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  • Thumbnail image of How to Design a Net-Zero Rainwater-Harvesting Home in the Desert

    How to Design a Net-Zero Rainwater-Harvesting Home in the Desert

    Arizona’s  DesignBuild Collaborative founder Paul Weiner, AIA, is thinking ahead about how to rely year round on only the 12 inches of monsoon rain the Sonoran desert typically gets in July. The Rincon Mountain Residence provides a model. For only the first year, the desert home will access groundwater, while DesignBuild samples and tests rainwater [...]

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    Singapore’s Utopian Vision of 21st Century Air Conditioning Nears Completion

    Ken Yeang has worked for 30 years in many of his projects to realize his vision of the eco skyscraper, in which the natural world is much more comprehensively interwoven into the structure of large commercial buildings than now. His latest, to be completed this year is the culmination of that vision, and it’s in [...]

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    Elegant, Energy-Efficient & Low Carbon-Footprint Cooking

    One gorgeous and elegant way to reduce your use of the energy that causes climate change is by switching to an induction cooktop. These use a high-powered magnet to heat food, not an electric heating element.

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    Consider A New Measure of Carbon Footprint

    It’s the new pig on the block. We have the carsoffthe road. We have the lightbulbsreplaced. Next we will look at apartment pools and see them as a similar measure of pigginess. Worse in some ways, as the solution is simple.

    Apartment pools should be covered at night. It’s the climate-friendly thing to do.

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