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Charlie Wardell

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Steampunk Sensation

Posted by Charlie Wardell

Mar 19, 2014 1:07:00 PM

by Charlie Wardell

What if the Industrial age happened at the same time as the computer age? That’s one of the questions Steampunk tries to answer. From its origins as a form of speculative fiction, Steampunk has spawned a new category of Victorian themed design. As a living laboratory for that trend, Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum’s restored 1901 Victorian/Craftsman home in Sharon, Mass., demonstrates ingenious ways that old items can be given new life, instead of being discarded. Read More

Plug-and-Play Solar Concept House

Posted by Charlie Wardell

Jun 6, 2013 8:16:00 AM

“Energy use is as much a behavioral problem as a design one,” according to Derek Ouyang, an engineering student at Stanford, who is project manager for the University’s entry in this year’s Solar Decathlon. The two-bedroom net-zero energy home his team is designing and building includes familiar touches like SIP walls, passive solar design, and grid-connected PV, but it also offers a solution to the behavioral problem: a high-tech core the team believes will make people more energy conscious.

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