energy efficiency

Architects ‘Turn Around’ an Aging Victorian Home to Flood it With Natural Light

Architects ‘Turn Around’ an Aging Victorian Home to Flood it With Natural Light

Reworking the home's boundaries involved creating a whole new configuration for the structure and removing an existing bathroom. In addition to "turning" the house around, the architects added a new

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Multi-Angled Facade Protects La Pischuca House from the Strong Salvadoran Sun

Multi-Angled Facade Protects La Pischuca House from the Strong Salvadoran Sun

Sited high on a hilltop, the home has a series of decks organized around a central patio for entertainment and optimal viewing of the expansive views of San Salvador, the surrounding mountains and the

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HOW TO: Use a Carbon Footprint Calculator to Maximize Energy Savings

HOW TO: Use a Carbon Footprint Calculator to Maximize Energy Savings

Carbon calculator photo from Shutterstock At one time or another, you've probably used a carbon calculator to find out how you're impacting the planet. But what's next? What happens after you know how

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Boris Hybrid Buses May Replace London’s Famous Routemaster Double Deckers

Boris Hybrid Buses May Replace London’s Famous Routemaster Double Deckers

Double decker Routemaster buses are as iconic to London as the old estate cabs, but they might not be on the roads for much longer. Transport for London (TFL) wants to scrap one of the last two routes

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Construction Starts on La Vita Tower, Nanjing’s First Building to Implement a Chilled Beam System

Construction Starts on La Vita Tower, Nanjing’s First Building to Implement a Chilled Beam System

Just one part of the first phase of a mixed-use project slated for the center of Nanjing's up-and-coming central business district, the 14 story mixed-use building has three floors of retail at its base,

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VASHO’s Green-Roofed and Energy-Efficient RD House Blends into a Dominican Republic Hillside

VASHO’s Green-Roofed and Energy-Efficient RD House Blends into a Dominican Republic Hillside

By burying RD house into the hillside, the architects were able to take advantage of the earth’s natural insulating properties to make the house more energy efficient. The rear of the home, which is the

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New Solvent Could Shrink the Paper Industry’s Energy Footprint By 40 Percent

New Solvent Could Shrink the Paper Industry’s Energy Footprint By 40 Percent

Paper photo from Shutterstock Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology recently teamed up with paper industry specialists to develop a new solvent that could drastically change the way the

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Panasonic Introduces World’s First Microwave-Controlled Ultra Compact Power Converter

Panasonic Introduces World’s First Microwave-Controlled Ultra Compact Power Converter

The age of giant AC power convertors (like those fat power bricks that covert 120v to 240v power) might fade into obscurity if Panasonic has anything to say about them. The Japanese electronics firm

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How the Super Bowl Causes a Drop in Household Energy Use

How the Super Bowl Causes a Drop in Household Energy Use

Photo via Shutterstock With the number of athletes and fans traveling to a gigantic stadium filled with bright lights, epic half-time shows, and enough confetti to carpet a billion hamster cages, the

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Exclusive Photos: World’s Largest Computerized Façade Cools Aedas’ Al Bahr Towers

Exclusive Photos: World’s Largest Computerized Façade Cools Aedas’ Al Bahr Towers

Abu Dhabi is hot, very hot, especially in the summer, making the temptation to keep the air-conditioning on full blast very hard to resist. But air-conditioning is not only expensive, but energy

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Efficient Aquitanis Community Housing Complex Initiates a Vibrant Urban Renewal for Small French Town

Efficient Aquitanis Community Housing Complex Initiates a Vibrant Urban Renewal for Small French Town

The Aquitanis complex distributes 36 apartments over the top three floors, each singularly spaced around an open communal patio. The design strategically placed separate but interconnecting blocks

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Tour Singapore’s Greenest Building: BCA Academy’s Zero Energy Headquarters

Tour Singapore’s Greenest Building: BCA Academy’s Zero Energy Headquarters

Singapore has no shortage of green buildings, but when it comes to energy-efficiency, there is one that surpasses all others. Home of the Singapore Building and Construction Authority Academy, the Zero

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Scotland Will Soon Be Home to the World’s First Self-Sufficient Island

Scotland Will Soon Be Home to the World’s First Self-Sufficient Island

Scotland’s Eigg Island might just be the world’s greenest island - and not only because of its pristine untouched landscape. The tiny isle off the country’s northwest coast boasts a broad array of

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Daylight Illuminates 92% of FAAB Architektura’s X Light Energy Building

Daylight Illuminates 92% of FAAB Architektura’s X Light Energy Building

FAAB Architektura's X Light Energy Building houses 230 employees in Bełchatów, Poland. Staircases, corridors, conference rooms, print rooms, toilets and other areas traditionally lit by artificial light

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Infographic: Vampire Appliances That Devour Electricity While You Sleep

Infographic: Vampire Appliances That Devour Electricity While You Sleep

Did you know that the average television uses 10 watts of electricity when it's switched off? Every night as you sleep vampire appliances are stalking your house, sucking up energy and raising your

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Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Washing dishes may soon be a thing of the past thanks to an incredible new coating that makes food simply roll of your plates and bowls. It sounds too good to be true, but according to Swedish design

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Minimalist Light-Filled Photographer’s Glass Studio Offers Beautiful Lakeside Views in the Canadian Shield

Minimalist Light-Filled Photographer’s Glass Studio Offers Beautiful Lakeside Views in the Canadian Shield

Surrounded by the sublime Canadian Shield landscape, the photographer's studio over a boathouse on Stony Lake unites the inner and outer environments with a transparent curtain wall glazed in Cradle to

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PHOTOS: Fin-Like Shading System Cools Siemens’ New Über Green Headquarters at Masdar City

PHOTOS: Fin-Like Shading System Cools Siemens’ New Über Green Headquarters at Masdar City

Clad in light aluminum fins that provide 100 percent shading to 95 percent of the glazed surfaces, Siemens' new headquarters at Masdar City is also embedded with several of the corporate giant's own

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Colorfully Renovated Ny Krohnborg School Revitalizes a Neighborhood in Bergen, Norway

Colorfully Renovated Ny Krohnborg School Revitalizes a Neighborhood in Bergen, Norway

Originally chosen to build a school on an old war bunker site located in Bergen, the Norwegian architects quickly realized that the bunker area was too small for the project, forcing the city to look for

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Juri Troy Architects’ Passive Wooden House in Austria Rests Peacefully on Stilts

Juri Troy Architects’ Passive Wooden House in Austria Rests Peacefully on Stilts

Measuring 1,000 square feet, the House Under the Oaks is a wide wooden box overlooking a luscious landscape. Its structure was made from prefab FSC timber and assembled on site, reducing

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Jerry Tate Architects Unveils Modern Green Addition to a Historic Edwardian House

Jerry Tate Architects Unveils Modern Green Addition to a Historic Edwardian House

The sustainability strategy with the Hollin House revolved around increasing the amount of daylight in the house, improving the building envelope and installing a completely new heating system for the

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Heatworks Model 1 Water Heater Cuts Energy Use by 40%, Smashes Through Kickstarter Goal

Heatworks Model 1 Water Heater Cuts Energy Use by 40%, Smashes Through Kickstarter Goal

The Heatworks Model 1 is a next-generation water heater that reduces energy use by 40%, slashes water use by 10%, and delivers an instant supply of hot water. This heater energizes water molecules and

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Chamfer Home: Tiny Self-Sufficient House Operates Off-Grid in Any Locale

Chamfer Home: Tiny Self-Sufficient House Operates Off-Grid in Any Locale

The Chamfer Home is a tiny self-sufficient shelter with a clean modern design that is made from eco-friendly materials. Designed by S-Archetype, the portable living unit can operate completely off the

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Four Houses Project Implements Traditional Islamic Features for a Contemporary Oasis in Saudi Arabia

Four Houses Project Implements Traditional Islamic Features for a Contemporary Oasis in Saudi Arabia

According to Dom Architectura, the focus of the Four Houses design was to achieve a contemporary architectural structure that intrinsically melds with the harsh Saudi Arabian environment. In order to

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Fan-Like Roofs and Slits Cool the Undulating Abedian School of Architecture in Australia

Fan-Like Roofs and Slits Cool the Undulating Abedian School of Architecture in Australia

Built on a hilltop, the Abedian building varies between two and three levels and contains a floating mezzanine, a spiral stair case and an internal walkway. For climate control on the structure's

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US Sees Slight Uptick in 2013 Carbon Emissions Despite Green Efforts

US Sees Slight Uptick in 2013 Carbon Emissions Despite Green Efforts

The US Energy Information Administration just put forth a new report that shows US carbon emissions increased 2% despite all the nation's environmental initiatives in the past year. According to the new

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Hulger Launches Stylish Energy-Saving Plumen 002 Light Bulbs on Kickstarter

Hulger Launches Stylish Energy-Saving Plumen 002 Light Bulbs on Kickstarter

In 2010, the firm unveiled the Plumen 001 as the world's first designer energy-saving bulb and all-purpose alternative to the 60W incandescent bulb. The award-winning bulb is now sold worldwide and is

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MPOWERD Unveils Luci Aura Color-Changing Inflatable Solar Lantern at CES 2014

MPOWERD Unveils Luci Aura Color-Changing Inflatable Solar Lantern at CES 2014

MPOWERD just launched a colorful new follow-up to its inflatable solar lantern. The energy-efficient Luci Aura can cycle through different hues to suit different atmospheres, from dinner parties to

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Apple’s New Mac Pro Desktop Uses 74% Less Aluminum and Steel Than its Predecessor

Apple’s New Mac Pro Desktop Uses 74% Less Aluminum and Steel Than its Predecessor

Apple's top-of-the-line professional workstation, the Mac Pro, has not only been redesigned to be much smaller and more efficient than before, but also more environmentally-friendly. It uses 74 percent

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Registration for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Opens in Copenhagen

Registration for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Opens in Copenhagen

The 2014 edition of the Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition, which will take place in Copenhagen this year, is officially open for submissions. The international design competition seeks to

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