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Fri’d Greens – Net Zero Power, Urban Farms, Resilient Design & Bee Sculptors

Links to recent articles showcasing new trends and ideas in the sustainable design world

This week's sustainable design 'Fri'd Green' discoveries by Epstein's principal designer Darren Hoppa, NCARB, LEED AP include links to articles on a book on Net Zero Buildings, how Chicago is becoming an Urban Farm hub, the resilient design the built environment needs to adopt, and lastly a sculpture that's controlled by the vibrations of a bee hive! Enjoy…

Excerpt from The Power of Zero, a book about world's leading NetZero buildings


Net zero energy (NZE) buildings, though compelling and meaningful, are just a beginning. We are only in the earliest days of a revolution in net zero energy design and technology. The energy use intensity (EUI) of net zero energy buildings will continue to drop, the efficiency and output of renewable resources will increase, and the cost of design, construction and operation will decrease, making net zero energy projects more common.

This City Is Home to 820 Urban Farms and Quickly Becoming America's Urban Ag Capital


Who knew that the Windy City has become so green? As Co.Exist reported, Chicago is quietly becoming the country's urban agriculture capital with 821 growing sites across the city, from small community gardens to multimillion dollar indoor farms, according to the Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project. Even O'Hare's Terminal 3 is home to the world's first airport aeroponic garden.

Resiliency Roundtable


We approached six experts and asked them an urgent question: "What critical resilient designs must the built environment adopt now, and what are the best solutions for implementing those designs?" Find out what Kristen Hall had to say.

The sculpture controlled by bees: Wolfgang Buttress's Hive

The Guardian

"My approach to a sculpture seeks to frame nature so one can experience it more intimately," says British artist Wolfgang Buttress, whose 17-metre high Hive installation opens at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, in London on Saturday. "I want visitors to feel enveloped, wrapped-up and involved in the experience, rather than adopting the position of an external observer."