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    Serious Upgrade to Empire State Building

    Serious Materials has found a way to super-insulate the 6,514 double-hung windows in the Empire State Building and as much as quadruple their thermal performance. The  improvement will reduce the NYC landmark’s energy costs by nearly half a million dollars a year. The company will remove 26,000 panes of existing glass from the window frames, [...]

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    Living Large in a Sensible, Small Cabin

    Learning to live in a smaller space is a useful skill to acquire if you want to reduce your energy use. A well designed tiny space can actually make life more efficient and help you find what is truly essential to a good life. Ray and Mary Johnston of Johnston Architects have attempted to that [...]

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    A-Cero Composes a Luxurious Prefab in Chic Black and White

    Most prefab builders have a more down-to-earth appeal, but A-Cero’s Joaquín Torres takes the best of clean commercial construction-simplifying materials and mass production techniques like SIPS and then employs these with such elegance that the result seems actually quite luxurious. The result is almost other worldly. His prefab house appears on its site like a [...]

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    Dutch Waterstudios Rise Alongside Sea Levels

    Here’s a look at the housing of the future. Don’t risk catastrophic damage as sea levels change; just design housing that floats. Waterstudio designer Koen Olthius is from Holland, where managing sea level has centuries of thought behind it. He has come up with a very innovative idea. An entire floating housing complex.

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    Architect Plans Ahead: Harvests Utah Rainwater

    AJC Architects have thought ahead to a hotter Utah in the sensible ideas incorporated into their  Wetland Discovery Point educational building that helps educate Utah schoolchildren about nature. These are the green ideas in order of importance to sustainable design: On-site solar panels for green electricity – to make net zero energy onsite; Solar thermal [...]

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