- Producer02/12/2016The Importance of InsulationHeating and cooling costs account for up to 50-70 percent of the energy used in an average home. Installing Insulation in your house is the most practical and cost effective way of making your home more energy efficient keeping it warmer in winter...
- 02/12/2016How stone can help you create a more sustainable home
From the pyramids at Giza, to Stonehenge, to Machu Picchu, it is no coincidence that all of the longest lasting human structures are made from stone. Stone lasts forever, is natural, and is readily available in the environment. When it comes to outdoor landscaping or interior applications that see a lot of use and moisture (i.e. kitchens and bathrooms), natural stone is often the most durable and lowest-maintenance choice for surfaces. Unlike wood, plastics or composite materials, stone will not rot, mildew or disintegrate over time. From granite, to marble, to slate, read on to find out more about how natural stone can help you create a more beautiful and sustainable home. To read more go to :- http://inhabitat.com/how-stone-can-help-you-create-a-more-sustainable-home/
With energy prices spiraling out of control, many businesses are searching for ways to reduce and control energy costs. Wind power is the fastest growing alternative energy segment. The wind power market has been dominated by large horizontal wind turbines. They have the traditional blade design that looks like a giant fan clustered mostly on “wind farms” located in rural areas. These large systems seriously compromise the ability of many companies to take advantage of wind power right at their building or plant.
Comments29/11/2016 #3 CityVP ManjitI am glad to see more depth in the coverage of wind power, because the greater that coverage, the more people can continuously improve on what is a nascent market. An article by Lloyd Alter (an architect) is one I found very instructive.
Lets Get Real . . . by Lloyd Alter
This is not a nay-sayer who is against wind power, but someone who is looking at wind energy through a whole system perspective. In doing so this not only tackles the rise of unintended consequences, but it keeps eyes on the road, because as Lloyd's post shows, bizarre creations and things happen. Innovation is boosted by such awareness rather than lessened.
- ProducerWhat you need to know before installing a rainwater harvest systemWater is vital to life and is such a precious natural resource that it makes sense to collect every drop of rain and re-cycle grey water and back-washed pool water. In fact you can reduce your water bill by as much as 90% by harvesting rain...
Comments01/12/2016 #13 Claire Cardwell#11 Unfortunately the water infrastructure has not been maintained or planned very well here either @Kirsten Horner - as the city gets more and more overpopulated and dense we are about to see some major problems with water supply, this has of course been exacerbated by the drought....29/11/2016 #11 Kirsten HornerThanks Claire. We live with water saving and water restrictions here in Queensland, Australia - in between the floods! The larger water management infrastructure is under pressure and hasn't been planned or managed well for future supply, so everyone has to do their part on their own property.29/11/2016 #4 Rod LoaderA good post Clair. Here is Australia, virtually all rural homes have rain water tanks. I have four 20,000 litre tanks, which supplies all my household water (drinking, showers, etc) and water for my gardens, pool etc. I also have a bore, which is not as nice, but still drinkable, as a backup. When you rely on stored water, you are a lot more aware of water usage.28/11/2016 #2 Lada Prkic"Water conservation needs to be a way of life.“ I second that Claire. Your article is a very good reminder of the importance of water. My homeland, Croatia, is water-rich country and also one of the countries where you can safely drink tap water. But despite this, many people in rural and suburban areas, and especially people who live on islands are collecting rainwater to reduce their bills when using water for agriculture.
In addition, several scientific studies propose to refurbish numerous abandoned traditional rain collectors (impluviums) in the Dalmatian area of Croatia to collect rain and dew water, which could provide a significant amount of water, especially during the dry season.
- Elon Musk says Tesla’s solar roof will be cheaper than ordinary roofs. He also says the energy-generating roofs will last longer than typical roofs, so, said the real-life Iron Man, “Why would you get anything else?”
At first Tesla solar roofs will be a premium product, according to Bloomberg, as the company’s slate and terra cotta tiles are 20 times more expensive than asphalt singles. But that factor could become irrelevant because of reduced shipping costs. It’s expensive to ship traditional roof tiles because they’re so heavy and fragile. Musk said Tesla’s solar tiles are easier to ship and weigh around a fifth of what regular tiles weigh.
Tesla’s tile roofs will be cheaper to both manufacture and install, according to Musk, and will provide savings to a homeowner even before energy bill savings. He said “Electricity is just a bonus.”
To read more go to :- http://inhabitat.com/elon-musk-says-teslas-solar-roof-will-be-cheaper-than-ordinary-roofs/
- Vienna will soon be home to the world’s tallest wooden building. Designed by Rüdiger Lainer and Partner, the so-called HoHo project will be built in the Seestadt Aspern area, one of Europe’s largest urban development sites. It will stand 276 feet tall and house a hotel, restaurant, and wellness center together with apartments and offices. It will cost about $65 million to construct.
Project developer Caroline Palfy, of Kerbler, tells The Guardian that her firm chose wood because of its environmental benefits. “I think it is important everyone…..thinks in different ways. We have wood, which is a perfect construction material for building,” she said. “It was used 200 years ago and it was perfect then and is perfect now.”
To read more go to:- http://greenbuildingelements.com/2016/06/10/vienna-home-tallest-wooden-buildiing/
- 23/11/2016Why not? Green power, plus blockchain tech, plus generation of new wealth...Blockchain technology is coming to the solar panels on your roofqz.com Earn cryptocurrency while the sun...
- 19/11/20168 inexpensive earth homes almost anyone can affordinhabitat.com Let these earth houses inspire you to build your own affordable home from sustainable...
- 18/11/2016Urban farming, food markets and parks replace banks and parking lots in this masterplan for Amsterdam - A large, circular new masterplan for Amsterdam's city center transforms existing buildings into green, pedestrian-friendly spaces. Architecture firm HofmanDujardin designed the project in order to decentralize the area and repurpose routes currently used solely by cars. Parks, food markets, smart transportation and urban farms would reinvigorate the heart of the city and create a healthy environment for its inhabitants. : - http://inhabitat.com/urban-farming-food-markets-and-parks-replace-banks-and-parking-lots-in-this-masterplan-for-amsterdam/
- 17/11/2016Are there alternatives to foam when it comes to packaging and insulation? Yes says Ecovative Design, a NY company engaged in the design, development & testing of biomaterial applications. The company has launched 2 extremely green mushroom-based products. This high-performance alternative to molded or fabricated is renewable, compostable & cost-competitive. Ecovative’s Mushroom packaging, is a “Cradle to Cradle Gold Certified alternative” to plastic packaging. http://greenbuildingelements.com/2014/07/22/green-materials-report-ecovative-designs-non-foam-insulation/
Comments19/11/2016 #3 Pamela L. WilliamsVery interesting Claire, thank you for sharing. Styrofoam is one of my pet-peeves. Our recycling program does not include styrofoam so we collect it at our Sierra Club meetings and one of the members takes it to a business that will recycle it for use in other products.
- 16/11/2016Canada Tops Out World’s Tallest Wood-Frame Building. Celebrating the tallest wood-frame building of its kind anywhere in the world, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr recently attended the “topping out” ceremony of the Brock Commons Residence.
The new University of British Columbia student housing tower rises 18 stories to reach a stunning 178.8 feet (53 meters) tall. To read more go to :- http://greenbuildingelements.com/2016/10/05/canada-tops-out-worlds-tallest-wood-frame-building/
Comments18/11/2016 #3 Claire Cardwell#2 Hi @Jan Barbosa it is an amazing structure, I think that wood would have more sound absorbing qualities than Concrete - especially with noise overhead and below. As to external noise the building does not look like it is an incredibly busy area, I guess it all depends on whether they used double glazing in the windows....18/11/2016 #2 Jan BarbosaGuess the building would need pretty good sound insulation... I live in an apartment made with concrete but guess sound insulation was NOT one of their PRIME directives !!! Believe me.. stopping noise coming thru an aluminum louvered window is almost impossible... nevertheless im amzed at such a construction using wood..
- 15/11/2016New Construction Materials… That Self-Repair?
Opening up a new field of design for construction technology, the US Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is envisioning futuristic materials that repair themselves.
After recently launching the Engineered Living Materials (ELM) program, DARPA’s goal is to create a whole new class of construction materials. Imagine engineering living cellular systems into the structural features of traditional construction materials. The results might offer, for example, a driveway that eats oil spills; a chimney that cleans itself or heals after heat damage; surface materials that never fade or flake; or even a roof that “breathes” and controls airflow.
To read more go to:-New Construction Materials... That Self-Repair? - Green Building Elementsgreenbuildingelements.com Opening up a new field of construction technology, DARPA is envisioning futuristic self-repairing construction materials grown from...
Comments16/11/2016 #5 Lada Prkic#1 Claire, thanks for the tag. I’m familiar with the self-healing concrete and bio-bricks and read a lot about that. This amazing concept of genetically engineered 3D structures from seeds looks a pretty bizarre but I'm also excited about its possible development. As the author of the article said, the internet was a pretty bizarre concept back in 1969, too. What is now unrealistic might become possible within 2 or 3 decades and I'm looking forward to it.16/11/2016 #4 Lada Prkic#1 Claire, thanks for the tag. I’m familiar with the self-healing concrete and bio-bricks and read a lot about that. This amazing concept of genetically engineered 3D structures from seeds looks a pretty bizarre but I'm also exciting to watch its possible development. As the author of the article said, the internet was a pretty bizarre concept back in 1969, too. What is now unrealistic might become possible within 2 or 3 decades and I'm looking forward to it.
- 11/11/2016Cheap Off-Grid Cabin Built For Under $300 Using Reclaimed Materialsgreenbuildingelements.com Alyssa Craft and Jesse Stafford built a cheap off-grid cabin-add-on to the trailer they are living in while setting up their homestead in the Western...
- 10/11/2016Santa Clara University students recently won California's first tiny house competition with 238 square feet of technological and design genius. Called rEvolve House, referencing its ability to track the sun throughout the day to optimize solar gain, the prototypical home was designed in collaboration with Operation Freedom Paws as a low-cost housing solution for veterans training their own service dogs. To read more go to:- http://inhabitat.com/solar-powered-revolving-home-for-veterans-wins-californias-first-tiny-house-competition/
- 09/11/2016World's first streetlights powered by footsteps installed in Las Vegas. When most people think "clean energy," solar panels & wind turbines typically come to mind. What if the simple act of walking could create emissions-free electricity? Kinetic energy is a real world solution to harmful carbon pollution that is causing global warming - NYC-based EnGoPLANET partnered with the city to install lamps powered by solar panels and kinetic energy pads in the Arts District. http://inhabitat.com/worlds-first-streetlights-powered-by-footsteps-installed-in-las-vegas/
- 09/11/20163D printing meets affordable, scalable housing construction. This has my geek-meter pegged high on sustainable innovation!This castle was printed in concrete This printer can print...
- Producer08/11/2016SolarWindow Window Coating – Versatile Solar Power Generation by Dawn Killough Peering through see-through SolarWindow™ SolarWindow™ window coating generates electricity from light, both from the sun & artificial light. It is extremely versatile & can be printed onto glass, plastic or even paper, making it easy to...
- 08/11/2016Our goals | Fairphonewww.fairphone.com We aim to create positive social and environmental impact from the beginning to the end of a phone’s life cycle. Learn more about our...
- 03/11/2016Why Tesla’s new solar roof tiles and home battery are such a big dealtechcrunch.com On October 28, Tesla unveiled its new solar roof tiles. Few of us in attendance, if any, realized the solar roofing tiles were actual functional solar...
- 02/11/20161,000-year-old UK cathedral is likely world's oldest cathedral to go solarinhabitat.com Mypower installed the first solar panel on 1000-year-old Gloucester Cathedral in England this week; they will install around 150 more...
- 29/10/2016THIS is the type of innovation that doesn't focus on solving singular problems. Consumer benefits from utility savings, installation costs, and replacement needs. Utility benefits from lowering strain on the grid. Environmental benefits from no greenhouse gases and less waste not having to regularly replace roofing material.These are Tesla’s stunning new solar roof tiles for homestechcrunch.com Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk wasn't kidding when he said that the new Tesla solar roof product was better looking than an ordinary roof: the...
- Producer29/10/2016The Rise of Urban Mining"There's gold in them thar' hills" - but not nearly as much as in all the cell phones, computers and electronic equipment we make and discard every year. According to the organizers of the first e-Waste Acedemy held recently in Accra,...
Comments31/10/2016 #7 Lada PrkicThis important topic points to a devastating fact that industrialized nations export their toxic e-waste to developing countries, rather than processing it themselves, because environmentally recycling in industrialized countries is up to ten times more expensive than the primitive recycling in developing countries.
But, ultimately, urban mining in such a way poisons us all. "What comes around goes around, no matter where you are."31/10/2016 #6 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#2 Not really sure how things stand in India Ken..gotta look into that for my info. But one thing I do know is that there is a large workforce of organised garbage collectors out on the streets. Mostly the homeless and destitutes. Just like the begging mafia network. Am sure there is some method and purpose to this relentless scavenging that happens around the clock. Most corporate bodies have ewaste disposal teams that engage local NGOs to do the last mile dumping.31/10/2016 #4 Claire Cardwell#2 There is also an informal re-cycling industry here in SA. Rubbish pickers go through bins before they are collected and collect metal, glass and plastic and drag them by hand on trolleys to re-cycling centres. There are rubbish pickers on the dumps too. I am not sure whether heavy metals and e-waste are recycled by these people as well.31/10/2016 #2 Ken BoddieExcellent illustration, Claire, of our need to carefully recycle our heavy metals instead of losing them in landfill. I don't know about the situation in Guiyu, China, but I do understand that there is a large recycling industry in Mumbai, India. Perhaps @Dean Owen has some knowledge on Guiyu?
- Producer26/10/20163D-printed Aquaponic Homes grow their own veggies and fish - Inhabitat.comAs natural resources dwindle and rising temperatures threaten to alter entire ecosystems in unknowable ways, architects and designers are creating innovative ways to shore up humanity's resilience. Aquaponic Future Housing, a conceptual design by...
Comments27/10/2016 #3 Claire Cardwell#2 I love the idea of living in a house that produces it's own food - however I don't feel that the 'habitats' shown in this article would work on a practical day to day basis. A while back I came across a concept called ReGen Villages which also used hydroponics, permaculture and aquaculture. Apparently the only item they had to buy in (in bulk that is) is coffee. http://inhabitat.com/utopian-off-grid-village-grows-own-food-in-shared-local-eco-system/ I also found an article about a house in Sweden the Naturhus - I am a fan! http://www.ecowatch.com/couple-builds-greenhouse-around-home-to-grow-food-and-keep-warm-1882128131.html27/10/2016 #2 Ken BoddieThanks for the tag, Claire. I'm sharing this on the ETD hive as follows, to see if there is any response from the engineering fraternity:
https://www.bebee.com/group/interesting-engineering-technology-and-discoveries View moreThanks for the tag, Claire. I'm sharing this on the ETD hive as follows, to see if there is any response from the engineering fraternity:
I'm not sure who wrote the original wording above, as replicated in the Mihai Chiriak link, but I found a lot of jargon being used which, for me personally, was confusing. My initial reaction was that the concept is sound but the illustrations appear to relate to a parallel universe. I'd be interested to know your reaction to this article, Claire and whether you see the concept being practically applied. As you probably know, I tend to be an unimaginative and relatively conservative thinker on these issues. Close
- Producer26/10/2016This reverse pyramid is a green urban community in the skies of ParisIf you always dreamed of living in a forest villa with a view of the Eiffel Tower, you might be in luck. Designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto with Manal Rachdi Oxo Architects, Mille Arbres, or the Thousand Trees, is a 9-story reverse pyramid...
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Sustainable design (also called environmental design, environmentally sustainable design, environmentally conscious design, etc.) is the philosophy of designing physical objects, the built environment, and services to comply with the principles of social, economic, and ecological sustainability.