energy efficient design

Zero-Carbon Waterwheel Washing Machine is Completely Powered by Flowing Water

Zero-Carbon Waterwheel Washing Machine is Completely Powered by Flowing Water

A team of Chinese designers has developed a brilliant Waterwheel washing machine that combines the mechanism of modern spinning washing machines with traditional washing techniques used in ancient China.

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6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

STUNNING BURIED HOUSE IN VALS, SWITZERLAND Unlike other homes whose goal in life is to stick out like a sore thumb (read: that guy on your block who strings up enough holiday lights to cause a

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SOM’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the New Efficient Gateway to Mumbai

SOM’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the New Efficient Gateway to Mumbai

Terminal 2 will take over operations now that it is complete from the original Terminal 1 in Mumbai and serve as a grand entrance into the city and a hub of transportation for 40 million passengers a

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Daylight Illuminates 92% of FAAB Architektura’s X Light Energy Building

Daylight Illuminates 92% of FAAB Architektura’s X Light Energy Building

FAAB Architektura's X Light Energy Building houses 230 employees in Bełchatów, Poland. Staircases, corridors, conference rooms, print rooms, toilets and other areas traditionally lit by artificial light

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Wiel Arets Architects Completes Energy Efficient Garden-Topped B’ Tower in Rotterdam

Wiel Arets Architects Completes Energy Efficient Garden-Topped B’ Tower in Rotterdam

The B' Tower composed of three volumes of retail and residential spaces is an extension of Marcel Breuer’s 1955 ‘Bijkenkorf’ department store. The residential tower is located on top of the retail

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Brilliant “One” Teapot Changes Color When the Water is Hot Enough

Brilliant “One” Teapot Changes Color When the Water is Hot Enough

Vessel Ideation is the creator of this fashionable concept tea kettle, which was designed with both boiling and serving in mind. We love the modern look, the advanced technology, but mostly the fact that

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MVRDV’s Energy Efficient Tennis Club ‘Couch’ Gets Go Ahead on IJburg Artificial Island

MVRDV’s Energy Efficient Tennis Club ‘Couch’ Gets Go Ahead on IJburg Artificial Island

With limited space on the artificial island of IJburg, the tennisclub had to be smart about their new club house. Working with a tight footprint, MVRDV designed a multi-purpose center that would provide

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World’s First Floating Apartment Complex to Begin Construction in 2014!

World’s First Floating Apartment Complex to Begin Construction in 2014!

For centuries, the Dutch have manipulated the landscape to move water away from their dwellings. Instead of battling the elements, Netherlands-based firm Waterstudio just announced plans to construct the

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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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Raw and Elegant Casa Y is an Energy-Efficient Home Near Turin

Raw and Elegant Casa Y is an Energy-Efficient Home Near Turin

The two story geometric volume is built into the hillside to take advantage of both the view and the constant temperature of the earth to buffer climatic changes. Upstairs, Casa Y features three bedrooms,

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Melbourne’s One Hot Yoga Uses Energy Efficient Heat Recovery to Make You Sweat

Melbourne’s One Hot Yoga Uses Energy Efficient Heat Recovery to Make You Sweat

One Hot Yoga is located in the South Yarra neighborhood to the southeast of Melbourne and offers Slow Hot Flow yoga. The chic studio has two yoga rooms designed by Rob Mills Architect that radiate a sense

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HASSELL’s Palm Island Uses Surrounding Pools to Keep Cool in Chongqing, China

HASSELL’s Palm Island Uses Surrounding Pools to Keep Cool in Chongqing, China

The recently completed hospitality and restaurant complex is built on an isthmus between two man-made pools. Water is central to the design of the project and the pools seep into the pedestrian courtyard

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Houd’s Electricity-Free Wood Speaker Uses Natural Amplification to Produce Warm, Rich Sound

Houd’s Electricity-Free Wood Speaker Uses Natural Amplification to Produce Warm, Rich Sound

Bogota, Colombia-based Houd has developed a beautiful wood speaker that naturally amplifies sound from your smartphone or tablet without the need for additional electricity. The concave acoustic box is

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EcoDesignFinca’s Prefabricated Passive House Offers a Luxurious Eco-Retreat in Mallorca

EcoDesignFinca’s Prefabricated Passive House Offers a Luxurious Eco-Retreat in Mallorca

Through his company, EcoDesignFinca, Stephen Nickel builds innovative, energy-saving and aesthetically pleasing low-energy and passive houses. This luxury retreat in Mallorca is the first of his projects

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Shaun Lockyear Transforms a Pre-War Cottage into a Modern Masterpiece in Austraila

Shaun Lockyear Transforms a Pre-War Cottage into a Modern Masterpiece in Austraila

The greenest home is the one that's already standing, and the owners of 105 Villiers made sure to preserve the existing building while transforming it into a much more modern and luxurious home. The

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Salorge: Energy-Efficient Office Inspired by Traditional Salt Warehouses Rises in France

Salorge: Energy-Efficient Office Inspired by Traditional Salt Warehouses Rises in France

The representatives of Pornic County wanted the Salorge government building to carry on the tradition of architecture in the Retz region (such as gabled, tiled roofs). The county government building is

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Clock Shadow Building Supports the Community and the Environment in Milwaukee

Clock Shadow Building Supports the Community and the Environment in Milwaukee

The developers of this underutilized parcel in Milwaukee's Walker’s Point neighborhood wanted a building that achieved a mission of economic improvement, social justice, environmental restoration, and

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San Francisco’s New Transbay Transit Center Sheds Glass Skin to Save $10 Million

San Francisco’s New Transbay Transit Center Sheds Glass Skin to Save $10 Million

We're still about 4 years away from the completion of the Transbay Transit Center, a 1.5 million-square-foot facility that will serve as the terminus for this high speed rail line in California. Stretched

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NBBJ Unveils Samsung’s New Garden-Filled San Jose Campus That Could Rival Them All

NBBJ Unveils Samsung’s New Garden-Filled San Jose Campus That Could Rival Them All

Samsung's new campus will expand the company's existing US reach and set it on a more level playing field with the other tech companies with headquarters in Silicon Valley. The San Jose campus will

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Energy-Efficient Liège Ice Rink Serves Up a Whale of a Good Time in Belgium

Energy-Efficient Liège Ice Rink Serves Up a Whale of a Good Time in Belgium

The Olympic Ice Rink of Liège provides new facilities for hockey, ice skating and leisure activities. Located next to the Médiacité, the bulbous building has 1,200 seats and a surface area of 6,700 sq

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CVDB Arquitectos’ Ljubljana National Library is Inspired by the Shape of a Standing Book

CVDB Arquitectos’ Ljubljana National Library is Inspired by the Shape of a Standing Book

CVDB Arquitectos' proposed National and University Library of Ljubljana building (NUKII) is a symbol of knowledge and culture as well as an archive for historical and national heritage that

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Energy-Efficient Boat House Rises Like a Reed From Austria’s Milstätter Lake

Energy-Efficient Boat House Rises Like a Reed From Austria’s Milstätter Lake

Inspired by the ecology of the shoreline, MHM Architects designed and built this striking boat house on Milstätter Lake in Austria. The structure is set on pier foundations over the water, but it is

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Nybyggerne Sustainable Housing Will Be the First DGNB-Certified Housing Project in Denmark

Nybyggerne Sustainable Housing Will Be the First DGNB-Certified Housing Project in Denmark

Lendager Architects announced their first prize win in the competition to build the first DGNB-certified housing project in Denmark in Næstved. DGNB is a new green building certification system that is

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The Nutmeg House is an Efficient Ellipse-Shaped Residence in Dorchester, UK

The Nutmeg House is an Efficient Ellipse-Shaped Residence in Dorchester, UK

The design for the Nutmeg House evolved to fit in with the surrounding landscape and to reduce its impact. The footprint of the new home is considerably smaller than the original home and provides more

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Italy’s Vertikale Climbing Gym is Clad in an Intelligent Facade That Eliminates the Need for Cooling

Italy’s Vertikale Climbing Gym is Clad in an Intelligent Facade That Eliminates the Need for Cooling

Vertikale Climbing Gym is located in a prominent location adjacent to Brixen's town square and a municipal park. The almost cubic building measures 20 m long, 16 m wide, and 15.7 m high and it's clad in a

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Ruby House: A Modern Passive House in the Historic Avenues District of Salt Lake City

Ruby House: A Modern Passive House in the Historic Avenues District of Salt Lake City

The Ruby House is a modern and sustainable home located in the Avenues in Salt Lake City that is currently awaiting certification from the Passive House Institute. The site of the home was an empty lot

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shimmering & Efficient Aberdeen University New Library Opens in Scotland

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shimmering & Efficient Aberdeen University New Library Opens in Scotland

The Aberdeen University New Library, now know as the Sir Duncan Rice Library, houses over a quarter of a million books and manuscripts inside it's shimmering cubic volume. Located on the west side of

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Paul Testa Designs an Earth-Sheltered Home to Meet Passivehaus Standards in the UK

Paul Testa Designs an Earth-Sheltered Home to Meet Passivehaus Standards in the UK

This month, Paul Testa Architecture obtained planning approval to build an earth-sheltered home in the United Kingdom. The Burrows is a highly sustainable single-family home that will be built into a

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Book Mountain: MVDRV Unveils Massive Monument to Reading in the Netherlands

Book Mountain: MVDRV Unveils Massive Monument to Reading in the Netherlands

MVRDV's Book Mountain is a new eco library that proudly stands in the heart of Spijkenisse and is surrounded by the old town and a new housing project. In an area with 10% illiteracy, this new library is

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Dual Purpose Bicycle Provides Transportation and Pedal Power!

Dual Purpose Bicycle Provides Transportation and Pedal Power!

A dual purpose bicycle (DPB) is a bicycle which can be used for both transportation and for power production. The modification consists of a free wheel, a bottom bracket and a “V” pulley. The

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