energy efficiency

Hans Kotter Makes Brilliant Light Installations With LEDs

Hans Kotter Makes Brilliant Light Installations With LEDs

Kotter crosses photography, sculpture and technology to create glowing installations that give physical form to light. In a constant exploration of new materials and techniques, he creates visually

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The Radfan Radiator Attchment Helps Distribute Heat Efficiently Through a Room

The Radfan Radiator Attchment Helps Distribute Heat Efficiently Through a Room

Most of the heat from a central heating radiator goes straight up to the ceiling, leaving you feeling colder than you should. Oftentimes, the air at the ceiling of a room can be significantly warmer than

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Timber-Clad House of the Early Childhood is a Healthy, Energy-Efficient School in France

Timber-Clad House of the Early Childhood is a Healthy, Energy-Efficient School in France

The humble, welcoming House of the Early Childhood provides preschool education for 100 children up to the age of five as well as nursery space. The 1,300 square meter structure is designed to provide a

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The Rock Bottom is a Tiny Off-Grid Reading Cabin Built for Just $300 in Vermont

The Rock Bottom is a Tiny Off-Grid Reading Cabin Built for Just $300 in Vermont

The construction cost of the Rock Bottom Cabin was incredibly low thanks to Diedricksen's deft scrap scavenger abilities. In fact, most of the cabin is made up of recycled parts and creatively reused

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LEED Gold Advanced Water Purification Facility Makes Water Treatment Classy in California

LEED Gold Advanced Water Purification Facility Makes Water Treatment Classy in California

The Groundwater Recovery Enhancement and Treatment Program (or GREAT) provides 25 million gallons of reclaimed water to the Oxnard each day. This water is processed through various on-site facilities and

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Architecten CSK’s Breathtaking Energy Neutral Villa K is Surrounded by a Wild Oak Forest

Architecten CSK’s Breathtaking Energy Neutral Villa K is Surrounded by a Wild Oak Forest

The two story villa, which is almost 50 meters long and 19 meters wide, is built on one of the many historic beach ridges located in Bergen. While most private development projects in the area try to

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INFOGRAPHIC: Energy Saving Tips to Make Your Holidays Shine Bright without Breaking the Bank

INFOGRAPHIC: Energy Saving Tips to Make Your Holidays Shine Bright without Breaking the Bank

The holiday season traditionally conjures up images of trees and homes strung with festive lights, cooking delicious food for cherished guests and a warm hearth to keep cold weather at bay. However,

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Swedish Students Design Passive Home Powered by the Sun

Swedish Students Design Passive Home Powered by the Sun

Measuring 645 sq foot, HALO takes its name and shape from the rainbow-like optical phenomenon around the sun. It was designed with small private rooms and large entertaining areas to shift people away

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Groundbreaking Solspaces Solar Thermal System Stores a Boat Load of Heat Energy

Groundbreaking Solspaces Solar Thermal System Stores a Boat Load of Heat Energy

After a three year project to develop a solar heating system capable of long-term storage, researchers at the University of Stuttgart are finally ready to test its Solspaces system. The groundbreaking new

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Futuristic Villa Kogelhof Wins Prestigious ARC13 Architecture Award

Futuristic Villa Kogelhof Wins Prestigious ARC13 Architecture Award

Dutch firm Paul de Ruiter Architects has triumphed over 110 entries to win the highly-esteemed ARC13 architecture prize with their ecologically-minded Villa Kogelhof. The prestigious award is given to

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Solar-Powered Sun Shade to Cover Dubai’s Winning Expo 2020 Pavilion

Solar-Powered Sun Shade to Cover Dubai’s Winning Expo 2020 Pavilion

Dubai has won a bid to host the 2020 Expo. This will be the first time the international celebration of innovation and business will be held in the Middle East, and Dubai’s aim is to generate 50 percent

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Truck Transformed Into Amazing Green Mobile Home

Truck Transformed Into Amazing Green Mobile Home

Tayyar was originally inspired by a TV program about homes on wheels which sparked the change of lifestyle. From there he used his skills over the course of several years to shape his modern residence for

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Goldee: The World’s Smartest Light Switch Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Goldee: The World’s Smartest Light Switch Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Goldee has leaped aboard the smart home bandwagon with new technology that promises to revolutionize our relationship with light. Dubbed the "world's smartest light switch," the minimalist black square

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World’s Largest Crowfunding Campaign Could Make Colombia’s Tallest Skyscraper a Reality

World’s Largest Crowfunding Campaign Could Make Colombia’s Tallest Skyscraper a Reality

Projected for completion in the year 2015, the new green skyscraper is a true inspiration for community-responsive urban design. Yes, it will be Colombia's first skyscraper in 40 years and upon

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Infographic: Why 9 Million Wood Stoves Should be Upgraded in the United States

Infographic: Why 9 Million Wood Stoves Should be Upgraded in the United States

According to the EPA, more than 12 million American households heat their homes with wood stoves, yet 75% of those stoves are dirty and inefficient. For those with outdated wood stoves, transitioning to a

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Spectrolab Breaks Own Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Spectrolab Breaks Own Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Space solar cell and panel manufacturer Spectrolab has broken its own solar cell efficiency world record. The Boeing subsidiary achieved an efficiency of 38.8 percent for a ground-based multi-junction

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Studio Gang’s Mega Efficient NRDC Office Retrofit Achieves LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification

Studio Gang’s Mega Efficient NRDC Office Retrofit Achieves LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification

Located in the Civic Opera House building, the open floorplan was key to the design because it allowed for a minimal amount of building materials and maixmum energy efficiency. An open layout office

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Infographic: Energy Efficiency and Why it Matters

Infographic: Energy Efficiency and Why it Matters

As the COP 19 Climate Change Conference takes place in Warsaw, in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, the need for decisive climate policy is at an all-time high. Philips is calling for renewed optimism and

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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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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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