We know that the noble quest to green your home can sometimes seem never-ending. And we don’t mean to dump more onto your greening to-do list. But today we’re talking about one really important – but usually overlooked – aspect of keeping your home healthy: radon exposure. Radon might sound a little bit science fiction-y to the [...]
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A September 2013 article in the National Journal highlighted the importance of preserving our fresh water supply in the United States. The global consumption of water, according to the article, is three times higher than it was just 50 years ago. While we have not run out yet, predictions show that our need for fresh water will outpace [...]
Between Earth Ships, the Small House Movement, and others, there’s a huge desire for off-the-grid alternatives to typical housing options. London’s EcoFloLife have been working on these alternatives for years, and, in partnership with Italian architect Giancarlo Zema, have annouced plans for a new kind of energy-efficient [...]
As London redevelops the Battersea Power Station, a foreclosed coal plant untouched since 1983, plans have emerged for a new pedestrian-cycling bridge connecting the area to the city center. The London Borough of Wandsworth put out a request for proposals for a new “unique landmark” to connect the Nine Elms neighborhood to [...]
The Eiffel Tower, forever a symbol of French ingenuity and heritage, has added two new wind turbines to its modernist frame. The 17-foot turbines are a part of a massive renovation of the tower’s lower level. Specially designed for the tower, the turbines are unlike typical wind energy installations. They run silenty and produce no [...]
Plans emerged last week for a new Google HQ in northern Mountain View. The new campus will a stark departure from the current suburban office park Google calls home. Renderings show a series of canopy-inspired buildings surrounded by running tracks, peaceful meadows and a flowing creek. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and Thomas [...]
What is this, a house for bees? Here’s one vision for the two-bedroom apartment of the future: A modular, hexagonal building with two baths, basic appliances, and walls that happen to be able to withstand -80 degree temperatures, constant space radiation, and frequent dust storms. This is a home designed for Mars.
Our planet is changing and it’s changing fast. Protecting the world’s resources and stopping global warming is one of our greatest challenges today. Most of us know by now those small changes we can make as individuals to help reduce the strain on the planet, like riding the bike to work or school, recycling and buying organic food. A [...]
Going off the grid is something that a lot of us have been tempted to do more than once in our lives. When the world gets too busy, when your friends/children/partner can’t seem to talk to you without picking up a phone or tablet or when you can see people wasting resources left, right and center; well, it’s just tempting to drop it all [...]
No matter how careful we are with turning off electrical devices in an attempt to save energy, we tend to waste some of it every single day. There is no perfect system for insulation that will keep every last particle of heated air in the home. Electronic devices are so intertwined with the modern life that it is impossible to remember [...]