing to pursue these goals.Buildings need to have zero emissions in their construction, operation and embodied energy to be truly […]

Toni Collette selling her bush hideway

Toni Collette, star of Muriel’s Wedding and Sixth Sense, has listed her luxurious country hideaway near Berry, citing reasons of her lack of opportunity to spend time there. The 5 bedroom property, which is located 2 hours to the South of Sydney and was where she married Dave Galafassi in 2003, has been listed for […]

Sydney’s most wasteful

Few places on Earth have a carbon footprint to match that of Mosman, one of Sydney’s wealthiest enclaves. But now its civic leaders are going green. Mosman, on the North Shore of Sydney, encompasses some of the city’s most spectacular real estate, palatial houses with swimming pools and wonderful views of the water, along with […]

The Most Expensive Apartment in the World

Up until last month the most expensive apartment in the world – One Hyde Park penthouse was estimated at £100 million. But now it’s time to place the crown on an apartment in St James’s Square, London which is equidistant from 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace. With a price understood to exceed £115 million […]

Architects: To Use or Not to Use

Q: “We are currently weighing the pros and cons of using an architect. We do not want a “cutting-edge” renovation and certainly do not want the pressure of dealing with someone who wants to put his or her “stamp” on the place. That said, is there a role for an architect in our renovation and […]

The Zero Energy Tower

Burj Al-Taqa: Middle Eastern Zero-energy Tower The recent building boom in the Middle East has given rise to some of the world’s most extravagant and innovative buildings. The latest proposed tower to sprout up among the ever-changing skyline is the Burj Al-Taqa Energy Tower for the Middle East. Designed by Eckhard Gerber and cutting a […]