Transparent Solar Panels Will Turn Windows Into Green Energy Collectors
Feb07

Transparent Solar Panels Will Turn Windows Into Green Energy Collectors

Researchers from Michigan State University developed completely transparent solar panels, which can have numerous applications in architecture, and other fields like mobile electronics or the automotive industry. Researchers have tried to create such a device before as well, but the final results were never satisfying. The team focused on the see-through factor, so they developed a transparent luminescent solar concentrator, or TLSC,...

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Someone Is Making Pre-Fab Hobbit Houses You Can Actually Live In
Dec03

Someone Is Making Pre-Fab Hobbit Houses You Can Actually Live In

A long time ago, a friend gave me The Hobbit as a Christmas present (he even wrote a message in Elvish in the front. Rad, right?), and I LOVED it. Particularly the parts that happened in Bilbo’s Hobbit hole. It sounded so cozy and comfortable and full of delicious treats. ANYWAY. My point here is that someone (who obviously loved the book even more than I did) has created pre-fab Hobbit holes that you can actually buy. And live...

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20 Spectacular Houses Featuring Green Roofs
Oct26

20 Spectacular Houses Featuring Green Roofs

Green roofs, often referred to as living roofs, are the roofs that are either partially or completely covered with vegetation planted over a waterproofing membrane. There are several advantages both of environmental and financial matter that come with having a green roof.They serve several purposes such as absorbing rainwater, providing insulation as well as lowering the air temperature. There are lots of inspiring projects featuring...

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Shipping Container Guest House by Jim Poteet
Jul24

Shipping Container Guest House by Jim Poteet

Texas architect Jim Poteet had never worked with a container himself until Stacey Hill approached him about transforming one into a playhouse and a guest house. Located in the San Antonio artists community, the house, made from a standard 40-foot shipping container (320 sq ft), stands in the backyard of renovated warehouse where the client lives. The blue-painted container is equipped with heating and air-conditioning systems and its...

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