Energy Efficiency


Waxed Cardboard Insulation Comes From Produce Boxes

Published on October 14th, 2014 | by Dawn Killough

Students at Portland State University have developed a new insulation material made from shredded waxed cardboard produce boxes.  The insulation helps local grocery stores sustainably dispose of the boxes and could provide low-cost energy savings. PSU ... Read More


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‘Smart’ Lithium-Ion Battery Warns of Fire Hazard

Published on October 14th, 2014 | by Glenn Meyers


Concerns about potential fire hazards from an overheated lithium-ion battery can celebrate this safety discovery from Stanford scientists. This discovery — a smart warning button — will provide a large boost for risk managers attempting to mitigate ... Read More


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The Evolution of Glass Houses

Published on October 9th, 2014 | by Glenn Meyers

In 1949, when Phillip Johnson designed the world-famous glass house in New Canaan, Connecticut, it is doubtful he thought much about the adage, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” I doubt Mr. Johnson ... Read More



Bamboo, Plastic Bottles Make Eco-Friendly Greenhouse

Published on October 9th, 2014 | by Stephen Hanley

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Hanoi architecture firm 1+1>2, in collaboration with Action For The City, has designed an eco-friendly greenhouse that protects growing plants from the elements, provides a place for farmers to rest and a offers a creative play ... Read More


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What Happens When Amateurs Design Cabins

Published on October 9th, 2014 | by Dawn Killough

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A team made up of non-architectural graduate students at Cal Poly Pomona University have redesigned what camping means in California.  The team was asked to develop a cabin design that would reenergize camping in the state, ... Read More

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