Rome is banning all oil-burning cars by 2024

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Rome is jumping on the diesel-banning bandwagon after announcing plans to eliminate oil-burning cars within the city by 2024. That’s huge news, because about two-thirds of new cars sold last year in Italy were diesel, and Rome has struggled with poor air quality. The move comes on the heels of the court case in Germany that allows cities to ban diesel vehicles.

Rome is one of the most congested cities in Europe thanks to a constant stream of tourists on decidedly un-modern streets. Rome also… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Dutch villa smartly taps into solar energy and optimal site conditions

EVA Architecten took the long view when designing Villa IJsselzig, a modern home optimized for energy efficiency and durability. Set next to the river Hollandse Ijssel, the villa respects the neighboring buildings by adapting a similar form but also quietly stands out with its distinctly contemporary design. Renewable energy including solar and a heat pumps power the home while the carefully positioned openings reduce unwanted solar gain.

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