energy efficiency

The Solar Photovoltaic Industry is Finally Set to Become a Net Energy Producer

The Solar Photovoltaic Industry is Finally Set to Become a Net Energy Producer

Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock Solar panels offer a clean source of alternative energy - but ironically, the solar industry has a significant carbon footprint due to its reliance on coal and

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Denmark Now 25 Percent Powered by Offshore Wind, Aims to Double Capacity by 2020

Denmark Now 25 Percent Powered by Offshore Wind, Aims to Double Capacity by 2020

Photo via Shutterstock Denmark has an impressive track record when it comes to the adoption of renewable energy, and the nation has been working quickly to develop its substantial offshore wind

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Industrial-Chic Village Apartments Radiate Natural Light in Amsterdam

Industrial-Chic Village Apartments Radiate Natural Light in Amsterdam

Deeply contemporary and minimalist, the double height apartments have timber structural walls that double as closet and wardrobe spaces. The upper level, called "roof terraces," feature dining, working,

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Researchers Create Efficient, Recyclable Solar Cells from Trees

Researchers Create Efficient, Recyclable Solar Cells from Trees

Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology's Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), in collaboration with Purdue University have unveiled a new efficient, recyclable organic solar cell

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NL Architects’ Home Topped with a Rooftop Pool Keeps Its Cool in Florida

NL Architects’ Home Topped with a Rooftop Pool Keeps Its Cool in Florida

In 2011, Andrew R, a Canadian entrepreneur, contacted NL Architects to request their services in designing a home in Del Ray Beach, Florida. He had plans to remove the existing 12,000 sq ft mansion and

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Foster + Partners’ Energy-Efficient Queen Alia Airport Terminal Opens in Jordan

Foster + Partners’ Energy-Efficient Queen Alia Airport Terminal Opens in Jordan

Tradition was integral to the design of the Queen Alia Airport terminal. Noting that "Amman is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world," the architects were inspired to create the

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Jaw-Dropping Southern House in Australia Boasts Incredible 270 Degree Coastal Views

Jaw-Dropping Southern House in Australia Boasts Incredible 270 Degree Coastal Views

It isn't certain where exactly the Southern House is located, but there is no question that it is hands down one of the most attractive residential programs on Inhabitat. And if you detect a hint of Frank

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Elementary School Students Crowd-Source Solar Panels to Take Their Classroom Off the Grid

Elementary School Students Crowd-Source Solar Panels to Take Their Classroom Off the Grid

In elementary school, we are taught to work together, share, and dream big. Students from a fourth grade class in Durham, North Carolina took these lessons to heart when they decided to make their

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Spiraling Green-Roofed Espoo House Clad in Siberian Larch Up for Sale in Finland

Spiraling Green-Roofed Espoo House Clad in Siberian Larch Up for Sale in Finland

Listed on a real estate site in Finland, this curious Espoo House doesn't come cheap at €690,000, though admittedly we are not well versed on that country's current real estate market. But what makes it

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Study Finds Wind Farm “Sickness” is Largely a Propaganda-Induced Ailment in Australia

Study Finds Wind Farm “Sickness” is Largely a Propaganda-Induced Ailment in Australia

Claims of illnesses related to the presence of wind farms have spread throughout Australia lately like a bad high school rumor. While many believe they are experiencing a real sickness, a report by Simon

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6 Ways Copenhagen Plans to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

6 Ways Copenhagen Plans to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

Image via Shutterstock 1. Install More Renewable Energy In an interview with Huffington Post, Mayor Jensen briefly outlined his vision for achieving carbon neutrality in Copenhagen by 2025. Not

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China’s Bruck House Apartment Complex Cuts Energy Use by 95%

China’s Bruck House Apartment Complex Cuts Energy Use by 95%

The new Bruck apartment complex was designed as a place where families who are interested sustainable housing but are unsure about it can take it for a test drive. By living in the building for a short

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Striking Energy-Efficient Balmain House Overlooks Sydney Harbor in Australia

Striking Energy-Efficient Balmain House Overlooks Sydney Harbor in Australia

Fox Johnston had a tiny lot to work with, though it wouldn't appear that way thanks to a deliberate effort to create the illusion of space. In part this is achieved by creating constant communication

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Kristina Kjaer’s Delightful Felt Lamp is Inspired by Woodland Fungi

Kristina Kjaer’s Delightful Felt Lamp is Inspired by Woodland Fungi

Danish product designer Kristina Kjaer needed a small lamp that could be hung above her wardrobe to light up her space. Kjaer took to building her own lamp using natural, biodegradable materials, giving

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SORAA Vivid: World’s First Full Visible Spectrum LED Bulb Wins 2013 Red Dot Product Award

SORAA Vivid: World’s First Full Visible Spectrum LED Bulb Wins 2013 Red Dot Product Award

SORAA just took home a 2013 Red Dot Product Design Award with their Vivid LED MR16 - which is the world’s first full visible spectrum bulb! The California-based company is the world’s leader in

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Coastal Solar-Powered Villa F Prefab Soaks Up the Sun in Greece

Coastal Solar-Powered Villa F Prefab Soaks Up the Sun in Greece

The seaside site is framed by an existing natural stone wall that was incorporated into the design. The entryway ducks just under the house through a cutout in the wall and large skylights in the roof

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IBM and DARPA’s Ultra-High-Speed Digital Data Link Sets Energy Efficiency Record

IBM and DARPA’s Ultra-High-Speed Digital Data Link Sets Energy Efficiency Record

The supercomputers of the future will be capable of amazing feats such as modeling global climate scenarios, running molecular-level simulations of cells, and designing nanostructures. In order to for

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Like a Houseboat: LEED Platinum Home Floats Above a Former Landfill in Texas

Like a Houseboat: LEED Platinum Home Floats Above a Former Landfill in Texas

Urban Reserve was designed as a sustainable neighborhood, made to reclaim the land from its landfill past. Encouraging minimal and space efficient homes, the area has become a beacon of modern urban

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Reflective Predator-Like Armor Clads the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Australia

Reflective Predator-Like Armor Clads the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Australia

The visitor center is clad in a series of flat panels that are each placed at different angles, warping the reflecting landscape in interesting ways. Likewise the building itself bends to accommodate

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Minimalist Carling Residence Requires Zero Air Conditioning in Canada’s Pristine Landscape

Minimalist Carling Residence Requires Zero Air Conditioning in Canada’s Pristine Landscape

Using a restrained material palette that includes wood, stone, concrete and white walls, TACT Architecture was able to make the outdoors a crucial element of their overall design. The northern entrance

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Greece Installed 300MW of Solar PV in January Alone!

Greece Installed 300MW of Solar PV in January Alone!

Even during an economic and political crisis, Greece has reason to boast. The country installed an amazing 300 MW of solar PV in the month of January alone, a third more than was installed last year and

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Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Isolée Retreat Opens Like a Cupboard

Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Isolée Retreat Opens Like a Cupboard

Isolée is a three-story structure designed on a concrete pier foundation in order to limit its impact on the site. This creates a sense that the building is standing on feet, like an old stand-alone

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N55’s Walking House is a Modular, Self-Sufficient Dwelling for Modern Nomads

N55’s Walking House is a Modular, Self-Sufficient Dwelling for Modern Nomads

The Walking House enables people to live a peaceful nomadic life, moving slowly and gathering energy from the wind and sun. Its six autonomous legs are design to walk on any surface, with minimal impact

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New Skyscraper-Deconstruction Technique Harvests Energy from Demolition Process

New Skyscraper-Deconstruction Technique Harvests Energy from Demolition Process

Demolishing tall buildings is typically a loud and messy process that produces a lot of dust and not a lot of building materials that can be salvaged. But Japan's Taisei Corporation is pioneering a new

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Japan’s Tiny Coffin-Sized Apartments Make Your College Dorm Room Look Like a Palace

Japan’s Tiny Coffin-Sized Apartments Make Your College Dorm Room Look Like a Palace

To combat a lack of affordable housing in the capital city of Tokyo, landlords have developed what are known as 'geki-sema' or share houses: tiny cabinets barely bigger than coffins that can only be used

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Students Construct a Dramatic 10-Meter-High Steam-Bent Lookout Tower at Helsinki Zoo

Students Construct a Dramatic 10-Meter-High Steam-Bent Lookout Tower at Helsinki Zoo

The bubble-like Korkeasaari Zoo's lookout tower consists of two levels wrapped around with a wooden grid shell left open at the top. Made completely out of local laminated timber, it was treated with

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Tiny Timber Fiscavaig House Rests on Stilts in an Ancient Scottish Landscape

Tiny Timber Fiscavaig House Rests on Stilts in an Ancient Scottish Landscape

In addition to its small footprint of 70 square meters, the small timber house on the western side of the Isle of Skye in Scotland makes optimum use of natural light and ventilation in order to keep its

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Solar-Powered Forever House: Dowdy Red Bricks Given New Life as a Slick Fresco Facade

Solar-Powered Forever House: Dowdy Red Bricks Given New Life as a Slick Fresco Facade

Sustainability and flexibility were two of the most important aspects of the design brief, which is why so much effort went into reusing existing materials, including several types of brick and timber

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Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina

Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina

There is a good reason why Argentina's flag sports a shining sun. At present, Argentina only produces about 10MW of solar power, but that figure is soon about to receive a giant boost as the country plans

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123DV’s Self-Sufficient Bridge House Sits Serenely on Its Grassy Plot in The Netherlands

123DV’s Self-Sufficient Bridge House Sits Serenely on Its Grassy Plot in The Netherlands

Completed 2011, The Bridge House is set amidst a breathtaking green environment. It was constructed on a manmade hill (made from reclaimed soil nearby) to house a cellar and to make the best of its

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