I’d recently moderated a panel discussion on sustainable housing which was filmed by 360 Chestnut. A key area interest is building for sustainability with resiliency in mind as it can minimize natural disaster impacts. The panel interview can be viewed here and we hope you enjoy it:
Shipping container usage for semi to permanent structures is gaining momentum. They can be rapidly deployed using existing trucking, shipping and air infrastructure. Also, they are low cost and support recycling. They may be able to provide significant relief in crisis areas needing shelters. Read more: Recycled Shipping Container Buildings Popping-Up All Over London : TreeHugger.
Now here’s a novel idea. Are you tired of Wall Street and banks driving the downsizing? Take the initiative and downsize them by shrinking your need for credit. If you owned a home that wasn’t too big or too little but fit you just right then perhaps your ends would fit your means (instead of justify). In other words you wouldn’t need a mortgage to last a life time, you could save money and live a lot freer while probably increasing your options and happiness to boot. Remember woe be the pride before the mortgage margin call. Read on Tiny Homes For Sale Under $60K – Business Insider.
This is beginning to get very interesting - LivingHomes Introduces C6.2, a LEED Platinum Prefab House! | Inhabitat
Makes sense to me, if you make a work environment a place people enjoy being in, that refreshes the human battery instead of draining the psyche, and is ergonomically efficient wouldn’t people work more productively and be more dedicated? HomeAway’s LEED Gold Headquarters in Austin Makes Work Feel Like a Vacation | Inhabitat
This is a space very much worth watching. With very creative architects, engineers and builders coming together to make affordable green houses that are aesthetically pleasing, we should see some very attractive housing systems evolving for the mainstream public in the near future. Modern Connect:Homes are the Latest in Affordable, Green Prefab Design | Inhabitat
This article makes sense that Saudi Arabia would strive to become a leader in solar power technologies. If the business base is shifting to clean tech and clean resource solutions, proactively embracing the change will ensure a business leadership role. Saudi Arabia Promises $109 Billion in Solar Power Investment | Inhabitat
This is very helpful. We’ve already switched out almost all of our incandescent bulbs and find it has been a very positive step for us - HOW TO: Switch Your Bulbs to LEDs and Get Ready for the Incandescent Bulb Phase-Out | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.
Harvesting water from the air is a very interesting idea and one we’ve been watching for some time. Some solutions, such as a solar still, can harvest enough water from a desert environment to keep in individual going. New Wind Turbine Creates Drinking Water From Humid Air – Business Insider.
CleanTech offers a great deal of help and hope for areas experiencing energy poverty. With the advancements in LED lighting illumination costs and energy use continuously decline as efficiency rises. African communities are beginning to experience the benefits of these technologies: How Solar is Giving African Kids Super Powers