energy efficiency

Philips’ New LED Carpeting Ensures You’ll Never Get Lost in the Airport Again

Philips’ New LED Carpeting Ensures You’ll Never Get Lost in the Airport Again

Philips has achieved a new milestone in its quest to integrate energy-efficient LEDs into all surfaces. We've seen the company install LEDs on ceilings, walls and now they are putting them in floors.

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Dualchas Architects’ Boreraig House is a Peaceful Green Retreat on the Isle of Skye

Dualchas Architects’ Boreraig House is a Peaceful Green Retreat on the Isle of Skye

The Boreraig house sits in a natural bowl in the landscape and low to the land to avoid interrupting the surrounding natural beauty. It is divided into three blocks using larch panels taken from fence

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V-Tex Makes Drinks Ice Cold in Under 45 Seconds

V-Tex Makes Drinks Ice Cold in Under 45 Seconds

Retailers and restaurants waste a ton of energy on refrigeration to keep beverages frosty cold for customers. This energy expense is so great that the European Union funded a project called "Rapidcool" to

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Duke University Students Discover a Way to Charge Cell Phones With Wi-Fi

Duke University Students Discover a Way to Charge Cell Phones With Wi-Fi

Keeping your power-hungry smartphones charged with cables and portable batteries may be a thing of the past as two engineering students have figured out a way to charge them with Wi-Fi. Allen Hawkes and

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Gorgeous Skidmore Passivhaus Blends Contemporary Design and Energy Efficiency in Portland

Gorgeous Skidmore Passivhaus Blends Contemporary Design and Energy Efficiency in Portland

Two separate structures make up the design: a two bedroom home with an adjoining office space. The surrounding landscape connects the two structures, adding size and unity to the entire project. The

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BDP Design Studio Inaugurates Striking Green-Roofed Planning and Exhibition Hall in Suzhou, China

BDP Design Studio Inaugurates Striking Green-Roofed Planning and Exhibition Hall in Suzhou, China

The combination of the two incongruous structures with opposing geometrics gives off a certain sophisticated character to the project while simultaneously providing an amazing display of energy

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Holst Architecture’s Karuna House Aims for Triple Certification in Oregon

Holst Architecture’s Karuna House Aims for Triple Certification in Oregon

The spectacular home will serve as a case study to examine the overlap and divergences between the different certifications. The findings are published in an insightful analysis on Hammer and Hand's

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VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

If you're worried about keeping warm and cozy these next few months, look no further than our video on how to button up your home for the cold season and cut your utility bills while you're at it! We've

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Masdar and Oil Companies to Develop Middle East’s First Commercial-Scale Carbon Capture & Storage Project

Masdar and Oil Companies to Develop Middle East’s First Commercial-Scale Carbon Capture & Storage Project

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and clean energy company Masdar announced Sunday that they will collaborate to develop commercial-scale carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) projects in the

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Low-Income School in Hong Kong Named ‘Greenest School on Earth’

Low-Income School in Hong Kong Named ‘Greenest School on Earth’

A low-income school in Hong Kong was just named one of the "Greenest Schools on Earth" by the U.S. Green Building Council! Sing Yin Secondary School shows that eco-friendly principles aren’t just for

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Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi’s Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi’s Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Taken while on a Masdar-sponsored trip that included a tour to the Shams 1 Concentrated Solar Power Plant and interviews with several key Masdar officials, these images are a testament to Masdar's

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Precinct Energy Power Station Activates a Low-Carbon Energy Landscape in Australia

Precinct Energy Power Station Activates a Low-Carbon Energy Landscape in Australia

The Precinct Energy Project (PEP) is part of urban renewal authority Places Victoria and Cogent Energy's plans for revitalizing the Dandenong city center. By using a single-source fuel, like natural gas,

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Cuna de Tierra Winery Blends Beautifully into the Natural Environment of Mexico

Cuna de Tierra Winery Blends Beautifully into the Natural Environment of Mexico

The Mexico-based studio also incorporated natural lighting within the rooms of the winery to ensure decreased energy usage. Each of the structures were independently built to create naturally ventilated

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Proud Green Home Achieves Unprecedented -2 HERS Rating in Georgia

Proud Green Home Achieves Unprecedented -2 HERS Rating in Georgia

Architectural firm LG Squared collaborated with the Imery Group on construction of the two-story, 2,600-square-foot Proud Green Home project, which was built in Atlanta's famed sustainable community,

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Beijing’s Haworth Showroom Named World’s First LEED v4 Certified Project

Beijing’s Haworth Showroom Named World’s First LEED v4 Certified Project

The Parkview Green itself is already a marvel of sustainable architecture: The 800,000 sq ft mixed-use development features a glass and ETFE envelope that minimizes heating and cooling demands all year

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Madrid’s New Repsol Campus Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Madrid’s New Repsol Campus Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

It’s not often that we see oil companies making serious environmental initiatives an integral part of their corporate portfolio, but at least one company is seemingly coming out as a leader by

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Super Efficient Transparent Solar Cells Could Turn Windows into Clean Energy Generators

Super Efficient Transparent Solar Cells Could Turn Windows into Clean Energy Generators

Imagine windows powering homes, office buildings, and even airplanes. That fantasy might not be far from reality thanks to the latest breakthroughs in solar cell technology. Researchers from the Institute

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Dazzling STARPATH Pavement Lights Up the Night With Stored Solar Energy

Dazzling STARPATH Pavement Lights Up the Night With Stored Solar Energy

UK-based company Pro-Teq has developed a glow-in-the-dark product called "STARPATH" that can be applied to virtually any pavement surface to provide energy-free lighting once night falls. The material

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Infographic: Futuristic Technologies Coming Soon to a City Near You

Infographic: Futuristic Technologies Coming Soon to a City Near You

What will the smart city of tomorrow look like? Sagentia just launched a new infographic that details some of the cutting-edge technologies that will make cities more efficient, healthy, and enjoyable

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Team Ontario’s Super Efficient ECHO House Named Winner of the Engineering Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013!

Team Ontario’s Super Efficient ECHO House Named Winner of the Engineering Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013!

In anticipation of the next wave of students and young professionals looking to purchase a home in the next ten years, Team Ontario designed ECHO, a starter home that introduces the concept of sustainable

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Stepped Arrowtown House in New Zealand Uses Geothermal Power and Passive Heating and Cooling

Stepped Arrowtown House in New Zealand Uses Geothermal Power and Passive Heating and Cooling

With an area of 1,400 square feet, the modest Arrowtown House is a compact, high quality home sited on a slope near the city center. It faces the north to make the most out of natural light while keeping

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Co+Labo’s Tiny Pee-Powered Barn House Shelters Two Humans, Two Horses

Co+Labo’s Tiny Pee-Powered Barn House Shelters Two Humans, Two Horses

Located on the outskirts of Taiki-cho, the 710 square foot Barn House sits just next door to the luminous “Meme” house, created by architect, and competition judge, Kengo Kuma. The Barn House is

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Infographic Shows the Energy Efficiency of All 50 US States

Infographic Shows the Energy Efficiency of All 50 US States

Energy Savvy just released an interactive infographic that illuminates energy efficiency potential of every state across the US. Over the past three years, EnergySavvy collected more than 5 million unique

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California Company Launches a Car Fuel Made from Landfill Methane

California Company Launches a Car Fuel Made from Landfill Methane

Image via Shutterstock There's no denying that fracking is bad, really bad. But what about natural gas from other sources? California's Clean Energy Fuels has just announced that they have begun the

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Japan Promises to Make 2020 Olympics a High-Tech Fest of Self-Driving Cars, 5G Networks and More

Japan Promises to Make 2020 Olympics a High-Tech Fest of Self-Driving Cars, 5G Networks and More

When Japan was announced as the host of the 2020 Olympics last month, it brought about a new wave of concern over the ongoing environmental crisis at Fukushima. As the government pushes for an end to the

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Walmart Launches Line of $10 LED Bulbs

Walmart Launches Line of $10 LED Bulbs

Niloo / Shutterstock.com With energy-saving, bill-reducing LED light bulbs often selling at anywhere from $20-$60, it can be difficult to take the leap and transition from incandescent or CFL. Walmart,

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BMW to Make Plug-in Hybrid Electric Versions of Entire Lineup

BMW to Make Plug-in Hybrid Electric Versions of Entire Lineup

BMW is going electric in a big way. The German luxury vehicle maker announced that it is going to manufacture a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) version of each of its models. BMW has begun

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Angled Green Roof Crowns Unique A-framed Allerød Clubhouse in Denmark

Angled Green Roof Crowns Unique A-framed Allerød Clubhouse in Denmark

Not your average clubhouse, this modern facility in the Danish municipality of Allerød has two differentiated faces. The entrance side of the building is shielded against the elements and features only a

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USC’s Net Zero fluxHome Leaps Out of the Starting Gate at the Solar Decathlon 2013

USC’s Net Zero fluxHome Leaps Out of the Starting Gate at the Solar Decathlon 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon judges the twenty solar homes on design, construction, cost-effeciency, energy-efficiency and appearance. And from the looks of the fluxHome design and

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company

Automotive designer J Mays has become well-known as the design director of Ford Motor Company. Born in rural Oklahoma, Mays started working at his family's auto parts store at an early age with

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