Home Built out of Repurposed Concrete Blocks

As you’re probably well aware, concrete has a huge carbon footprint and what’s worse, a lot of it gets discarded each year. Given these facts, it’s nice to come across the new project by Australian firm Archier, which recently built a family home using recycled concrete blocks.

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Low Loss Sunlight to Energy Conversion

Currently available solar panel arrays still have the drawback of loosing lots of heat in the sunlight to energy conversion process, because of the thermodynamic inefficiencies of the process of converting the incoming energy to power. This could soon be a thing of the past though, since a team of scientists at the University of Bayreuth have created a super-efficient light-energy transport conduit. […]

Shipping Container Used to Build a Skyscraper

The international firm Ganti and Associates Design has proposed a skyscraper to be built out of repurposed shipping containers. This skyscraper would be erected in the Dharavi slum in Mumbai, India. While building large structure such as this out of used shipping containers is certainly very sustainable, there is always the question of how to make them structurally sound and how to prevent excessive heat gain to consider.

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Convertible Apartment That’s Spacious and Cozy

Apartment space is at an all time premium in urban areas, so living in tiny shoebox apartments has become the norm. Often this means sacrificing comfort, so it’s always nice to see small apartment designs, which take this problem on and create cozy and comfortable living solutions. […]

New Masonry Building Method Cuts Carbon Emissions

The Russian design studio Zaarchitects have come up with a concept they call “smart masonry” techniques, which would involve using parametric tools and robot arms in the construction of concrete buildings. This method would require the use of less concrete for the construction of more lightweight, precise, efficient and less bulky buildings. […]

Flatpack Emergency Shelters Can be Assembled in Mere Hours

With the number of refugees displaced by war or natural disasters increasing it’s always nice to see temporary housing solutions, which can offer them safe and more comfortable living conditions, as well as restore some dignity. The Hush2 shelter recently developed by Extremis Technology is lightweight, affordable and can be assembled very quickly. […]

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