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TreeHouse Memorial City becomes the highest rated LEED Platinum Core and Shell Building in Texas

TreeHouse Memorial City becomes the highest rated LEED Platinum Core and Shell Building in Texas

The 14,700-square-feet building was design in collaboration with Acumen Design. The building exterior is clad with wood siding, limestone, natural vegetation and fritted glass which resemble the lower

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Four couples create a rustic cabin compound on a communal plot in Texas

Four couples create a rustic cabin compound on a communal plot in Texas

Four families purchased an idyllic plot on the Llano river with a rough idea to build a house to share. Inspired by the tiny house movement, they chose instead to build individual cabins for each couple

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Sprawling Dallas home is built from 14 shipping containers

Sprawling Dallas home is built from 14 shipping containers

The sprawling, 3,700-square-foot home is open concept, with different living spaces delineated by frames. On the 1,000-square-foot ground floor, dark, polished concrete floors juxtapose gorgeously

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One Texas city will run on 100 percent clean energy by 2017

One Texas city will run on 100 percent clean energy by 2017

In the heart of oil and republican climate-denier country, one Texas city is breaking down traditions and stereotypes – because it plans to be completely powered by solar and wind power by 2017. Jim

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Grandparents Build a Fairytale Treehouse for Lucky Grandchildren

Grandparents Build a Fairytale Treehouse for Lucky Grandchildren

A couple of lucky boys in Dallas have their very own fairytale treehouse that was built for them by their grandparents. Steve and Jeri Wakefield hired James Curvan to design the multi-level treehouse,

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U.S. approves $350,000 hunt of endangered black rhino in Namibia

U.S. approves $350,000 hunt of endangered black rhino in Namibia

A hunter who last year paid $350,000 at a Dallas auction to hunt an endangered Black Rhino in Namibia has been permitted by U.S. authorities to bring the so-called trophy back to the United States. The

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NexusHaus is an affordable, plus-energy house built for the 2015 Solar Decathlon

NexusHaus is an affordable, plus-energy house built for the 2015 Solar Decathlon

NexusHaus is an plus-energy affordable one-story pavilion built by the students from the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the University of Texas at Austin (UTA) for the Solar Decathlon

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The Coolest Bar in Texas is Built With Seven Stacked Shipping Containers

The Coolest Bar in Texas is Built With Seven Stacked Shipping Containers

The bar is built up from seven different containers, which have been stacked on top of each other to create a double-height bar area, exposure to the elements, and plenty of cubbyholes where patrons can

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Barndominium: Green Live-Work Space is a Modern Update to the Vernacular Barn

Barndominium: Green Live-Work Space is a Modern Update to the Vernacular Barn

The Barndominium is a long and narrow barn-like building with a wood exterior and a high-pitched roof. One half the building is occupied by a double-height wood workshop and the other half is a 1 bedroom,

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Help support this 1-for-1 aquaponic farm campaign to help the hungry

Help support this 1-for-1 aquaponic farm campaign to help the hungry

Imagine living in a community that doesn’t fear of having to choose between paying for your groceries or paying your electric bill. Imagine there were open-source aquaponic farms widely available

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Shocking maps show how much pavement covers the United States

Shocking maps show how much pavement covers the United States

What if you stripped away all of the rivers, streams, mountains and other topographical elements of a map and just left the roads? What would you see? Boston-based design firm Fathom found the answer when

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The Tree House by Matt Fajkus Architecture is a light-filled family home in Texas

The Tree House by Matt Fajkus Architecture is a light-filled family home in Texas

Matt Fajkus Architecture has created a bright, daylit home in Austin, Texas, and is centered around a huge oak tree on the property. Clad in stucco, the upper level is a floating white box that acts as a

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Austin to get 55% of its power from renewables by 2025

Austin to get 55% of its power from renewables by 2025

Texas is not widely known for its eco-friendly nature - but Austin has long stood apart from the rest of the oil-rich, frack-friendly state as a bastion of sustainability. Keeping with that trend, the

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Keeping Austin weird: 100 brains go missing from the University of Texas

Keeping Austin weird: 100 brains go missing from the University of Texas

In what sounds like a plot to a shlocky horror film, 100 brains have gone missing from the University of Texas at Austin. The brains, one of which belong to clock tower sniper Charles Whitman, make up

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The Birthplace of Fracking Just Banned Fracking

The Birthplace of Fracking Just Banned Fracking

One of the quieter surprises of this week's elections took place in Denton, north Texas, pop: 123,000. The city is home to some 272 active fracking wells, with 212 additional wells within it's

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Dallas Arboretum Unveils Massive Village Made From 50,000 Pumpkins!

Dallas Arboretum Unveils Massive Village Made From 50,000 Pumpkins!

"Small" and "modest" aren't in Dallas residents' vocabularies. Some 45 different varieties of pumpkin and gourd have been formed into houses and  other structures at the Cinderella-themed pumpkin

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Grandparents Build an Amazing Victorian-Style Treehouse for their Lucky Grandkids

Grandparents Build an Amazing Victorian-Style Treehouse for their Lucky Grandkids

Back in the day, our grandparents didn't give us much more than a handful of toffees and a few shiny nickels. But these lucky grandsons received something much more spectacular from theirs—an

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Everything is Bigger in Texas, Including the Treehouses

Everything is Bigger in Texas, Including the Treehouses

Memorial City is a city within a city and offers up retail, office space, luxury midrise apartments, restaurants, The Westin Memorial City, and the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. The

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Sol Design Lab Installs Awesome Solar Charging Stations At UT Austin

Sol Design Lab Installs Awesome Solar Charging Stations At UT Austin

The students, now-alumni Eric Swanson and Austin Jorn, and current student Megan Archer, received grants from two student organizations to build one solar charging station, build two more, and run

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California Could Run Out of Water in Less Than Two Years

California Could Run Out of Water in Less Than Two Years

The U.S. Drought Monitor has released its latest report and the results are deeply troubling. Seven states are experiencing long-term severe drought, resulting in severe water scarcity and profound

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Arizona and Ohio Legalize Tesla’s Direct-to-Consumer Sales Model

Arizona and Ohio Legalize Tesla’s Direct-to-Consumer Sales Model

The battle between Tesla and state car dealership associations continues to rage on, however the tide may be slowly turning in favor of the electric automaker. After New Jersey passed legislation that

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Bercy Chen Studio’s Green-Roofed Edgeland House Transforms a Former Brownfield in Texas

Bercy Chen Studio’s Green-Roofed Edgeland House Transforms a Former Brownfield in Texas

The form of the home itself is shaped like a scar, perhaps commenting on the site's industrial past, while the lush sod represents healing. According to the architects, the home is a modern

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Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Entering Jeff's home takes practice. First he has to unlock a padlock on the horizontal sliding access door a couple of feet off the ground, use a chair to open the top roof, and then hoist himself into

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High Speed Rail Line Proposed to Connect Texas and Mexico

High Speed Rail Line Proposed to Connect Texas and Mexico

High speed rail photo / Shutterstock Texas and Mexico could soon have an improved connection across the Rio Grande with a new proposed high speed rail line. The line would connect San Antonio, Texas

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No One Will Be Safe from Devastating Hurricanes According to New RMS Research

No One Will Be Safe from Devastating Hurricanes According to New RMS Research

Hurricane season is a costly affair anywhere, but Risk Management Solutions predicts that in the future these devastating tropical depressions will make landfall in new and unexpected places. RMS recently

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North Peak House Goes Above and Beyond Austin’s Green Building Standard

North Peak House Goes Above and Beyond Austin’s Green Building Standard

The two-story North Peak House is located at the edge of a neighborhood bordered by sloping woodlands on the south and an open field to the north. Built with regionally sourced limestone, on-site boulders

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Dengue Fever Threatens the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Dengue Fever Threatens the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

When teams from around the world battle it out on the field for the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, spectators and athletes alike will also have to contend with the specter of dengue fever. The most severe

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Study Estimates US Emits 50 Percent More Methane than EPA Claims

Study Estimates US Emits 50 Percent More Methane than EPA Claims

Cow photo via Shutterstock As a top industrialized nation, the United States is responsible for spewing a great deal of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. But a study published last week in the

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Majority of Red-State Americans Accept Climate Change, Want Government Action

Majority of Red-State Americans Accept Climate Change, Want Government Action

Personal experience of climate change trumps climate denial in red state America. That's the extraordinary conclusion of a new study that finds Republican lawmakers are vastly out of step with their

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The LEED Gold Greater Texas Foundation Promotes Sustainability & Education

The LEED Gold Greater Texas Foundation Promotes Sustainability & Education

The Greater Texas Foundation supports initiatives that improve math and science education and increase the rate of post-secondary enrollment. Their headquarters site is basically "in the middle of

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