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American inventor Willis Carrier

Happy Birthday, HVAC

Here's a random fact for the day: July 17, 2012, marks the 110th anniversary of the humble air conditioner. Sure, overheated and crafty peoples had invented one-off cooling devices before American inventor Willis Carrier installed his air conditioning unit in a Brooklyn printing factory in 1902, but consider Carrier the Edison of plugged-in temperature control. While we hide indoors from this summer's fourth heat wave, here are a few cool pieces of A/C trivia.
July 17, 2012
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Kiel Moe, assistant professor of architectural technology at Harvard University, specializes in architecture and energy issues. “As fuel prices fluctuate,” he says, “you’re going to see more people return to heating directly with fire.”
April 11, 2012
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Green Sustainable Home in Montauk

Decades after they met as teenagers on a Montauk beach, Manhattanites Victoria and Greg Pryor returned to Long Island to build a sustainable second home together.
December 14, 2011
Shoup, his wife, Taya, and daughter, Hannah, relax on the deck off the kitchen with their dog, Stella. “For a high percentage of the year, we just roll open the door, and everybody hangs out in the kitchen, where we can keep an eye on Hannah,” explains Sh

Creative Re-Use in Oakland

Stephen Shoup is the kind of person to see potential in things that others might miss. In 2005, looking for a property that would house himself and his design/build firm, building Lab inc., he happened upon a roughly 6,000-square-foot lot in north Oakland, California. Undeterred by the condition of the building (it had served as a shop for the late master woodcarver Miles Karpilow) or the neighborhood (Shoup calls it “transitional”), he imagined what the property could become.
February 28, 2011
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Color-Changing Roof Tiles

Living in a temperate climate, and deciding between a dark roof and a white roof? Trying to calculate if your summertime benefit with a light roof will outweigh the potential wintertime losses? We tweeted about this new roof tile prototype a couple weeks ago, and we're eagerly following its development.
November 17, 2009
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Net Zero x Twenty = Solar Decathlon

It’s the site where wars are protested, dreams declared, and millions still march, but on October 9 the National Mall in Washington, DC, will host a new revolution.
October 7, 2009
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Made for the Shade

The rusted red corrugated-steel canopy that covers Jim Austin’s home at Rimrock Ranch is visually striking in its desert surroundings
June 17, 2009

ecobee Smart Thermostat

Integrating smart technology into home energy and heating/cooling systems is a no-brainer. Few tools make it easier to save money and conserve resources without lifting a finger or remembering a thing. The ecobee Smart Thermostat is one such low-maintenance tool—a wi-fi enabled device that lets you monitor and control your home heating and cooling system from anywhere.
May 26, 2009
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Sierra Club Green Home

In 1892, when John Muir founded the Sierra Club, the only "web" he knew about was the kind spun by spiders, and social networking was something people did by riding horse-drawn buggies between each other's houses. But Muir's seminal environmental conservation organization has kept up with the pace of change.
April 4, 2009