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Has the Era of ‘Peak Oil’ Arrived?

This post originally appeared at Yale Environment 360. May was arguably the worst month ever for big oil—and the best for its opponents—as courts and corporate shareholders sided with environmental activists to humble the biggest of the fossil-fuel giants, culminating in “Black Wednesday.” On that day, May 26, three events occurred that would have seemed nearly impossible not long ago: activists angry at ExxonMobil’s climate policies won three seats on its board of directors; Chevron shareholders voted to force the company to start cutting emissions; and a judge in the Netherlands ruled that Shell must slash its emissions by 45%…

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Steal This Look: A Warm Gray Artistic Retreat in Somerset

At the Curator’s Apartment, a holiday rental in Bath, England, creator Tina Liu mixes statement furniture, both old and new, with art objects and earthy tones. We like the look of it so much that we sleuthed out some of our own options for similar sources across paint, furniture, textiles, and accessories. Above: “By filling the space with interesting art and objects, I hope the apartment encourages guests to notice their beauty and to enjoy life at a slightly slower pace,” says the owner. Above: A closer look at the living room bookshelves and architectural details of the property. Paint…

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A Wabi-Sabi Surf Shack Made from Humble Materials

Commissioned to design a house for a young family—a couple who like to surf every morning before getting down to work—architect Takaya Tsuchida and his team at No. 555 made use of tarps, wood-cement insulation blocks, and other unexpected materials. Set on an odd lot in a wind-whipped area a few miles from the beach in Chiba prefecture, part of greater Tokyo on Japan’s eastern Pacific coast, the structure is surrounded by neighbors and pedestrian traffic. To keep it private and isolated from the elements, No. 555 came up with Sabi, a hang-loose setup that revolves around an interior courtyard. The ruddy, weathered steel cladding on…

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Energy-Smart HVAC

The total peak heat load for this house is 21,000 Btu. To put that into perspective, 21,000 Btu is about the heat load that you’d have for a bedroom suite in a code-built house, yet we have that same heat load in this entire home with 4700 sq. ft. of conditioned space. Not only do we have an incredibly low heat load, we also have equipment that sips energy—that uses as little energy as possible—but still maintains a healthy and properly tempered indoor environment. This is accomplished by using components that are not often paired together on the U.S. market:…

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Current Obsessions: Soaking Up Summer

Ahead this weekend: the last day of a Maine market, a DIY budget terrace, bright and bold beach towels, and more end-of-summer discoveries: Above: Take a look at this DIY flagstone terrace for outdoor festivities of all sorts—all under $500. Photography by Carmella Rayone, courtesy of Carmella Rayone, An Assortment. It’s the last day of High Season Market in Port Clyde, Maine, featuring some of our favorite Northeast makers: Rudy Jude, ANK Ceramics, Ursa Major jewelry, Wonder Valley, and more. In the area? Stop by Ocean View Grange today, August 28th, 435 Port Clyde Road, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Our…

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9 Cool Problem-Solving Home Improvement Products

This article appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of This Old House Magazine. Click here to learn how to subscribe. 1. Instant box bay Courtesy Marvin SkycoveThis factory-built glass alcove brings the outdoors in as it captures light and views from four sides. At 25 inches deep, the units come in two sizes: 76 inches wide by 67 inches tall or 99 by 83 inches. The steel frame bolts to a properly reinforced and flashed wall opening; no additional support needed. Installation typically takes just half a day. Price upon request; Marvin for retailers 2. Chalk reel Courtesy Crescent 100’…

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