Ecobitat – Skyscraper with Portable Housing

portable-housing-tower5

Ecobitat

As the space in our cities disappears little by little, a young architect named Felipe Campolina, came up with a solution, which not only is beautiful it also minimizes the impact on nature. Felipe inspired himself from a movement in Japan postwar. In the 50s, there was a group of architects called Metabolist. They worked with prefabricated units. Having this noted down, Felipe started the design of a portable house unit.  (pics)

Continue reading… “Ecobitat – Skyscraper with Portable Housing”

0

Litracon – See-Through, Light-Transmitting Concrete

Litracon - See-Through, Light-Transmitting 

Litracon 

Concrete has a sometimes-bad reputation as a harsh, rigid, cold-to-the-touch and straight-edged material. Litracon is doing a great deal to change that image of concrete through a score of creative and sustainable applications for their patented light-transmitting concrete. (Pics)

Continue reading… “Litracon – See-Through, Light-Transmitting Concrete”

0

Solar Cells Integrated Into Building Materials

Solar Cells Integrated Into Building Materials 

 The solar system shown here (darker panels) integrates thin-film solar modules directly into a metal roof.

In an effort to promote the adoption of solar technology, United Solar Ovonic of Auburn Hills, MI, has teamed with a major roofing company to create a metal roof system that generates electricity from sunlight. The partnership offers seven different prefabricated systems, ranging in capacity from 3 to 120 kilowatts. Tests show that the solar roof panels are rugged and can withstand winds in excess of 160 miles per hour.

Continue reading… “Solar Cells Integrated Into Building Materials”

0