Part of the magic of Disneyland is that you never see what's behind the "magic" - the workers in the mascot costumes, the networks of underground tunnels, and all the computers that keep everything running. But for once, it's
Space and water heating are responsible for about two thirds of energy use in American homes. Considering that the conventional choices for home heating are oil and gas, it's not easy to find a sustainable way
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Dear Pablo: I am considering getting a hot water recirculation pump. They claim to save a lot of water and I am wondering if this makes up for their energy use. Should I get a hot water
This lovely looking Victorian house in west London seems deceptively straightforward except for a tiny plaque on the front door. It notes that this is the second house in the UK to reach PassivHaus standards. And that is no mean
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Dear Pablo: Air conditioning uses a lot of energy but I am wondering if it is actually better (more sustainable) to live somewhere hot, where you need AC, or somewhere cold, where you need
Super-sized meals and sedentary living don't seem to be the only contributing fat-factors present in American and UK lifestyles. New research published in the journal Obesity Reviews points to a link in increasing average
Back in 2008 Lloyd stirred up controversy with his post blowing hot and cold on ground source heat pumps, and his stance was later validated when Green Building Adviser concluded that groundsource heat pumps were not as
Back in November at Greenbuild we talked to Starbucks' Corporate Architect Tony Gale about the rollout of their new Global Store Design Strategy. It included designs that will "will reflect the character of each store's surrounding neighborhood
Every ad for radiant flooring shows the same thing: kids, dogs, cute couples lying on the floor looking happy. And what's not to like? It really is comfortable to have warmth underfoot, and many companies claim that it saves a lot of energy by putting
From effective masonry heaters to beautiful Danish wood stoves, the Scandinavians know a thing or two about heating with wood. And as Collin stated in his post on wood stoves vs pellet stoves, with trees being a near
Architects from the Japanese design firm Bakoko have developed a circular structure, called the Comploo, that could be the perfect sustainable compliment to Japanese Tea Gardens during chilly winters--heated by a unique composting system built in the
Recycled denim insulation and programmable thermostats are all well and good (really good), but people 4,500 years ago managed to keep their homes appropriately warm and cool without high technology -- and without wasting energy. How did they do it?
File this one under 'Life Imitates The Onion', if you like, but news is out that The Holiday Inn will next week be offering guests the option of 'human bed warmers' to keep them cozy at night at 3 of its UK locations. All
Do you don bunny slippers or an old ratty bathrobe in the chilly winter months? Do you bring out the fuzzy hats, and fingerless gloves--ideal for typing and worn by one TreeHugger staffer--and woolly sweaters? Do you