MIT’s breakthrough self-shading windows change from clear to dark in an instant

August 12, 2016 by  
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Three MIT chemists just gave us a glimpse into the future of smart windows . Their groundbreaking “self-shading” window can quickly change from clear to dark – and then stay that way without using any electricity . The windows could help everyone from homeowners looking to save on heating and cooling costs to pilots trying to get a clearer view out the cockpit window. The MIT researchers’ work was published this week in the journal Chem . In the paper, the chemists detail their innovative use of electrochromic materials to bypass issues involved with creating self-shading windows. For example, transition lenses in eyeglasses are able to change from clear to dark, but the process is relatively slow. Related: MIT researchers discover silk holds the key to vastly improved filtration This isn’t the first time electrochromic materials have been used – they can be found in Boeing 787 windows that darken over time with the flip of a switch. But those Boeing windows still take a few minutes to change. The positive ions that help with the color change move slowly, delaying the darkening process. To solve that issue, the MIT chemists used materials known as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which conduct ions and electrons quickly. Again, the use of MOFs isn’t new, but the MIT team is the ” first to harness them for their electrical and optical properties ” so their windows darken quickly. Further, it’s easier to create windows that can tint blue or green, but the MIT’s windows are nearly black. Once the windows turn dark with the help of a little electricity, they stay dark without using any power until a switch is flipped to clear them up again. Paper co-author Mircea Dinc? said , “It’s the combination of these two, of a relatively fast switching time and a nearly black color, that has really got people excited…These could lead to pretty significant energy savings.” Via MIT News Images via Wikimedia Commons and Khalid Abdulaziz Kaabi and Dennis Sheberla/MIT

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10 earth-sheltered villas blend in with the Tuscan landscape

August 12, 2016 by  
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The architects paid their respects to traditional Italian architecture while drawing inspiration from modern architecture for Le Ville di Trevinano, with an ultimate goal of minimizing the resort’s impact on the environment. The earth sheltered villas at Le Ville de Trevinano are “pushed into” the Tuscan hills, which act as insulation so the villas won’t freeze and are energy efficient. The villas draw power from the sun and are equipped to collect rainwater. Related: A unique community of modern green homes hug the desert floor in Utah Tuscan stone adorns the modern villas, which offer panoramic views of the hills with floor-to-ceiling windows. The villas include private patios and pools, and gardens planted with Cyprus trees and native plants. The low, wide design of each villa ensures it doesn’t mar the surrounding natural beauty, but rather fits in elegantly with the Tuscan hills. Inside each villa, modern art, an indoor plant, and a rain-shower add comfort to the luxurious buildings. Fully stocked kitchens and cozy living rooms allow visitors to settle into a home away from home. There’s also a recreational center on site, complete with exercise equipment, a tennis court, a spacious pool, and a children’s pool. Le Ville di Trevinano is close to the village of Trevinano, which is near the Natural Reserve of Monte Rufeno . Foxes, deer, wild boar, porcupines, and protected species roam the reserve. In a press release, ten Brinke said, “This modern piece of architecture blends seamlessly into the exciting environment and nature: a modern boutique resort with a high standard, carefully fitted to its surroundings.” You can find out more about pricing and rental opportunities here . + Le Ville d’Italia + 70F architecture Images courtesy of Le Ville d’Italia

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New Window Changes Tint Automatically When it Gets Hot

November 11, 2010 by  
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Windows are one of the weakest points in a building’s energy profile.

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Los Angeles County Opens Its First Green Library!

November 11, 2010 by  
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Image © Keith Birmingham/SWCITY Absorbent parking lot pavement, low-water plumbing fixtures, and heat-reducing roofing are just a few of the sustainable features in the first ever eco-friendly building in the Los Angeles Public Library system. Designed by Carde Ten Architects, the LEED silver Sorensen Library is expected to use 25 percent less energy and 50 percent less water than a conventionally-designed library. Read the rest of Los Angeles County Opens Its First Green Library! http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green architecture , Green Building , leed silver , Los Angeles , Recycled Materials , sustainable design

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