TAG: efficiency

Stay On Top Of Your Home’s Energy Use

Stay On Top Of Your Home’s Energy Use

Love green construction and want to make your own home as energy efficient as possible? Get instant feedback on existing features and how to make them more effectual with energy focused apps and tools for the home. The following are examples that can make it easier to track progress and record patterns. To check out personal greenhouse gas emissions, use the EPA’s household carbon footprint calculator to find out current emission levels, how to reduce emissions and potential savings. Free for iPhone and iPad, GreenWave Reality lets users who set up an account observe and regulate their home energy use from anywhere, and can… read more

A Modern Day Fortress

A Modern Day Fortress

A sign of the times, this home was constructed with security and fortitude in mind. Dubbed the Safe House, this design from Robert Konieczny of KWK Promes is a surprising structure. The clients requested a home with optimal security features and wanted a unique safe haven from intrusions in its neighborhood near Warsaw, Poland. However, they also wanted an inviting family home that could be connected to the outdoors whenever desired. Enter the idea for the Safe House – and options galore. When open, the home has access to the blue sky and outdoor views. When closed up and in… read more

Leading By Example

Leading By Example

Industry, though necessary in a modern world, has a big impact on the environment. It takes enormous energy to run places, and yet there are some organizations and workplaces making great efforts to reduce their impact. Great Britain is home to one extremely green hospital. Featured on Real Green TV, University Hospital of South Manchester is the first in the UK to install a large 4 megawatt biomass plant, which greatly decreases their carbon dioxide emissions. Implementing greener ways of doing things is a commitment reportedly taken seriously by staff. The goal is to become carbon neutral, and in addition to… read more

Lake Houses For Sunny Days

Lake Houses For Sunny Days

Lakefront houses equal instant outdoor entertainment and often come with expansive, tranquil views. Coming from a part of the globe that has been stuck in an ongoing wintry lassitude, these lake houses seem like warm, sunny escapes from blistery winds and monotonous dreariness. This concept design for a vacation house was formed with the relaxed outside lifestyle in mind and the client’s desire to experience the surrounding wildlife, even while indoors. From designer Robert Bailey, the use of natural materials throughout highlights the waterfront environment. Oak and stone help to create a balance of organic and modern. Gorgeous chunks of… read more

Plants Perform Arithmetic To Survive

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An intriguing discovery was made just the other day in the field of biology in regards to how plants function during the evening. Plants have the ability to make precise, and complex, mathematical solutions in order to ensure they have enough food to last the evening until the next day. Even if the night ends up coming sooner than the plants had calculated, such as an overcast evening, certain phases of the moon, etc, they can still prepare for the next day. In simple terms, the plants perform arithmetic division to help them decide how to use their starch resources… read more

Changsha’s Vertical City

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The Broad Sustainable Building company is taking vertical living to a new level with the construction of a skyscraper that will encapsulate an entire city. The 220-storied highrise, called Sky City, is scheduled to begin construction next month in Changsha, which is the capital of the Hunan providence in China. At the time of writing, Sky City is to be the world’s tallest building, rising 10 meters above Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, at 838 meters high. The project is also significantly cheaper, costing 17 times less than Burj Khalifa, despite an estimated 90 day-long construction period. The speedy assemblage can attributed… read more

Be Fuel Efficient

Saving fuel when driving

There are many common mistakes drivers make that use excess gas. Speeding up too fast, driving too slow, and using the brakes too often are present practices on the road. They may seem like small actions at the time but correcting them can significantly reduce the amount of gas that is wasted. To start, if you are waiting in a car for over one minute, it is best to turn the car off until you begin driving again. It is also best to avoid a series of short trips. If your destinations are within walking distance of one another, by all means get… read more