INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks with Carl Seville, the Green Building Curmudgeon

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We had an opportunity to sit down with green building consultant Carl Seville, also known as the Green Building Curmudgeon for his no-nonsense look at green building and remodeling. Carl just published the textbook GREEN BUILDING: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction and is working on the new LEED for Homes Guide. We jump into the the quickly evolving world of green home construction and fly over the many local and national green building programs he has worked with. Fresh from speaking at the RaterFest Conference in the Colorado Rockies, he gives us a sometimes surprisingly optimistic look at better home construction.

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IBM's Drew Clark on the Future of Smart Meters

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In our last Energy 101 column, we looked at some of the home energy monitoring devices currently available and explored the ways that they can help us live more efficient, eco-conscious lives. But with smart grid technologies rapidly approaching, a new group of energy-tracking devices is emerging. We had the chance to speak with Drew Clark, Director of Strategy for IBM’s Venture Capital Group, about what the future holds for smart meter technology.

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Lighting Makeover - Inhabitots Editor Julie Seguss Gets a Money-Saving Light Bulb Overhaul

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If you read our enlightening “how to switch to LED bulbs” tutorial, you’ve hopefully already seen how much money and energy you can save by replacing your incandescent bulbs, but we wanted to make it even clearer how easy and effective a home light bulb makeover can be. We headed over to Brooklyn to give a light bulb overhaul to the managing editor of Inhabitots, our very own Julie Seguss! Julie is going to be a new mom in just a few months, so saving money is of the utmost importance right now, but she still wanted to keep her Park Slope home illuminated with a warm, bright glow. In just a few hours, the Inhabitat lighting makeover crew (aka Inhabitat editors Jill & Yuka) were able to swap out all of Julie’s electricity-guzzling incandescents and halogens with energy-efficient Philips LEDs, and we think you’ll be impressed with the monthly savings we tallied up for Julie at the end of the day. Check out our video above to see the whole makeover, and find out how much extra cash Julie and her husband will have after the makeover to spend on diapers and baby clothes!

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VIDEO: MoMA Curator Paola Antonelli Takes Inhabitat on a Tour of 'Talk to Me'

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Everyone from design nerds and art critics to tech geeks and gadget junkies has sung the praises of “Talk to Me,” the Museum of Modern Art’s latest special exhibit that puts technology and interactive design in the spotlight. Put together by MoMA design curator Paola Antonelli, the show features nearly 200 pieces that range from talking plant sensors to robotic animal simulations to digital designs for building facades, each exploring how objects communicate with us. We were treated to a special guided tour of the exhibit by Antonelli herself, and we had the chance to talk with her about how technology impacts our lives and what she thinks about the future of sustainable design.

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Blueseed About Their Floating “Googleplex of the Sea” Island

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Top 6 Inhabitat Interviews of 2012 - Vote for Your Favorite!

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Over the last year, Inhabitat interviewed dozens of designers, architects and green visionaries from across the globe. Whether we were chatting up the creators of NYC’s Lowline Undeground Park or discussing the good, the bad and the ugly side of architecture with building science pioneer Dr. Joe Lstiburek, there was plenty of food for thought to be shared when it came to sustainable design. Check out which 6 interviews really stood out in 2012 and then vote for your favorite!

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Eco-Fashion Designer Samantha Pleet

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Even though Fashion Week is behind us, we thought it would be fun to revisit the exclusive video we shot of one of our favorite New York Designers, Samantha Pleet. Our very own Jill Fehrenbacher chatted with the eco-designer in her Brooklyn studio about everything from her collection to what the future of sustainable fashion will look like. Click here to check it out!

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Inhabitat Talks to Adrian Grenier and Peter Glatzer of SHFT.com

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Adrian Grenier (of Entourage fame) and Peter Glatzer (a veteran film producer) founded SHFT.com, a sustainable site that brings together Grenier and Glatzer’s background in film with their passion for the environmental movement. We had a chance to talk to the pair about melding these two worlds together, how their unique vision adds to the sustainable movement, and how great design can make green even better. Stay tuned to the end of the video to find out what green gadgets Grenier and Glatzer just couldn’t get enough of this year.

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks with Revenge of the Electric Car's Director Chris Paine

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Panasonic's Katsumi Tomita About Greening the Electronics Industry

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VIDEO: The Story Of Inhabitat

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You might check out Inhabitat for the latest and greatest in green design and innovation (at least we hope you do!), but did you ever wonder how the website began and what fuels it? Check out this illuminating video where Inhabitat founder and editor in chief Jill Fehrenbacher talks about how the website got its start and what Inhabitat’s small business rule of success is – it might surprise you!

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How The Nokero SunRay Pro Power Solar Charger Saved My Skin & My Sanity During Hurricane Sandy

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When Hurricane Sandy hit last week and the power in my lower Manhattan apartment went out, my first thought, as I dug around for candles and LED lamps was “Well this will be a fun little off-grid adventure!” I naively harbored some romantic notion of the coziness of eating dinner and playing board games with my family by candlelight, and even actually enjoyed the first 24 hours without electricity for the chance to disconnect. However, when my gadget batteries started to die one by one, the water dried up, the food in the fridge started to spoil, and contact with the outside world began to shut down, the novelty started to wear off and the reality of the situation finally began to hit me. First my computer battery died, then iPad, then finally my phone, and I think I never fully realized until that moment how much of a lifeline these mobile communication devices are. Without even a working cell phone – my last vestige of communication – to call my family or look at the news, I had no idea what was going on around me, how much longer the power outage was supposed to last, and whether there was any help available, and I started to get desperate.

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Discusses the RIO+20 Conference with Thani Al Zayoudi, Directorate of Energy and Climate Change at UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Dwell Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron About the Light & Energy Issue

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Pick Up a Hammer for Habitat for Humanity's National Women Build Week

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eBay Launches New Green Driving Site for Finding and Buying Eco Vehicles

eBay Launches New Green Driving Site for Finding and Buying Eco…

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about what eBay Green Driving is and why eBay decided to develop it? Brad: The site is a one-stop-shop for all things related to green driving.…

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INTERVIEW: Rob Peterson Of Chevy Talks Volt Production Shutdown, Reveals High Customer Satisfaction

INTERVIEW: Rob Peterson Of Chevy Talks Volt Production Shutdown,…

There is a buzz in the air this week about the Chevy Volt thanks to an announcement by General Motors on Friday that they'll be shutting down production of the Volt at the…

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INTERVIEW: CEO of Bentley Systems Greg Bentley Talks About the Future City Design Competition

INTERVIEW: CEO of Bentley Systems Greg Bentley Talks About the Future…

While we write a lot about a sustainable built environment, we often overlook the contribution of engineers. We recently talked at length with Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems,…

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Inhabitat Gets Electric Vehicle Fever at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Inhabitat Gets Electric Vehicle Fever at the 2012…

Inhabitat's Jill Fehrenbacher recently hit the scene of the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where she toured the laser-filled show to bring you an exclusive look…

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Bill O'Reilly Caught Red-Handed in a Flip Flop - He Used to Support the Volt and Government Subsidies

Bill O'Reilly Caught Red-Handed in a Flip Flop - He Used to Support…

Oh the talking heads of the political world -- what would we do without them? The latest wonderful blunder has come from one of our favorites, Mr. Bill O'Reilly. In the midst of the…

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VIDEO: Costello Tagliapietra’s Dazzling Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week Show

VIDEO: Costello Tagliapietra’s Dazzling Fall 2012 New York Fashion…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=R0HgMPIamtg We were seeing stars at Costello Tagliapietra’s Fall/Winter 2012 debut at New York Fashion Week, and not…

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Ecouterre Hits the Green Carpet at Christie's

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Ecouterre Hits the Green Carpet at Christie's "Runway…

A few months back, Christie's Green Auction raised a whopping $1.4 million for four very worthy environmental charities -- Oceana, NRDC, Central Park Conservancy and Conservation…

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: The Future of Sustainable Fashion

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: The Future of Sustainable Fashion

A few months ago, Inhabitat's Editor-in-Chief Jill Fehrenbacher had the pleasure of curating a panel about sustainability and philanthropy in the fashion industry for the Afingo Fashion…

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VIDEO: Ecouterre’s Favorite Looks From the Designers & Agents Green Room

VIDEO: Ecouterre’s Favorite Looks From the Designers & Agents Green…

A few months ago, Ecouterre set up shop inside the Green Room, a carefully curated space dedicated to emerging eco-fashion labels at the Designers and Agents show in NYC. Join the…

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INTERVIEW: Ray Anderson on Climbing the Mountain of Corporate Sustainability

INTERVIEW: Ray Anderson on Climbing the Mountain of Corporate…

Ray Anderson is more than just the founder and chairman of the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpeting, he's also the grandfather of corporate sustainability. In 1995,…

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VIDEO: A Look Back at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and The Green Cars We Loved

VIDEO: A Look Back at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and The Green Cars We…

Last year I had the good fortune to attend the North American International Auto Show (or NAIAS) in Detroit - for the first time - and the timing couldn't have been more perfect! I had…

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Top 6 Inhabitat Interviews of 2011 - Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Inhabitat Interviews of 2011 - Vote for Your Favorite!

From world-renowned architects to nuclear power advocates, Inhabitat interviewed dozens of inspiring individuals this year. We sat down with Yann Weymouth of HOK to learn more about the…

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INTERVIEW: Gensler's Chris Chan on the Sustainable Shanghai Tower, Asia's Tallest Skyscraper

INTERVIEW: Gensler's Chris Chan on the Sustainable Shanghai Tower,…

In 2008 Gensler broke ground on the sustainable Shanghai Tower in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China. The tower is currently in construction and it's one of three supertall…

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INTERVIEW: University of Maryland Wins Big at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

INTERVIEW: University of Maryland Wins Big at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Here at Inhabitat we're suckers for the Solar Decathlon -- the biennial design/build competition in which university design teams from all around the globe battle it out on the National…

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VIDEO: Announcing the Winner of the 2011 Solar Decathlon

VIDEO: Announcing the Winner of the 2011 Solar Decathlon

If you're anything like us, you've been having Solar Decathlon withdrawal since the biennial design-build competition ended at the beginning of the month. We're still buzzing with…

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