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France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels

Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law approved on Thursday.<p>Green roofs have an isolating effect, helping reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building in winter and cool it in summer.<p>The argument …

Solar Panels

Free A/C: This 3D-printed brick cools your house without electricity

Back before the advent of electricity and refrigeration, people living in hot, arid parts of the globe had a different method for cooling down their …

Wall Art

Photos of beautiful treehouse apartments in Italy

Architect Luciano Pia designed 25 Verde, a 63 unit apartment complex in Turin, Italy.<p><i>[via]</i>

What Traffic Signs Get Wrong (And How To Fix Them)

People pay more attention to signs that appear dynamic than those with static figures, according to a new study.<p>Drivers don’t always pay enough attention to the road signs around them. For instance, a Chicago survey last year found that 61% of drivers didn’t stop at pedestrian crossings, even when …

Articles about who knew relaxed tropical retreat could be made shipping containers on Dwell.com - Dwell

This modern residence and gallery near San Jose, Costa Rica uses metal boxes like puzzle pieces to create a photographer's dream...<p>I wish I could see this cool new pop-up shop in person, but alas, it's in Manhattan and only until October 31. It's the first...<p>Using shipping containers to create …

Costa Rica

Prefab tiny home generates more power than it uses

Sustainability is the core principle behind the work of Australian prefabricated modular home specialist ArchiBlox, and its Carbon Positive House is the cream of its crop. Rather than carbon-neutrality, the compact home is designed around carbon-positivity. It's equipped with everything it needs to …

Prefab Homes