September 22nd, 2014 | Tags:

When it comes to saving money and energy around your home, your monthly electric bill is one of the best places to start. After all, it can provide you with a wealth of information like your usage habits and your current energy rates. However, these monthly billing statements can be a tad bit tricky when [...]

September 21st, 2014 | Tags:
peoples climate march

As promised, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has joined the People’s Climate March in New York. We take our collective hats off to this remarkable leader-by-example. Today’s march was spurred by his invitation for world leaders in government, business and industry to meet for a special Climate Change Summit this coming Tuesday 23 September, at [...]

September 21st, 2014 | Tags:

Redhill School in Stourbridge, England, plans to use electronic fingerprinting to identify students in the lunch queue in an effort to reduce long waiting lines. Pitched as a cashless system that will save parents having to send lunch money every day, the system has the secondary use of monitoring students’ diets by recording their food [...]

September 21st, 2014 | Tags:
Chris Martin, Bloomington, Limestone, Indiana, Baby Creek Road, DIY, owner build, home construction, mosaic, natural lighting, septic, balloon framing, turrets, witches hat, circular homes, passive design, solar, plaster, slow building, slow food movement

Read the rest of 26 Years, 9 Tons of Limestone, and a Whole Lot of Love Went into this Magical Fairytale House Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: Baby Creek Road, balloon framing, Bloomington, Chris Martin, circular homes, DIY, home construction, Indiana, limestone, mosaic, natural lighting, owner build, passive design, plaster, septic, [...]

September 21st, 2014 | Tags:
dogwood & hastings

So much of home design these days is all about short-term, wasteful and disposable stuff.  How many times have you seen half-falling apart Ikea products on the curb, waiting to be tossed? Piles of paper napkins after a BBQ? Reusable napkins and tablecloths don’t just have to be found in fine dining restaurants. In creating Dogwood [...]

September 21st, 2014 | Tags:

Sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence are a public health threat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A national survey using the most recent data on the subject found that 19.3 percent of women and 1.7 percent of men had been raped in their lifetimes. In all, 1.6 percent of women [...]

September 21st, 2014 | Tags:
This photo shows an overlook of the French Broad River and Hot Springs, NC

  Hot springs spas make the ultimate R&R vacation.  I stood in the middle of a field in Iceland alongside a babbling brook, eyeing my travel companions. Strangers just an hour earlier, we now began to disrobe as though we were old friends or family. When we were down to just our bathing suits (or [...]

September 18th, 2014 | Tags:
adaptable house, henning larsen architects, nybord, denmark, minicab houses, carbon emissions, carbon footprint, sustainable architecture,

Read the rest of Adaptable House Accommodates Major Life Changes to Dramatically Reduce its Carbon Footprint Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture”, adaptable house, carbon emissions, carbon footprint, Denmark, henning larsen architects, minicab houses, nybord

September 18th, 2014 | Tags:
NASA 3d printing, 3d printing house, 3d printing technology, 3d printed house, printed house, NASA printed house, Mars living, living on Mars, homes on Mars, 3D printed homes on Mars, Contour Crafting, Contour Crafting 3D home, Contour Crafting building, Contour Crafting 3D printing

The idea of living on Mars is no longer just the stuff of science fiction. In fact, one way or another, humans will likely be hanging out on the red planet within the next few decades. But landing there and living there are two very different propositions because, at current prices, it costs anywhere from [...]

September 18th, 2014 | Tags:
Sæby Strand, social housing, C.F. Møller, passive house, passive design, passive heating, solar design, solar panels, Danish architecture, Danish architects, affordable housing, low-income housing

Read the rest of C.F. Moller’s Saeby Strand Apartments Win Award for Outstanding Social Housing Development Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: affordable housing, C.F. Møller, Danish architects, danish architecture, floor to ceiling windows,, low income housing, passive design, passive heating, passive house, passive solar heating, Sæby Strand, social housing, solar [...]