INFOGRAPHIC: How the European Union is tackling energy consumption

July 15, 2015 by  
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Energy efficiency is a top priority for the European Union . To that end, the EU set several ambitious targets, including cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40% as compared with 1990 and increasing energy efficiency by at least 27%. If you’ve ever wondered how the EU plans to achieve those goals, this infographic by Cast Iron Radiators 4u is a good place to start. The infographic explores the very basics of where energy is consumed the greatest, how the EU is aiding member nations in achieving the energy targets, major influences, and the progress to date. Keep reading to learn more! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How the European Union is tackling energy consumption

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A sculptural timber roof turns a crumbling holiday home into a green forest getaway

July 15, 2015 by  
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Rather than tear down a crumbling 1950s holiday home in the Netherlands, Bloot Architecture decided to turn the residence into a sustainable escape that feels like a modern day treehouse. The accomplish this, the team created a sculptural rooftop extension that climbs out of the original structure and seeks it’s way towards the trees of the surrounding forest. A new new off-grid solar system provides energy, and a wood stove provides warmth in the winter. Wastewater now ends up in a septic tank filtered by a halophyte filter. The rooftop extension was constructed out of timber, with flax insulation, and the facades and roofing  were covered with untreated Larch cladding. It offers space for two bedrooms and a landing with a wash table. Hanging stairs in the existing living room provides access to the new extension. The beds and storage space are built-in so no further furniture will be needed, maximizing space and creating a home that harmonizes with the natural surroundings. + Bloot Architecture The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Best and Worst of 2009: TreeHugger’s Most Popular Stories on Digg

December 21, 2009 by  
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Image: Courtesy of Larry Madin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Digg.com continues to be an important player in the social news world and as such is a good place to find and share stories. Last year I brought you 75 Stories You Dugg: A Year of TreeHugger on Digg.com , and 2009 was another big year for the social media site and we saw a bunch of our stories become popular.

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