energy efficiency

MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

Parabolic Solar Mirror photo from Shutterstock Scientists at MIT just announced that they have created the perfect mirror - and it could signal a breakthrough for solar power technology. The team's

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Jensen Architects’ Green “SHED” Takes Modern Grange Ideals to New Heights

Jensen Architects’ Green “SHED” Takes Modern Grange Ideals to New Heights

The SHED is designed as a Butler building, which is a pre-engineered metal building that is very familiar in the agricultural landscape. This large metal building houses two stories of flexible space for

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US DOE Announces Plan to Create Efficiency Standards for Computers and Servers

US DOE Announces Plan to Create Efficiency Standards for Computers and Servers

The Internet has greened many aspects of modern life, such as reducing resource extraction and emissions by digital distribution of mail, music, paper goods, and entertainment. Even so, the infrastructure

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INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about Fujisawa SST and what Panasonic is hoping to accomplish with this new endeavor? Mr. Ishio: From the business perspective, our Fujisawa Sustainable Smart

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6 Hot Ways to Stay Cool Today

6 Hot Ways to Stay Cool Today

Temperatures are soaring across the northeastern US at present, with several areas experiencing their longest heatwaves in over a decade. If you're looking to keep cool through this sweltering summer, but

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to CodeGreen Solutions’ Stephen Rizzo About Greening Existing Buildings

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to CodeGreen Solutions’ Stephen Rizzo About Greening Existing Buildings

CodeGreen's own LEED Platinum office space in NYC INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about CodeGreen and what it does? Stephen: CodeGreen finds solutions for bringing sustainability and efficiency

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7 Energy-Efficient Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

7 Energy-Efficient Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

As the summer heat intensifies, the temptation to blast the air conditioner can be unbearable - but it's bound to take a toll on your energy bill and the environment. Fortunately, there's lots of ways to

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7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

An Ocean Clean Up Array to Remove 7,250,000 Tons of Plastic From the World's Oceans When we first covered Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array it generated a phenomenal amount of excitement, as well as

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Streamlined Croft House Hovers Like a Spacecraft in Australia

Streamlined Croft House Hovers Like a Spacecraft in Australia

James Stockwell exploited three sine curves to create the home's unique form, while relying on low embodied energy materials to fit in with the vernacular architecture of Victoria's south coast. Concrete

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Photovoltech’s “Energy Arch” in Belgium Produces a Whopping 50,000 KWh a Year

Photovoltech’s “Energy Arch” in Belgium Produces a Whopping 50,000 KWh a Year

Built back in 2007, Photovoltech's headquarters has become an icon for innovation within the Flemish city of Tienen. The sculptural building features an energy-generating arch on its front that is decked

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1,400 Solar Panels Power New Star-Shaped UN Headquarters in Copenhagen

1,400 Solar Panels Power New Star-Shaped UN Headquarters in Copenhagen

Located on an artificial island just north of Copenhagen's city center, UN City houses 1,700 UN staff. The eight-point star represents the UN's involvement in all reaches of the globe, and the perforated

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Three-Skinned Espinar House Has a Rooftop Garden with a View in Spain

Three-Skinned Espinar House Has a Rooftop Garden with a View in Spain

In part, the superior energy efficiency is achieved with a triple skin. The first includes a sandwich panel with OSB boards, extruded polystyrene foam insulation and waterproof chipboard that surrounds

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Researchers Discover Key to Super-Durable Ancient Roman Concrete

Researchers Discover Key to Super-Durable Ancient Roman Concrete

Concrete is one of the world's most widely-used building materials, and it has an enormous carbon footprint - but researchers recently unearthed clues to a more environmentally-friendly concrete mixture

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Sharp Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

Sharp Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

About a year ago, Sharp achieved a new solar cell efficiency record of 43.5% by using a lens-based system to focus sunlight directly onto the cells in order to generate electricity. Now, Sharp has done

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Clip-Air: Modular Transportation Capsules Carry Passengers by Land, Sea, or Air

Clip-Air: Modular Transportation Capsules Carry Passengers by Land, Sea, or Air

The layout of a train is a lot like an airplane or a bus in terms of packing a lot of people into a tube to move them somewhere else. So why not just load people into a train and then slap some wings on

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Cameron Scott Renovates a World War II Airbase into a Sustainable Single Family Farmhouse in England

Cameron Scott Renovates a World War II Airbase into a Sustainable Single Family Farmhouse in England

The owners of this property commissioned Scott to transform the existing airfield after seeing him at a timber construction conference. The farmland surrounding these Nissen huts had been without a

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The INLET Wall Socket Conserves Energy While Increasing Child Safety

The INLET Wall Socket Conserves Energy While Increasing Child Safety

Since its invention, the standard electrical outlet has changed little in function or appearance. The INLET by LivingPlug seeks to not only change the aesthetics of the standard wall socket, but to

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All-Solid Lithium Sulfur Battery Stores Four Times as Much Energy as Lithium Ion Batteries

All-Solid Lithium Sulfur Battery Stores Four Times as Much Energy as Lithium Ion Batteries

Researchers at the DoE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a lithium sulfur battery that is not only cheaper and safer than lithium ion batteries, but it can store four times as much

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S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa

S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa

With hopes of replacing hazardous kerosene wick lamps, d.light has created a series of affordable solar LED Lamps for areas without a reliable source of electricity. The lamp has an integrated solar

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Patrice Bideau’s Bioclimatic House in France Balances Beautiful Views With Energy Efficiency

Patrice Bideau’s Bioclimatic House in France Balances Beautiful Views With Energy Efficiency

The owners began their journey by purchasing a house in 2010 that was built in the 1970s. After an analysis of the home, the owners found that a retrofit would not bring the building up to 2005 French

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David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

The history of Sausalito's houseboat community dates back to the late 19th century, when wealthy San Franciscans would keep floating holiday homes in Marin County. But after the devastating 1906

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Group-Two Design’s LED Chandelier is a Futuristic Interpretation of a Classic Light Fixture

Group-Two Design’s LED Chandelier is a Futuristic Interpretation of a Classic Light Fixture

Long gone are the old-fashioned chandeliers outfitted with incandescent light bulbs and enough ornament to put a Christmas tree to shame. Group-Two Design recently brought their ultra-modern LED

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Light Up Your Walls with Mestyle’s LED-Embedded Wallpaper

Light Up Your Walls with Mestyle’s LED-Embedded Wallpaper

If your walls are looking a bit bland, how about lighting them up with this glamorous LED wallpaper by Mestyle? Spotted at ICFF at during New York Design Week, this innovative application of

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Structures Showcases Its Snakelike S7 LED Lamp at New York Design Week

Structures Showcases Its Snakelike S7 LED Lamp at New York Design Week

A floor lamp, bedside lamp and reading lamp all in one, S7 is a versatile new lighting design by Structures. Founded by sailor turned designer Nicolas Pichelin, Structures developed the fascinating

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Solar Impulse Departs for Dallas on Second Leg of Sun-Powered Flight Across America

Solar Impulse Departs for Dallas on Second Leg of Sun-Powered Flight Across America

This morning the Solar Impulse airplane embarked upon the next leg of its sun-powered journey across the United States. The solar-powered giant has already traveled from the San Francisco Bay Area to

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Tûranor PlanetSolar: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Sets Transatlantic Speed Record

Tûranor PlanetSolar: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Sets Transatlantic Speed Record

MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar boat, set a new record for the fastest transatlantic crossing by a vessel powered entirely by solar energy, smashing its own 2010 record by four days.

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Energy-Generating Bikes Made From Trash Power Film Festival in France

Energy-Generating Bikes Made From Trash Power Film Festival in France

The initiative was launched in 2012 by students determined to study the electricity production of pedaling. First drawings and design study for the project were made by BP design agency. Two of the five

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Alaskan Home Awarded Title of World’s Tightest Residential Building

Alaskan Home Awarded Title of World’s Tightest Residential Building

Marsik and Donalson are not house builders, but they decided to build their own home in Dillingham, AK. Most homes are heated using heating fuel, but the couple decided to cut out this costly energy

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Eighteen-Year-Old Invents Device That Can Charge Your Cell Phone in 20 Seconds

Eighteen-Year-Old Invents Device That Can Charge Your Cell Phone in 20 Seconds

It's hard enough being tied to your cell phone without having to worry about getting the "Low Battery Icon of Death" right in the middle of an important task - and charging up via wall outlets takes

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Study Finds Conservatives Less Likely to Buy Light Bulbs Labeled as Good for the Environment

Study Finds Conservatives Less Likely to Buy Light Bulbs Labeled as Good for the Environment

New research suggests that people with right wing views are less likely to buy light bulbs that are labeled as "pro-environment" due to the politicized nature of the carbon debate in the United States. In

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