energy efficiency

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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Norway’s Jektvik Ferry Quay Area is an Efficiently Built Daylit Building

Norway’s Jektvik Ferry Quay Area is an Efficiently Built Daylit Building

This Jektvik Ferry Quay Area was constructed in phases off-site, and it's able to adapt to the cold winter conditions of Norway. The building's transparent panels are composed of colored and frosted

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Average New Car Fuel Economy Rises to Record 24.9 MPG

Average New Car Fuel Economy Rises to Record 24.9 MPG

The Obama Administration's aggressive fuel economy standards appear to be paying off. A multi-year study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute finds that the average

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Mobile Machine Home in Spain is an Amazing Self Sufficient Module

Mobile Machine Home in Spain is an Amazing Self Sufficient Module

From the outside, the Mobile Machine has something of a mechanical appearance given its metalic facade and a double hydraulic door system. But the interior is finished in wood and looks more snug than

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WAMO Studio Transforms a Walk-In Ice Cream Freezer Into a Cool New Office

WAMO Studio Transforms a Walk-In Ice Cream Freezer Into a Cool New Office

A hot architecture firm in New Mexico recently transformed a walk-in ice cream freezer into a cool repurposed office! WAMO Studio architects Vahid Mojarrab and Carol Ware recently moved into an old Taos

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Zaha Hadid Unveils Winning Tokyo Olympic Stadium Design – And It’s Green!

Zaha Hadid Unveils Winning Tokyo Olympic Stadium Design – And It’s Green!

First, a look at the greenest parts of the project: the studio has incorporated geothermal heat and a rainwater cooling system within the stadium concept, along with the commitment to recycle greywater.

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Frigate Bird Teach Us about Flight?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Frigate Bird Teach Us about Flight?

The frigate bird is a powerful and aggressive seabird, with a deserved reputation as the pirate of the high seas. One of world's fastest birds, he swoops and soars up to 100 miles an hour, spending up to

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Infographic Shows Surprising Trends in Summer Energy Use Across the United States

Infographic Shows Surprising Trends in Summer Energy Use Across the United States

It's no secret that households across the US blast the AC when the summer heat sets in, leading to high electricity loads - but did you know that renewable energy production peaks during the hottest

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A Translucent Roof Bathes this Melbourne Home in Natural Light

A Translucent Roof Bathes this Melbourne Home in Natural Light

The vertical addition, which houses a kitchen, dining, and living room, is sealed by a completely translucent roof. This material choice gives the interior a verticality that would otherwise have been

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Barcelona’s Euronet 50/50 Project Wins European Sustainable Energy “Learning” Award

Barcelona’s Euronet 50/50 Project Wins European Sustainable Energy “Learning” Award

Over the last decade, Europe has emerged as a leader in the development of innovative environmental initiatives that encourage public awareness and engagement when it comes to sustainable living. However,

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