Abod – tiny houses that can be built in a day

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One billion people of the world’s population lives in informal communities – sometimes known as shantytowns, tent cities or, if you’re really going for the jugular, slums. Doug Sharp, president and chairman of BSB Design, came up with a tiny, inexpensive home for slum dwellers that can be built in less than one day by one family. (Pics)

 

 

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The $5 lamp that is powered solely by gravity

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There are currently over 1.5 billion people in the World who have no reliable access to mains electricity. These people rely, instead, on biomass fuels (mostly kerosene) for lighting once the sun goes down. GravityLight is a sustainable lighting solution powered by gravity. (Pics)

 

 

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If you are looking for a new startup idea, try farming

Sustainable farming, which often ties into organic growing, has been reaping profits.

Last week, in an auditorium at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, startup companies sought out investors to help take their ideas to the next level. This wasn’t a tech conference. Venture capitalists were here to check out sustainable farming.

 

 

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The Story of Electronics: Designed For The Dump

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This short video called The Story of Electronics is the latest in The Story of Stuff video series. As the title suggests, this particular video is about our collection of electronics which create a lot of e-waste every single year. That e-waste is harmful not just to the environment but also to us and other people around the world whose job it is to dismantle or salvage the usable parts in these electronics.

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Squirrel – The Other White Meat and It’s Sustainable, Too

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The other white meat.

Move over kangaroo,  horse, and nutria – there’s a new meat on the supermarket shelves at Budgens in the UK – it’s squirrel. Squirrel has been eaten in the U.S. south for ages, and Budgens owner Andrew Thornton told the Guardian that he sells as many as 15 squirrels a week. Rather than cull these furry animals that abound on urban streets, Thornton said he thinks it is more sustainble….

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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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Geothermal Energy Used in Oregon Town to Stay Warm

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Pipes of geothermal water can be installed under sidewalks and roads to keep them from icing over in winter, like this sidewalk in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

In southern Oregon, when snow falls on this downtown of brick buildings and glass storefronts, it piles up everywhere but the sidewalks. It’s the first sign that this timber and ranching town is like few others.  A combination of hot rocks and water like those that created Yellowstone’s geysers have been tapped by the city to keep the sidewalks toasty since the early 1990s. They also heat downtown buildings, kettles at a brewhouse, and greenhouses and keep the lights on at a college campus.

 

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Eco-Friendly Building Techniques Gleened from Ancient Technology

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Rammed Earth Creates A New Ancient Building Format

Every child learns early on that moist sand is the key to building a sturdy sandcastle. Now researchers at Durham University have studied this principle so it can be better applied to an ancient eco-friendly building technique of using rammed earth.

Rammed earth is a manufactured building material made up of sand, gravel and clay, which are moistened and compacted between two forms – or molds – where the mixture is allowed to set as a wall.

It was developed in ancient China about 2,000 BC, but it has been enjoying a resurgence in popularity as a sustainable building method in recent years, as it reduces the need for lumber and the forms holding the rammed earth in place can be reused…

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Amazing Vertical Farm For Vancouver

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Vertical farm for Vancouver’s 2030 Challenge 

Vertical farms are one of our favorite future-forward concepts for creating sustainable cities. Providing locally-grown produce and food will not only help us reduce our carbon emissions significantly, but also help us become healthier. Romses Architects recently came up with an amazing concept for a vertical farm in Vancouver as part of the City’s 2030 Challenge. Complete with a tower for growing fruits and vegetables, a livestock grazing plane, a boutique dairy farm, commercial space, transit lines, renewable energy and more, the Harvest Green Tower has the potential to be a food growing, energy producing, living, breathing sustainable transit hub. (Pics)

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10 Inspiring Green Office Blocks

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Seeing Greener

If you’re going to spend 8 hours a day at work in the office, it might as well be somewhere healthy and inspiring. Unfortunately the characterless and insipid glass edifices that so blight our inner cities are far removed from being either attractive or motivating, never mind sustainable. But there is a distinct wind of change breathing fresh life into the workplace with a new breed of elegantly designed sustainable offices. It may sound inconceivable, but these are the sort of places you actually might not mind spending the best part of your week in. StaoilHydro headquarters (pictured) is just one…

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