energy efficiency

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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Tonic Design’s Energy-Efficient Smart-Stell House Opens Up to the Outdoors in North Carolina

Tonic Design’s Energy-Efficient Smart-Stell House Opens Up to the Outdoors in North Carolina

Smart-Stell House is a one-story horizontal house that likes to keep its privacy from the outside world featuring a band of clerestory windows on the top. Envisioned as a “home and vacation home” at

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Honda and SolarCity Team Up to Provide Affordable Solar Power

Honda and SolarCity Team Up to Provide Affordable Solar Power

Honda and SolarCity has announced a new $65 million partnership to make solar power more affordable and available to Honda and Acura customers in the U.S. The partnership seeks to provide a cleaner source

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Coffee-Powered Vehicle Sets Guinness Land Speed Record for Caffeinated Combustion

Coffee-Powered Vehicle Sets Guinness Land Speed Record for Caffeinated Combustion

For some of us, it takes a couple of cups of coffee to wake up and hit the road. The Bean Machine, a coffee-powered pickup built by UK engineer and conservationist Martin Bacon, takes the notion of

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New Rammed Earth Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center Introduces Travelers to Green Design

New Rammed Earth Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center Introduces Travelers to Green Design

Unlike most welcome centers and rest areas, the new Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center really encourages visitors to get out of their cars and stretch their legs. The entire site covers more than 26 acres

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MIT Scientists Engineer Yeast Cells to Produce More Efficient Biofuels

MIT Scientists Engineer Yeast Cells to Produce More Efficient Biofuels

In the hunt to replace petroleum, scientists are looking for more efficient ways to produce biofuels from organisms. A team of researchers at MIT have engineered yeast to manufacture the heavy alcohol

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Chris Briffa Architects’ Sustainable Hanging Home Features a Green Roof in Malta

Chris Briffa Architects’ Sustainable Hanging Home Features a Green Roof in Malta

The lot that the Hanging Home resides on is approximately 250 square meters in size and the zoning regulations only allowed for 40% site coverage. With a demanding program for such a small site, the

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Richard Rogers’ New Antwerp Law Courts Feature Unique Rainwater-Recycling Rooftops

Richard Rogers’ New Antwerp Law Courts Feature Unique Rainwater-Recycling Rooftops

Located in the south of the Flemish city, on Bolivarplaats, The New Law Courts was erected by Richard Rogers in conjunction with Belgian architects VK Studio. It houses 8 distinct civil and criminal

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SOA Architects’ Prefab Les Coccinelles Nursery is Wrapped in Delicate Sunlight-Diffusing Panels

SOA Architects’ Prefab Les Coccinelles Nursery is Wrapped in Delicate Sunlight-Diffusing Panels

The Saint-Gratien nursery is separated into three different sections that each correspond to a different age group. Its prefabricated metal shell creates a materially-efficient structure that is also very

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New Lithium-Ion Battery Holds Three Times More Energy and Recharges in Just 10 Minutes

New Lithium-Ion Battery Holds Three Times More Energy and Recharges in Just 10 Minutes

Photo via Shutterstock Researchers at the University of Southern California have developed a new lithium-ion battery that recharges in just 10 minutes and holds three times as much energy as its

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Reed Residence: A Zero-Energy Mountain Retreat in Colorado Made From Reclaimed Wood

Reed Residence: A Zero-Energy Mountain Retreat in Colorado Made From Reclaimed Wood

Located in Colorado’s Elkins Meadow (US), the Reed Residence is a zero-energy cozy shelter for a family of four. Half of the roof is clad with sun-gathering panels and the other half is a luscious green

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Chris & Malissa Tack’s Tiny Tack House Lives Large in Washington State

Chris & Malissa Tack’s Tiny Tack House Lives Large in Washington State

The couple began designing their home back in 2011 and made sure to think about how they would use the space before ever beginning construction. Working from home is a necessity for them both, as well as

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Ultra Compact ‘Petit Laundry Swoosh’ Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Only a Gallon of Water

Ultra Compact ‘Petit Laundry Swoosh’ Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Only a Gallon of Water

As far as washing machines go, the pedal-powered GiraDora and the Laundry Pod are pretty small - but the new ultra compact Petit Laundry Swoosh can fit on a countertop! Designed by Japanese company King

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The Biobot 20 is a Tabletop Biodiesel Processor for Waste Cooking Oil

The Biobot 20 is a Tabletop Biodiesel Processor for Waste Cooking Oil

Now there is something better you can do with that viscous mess of cooking oil instead of sequestering it in a can or pouring it down the drain. The UK-based company Biobot offers the Biobot 20, a

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Melbourne’s St. Alfred’s Church Boasts Highly Sophisticated Passive Heating and Cooling Systems

Melbourne’s St. Alfred’s Church Boasts Highly Sophisticated Passive Heating and Cooling Systems

St. Alfred's Anglican Church consists of a main worshipping auditorium, a gathering foyer, meeting rooms, offices and a commercial kitchen as well as an outdoor play and barbeque area. One

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Bonnifait + Giesen’s Cornege-Preston House is a Passive Solar Sink in New Zealand

Bonnifait + Giesen’s Cornege-Preston House is a Passive Solar Sink in New Zealand

The Cornege-Preston house is 40 meters long and six meters wide. Spread out thusly, which is made possible by a large plot, every section of the home is exposed to achieve maximum solar gain. Oriented to

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BAG Officinamobile Builds Rome’s First Straw Bale House

BAG Officinamobile Builds Rome’s First Straw Bale House

Seeking to change the perception that straw bale buildings are only suitable for rural areas, Beyond Architecture Group Officinamobile (BAG) recently built Rome's first straw bale home! The

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