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A Disappointing Majority of New and Renovated NYC Buildings Are Energy-Inefficient

by , 08/20/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Despite all of our efforts to make NYC greener with rooftop gardens, solar panels and wind turbines, the city at large is still terribly behind when it comes to energy efficiency. The Department of Buildings recently posted the results of a completed audit, revealing that one in ten buildings in the midst of or due for construction, as well as those currently undergoing renovation, fail to meet the New York City Energy Conservation Code. This means that 90 percent of the construction in the city isn’t meeting NYC energy standards.

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Breathtaking Green-Roofed Tula House Hovers Over the Craggy Cliffs of British Columbia

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Nokero Launches Prima N202 Solar-Powered Light Bulb at American Renewable Energy Day

by , 08/20/14

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Nokero International, Ltd. recently launched the Prima N202, its ninth solar-powered light bulb, at Aspen’s American Renewable Energy Day Conference early this month. As a leader in solar-powered renewable energy, Nokero will distribute its latest product internationally with the aim of improving the lives and economic opportunities of those without electricity. The lightweight and portable Prima N202 boasts the world’s most efficient integrated solar panel and can generate 180 lumens per watt of LED light for 7+ hours on the Low setting and 3.5+ hours on the High setting. The solar-powered bulb can be purchased from the Nokero shop.

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Olafur Eliasson's Sprawling Stone River Landscape Takes Over the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

by , 08/19/14
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NASA's New Space Solar Arrays Fold Like Extreme Origami Flowers

by , 08/19/14

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Bigger is better when it comes to space-based solar panels – but rockets have a very limited amount of room, so getting them into orbit can be a challenge. So where do NASA researchers turn when looking for solutions to this packing problem? Surprisingly, they look no further than the good, old-fashioned art of origami. Using an innovative folding technique, researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) and NASA created an 82-foot solar array that can fold down to just 8.9 feet when closed.

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3D-Printed Honeycomb Home Could Provide Housing on Mars

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David Rockwell Launches New Line of Luxury Prefab Homes

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Leaked Video Shows "Most Abhorrent Displays of Unethical Hunting Behavior and Animal Abuse Ever Recorded"

by , 08/19/14

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Hunting protected animals with semi-automatic weapons, running over animals with jeeps, and torturing animals before killing them; it sounds too horrible to be true – but a shocking new video shows that a company called Green Mile Safari allowed its clients to do all of the above. The terrible montage of animal abuse is so bad that the Dallas Safari Club sent a letter to Tanzania’s minister of natural resources and tourism stating that “without question, the video depicts some of the most abhorrent displays of unethical hunting behavior and animal abuse ever recorded.”

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Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

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Greenbuild 2014: The World's Largest Green Building Event is Coming to New Orleans October 22nd!

by , 08/19/14

Heads up architects and green building buffs – the world’s largest sustainable building event, Greenbuild, is coming up in New Orleans from October 22-24! This year the Big Easy is hosting this prestigious international conference and expo, and thousands will visit from around the globe to discover the latest green design innovations, listen to renowned speakers, rub elbows with leading green building professionals, and tour the inspiring new sustainable infrastructure in New Orleans. If you’re considering attending, register before August 14th for early bird pricing!

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Bertjan Pot's Spectacular LED Chandelier Brings the Spirit of Disco to Any Room

by , 08/19/14

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Studio Bertjan Pot’s new LED chandelier brings disco fever to any room! Lovingly called “Come on LED’s go!,” the oversized light fixture evokes 70′s dance floors with grids of multi-colored LED lights that sparkle on a mesh wire frame. The lamp’s dynamic diamond shape adds a modern touch to any room, and the long-lasting LEDs will keep the party going till the sun comes up. Bertjan Pot collaborated with Den Herder Production House to create the fixture, which is also available in more demure white LED bulbs.

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How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England's First Net-Zero Home

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Kite Building Bricks Look and Snap Together Exactly Like LEGO's

by , 08/19/14

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Of all the LEGO-like building components we’ve seen over the years, Kite Bricks come closest to the famous toy bricks’ building technology. The blocks, also referred to as Smart Bricks, allow for a faster, cheaper and more precise construction than conventional building methods. The company estimates that using the Smart Brick system can lead to savings of 50 percent of the total expenses associated with building an eight-story building. The bricks are currently in the prototype stage and the company is looking to raise $3 million to go into production.

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SpaTap Transforms Any Water Bottle into a Pop Up Shower

by , 08/19/14
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Thanks to the new SpaTap, campers can turn an ordinary plastic bottle into a pop up shower! The simple contraption clips onto an ordinary water bottle to allow campers to enjoy a nice soak off the grid without wasting a pile of water. The must-have camping accessory was fully funded by on Kickstarter.

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Take a Glimpse Inside the Octagon's Stately Green Residences on Roosevelt Island

by , 08/19/14
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Help Girls Dream Big by Making the Dream, Girl Movie a Reality

Help Girls Dream Big by Making the Dream, Girl Movie a Reality

We know the names and stories of male CEOs like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, but what about female entrepreneurs? What do their lives look like? That's exactly what…

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7 Ways to Keep Your Eco-Footprint Lower than Your Tuition

7 Ways to Keep Your Eco-Footprint Lower than Your Tuition

It hurts to say it, but summer’s almost over. Soon students around the world are going to be heading back to the accidentally-nod-off-while-studying sleep schedules and caffeine…

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Could Your Morning Newspaper Also Fuel Your Car?

Could Your Morning Newspaper Also Fuel Your Car?

Although many people now read the news online or on their e-readers, actual printed newspapers are still enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. Unfortunately all those papers add up…

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Washington, D.C.'s South African Embassy Gets a Modern Green Renovation

Washington, D.C.'s South African Embassy Gets a Modern Green…

The architects’ primary goal was to create a design which would incorporate elements of South African heritage and style without compromising the aesthetic and structural integrity of…

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See How This Handy New App Lets You Create Design Concepts Right on Your Smartphone

See How This Handy New App Lets You Create Design Concepts Right on…

A revolutionary new mobile app is offering designers the ability to use their smartphones or tablets to create concepts on-the-go. Board 2.0, from the masterminds at The Morpholio…

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