“energy efficiency”

Modumetal’s revolutionary technology grows super-tough metal like a tree

Modumetal’s revolutionary technology grows super-tough metal like a tree

The processes used to extract and utilize metals are typically highly energy intensive, with ores extracted through mines using smelting, or with recycled scraped melted down to be recast. But one Seattle

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Gorgeous Pond House is a zero-energy ‘dream house’ retreat in Louisiana

Gorgeous Pond House is a zero-energy ‘dream house’ retreat in Louisiana

The Pond House has been a long project in the making. When Holly, who is also a principal of Holly & Smith Architects, and his wife Denise purchased the 15.5-acre plot of land, the couple saw the

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Dwell Development’s outstanding zero-energy Emerald Star home in Seattle is almost entirely reclaimed

Dwell Development’s outstanding zero-energy Emerald Star home in Seattle is almost entirely reclaimed

With a cutting-edge combination of green features, Dwell's most recent residential project will be the firm's 100th certified home, expected to achieve the highest rating when it comes to sustainability.

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NOEM’s futuristic Spaceship House is controlled by a smartphone

NOEM’s futuristic Spaceship House is controlled by a smartphone

The Spaceship House is made up of three prefab modules built of Pyrenean wood in local factories that were then assembled onsite for a total construction time of 14 weeks from design to completion. The

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Architects ‘Turn Around’ an Aging Victorian Home to Flood it With Natural Light

Architects ‘Turn Around’ an Aging Victorian Home to Flood it With Natural Light

Reworking the home's boundaries involved creating a whole new configuration for the structure and removing an existing bathroom. In addition to "turning" the house around, the architects added a new

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INFOGRAPHIC: Which states care most about the environment?

INFOGRAPHIC: Which states care most about the environment?

As the Earth heats up, thankfully so does interest in sustainable living and renewable energy. Think about the last time you searched for something like “how to compost” or “eco-friendly cleaning

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Yves Béhar’s sleek Hive 2 thermostat looks like a polished mirror

Yves Béhar’s sleek Hive 2 thermostat looks like a polished mirror

Your thermostat could get a sleek new facelift, thanks to super designer Yves Béhar’s Fuseproject. The new Hive 2 thermostat, designed for British Gas, adds a sort of minimalist steel mirror to your

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INFOGRAPHIC: How the European Union is tackling energy consumption

INFOGRAPHIC: How the European Union is tackling energy consumption

Energy efficiency is a top priority for the European Union. To that end, the EU set several ambitious targets, including cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40% as compared with 1990 and increasing energy

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Live off the grid and rent-free in the charming Wohnwagon mobile caravan

Live off the grid and rent-free in the charming Wohnwagon mobile caravan

The green roof helps insulate the home during the winter and cool it during the summer months. Triple-glazed windows punctuate the larch shell, bringing in natural light and framing views. Solar

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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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Energy-efficient dryer of the future swaps heat for ultrasonic waves

Energy-efficient dryer of the future swaps heat for ultrasonic waves

Clothes dryers are one of the biggest energy users in the home, but a new discovery made by scientists at Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could change the home appliance’s energy-guzzling

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London shoe polish factory transformed into RIBA award-winning charity offices

London shoe polish factory transformed into RIBA award-winning charity offices

The most distinctive feature of the social justice center’s facade is the zigzagging roofline that sits like a crown atop the new building extension. Clad in diamond-shaped zinc tile cladding, the three

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why solar panels are an affordable and smart investment

INFOGRAPHIC: Why solar panels are an affordable and smart investment

Want to save some green while going green? You may want to start with solar: a source of renewable energy that’s more affordable now than ever. As one of the most energy efficient resources in the

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Solar-powered hospital heals patients with sustainable design in New Zealand

Solar-powered hospital heals patients with sustainable design in New Zealand

Completed late last year, the three-story-tall and spacious Kathleen Kilgour Centre is estimated to provide local cancer-treatment options for approximately 600 patients. The 3,000-square-meter building

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Amsterdam’s new 3D-printed steel bridge is revolutionizing the building industry

Amsterdam’s new 3D-printed steel bridge is revolutionizing the building industry

The goal behind the experimental 3D-printing project is the eventual creation of an automatic construction site. According to Jan van de Ven, Heijmans’ Manager of Business Development, an automatic

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3 Rooms, 3 Trees and a Meadow Adorn the Roof of House S in Germany

3 Rooms, 3 Trees and a Meadow Adorn the Roof of House S in Germany

The three new boxes on the roof house a master bedroom, dressing room and bath room, as well as a personal living room and home office. There's a meadow and apple tree in one corner, a courtyard and pine

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This rubber jointed LED table lamp can bend in any direction like Gumby

This rubber jointed LED table lamp can bend in any direction like Gumby

Manufacturer of lighting solutions, Curio Design, unveiled their minimalist Hype lamp collection at New York Design week and the company will start shipping the items this summer. These dynamically shaped

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UK Student Builds Surprisingly Sturdy Stools With Bacteria, Sand and Pee

UK Student Builds Surprisingly Sturdy Stools With Bacteria, Sand and Pee

Edinburgh College of Art student Peter Trimble has built a ready-made machine for making compostable furniture. Called Dupe, the machine converts sand, urine and bacteria into a new biomaterial similar to

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France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

France has just passed a trailblazing new law that requires that all new buildings constructed in commercial areas must be partially covered by either solar panels or green roofs. Not only will this bring

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Environmental center by 24H Architecture is powered by the local forest

Environmental center by 24H Architecture is powered by the local forest

A public building of this size would typically burn 15,000 cubic meters of gas each year to stay warm. Known for their eco designs, Dutch firm 24H Architecture have created a naturally inspired wooden

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Medici Architects rock 5-Star Built Green standards with gorgeous Kirkland Home

Medici Architects rock 5-Star Built Green standards with gorgeous Kirkland Home

The first thing you notice is the reclaimed wood siding Medici Architects applied to the outside of this modern home in downtown Kirkland, WA, which earned Built Green 5 star certification. A voluntary

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Earthship Cologne: Why Germany needs this self-sufficient house made from rubbish

Earthship Cologne: Why Germany needs this self-sufficient house made from rubbish

We can take our hats off to Germany, leading the way with investment in renewable energy, pioneering Passivhaus standard homes and public buildings. However Germany's Earthship builders point out that

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Prefab C/Z House is clad in blackened timber on the island of Pico

Prefab C/Z House is clad in blackened timber on the island of Pico

Built into the hilly terrain, the C/Z House is divided into four rectangular volumes that connect at the center with a glazed living room. Its irregular shape was created to take advantage of views in

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Versatile prefab Passion House M1 snaps together in just two days

Versatile prefab Passion House M1 snaps together in just two days

The environmentally friendly Passion House M1 is constructed mainly out of wood, with a glulam structure frame and cross-laminated-timber wall panels. The windows are made from wood-aluminum and the

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Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

The Eco-leaf is a solar shade concept that will lower your carbon footprint and brighten your living room. Eco-leaf's unique energy harvesting design integrates proven-technologies like solar, E ink, and

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Los Angeles to network all 7,500 miles of LED streetlights through wireless and cloud technologies

Los Angeles to network all 7,500 miles of LED streetlights through wireless and cloud technologies

Los Angeles has more streetlights than any other U.S. city, and a massive retrofit in 2013 replaced a phenomenal 141,089 of those bulbs with LEDs, all keeping the streets brighter and safer while

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Israel installs the largest solar field of any parliament in the world

Israel installs the largest solar field of any parliament in the world

Geographically small Israel is making a big statement about the importance of solar energy in the sun-blessed Middle Eastern nation. On Sunday, legislators and environmentalists gathered at the Knesset,

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Super-efficient graphene LED bulbs to hit the stores this year

Super-efficient graphene LED bulbs to hit the stores this year

Graphene—everyone's favorite super strong carbon material—may just be set to revolutionize the LED. A dimmable bulb is set to be launched in UK stores later this year that contains a filament-shaped

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Berlin’s Tchoban Foundation Museum shelters architectural history within an energy-saving, hand-drawn concrete facade

Berlin’s Tchoban Foundation Museum shelters architectural history within an energy-saving, hand-drawn concrete facade

Resolutely modern, the Tchoban Foundation’s Museum for Architectural Drawing springs forth from the end of a row of hundred year old apartment buildings at the entrance to the Industrial monument known

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Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France

Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France

Located on one of the most popular routes used by climbers hoping to scale Mont Blanc, the Refuge du Goûter took five years to plan and three more to build. Dubbed a 'high-altitude hotel,' the project

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