Architecture

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Halloween Special: a Prefab Zombie Fortress

Published on October 31st, 2014 | by Jo Borrás

Happy Halloween, kids! It’s the one time of year when being excited about seeing zombies waddling down your street on a dimly lit and blustery night seems passably normal. For those of you who view zombies ... Read More


Energy Efficiency

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Making an Existing Home More Energy Efficient

Published on October 29th, 2014 | by Stephen Hanley

Matthew and Sue Seip recently purchased a house in Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania to be near family members who live in the Philadelphia area. Sue Seip, a professor at Philadelphia University, specializes in interior design, and Matt Seip has an ... Read More


Energy

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Soccer Field Lights Powered By Players’ Energy

Published on October 27th, 2014 | by Dawn Killough

In a Brazilian neighborhood plagued by blackouts, panels under the turf of a neighborhood soccer field, fueled by players running over them, provide electricity to light the field and the surrounding homes.  A typical soccer player ... Read More


Energy

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Your Solar Panels Are Facing the Wrong Way

Published on October 24th, 2014 | by Dawn Killough

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Conventional wisdom says that panels should be installed facing south to get the most solar exposure (in the northern hemisphere). South-facing panels create the most power in the morning and mid-day, but peak demand for electricity ... Read More


Energy Efficiency

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Fiberglass Windows Are More Energy Efficient

Published on October 21st, 2014 | by Stephen Hanley

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For making energy efficient windows, fiberglass composites offer many advantages over wood, aluminum and vinyl. Wood warps and rots over time, allowing air infiltration that undermines the insulating power of the glass. Aluminum conducts heat and cold ... Read More


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