More Than Half of China’s Existing Homes Will Be Demolished in the Next 20 Years

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Life expectancy of houses in China is 50 years.

More than half of China’s existing residential structures will be demolished and rebuilt in the coming 20 years, according to a senior researcher from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, a claim that has sparked fresh questions about the short lifespan of Chinese buildings.

 

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Say Goodbye to the McMansion – Homes in 2020 Will Be Built for People, Planet and Profit

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Goodbye, McMansions. In 2020 we’ll build for the triple bottom line: people, planet as well as profit.

Free-flowing jumbo loans enabled the overconsumption of jumbo homes, creating jumbo expectations of jumbo lives. Then the bubble burst and the jumbo house of cards came tumbling down.

 

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WindCube: Rooftop Wind Turbine

WindCube: Rooftop Wind Turbine

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Generating power by free methods is the Holy Grail for the green power movement. For consumers it could one day mean that we get power for our homes and gadgets for free from the sun or the wind. Wind power is controversial because the massive wind turbines are ugly and make the area where they are installed look bad to some people.

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Florida Planning World’s First Solar Powered City

Florida Planning World’s First Solar Powered City

Babcock Ranch, Florida 

What better place than the Sunshine State for the world’s first solar-powered city? Called Babcock Ranch, the 17,000-acres-large community will have its energy needs supplied by a $300 million, 75 megawatt solar-powered generator. The city will also integrate a Smart Grid for powering electric vehicles. (Pics)

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‘Ice That Burns’ May Provide Clean, Sustainable Fuel For The Future

‘Ice That Burns’ May Provide Clean, Sustainable Fuel For The Future 

‘Ice that burns’ – gas hydrates

In the future, natural gas derived from chunks of ice that workers collect from beneath the ocean floor and beneath the arctic permafrost may fuel cars, heat homes, and power factories. Government researchers are reporting that these so-called “gas hydrates,” a frozen form of natural gas that bursts into flames at the touch of a match, show increasing promise as an abundant, untapped source of clean, sustainable energy. The icy chunks could supplement traditional energy sources that are in short supply and which produce large amounts of carbon dioxide linked to global warming, the scientists say.

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Plasma Gasification Plant Planned For Florida

Plasma Gasification Plant Planned For Florida 

Now here’s a system I can get behind: turning trash into energy via the magic of plasma. Yep, it kills two birds with one stone, and it’s coming soon. The first plasma plant in the country is being planned for St. Lucie County in Florida, where it’ll use 10,000 degree plasma to vaporize 1,500 tons of trash every day. The vapor will then spin turbines to create enough juice to power a whopping 50,000 homes. Holy crap, how sweet is this?

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Miniature Nuclear Plants Able to Power 20,000 Homes

Miniature Nuclear Plants Able to Power 20,000 Homes

The cost to install a mini-nuke plant is $2,500 per home

Nuclear power plants smaller than a garden shed and able to power 20,000 homes will be on sale within five years, say scientists at Los Alamos, the US government laboratory which developed the first atomic bomb.

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