Philip Proefrock

 

Regressive Bill Would Drop Ban on Incandescent Lightbulbs

Regressive Bill Would Drop Ban on Incandescent Lightbulbs

Hot on the heels of his infamous apology to BP earlier this summer during the congressional hearings into the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Representative Joe Barton (R-Texas) has just

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PARK(ing) Day 2010 Takes Place This Friday Around the World!

PARK(ing) Day 2010 Takes Place This Friday Around the World!

Heads up city dwellers - Park(ing) Day 2010 takes place all over the world this Friday, so get out there and explore the pop-up parks in your neighborhood! Park(ing) Day participants take over

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Vacuum Elevators Offer a Greener and Cheaper Vertical Option

Vacuum Elevators Offer a Greener and Cheaper Vertical Option

Pneumatic tubes are a staple of the drive-thru bank, but the same method is also being used to operate some small residential elevators. We recently caught wind of this product and were awash

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Award-Winning Sink Made from Recycled Rubber

Award-Winning Sink Made from Recycled Rubber

Most recycled rubber is trod underfoot -- it's used for flooring, as a playground or athletic field mulch, and some companies use recycled rubber in the soles of their shoes. But this elegant

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Test Drive: Amp Electrifies the Chevy Equinox

Test Drive: Amp Electrifies the Chevy Equinox

Looking for an electric vehicle that is larger and has a greater electric drive range than either the Nissan Leaf or the Chevy Volt? There are options -- Cincinnati-area-based AMP has started

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Helsinki Seafarers’ Centre is a Haven in an Industrial Landscape

Helsinki Seafarers’ Centre is a Haven in an Industrial Landscape

The building site preserves native trees and a small rocky outcrop, helping to make it even more of a pleasant refuge. The curving form of the building recalls the lines of seafaring vessels --

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A “Craigslist for Materials” Helps Recycle Construction Waste

A “Craigslist for Materials” Helps Recycle Construction Waste

Photo by Incase There are tons of serviceable materials discarded from construction and renovation projects every day. Sometimes, a thoughtful or enterprising individual will find a way to

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Photovoltaic Solar Hot Water Panels Reap Multiple Benefits

Photovoltaic Solar Hot Water Panels Reap Multiple Benefits

Solar panel manufacturer Solimpeks is offering a hybrid solar panel that is capable of providing both electricity and water heating from the same panel. The panels are ideal for applications

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World’s Largest Tidal Turbine Unveiled in Scotland

World’s Largest Tidal Turbine Unveiled in Scotland

This turbine may look a bit more stout than most we're accustomed to seeing, and the double rotor configuration is unusual. That's because this is not a wind turbine, but rather a new underwater

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Are Low-E Windows Melting Your Neighbor’s House?

Are Low-E Windows Melting Your Neighbor’s House?

Architects Newspaper recently shared some surprising news suggesting that new low-E windows could be responsible for melting the vinyl siding on neighboring homes. Reflections from the windows

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Upcycled Wood Flooring Gets Character from Old Wine Barrels

Upcycled Wood Flooring Gets Character from Old Wine Barrels

It's not unreasonable to think of this as upcycling, since the flooring is a higher-value product with a longer useful life. Oak is a desirable flooring material and is also preferred by

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Magic Boxes: All-in-One HVAC Systems for Efficient Homes

Magic Boxes: All-in-One HVAC Systems for Efficient Homes

Looking at the incredible examples of green architecture featured on Inhabitat, you may have wondered what kind of mechanical equipment is used for these homes. Solar Decathlon competitors,

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Old San Francisco Mint to Become a Gorgeous Green Museum

Old San Francisco Mint to Become a Gorgeous Green Museum

Originally constructed in 1874, the San Francisco building was the second branch of the United States Mint. The building was designed by Alfred Mullet, who used a 'floating' foundation design

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Artificial Photosynthesis Research Gets $122 Million DOE Funding

Artificial Photosynthesis Research Gets $122 Million DOE Funding

The US Department of Energy recently announced a five-year, $122 million grant to establish a new research facility in California with the goal of developing artificial photosynthesis. The Joint

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World’s First Molten Salt Solar Plant Produces Power at Night

World’s First Molten Salt Solar Plant Produces Power at Night

Sicily has just announced the opening of the world's first concentrated solar power (CSP) facility that uses molten salt as a heat collection medium. Since molten salt is able to reach very

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Rocket Engine Technology Being Used to Capture Carbon

Rocket Engine Technology Being Used to Capture Carbon

We all know that rocket science is cool - but did you know that it may also be a way to improve carbon capture technology? Under an innovative research project being run by the Department of

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Lumboo: Dimensional Lumber Made from Bamboo

Lumboo: Dimensional Lumber Made from Bamboo

Green designers are well aware that bamboo is a rapidly-renewable resource whose production has less of an environmental impact than the production of other wood products. Bamboo flooring is

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Phase-Changing GlassX Windows Offer Amazing Performance

Phase-Changing GlassX Windows Offer Amazing Performance

A remarkable Swiss window technology has just recently been introduced in North America. GlassX windows are super high-efficiency windows that use several technologies to make them possibly the

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Finland’s Luukku House Wins Architecture Prize at Solar Decathlon!

Finland’s Luukku House Wins Architecture Prize at Solar Decathlon!

The first place winner of the architecture portion of the European Solar Decathlon has just been announced, and the prize goes to... Team Finland's beautiful wood-clad Luukku House! The Luukku

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SOM and Frank Gehry Team Up for Inland Steel Eco Renovation

SOM and Frank Gehry Team Up for Inland Steel Eco Renovation

Even modern buildings are suitable candidates for historic preservation. The Architect's Newspaper tells us that Chicago's iconic Inland Steel Building is set to undergo an eco renovation

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Cheap Solar Refrigerator for Vaccines Could Save Millions of Lives

Cheap Solar Refrigerator for Vaccines Could Save Millions of Lives

Talk about “green design to save the world” — Appropriate Technology Collaborative has developed a solar powered refrigerator for vaccines that stands to save millions of lives

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Copenhagen Adopts a Mandatory Green Roof Policy

Copenhagen Adopts a Mandatory Green Roof Policy

As part of its overall strategy to become a carbon neutral city by 2025, Copenhagen has become the first Scandanavian city to adopt a policy that requires green roofs for all new buildings with

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Report Reveals the Cost of LEED Certification

Report Reveals the Cost of LEED Certification

LEED is one of the world's most well-known green building rating systems. But, like any popular system, it has both its supporters as well as its detractors. High-profile architects have

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Underground Mountainside Hotel is Efficient and Beautiful

Underground Mountainside Hotel is Efficient and Beautiful

Architect Matteo Thun has designed this striking eco-friendly hotel to be located on a mountainside in the National Park of Stelvio in the Italian Alps. Composed of a series of underground

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Abandoned Industrial Silo Becomes Beautiful Residences in Denmark

Abandoned Industrial Silo Becomes Beautiful Residences in Denmark

In a stunning example of adaptive reuse C. F. Møller Architects and Christian Carlsen Arkitektfirma have transformed an abandoned industrial silo in Løgten, Denmark into the core of a

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Recycled Wine Corks Make Stylish Penny Tile Flooring

Recycled Wine Corks Make Stylish Penny Tile Flooring

Penny tiles are a popular look for interior flooring. While ceramic and glass are often used to make tiles, these beautiful penny tiles, which we noticed on 3rings blog, are actually cut from

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Tiny Hut in Spain Built with Concrete and a Cow

Tiny Hut in Spain Built with Concrete and a Cow

Trufa (a.k.a the Truffle) is a tiny (25 square meters or about 270 square feet), single room building that has all the cool characteristics of a stone cave. Though comprised of concrete, it

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Ultra-Efficient Bladeless Wind Turbine Inspired by Nikolai Tesla

Ultra-Efficient Bladeless Wind Turbine Inspired by Nikolai Tesla

SolarAero recently unveiled a new bladeless wind turbine that offers several advantages over current wind turbines -- it emits hardly any noise in operation, has few moving parts, and since it

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Holyoke Cabin is a Beautiful Shipping Container Home

Holyoke Cabin is a Beautiful Shipping Container Home

Holyoke Cabin is an excellent example of an elegant, efficient use of shipping containers to create a cozy cabin off the grid. Two used shipping containers, obtained for $800 apiece, serve as

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Hydro Lance Recycles Jets into High-Speed Planeboats

Hydro Lance Recycles Jets into High-Speed Planeboats

Here at Inhabitat we've seen our fair share of airplanes repurposed into incredible new forms, but this heavy-duty recycling plan takes the cake. A company called Hydro Lance proposes to

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