energy efficiency

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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Saraiva + Associados Unveil Energy-Generating Science Complex for Expo2017 in Kazakhstan

Saraiva + Associados Unveil Energy-Generating Science Complex for Expo2017 in Kazakhstan

The site is surrounded by an interesting landscape delimited by a Green Ring embracing a water reservoir. This, the design studio states, is an essential framework for landscape design and architectural

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Barcelona Launches First Public Electric Scooter Sharing Scheme

Barcelona Launches First Public Electric Scooter Sharing Scheme

What’s the secret to making a cool and sustainable city? Bike sharing schemes have been the flavor of the decade, spreading far and wide from Copenhagen to Buenos Aires. But Barcelona is leading the

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Carnegie Wave Energy to Launch the World’s First Wave-Powered Desalination Plant

Carnegie Wave Energy to Launch the World’s First Wave-Powered Desalination Plant

Carnegie Wave Energy is planning to open the world's first zero-emission wave powered desalination plant on Garden Island in Australia. Using the Perth company's proprietary "CETO technology," the two

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Translucent House in Tousuienn Glows After the Sun Sets Over Japan

Translucent House in Tousuienn Glows After the Sun Sets Over Japan

Made from a sturdy steel structure, this Hiroshima home is completely covered in polycarbonate, a long-lasting, high impact-resistance material. Thanks to its translucent qualities, the large volume

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The Electricity-Free Laundry Pod Washer Cuts Down on Water, Time and Energy

The Electricity-Free Laundry Pod Washer Cuts Down on Water, Time and Energy

Doing laundry can be aggravating enough without having to worry about quarters, hauling heavy loads, and wasting energy. The Laundry Pod from StoreBound avoids the stress of laundromats by providing a

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Solar-Powered King’s Park Education Center Boasts a Massive Green Roof

Solar-Powered King’s Park Education Center Boasts a Massive Green Roof

The King's Park educational facility was designed primarily to educate children about sustainability, but its applicable for adults too and the building hosts the occasional public presentation. Run by

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Rammed-Earth Quartz Mountain Residence Captures Beauty of Arizona Desert

Rammed-Earth Quartz Mountain Residence Captures Beauty of Arizona Desert

The sophisticated Quartz Mountain Residence is a 4,700 square foot single family home that sits almost as a sculpture in the desert landscape. Modern in its design, the home boasts a material palette of

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LED Fish Bellies Celebrate Biological and Human Diversity in Texas

LED Fish Bellies Celebrate Biological and Human Diversity in Texas

The fish bellies installed on campus are made with layers of frosted acrylic. During the day they are translucent but at night they are illuminated with a rich palette of colored LED lights. The

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First Phase of k20 Architecture’s Hindmarsh Shire Council Centre Complete in Australia

First Phase of k20 Architecture’s Hindmarsh Shire Council Centre Complete in Australia

The Hindmarsh Shire building is in a region of Australia that is exposed to extreme temperatures, and therefore k20 Architecture began their adaptation by creating a building envelope with great thermal

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WRNS Studio’s New Tahoe City Transit Center Collects Snow For Rainwater Harvesting

WRNS Studio’s New Tahoe City Transit Center Collects Snow For Rainwater Harvesting

The TCTC’s shape is indicative of the region’s history with Lake Tahoe. Shaped with curves similar to a boat, this long rectilinear building’s roof eaves have long wooden slats as if designed as a

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Researchers Develop Battery-Free Wireless System to Power Mobile Devices

Researchers Develop Battery-Free Wireless System to Power Mobile Devices

Anyone with a mobile device has likely experienced the frustration of having to be reliant on a battery. The charge never lasts long enough, and finding a source of electricity on the run is a hassle.

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MIT’s Breakthrough Rechargeable Flow Battery Could Lower US Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint

MIT’s Breakthrough Rechargeable Flow Battery Could Lower US Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint

Researchers at MIT have engineered a new kind of rechargeable flow battery that could lead to a greater switch to renewable energy, such as wind and solar. Despite widespread support for renewable

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Redox Set to Launch Dishwasher-Sized ‘Cube’ Fuel Cells for 90% Less than Current Technologies

Redox Set to Launch Dishwasher-Sized ‘Cube’ Fuel Cells for 90% Less than Current Technologies

Fuel cells could provide a vital source of power for off-grid communities and cities experiencing hurricanes and thunderstorms - but existing units are expensive, massive, and they tend to run extremely

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Age Old Perovskite Mineral Offers Promise of Dirt Cheap Solar Power

Age Old Perovskite Mineral Offers Promise of Dirt Cheap Solar Power

Researchers have discovered that a mineral known to science for over a century has great potential for solar power applications. Perovskite, which is an abundant mineral first discovered in the Ural

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New Aerogel Fuel Cell Boasts 5x the Efficiency of Conventional Fuel Cells

New Aerogel Fuel Cell Boasts 5x the Efficiency of Conventional Fuel Cells

Fuel cells could be one of the our cleanest energy sources; they convert hydrogen into electricity, and their only waste byproduct is water. One of the biggest things holding back the technology, however,

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Australia’s Retrofitted Illawarra Flame House Takes Slight Lead in Solar Decathlon China

Australia’s Retrofitted Illawarra Flame House Takes Slight Lead in Solar Decathlon China

Named after a tree, the Illawarra Flame House comes equipped with a 9.4 kW photovoltaic system with two different kinds of cells, a grey water treatment and a rainwater capture system. It also features a

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Japanese Government and Auto Industry Team Up on $1.025 Billion EV Charging Plan

Japanese Government and Auto Industry Team Up on $1.025 Billion EV Charging Plan

Japan is pushing an ambitious $1.025 billion (100.5 Yuen) plan to install a national electric vehicle charging infrastructure powered by renewable energy, and the government is enlisting the help of the

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New York’s So-Called Greenest Skyscraper Actually Found to Be an Energy Hog

New York’s So-Called Greenest Skyscraper Actually Found to Be an Energy Hog

It looks like all that glitters is not LEED Gold (or LEED Platinum in the case of 1 Bryant Park). The NYC skyscraper has been called the greenest in the city but according to a report by The New Republic,

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MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

Parabolic Solar Mirror photo from Shutterstock Scientists at MIT just announced that they have created the perfect mirror - and it could signal a breakthrough for solar power technology. The team's

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Jensen Architects’ Green “SHED” Takes Modern Grange Ideals to New Heights

Jensen Architects’ Green “SHED” Takes Modern Grange Ideals to New Heights

The SHED is designed as a Butler building, which is a pre-engineered metal building that is very familiar in the agricultural landscape. This large metal building houses two stories of flexible space for

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US DOE Announces Plan to Create Efficiency Standards for Computers and Servers

US DOE Announces Plan to Create Efficiency Standards for Computers and Servers

The Internet has greened many aspects of modern life, such as reducing resource extraction and emissions by digital distribution of mail, music, paper goods, and entertainment. Even so, the infrastructure

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INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about Fujisawa SST and what Panasonic is hoping to accomplish with this new endeavor? Mr. Ishio: From the business perspective, our Fujisawa Sustainable Smart

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