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Cutting commentary from those who know the most.

architecture

Virtual fresh air: Air conditioning evolves to combat climate change

New (and not so new ideas) for ventilating and cooling buildings promise to use less energy while taking advantage of nature.

energy

'Watts' the mystery? The energy units that power our lives

Analyst Chris Nelder explains common energy measurement terms and how to compare or convert them, including ever-befuddling capacity factors.

architecture

Architecture for the ears

Music and sound have informed architecture for centuries, but recent design experiments in 'soundscapes' herald a second renaissance.