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  1. Design 101

    101 Alternative Energy: On-Demand Hot Water

    We don’t keep a kettle boiling on the stove all day for the one moment when we want tea, so why do we keep water heated around the clock when all we need it for is a shower or a load of laundry?

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  2. Green

    Sunlight Express

    Americans expend as much energy on transportation as they do on powering their homes.

    01.01.09

  3. The Yard Zone

    The Yard Zone

    The space outside your walls should be as thoughtfully considered as the space within. Aside from contributing to pleasant, functioning outdoor space, well-placed landscaping can protect your house...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  4. How To

    The Trabecula Bench: Drawing

    Kyttänen’s designs travel straight from his imagination to the computer. “Hardly anything happens on paper anymore,” he says, “because most of the files are so complex that it’s practically...

    01.01.09

  5. The Trabecula Bench: Sintering
    How To

    The Trabecula Bench: Sintering

    “Sintering” is not an everyday word for most people—it means using laser energy to melt and fuse particles. It’s traditionally applied to metal, but nowadays it works very well on certain varieties...

    01.01.09

  6. Vampire Power
    Design 101

    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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Justin Reid

    Justin Reid

    Justin plans, designs, and builds websites just like this one. Just like this one.  He often escapes the reaches of technology by swimming around in big pools of water.

    01.13.09

  10. Nikon

    In 1917, three of Japan's leading optical manufacturers merge to form a comprehensive, fully integrated optical company known as Nippon Kogaku K.K., which became Nikon. ...

    01.14.09

  11. Panasonic

    Panasonic Corporation of North America (PNA), based in Secaucus, NJ, is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) and the hub of its branding,...

    01.14.09

  12. The Wayback Machine: Your Solar House
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    The Wayback Machine: Your Solar House

    Before the word "solar" evoked images of flat PV panels stuck on rooftops, many architects already had a mind to use the sun to maximum advantage in their designs. I recently discovered a...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.15.09

  13. On the Rock
    Green

    On the Rock

    Katja and Adam Thom’s cabin, on an exposed postglacial archipelago in Canada’s windswept Georgian Bay, is more than eight miles from the nearest road.

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    photos by: Mark Giglio
    01.15.09

  14. Clivus Multrum

    Clivus Multrum, Inc. manufactures composting toilets and greywater irrigation systems for distribution throughout North America and beyond. Please contact us to discuss your project in detail.

    01.15.09

  15. Sancor

    Sancor Industries Ltd. is a leading Canadian manufacturer of environmental sanitation products with over 30 years experience. Sancor is also involved in a number of other ventures with a focus on...

    01.15.09

  16. Pugh + Scarpa Architecture

    At Pugh + Scarpa we believe that architecture should engage the user, heighten their sense of awareness, and bring a deeper understanding and vitality to their experience. We strive to create...

    01.19.09

  17. Solar Inspiration
    House Tours

    Solar Inspiration

    A husband-and-wife architect team proves a house can be good for the environment—and look great too.

    written by: Sydney LeBlanc
    photos by: Marvin Rand
    01.19.09

  18. Sustainability in Stages
    My House

    Sustainability in Stages

    "Personally, I’d rather be living outside,” says architect David Hertz. As a young man surfing in Bali, he was impressed by tropical village compounds where indoors and out flow into each other. ...

    written by: Sydney LeBlanc
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    01.20.09

  19. The Green Lagoon
    Green

    The Green Lagoon

    From the deck of this waterfront house, the scenery is abuzz with Northern California wildlife–but there's not a utility bill in sight.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Matthew Millman
    01.21.09

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