Growth in China’s car ownership drives parking space shortage

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These cars lined up outside a supermarket, waiting for someone to leave and open up a space.

Finding a parking spot in China is now an expensive endeavor. Homebuyers in China are learning that too many cars means too few parking spaces.  If you think the price of putting a roof over your head has soared, wait until you try to secure a parking space for your car.

 

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20 Million People Live Underground in China

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Ordinary Chinese people priced out of China’s property market.

To understand how far ordinary Chinese have been priced out of their country’s property market, you need to look not upwards at the Beijing’s shimmering high-rise skyline, but down, far below the bustling streets where nearly 20m people live and work. There, in the city’s vast network of unused air defence bunkers, as many as a million people live in small, windowless rooms that rent for £30 to £50 a month, which is as much as many of the city’s army of migrant labourers can afford. (Pics)

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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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China Increases Residential Land Supply by 135% in 2010 to Cool Red-Hot Housing Market

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Land supply up 135% in Chna.

China provided 56,000 hectares of land for residential use in the first six months of 2010, up 135 percent over the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Land and Resources.  A significant increase in the availability of land for housing was reported in areas like Guizhou Province, Beijing, Jiangxi Province, Heilongjiang Province and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, said a statement on the ministry’s website.

 

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Sculpture Brick – Innovative Brick for the 21st Century

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Featured Invention at the Colorado Inventor Showcase

Sculpture Brick is the newest veneer application process on the market today. Over the past 30 years this product has been developed into what is now patented versatile mortar enhancement process that simulates the appearance and texture of brick, but at up to half the cost. It can provide you with a “value engineering ” option that can save thousands of dollars when compared to traditional brick.

 

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BioHAWT – Wind Turbine Designed To Heat Residential Homes

BioHAWT - Wind Turbine Designed To Heat Residential Homes

Featured Invention at the Colorado Inventor Showcase 

BioHAWT – A Biomimetic horizontal axis wind turbine designed for power generation for the public sector hybridized with an oxy-hydrogen furnace burn to heat residential homes.

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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.

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Residential Phone Lines Dwindling

Residential Phone Lines Dwindling

As wireless services improve, traditional phone lines are going away

SNL Kagan expects that telecommunications carriers’ market share of fixed residential telephone service to decline, mostly due to IP voice services from cable operators.

In the past two years, the telcos’ share has dwindled from 90% to 74% of total connections. Over the next five years, that share will fall another 23%.

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