energy efficiency

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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Solar-Powered Canopy House Features a Liquid-Cooled Photovoltaic Array

Solar-Powered Canopy House Features a Liquid-Cooled Photovoltaic Array

Two major components of this design set it apart from similar solar decathlon entries this year: the liquid-cooled rooftop PV array and a clever Data Integrating Engineering and Mechanics Wall (DIEM),

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DALE: Brilliant Solar-Powered Micro Home is Set on Rails for Mobility

DALE: Brilliant Solar-Powered Micro Home is Set on Rails for Mobility

DALE, which is an acronym for Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, is a net zero micro dwelling that produces all of its own energy with rooftop solar panels. It is also incredibly energy efficient

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Super Resilient DesertSol House by Team Las Vegas Captures the Mojave Desert’s Sun and Soul

Super Resilient DesertSol House by Team Las Vegas Captures the Mojave Desert’s Sun and Soul

Team Las Vegas is made up of 60 students from various disciplines and already they have shown themselves to be highly organized and poised to win with a design that is not only befitting to the Mojave

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MOMA’s Rechargeable LED Bulb Flashlight Offers Three Hours of Emergency Light

MOMA’s Rechargeable LED Bulb Flashlight Offers Three Hours of Emergency Light

MoMA’s Bulb Flashlight has a built-in rechargeable battery that allows it to double as a regular bulb and an emergency flashlight. The $45 LED bulb is recharged while used as a lamp. It screws into a

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Obama Administration Cracks Down on Power Plant Emissions

Obama Administration Cracks Down on Power Plant Emissions

The Obama administration made climate change history this morning by enacting the first federal carbon limits on the nation's power companies. Refusing to bow to pressure from the coal industry, the

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H Arquitectes’ Gorgeous Wooden House 205 is Designed for Disassembly

H Arquitectes’ Gorgeous Wooden House 205 is Designed for Disassembly

The geometrical wooden House 205 stands firmly within a thicket of trees and bushes. Designed to have a minimal footprint on the ground it sits, the structure is built on a natural rocky platform atop

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Dubail Begert Architectes Renovates Swiss Home with a Fake Green Wall

Dubail Begert Architectes Renovates Swiss Home with a Fake Green Wall

"The house refuses the romantic and nostalgic ode to the bygone countryside and scoops out its inspirations contrariwise from the contemporary farm sheds," said Sylvain Dubail and David Begert. Covered

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HARVEST: A Solar-Powered Prefab that Replenishes Nature’s Gifts

HARVEST: A Solar-Powered Prefab that Replenishes Nature’s Gifts

The net-zero home designed by Team Capitol D.C. has so many wonderful features that not only make the home itself self-sustainable, but also sustains its occupants. A rooftop photovoltaic array provides

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INFOGRAPHIC: NH Hotels Cut Energy Used for Lighting 80% by Switching to Philips LED Lamps

INFOGRAPHIC: NH Hotels Cut Energy Used for Lighting 80% by Switching to Philips LED Lamps

Philips recently reduced the energy consumption of lighting at NH Hotels by 80% by fitting 600 hotel rooms across Europe with 23,500 LED lamps. The lamps are rated to last for up to 45,000 hours, which

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RFID-Controlled Pinch Power Strip Switches Off Devices When You Walk Away

RFID-Controlled Pinch Power Strip Switches Off Devices When You Walk Away

The vast majority of us aren't always too quick to turn off our devices every time we leave our desks or walk out of a room. Instead, computer monitors, printers, lamps and the like are either left

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Dodecado’s Dazzling Light Blocks Let You Create Your Own LED Lamps

Dodecado’s Dazzling Light Blocks Let You Create Your Own LED Lamps

Montreal-based Dodecado has created a playful set of sculptural light blocks that can be stacked to create practically any shape you can imagine. The blocks are lit by low-energy LED lights, and they snap

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Solar-Powered Bauhaus Barge Offers Luxurious Living with a Low Carbon Footprint

Solar-Powered Bauhaus Barge Offers Luxurious Living with a Low Carbon Footprint

The Bauhaus Barge is a unique solar-powered cruising houseboat that prides itself on using no fuel at all. Built by Jurgen Huber, the zero energy Barge is designed to offer “carbon neutral cruising

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