TAG: Energy efficiency

Hello Neighbors

Hello Neighbors

This passive house design has both a solid, yet meet-and-greet style and lively green doors and windows that say welcome. The Leeuw House, designed by NU Architectuuratelier is an interesting construction, to say the least. Situated in scenic Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium, this home is not only unique looking it is also a model of energy efficiency. Its bold form does follow the volume of the adjacent structures, but its design was selected to best capture heat. Though it does boldly stand out among its countryside neighbors, the interesting exterior façade is completely refreshing. The darker finish helps to absorb warmth and strategic… read more

At Home With An Architect

At Home With An Architect

Most would think that an architect’s home would be a top of the line, aesthetic retreat that is out of an affordable range for most. However, not all in the profession think the same of what luxury is, or what features an ideal home has. Emilio Fuscaldo, founder of Nest Architects, designed his own home with smart, practical elements that are more geared toward sustainability than extravagance. The lot size for this Australian home is compact, so every inch of the construction was considered for its usefulness. Though the brick exterior may look boxed and simple, it contains several serious green features that… read more

I Am Not Afraid Of Color Said The Beach House

I Am Not Afraid Of Color Said The Beach House

Getting to have a stay in a beach house is probably an ideal way to spend some hours. The following are a few relaxing and refreshing looks into waterfront living. From Fábio Galeazzo of G’zzo Galeazzo Design, this bright and unexpected residence is located shore side in Brazil. This reconstructed beach house received an update, both on the exterior and interior. First, it got a lift from inserting bamboo beams to provide necessary structural support that was lacking in the original. The roof was modernized with thermal tiles which adds to the energy efficiency of the already economy minded build…. read more

Keeping your IT costs low

Home IT costs

Everybody appreciates efficient productivity, whether it’s in the workplace, the hobbies you’re building in your garage, or your home computer. And when we can achieve that level of potency while keeping costs and power usage low, everybody wins. Here are a few tips on keeping your home IT costs to a minimum: 1. Raspberry Pi Microcomputer This $35 device is a terrific all-around mini-computer, with an endless range of uses. One of it’s most valuable assets is its low-power consumption. You can turn your Raspberry Pi into a digital network storage device for all your computer files. The best part? It only… read more

How Much Do Your Appliances Cost You?

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Many of us don’t realize that the cost of the appliances we buy doesn’t end after purchase. The power consumed by these appliances will be reflected directly on our electricity bills every month. So next time you buy an electrical appliance you need to consider its energy efficiency. Energy Star, a joint program of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S Department of Energy, helps people around the globe to consider the environment and save money by ensuring they only purchase energy efficient products. According to Energy Star, an average home spends over US$2000 on energy usage per year… read more

Retro Refrigerator Redo

Retro Refrigerator Redo

Refrigerators are not normally an eye-catching appliance, usually more beloved for their contents than their appearance. The following designs, however, are stylish replicas of vintage refrigerators that hold true to their eras but have updated efficient features. EU Energy Label and US Energy Star ratings provide guides and suggestions to consider when purchasing appliances that will have an increased energy efficiency capacity. Colorful in lime green, red or toned down in cream, Oranier has a line of free standing refrigerators, which unlike older appliances, these have an A+ energy efficiency rating. This model features a cooling system and fan that… read more

Prefab And Fabulous

Prefab And Fabulous

Prefabricated homes can be smart choices when it comes to cost efficiency and time constraints. Soleta has designed a series of manufactured homes that are on the mark for their economical and ecofriendly features. They offer a zero energy version that comes fully equipped with hydroelectricity, solar and wind power. It is heated with thermal energy that is supplied by a system that combines geothermal and solar power. Cellulose is integrated in the building supplies to aid in retaining warmth along the base. Other sustainable and energy saving features include using materials that decrease heat transfer and energy loss. Additionally, there… read more

Reclaimed Wood Retreat

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The Dezanove House is a gorgeous holiday villa located in Spain in the estuary of Arousa. Designed by Iñaki Leite, this sustainably built house is constructed from reclaimed wood that was obtained from a local fishing business. It is built for energy efficiency, containing optimal insulation and a sophisticated ventilation system. The building is composed of different wings, and the middle portion of the home protrudes into 2 separate units. In order to accentuate the zones the architect varied how the materials were used in each part. The left portion serves as the common area and is formed with simple concrete… read more

This Glass Sphere Might Replace Solar Panels

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Solar panels are efficient at converting light from the sun into energy, but are extremely inefficient on cloudy days, as well as being unable to follow the rotation of the sun. Since sun-tracking solar panels are expensive, a new solution must be created. In comes the Rawlemon Spherical Solar Energy Generator. Check it: Glass isn’t cheap, but it’s more affordable than the aforementioned solar technology. The sphere is also aesthetically pleasing, which will encourage more people to join the green movement. What do you think? Bright idea, or a waste of time and money?

M-vironment Structures Can Respond To The Weather

M-vironment Structures Can Respond To The Weather

M-vironments are an imaginative design concept for structural units. From architect and artist Michael Jantzen, they are calculated and interesting, and the goal is to incorporate flexibility and responsiveness to offer a new way that buildings can operate. They are made to accommodate a number of lifestyle needs, including being weather respondent. Though the look of the exteriors will probably be either loved or hated, the features offered from these machine-like buildings are definitely eye-catching. An example of an M-vironment construction is the M-HOUSE. It is made from steel, concrete composite and various panel mechanisms that can be moved, changed, expanded… read more