“energy efficiency”

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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Contemporary Bedford Park House modestly hides its many green features

Contemporary Bedford Park House modestly hides its many green features

The Bedford Park House’s modest and traditional appearance—the house matches the scale, setback, and exterior brick-and-wood detailing of its neighbors—belies its many impressive sustainable

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

France now 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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Philips to install LED streetlights in Poland for a 70 percent energy savings

Philips to install LED streetlights in Poland for a 70 percent energy savings

Philips Lighting has announced that they have been selected to conduct a massive overhaul of over 5,000 streetlights in Poland's historic "floating garden" city of Szczecin. By replacing over half the

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INFOGRAPHIC: Free and low-cost smartphone apps to improve your home’s energy efficiency

INFOGRAPHIC: Free and low-cost smartphone apps to improve your home’s energy efficiency

Improving your home’s energy efficiency is a win-win for both your wallet and the environment. But what if you can’t afford to upgrade your home appliances and systems right away? Not to worry—you

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Flanagan Lawrence Architects transform a crumbling 1923 building into a four-star London hotel

Flanagan Lawrence Architects transform a crumbling 1923 building into a four-star London hotel

The Shepherds Bush Pavilion was heavily damaged during World War II, poorly repaired and converted into a Bingo Hall in 1983. In closed until 2009, when Flanagan Lawrence Architects were granted

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

  The very root of what makes a home green is how effectively it responds to its surrounding environment. You could say that this has defined the primary material pursuit of mankind for all

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Crazy Car-Shaped Home Features “3 Liter” Energy Efficiency

Crazy Car-Shaped Home Features “3 Liter” Energy Efficiency

Looking at this picture, "eco home" isn't exactly the first thing that springs to mind. But it turns out this bizarre car-shaped home is surprisingly green. Dubbed the Auto Residence and designed by

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Green-roofed community arts center sinks into the landscape to preserve views of the French Alps

Green-roofed community arts center sinks into the landscape to preserve views of the French Alps

From a distance, you might not be able to locate the eco-friendly community arts center hidden in this landscape of mountains and wildflower meadows in the French Alps. Designed by French design firm Mas

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Silicon Valley tilt-up office gets amazing net zero retrofit

Silicon Valley tilt-up office gets amazing net zero retrofit

As well as providing for its own energy needs with a rooftop solar array, 435 Indio produces zero carbon emissions. As part of its energy-independent design, the office space uses a solar-powered smart

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VIDEO: How to Save Money and Energy With a Programmable Thermostat

VIDEO: How to Save Money and Energy With a Programmable Thermostat

If your wallet is already feeling the pinch from your monthly energy bill as we head into the colder months, you'll be happy to know that you can keep those expenses down using a simple device called a

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5 Tips to Cut Your Electricity Bill With Energy Efficiency Expert David Johnston

5 Tips to Cut Your Electricity Bill With Energy Efficiency Expert David Johnston

Cutting back on your energy usage is one of the best ways to bring down your electricity bill. But did you know that making simple changes to not just your wattage consumption but the way your home

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Intecs Spa headquarters becomes first non-residential building in Rome to earn a CasaClima Class A energy rating

Intecs Spa headquarters becomes first non-residential building in Rome to earn a CasaClima Class A energy rating

Located within the Technpolo Tiburtino, a major business and technology district in Rome, the compact Intec headquarters covers an area of 37,600 square feet. Like LEED, the Casaclima-Klimahaus

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Super-efficient straw-bale houses hit the market in the UK—piglets need not apply

Super-efficient straw-bale houses hit the market in the UK—piglets need not apply

When one thinks of houses made from straw, typically an image of wolves, pigs and less than stellar construction methods come to mind. But in the UK of Bristol, the nation's first straw-bale houses have

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Sobek’s Activhaus produces enough green power to light up the house next door

Sobek’s Activhaus produces enough green power to light up the house next door

The Weissenhof Estate near Stuttgart was a focus point for avant garde architecture in 1927 when Mies van der Rohe and Corbusier created a collection of houses for a public exhibition. In the same

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Malaysian Factory Harmonizes Elegantly with Nature

Malaysian Factory Harmonizes Elegantly with Nature

With this extension of the JST Malaysia factory, Japanese architect Ryuichi Ashizawa has worked with nature, capturing sunlight, wind, rainwater and geothermal energy to build a living green factory that

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Solar Impulse unveils route for first round-the-world flight powered by the sun

Solar Impulse unveils route for first round-the-world flight powered by the sun

Slated for take off in either late February or early March 2015, the Solar Impulse 2 flight is expected to span approximately 25 flight days across 5 months and land in 12 different locations. The

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Energy-efficient Queenscliff House overlooks breathtaking ocean views in Sydney

Energy-efficient Queenscliff House overlooks breathtaking ocean views in Sydney

Closely sandwiched between neighboring buildings on the east and west sides, the Queenscliff House uses large fin walls to provide privacy for the upper level bedroom wing. The wedge-shaped home widens at

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Sweden’s greenest City Hall is topped by solar panels and a green roof in Lund

Sweden’s greenest City Hall is topped by solar panels and a green roof in Lund

Equipped with solar panels and earth water cooling, Lund City Hall only uses a fraction of the energy normally consumed by typical government buildings. Its dynamic, W-shaped facade was key in reducing

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Embassy of Finland becomes first LEED Platinum-certified embassy in the U.S.

Embassy of Finland becomes first LEED Platinum-certified embassy in the U.S.

Built in 1994 and designed by Finnish architects Mikko Heikkinen and Markku Komonen, the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C. became the first embassy in the U.S. to achieve an Energy Star award and gain

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