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  • Thumbnail image of Eco-Resort in the Sinking Maldives Corrals the Last Few Tourism Dollars

    Eco-Resort in the Sinking Maldives Corrals the Last Few Tourism Dollars

    Do we help the nations like the Maldives when we visit them with our tourist dollars, or do we hurt them by speeding their demise due to climate change? It’s complicated. If we visit Alila Villas Hadahaa, a luxury resort in the Maldives, we would accelerate climate change by flying there. The Maldives are part [...]

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  • Thumbnail image of Exterior Sun Shades Reduce Energy Use

    Exterior Sun Shades Reduce Energy Use

    Savanna trims provides a variety of architectural exterior louvers for building energy management, available from manufacturers such as Shutter Studio, who produced this bold exterior aluminum solar shading. Because they moderate the sun’s power, exterior solar shades greatly reduce the energy used in building for heating and cooling. The difference between exterior and interior blinds [...]

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    Un-Building Should Be Just as Green

    Forget green building. Here’s a company that specializes in green unbuilding. DeConstruction Services is a unique company that specializes in carefully disassembling residential and small commercial buildings in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  This fine old Virginia house was carefully deconstructed to salvage its still usable parts. We are used to seeing the process of [...]

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  • Thumbnail image of Barefoot Design Shows Artisanal Concrete Sinks at Greenfest

    Barefoot Design Shows Artisanal Concrete Sinks at Greenfest

    Don’t think of concrete when you think of artisanal handcrafts? These sinks custom-created by Barefoot Design might change you mind. Imagine seeing water splash on this gorgeous fossil as you wash your hands. The spiral of the shell fossil echoes the movement of water.

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  • Thumbnail image of The Solar Umbrella Stands the Test of Time

    The Solar Umbrella Stands the Test of Time

    The friendly, simple eco-home created by the owners and the principals of Pugh + Scarpa Architects has long been a local icon in Venice, California, inspired by Paul Rudolph’s 1953 Umbrella House design. Solar hydronic heating panels heat water for the radiant floor and hot showers after a day at the beach. On the roof, [...]

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