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Record-breaking Amsterdam office scores world’s highest BREEAM rating

Record-breaking Amsterdam office scores world’s highest BREEAM rating

PLP Architecture designed The Edge for OVG Real Estate, and Deloitte is the building's lead tenant. The project is one of the most innovative and energy-efficient commercial buildings in the world. The

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16 Tech-tastic Green Gifts for Gadget Geeks

16 Tech-tastic Green Gifts for Gadget Geeks

With the ubiquity of smartphone technology and tablets, there's really a little bit of gadget geek in every person on your holiday gift shopping list. Whether your loved ones' wider interests lie in

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8 Energy-Efficient LED Light Strands for the Holidays

8 Energy-Efficient LED Light Strands for the Holidays

Firefly Lights from Urban Outfitters Urban Outfitters is carrying these darling mini LED lights, called Firefly Lights, that are seemingly impossible. The strand is a metal wire with integrated

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These Elegant Cascade Pendant Lights are Actually Made From Mushrooms

These Elegant Cascade Pendant Lights are Actually Made From Mushrooms

You might not believe it at first glance, but the elegant pendant lights you see above are not made in a factory - they're grown from living mushrooms! Inhabitat favorite Danielle Trofe has developed a

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Gorgeous Atmos LED Lamp Uses Water to Diffuse Light

Gorgeous Atmos LED Lamp Uses Water to Diffuse Light

The otherworldly bluish glow of the Atmos LED Lamp comes from the water droplets condensing on its inner walls. French designer Arturo Erbsman wanted to create a light source which would use an abundant

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CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

Brown and Wayne's CLOUD in Calgary was an illuminating temporary installation where visitors could pull on cords to turn CFL lights on and off. The playful light exhibit was made up of 6,000 upcycled

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Paolo Manganaro Designs Unconventional Vialattea Pendant Lamp for Formabilio

Paolo Manganaro Designs Unconventional Vialattea Pendant Lamp for Formabilio

Designer Paolo Manganaro has created an unconventional suspended lamp for Formabilio, an Italian brand that specializes in eco-friendly furniture and home accessories. Designed for an owner who can't just

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Blue LED Inventors Win the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics

Blue LED Inventors Win the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three scientists for “the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.” The

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INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Computer equipment and residential electronics represent 15 percent of the energy that residents consume worldwide, and that number is expected to triple over the next couple of decades unless steps are

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Award-Winning vosLED Light Bulb Combines Retro Styling With LED Efficiency

Award-Winning vosLED Light Bulb Combines Retro Styling With LED Efficiency

Do you love the retro look of incandescent light bulbs and harbor guilty thoughts of stockpiling them in preparation for their phase out? Well, here's your happy compromise! The energy-efficient vosLED

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A Glance Back at the Best in Green Design at the Buenos Aires 2013 CASA FOA Festival

A Glance Back at the Best in Green Design at the Buenos Aires 2013 CASA FOA Festival

Last year's CASA FOA was set at the old Tornquist Bank; a 1926 Neoclassical National Monument right in right Buenos Aires' city center. Architect Julio Oropel's Wine Bar Trapiche welcomed visitors

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Astana Installs Philips LED Lighting to Create an Energy-Efficient City Skyline

Astana Installs Philips LED Lighting to Create an Energy-Efficient City Skyline

Following in the footsteps of New York's Empire State Building and the London Eye, the city of Astana recently replaced the lighting systems of three major city landmarks with LED lighting from Philips

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Amazing Chandelier Transforms Any Room Into a Fairytale Forest

Amazing Chandelier Transforms Any Room Into a Fairytale Forest

This stunning Forms in Nature chandelier transforms any room into a fairytale landscape! Inspired by drawings made by German biologist and naturalist Ernst Haeckel, designers Hilden & Diaz created an

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Luminous 6-Foot HB Lamp Rewrites the Humble Pencil

Luminous 6-Foot HB Lamp Rewrites the Humble Pencil

There's hardly any object more recognizable than the humble HB pencil, and now a London-based studio has rewritten its function with this wonderful lamp. Created by husband and wife team Michael & George,

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5 Bioluminescent Species that Light Up the World

5 Bioluminescent Species that Light Up the World

In recent years, a number of scientists have had success with transferring the genetic material responsible for bioluminescence into plants that don't normally glow in the dark. The goal is to eventually

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Organic Japanese Shell Residence Wraps Around a Centenarian Fir Tree

Organic Japanese Shell Residence Wraps Around a Centenarian Fir Tree

The Shell Residence is immersed in Nagano prefecture´s peaceful conifer forests, where it creates a stark contrast with its durable white facade. The house is located in Karuizawa, a popular weekend

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Bizarre Buru Buru Amphitheater Built With Straw Noodles Sprouts Mushrooms!

Bizarre Buru Buru Amphitheater Built With Straw Noodles Sprouts Mushrooms!

Buru Buru is one of Bittertang’s most spatial designs but it continues the thread of using alternative materials and building multi-functional performance spaces. (For example, their Burble Bup

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Artemide’s Flat-Pack Copernico Pendant is a Heliocentric Starburst of LED Light

Artemide’s Flat-Pack Copernico Pendant is a Heliocentric Starburst of LED Light

Artemide's Copernico Luminaire is an out-of-this-world pendant lamp that consists of nine concentric rings stamped from a single plate of lightweight aluminum. 384 white LEDs line the rings, which rotate

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The Number 6: Turin’s Historic Palazzo Valperga Galleani Receives an Epic Green Upgrade in Italy

The Number 6: Turin’s Historic Palazzo Valperga Galleani Receives an Epic Green Upgrade in Italy

The restoration and development of the Palazzo Valperga Galleani, carried out by Building Engineering, was meant to re-functionalize a historically and architecturally important property In Turin. The

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OLIS: Rock-Like LED Lamp Adds a Sublime Glow to Indoor and Outdoor Environments

OLIS: Rock-Like LED Lamp Adds a Sublime Glow to Indoor and Outdoor Environments

If you're in the market for a sublime new lamp, then you might want to check out OLIS, a carefully developed lamp that uses energy-efficient LED technology. Moving away from geometrically defined and

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What Can You Do with Old Incandescent Bulbs? Turn Them into a Dazzling Chandelier

What Can You Do with Old Incandescent Bulbs? Turn Them into a Dazzling Chandelier

The ubiquitous incandescent light bulb has come a long way since its invention 130 years ago, and as we all swap out our old bulbs for energy-efficient LEDs and such, there are countless old glass

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Nanoleaf Bloom LED Light Bulb Can Transform Any Standard Light Switch into an Energy-Saving Dimmer

Nanoleaf Bloom LED Light Bulb Can Transform Any Standard Light Switch into an Energy-Saving Dimmer

Did you know that dimming your lights by half can cut your electricity use by 40 percent and save up to $30 a year on utilities? To help the average person make the switch to dimmers and adopt more energy

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Hulger Launches First Drop Top Lamp Shade to Match Energy-Efficient Plumen Light Bulbs

Hulger Launches First Drop Top Lamp Shade to Match Energy-Efficient Plumen Light Bulbs

Design brand Hulger just introduced the latest addition to their award-winning, energy-efficient lighting family: the Plumen Drop Top Lamp Shade (A). Made from mouth-blown glass, the Drop Top is Hulger's

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Alvarez-Diaz Villalon’s LEED Platinum Office is a Green Design Gem in Latin America

Alvarez-Diaz Villalon’s LEED Platinum Office is a Green Design Gem in Latin America

The décor in Alvarez-Diaz Villalon's new headquarters is perfectly coordinated with minimalist paintings on the wall, designer furniture, and a cool slate grey color scheme. Though verdant green color

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6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

  Sick of solar panels and wind turbines being expensive because of all those fossil fuel subsidies? Looking for a way to reduce that electric bill, lower your carbon footprint, and show off

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Gunawan

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Gunawan

We met up with Max at the Techshop in San Francisco, CA to see the Lumio first hand. At first glance the lamp looks like a simple hard-bound book or journal, but once you open it, the book unfolds several

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Budapest Trams Look Like Time-Traveling Vehicles With 30,000 Dazzling LEDs

Budapest Trams Look Like Time-Traveling Vehicles With 30,000 Dazzling LEDs

In 2009 the Budapest Transport Company started a beautiful festive tradition of covering some of its trams in LEDs. But the beautiful appearance of these glittering vehicles is not the only thing that

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Vinylize Launches Groovy Lamps Made From Repurposed Vinyl Records

Vinylize Launches Groovy Lamps Made From Repurposed Vinyl Records

Budapest-based design studio Vinylize just launched a new lamp with a shade made from a repurposed vinyl record! The lamp is made from aluminum, and its cable, switch and plug hark back to the old days of

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Clever Infinite Light Turns a Recycled Plastic Bottle Into a Solar Lamp

Clever Infinite Light Turns a Recycled Plastic Bottle Into a Solar Lamp

Millions of people around the world live without access to electricity - and upon nightfall, many families are forced to use dangerous and expensive kerosene lamps. The Infinite Light is a high quality

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Health and Well-Being

GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Health and Well-Being

Lighting is one of the most critical—and most visceral—qualities of an indoor space, and the difference between good and bad lighting can make or break comfort, mood and overall happiness in your

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