good energy: renewable power and the design of everyday life, is a new book by jared green, which features thirty-five projects from around the world that prove that clean, healthy energy is within reach in every sector and field. the projects include homes for all income levels and climates, schools, parks, offices, and even power plants. it demonstrates how smart design can make solar, wind, and geothermal energy beautiful, affordable, and accessible to all.

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good energy: renewable power and the design of everyday life / jared green. princeton architectural press

 

 

the book by jared green targets readers who are passionate about the environmental and economic health of their homes and communities. they will find fresh and practical ideas for an inclusive, equitable transition to renewable power. here are a few projects that show the power of design to make renewable energy more affordable and accessible: solar strand, a solar power plant that is also a community mecca, in buffalo, new york. designed by hood design studio. the sustainable city, one of the world’s most sustainable residential communities, in dubai, united arab emirates. belfield townhomes, the first certified passive house in philadelphia, and first affordable housing in north philadelphia in 50 years, designed by onion flats. power of 10, a set of net-zero energy townhouses in örebro, sweden, clad in all recycled materials, designed by street monkey architects.

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solar strand at the university at buffalo, new york. students gather in outdoor classrooms set within 3,200 solar photovoltaic panels organized in a DNA strand formation

 

 

good energy includes over 200 colored photographs showing projects in detail, accompanied by essays that provide a ‘peek under the hood’ and explain how the projects work. the book includes a foreword by artist and landscape designer walter hood, founder of hood design studio, and an interview with mark z. jacobson, stanford university professor of civil and environmental engineering and a co-founder of the solutions project.

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hood design studio arranged the PV panels amid restored wetlands and grasslands

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hood design studio ensured the solar project was also an ecological restoration project. meadows have increased biodiversity

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the 114-acre sustainable city in Dubai, UAE generates 1.7-gigawatt hours of renewable energy annually. a green spine hosts 11 biodome greenhouses

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a buffer of 2,500 100-foot-tall trees blocks air pollution and provides a two-way cycle track

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sustainable city residents have access to garden plots along with produce grown in the biodome greenhouses

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belfield townhomes were the first affordable housing units north philadelphia had seen in five decades. rooftop solar helps the homes achieve net-zero energy use

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belfield townhomes each have four bedrooms and are constructed of prefabricated modular components made in a local factory

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belfield townhomes is the first certified passive house in philadelphia. each affordable townhouse was built in just three months for $249,000 usd each

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power of 10 in örebro, sweden includes 10 net-zero energy townhouses that run on solar power. this set is clad in recycled steel and recycled douglas fir slats

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power of 10’s rooftop pv panels generates 4-megawatt hours of renewable energy annually. homeowners benefit from energy sold back to the grid

 

 

project info:

 

name: good energy: renewable power and the design of everyday life

author: jared green

forward: walter hood 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: yasmina karam | designboom