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  1. Wooler Mills House
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    Wooler Mills House

    The first misconception about going solar is that it is expensive.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.02.09

  2. Waste Opportunity
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    Waste Opportunity

    While the Western world forgets its waste with a flush, 2.6 billion people don’t even have toilets. Virginia Gardiner ventures to the World Toilet Summit in search of sanitation’s future.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    05.13.09

  3. Warmth
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    Warmth

    Kiel Moe, assistant professor of architectural technology at Harvard University, specializes in architecture and energy issues. “As fuel prices fluctuate,” he says, “you’re...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    04.11.12

  4. Vampire Power
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    Vampire Power

    Probably the most evocative term among the otherwise technocratic energy vocabulary, vampire power is the continuous current that appliances and electronics draw from an outlet even when turned off.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  5. Structural Panels
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    Structural Panels

    Bees have always been admired for their industrious nature and intricate honeycomb architecture; Charles Darwin called the honeycomb “absolutely perfect” as a feat of engineering, symmetry, and...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  6. Solar Flair
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    Solar Flair

    Interested in running more than just your home on the sun’s rays? Here’s a handy introduction to some of the most innovative solar goods available.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.02.09

  7. Design 101

    Residential Wind

    When we think of alternative energy at home, our minds leap straight to solar panels, the most obvious symbol of a site-generated grid-free power source.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  8. Power Plastic
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    Power Plastic

    Every hour, enough sunlight hits the earth to power the entire planet for a year. But since they’re pricey—and, let’s face it, generally unattractive—solar cells are still woefully underutilized...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  9. PEC-MAT
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    PEC-MAT

    As more and more Americans are quickly discovering, the land beneath our feet is not quite as solid as we thought. Houses slip down hillsides, trees float down rivers, and whole cities disappear...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  10. Panel House
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    Panel House

    Taking advantage of Southern California’s sunny skies, architect David Hertz ingrained 
passive solar features in almost every detail 
of the Panel House for client Thomas Ennis.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.02.09

  11. My Place in the Sun
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    My Place in the Sun

    Envious of the energy savings accrued by neighbors with solar panels on their roofs, but unsure how to go about putting up your own panels? Jennifer Roberts writes about the how, where, and why of...

    written by: Jennifer Roberts
    02.02.09

  12. Lotusan Paint
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    Lotusan Paint

    Product design that takes cues from nature, known as biomimicry, has produced a num-
ber of ingenious and popular products we use every day.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  13. Living in a Material World
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    Living in a Material World

    Americans have always held a soft spot in their hearts for futuristic materials, from the amazing light-weight properties of titanium to the chance to conquer Superman with kryptonite.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    01.31.09

  14. Let’s Get Small
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    Let’s Get Small

    Hammers and nails are out, friends, and as the (patent) pending nanotech revolution shows, manufacturing is on the eve of the atom.

    03.26.10

  15. Exploring the Solar Systems
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    Exploring the Solar Systems

    For the past 30 years, we’ve been teased with the promise of plentiful solar energy. But for most of us, nerdy solar calculators and watches are as close as we get to realizing this promise....

    written by: James Nestor
    02.02.09

  16. Design 101

    Energy Retrofit: The Now House Project

    It may be simpler to build a zero-energy home from scratch than to retrofit an existing structure, but buildings constructed in the 20th century are generally the most in need of upgrades for...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  17. Clifford Avenue Homes
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    Clifford Avenue Homes

    The cost for solar systems is not only related to how elaborate the system is—it also depends on where you live.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.02.09

  18. Architect Series Dimmers
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    Architect Series Dimmers

    The right lighting can bring warmth and atmosphere to any room.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  19. AgUARDIAN
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    AgUARDIAN

    Silver has been used for centuries as an antimicrobial agent.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  20. 6 Famous Brutalist Buildings
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    6 Famous Brutalist Buildings

    Named after its raw aesthetic, Brutalism in modern architecture features elements of strict linear design and repetitive geometric shapes. The controversial style rose to popularity in the 1950s...

    written by: Kate Santos
    12.07.13

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