Low-Cost Solar Thermal by Sunnovations

Sunnovations, a Virginia-based start-up, is seeing more and more interest in its unique solar thermal technology and just closed a Series A round of financing led by Two Seven Ventures.  That technology is explained in the attached images, and it may just make solar water heating a no-brainer for every home in the country.   The system is relatively affordable, easy to install, and simple to maintain, according to the company.

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Join Us in Giving Aid to Japan

I find myself more introspective every day as events unfold in Japan.  I lived there for an extended period of time and tried to master the language.  I see the faces of thousands of people that I met in my mind.  I’m on this planet to make a difference, to help people, and it hurts to see neighborhoods gone and air polluted.  What can be done?  Here are a few efforts that I’m seeing:

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Two-Container Backyard Office in Oakland

In 2005, Stephen Shoup, founder of design-build firm building LAB inc., bought a furniture and woodcarving building to convert it into a live-work space.  But Shoup’s firm outgrew the space — and Shoup went from singlehood to fatherhood — so he concocted a plan to create more room in the backyard.  He fashioned a modern, green office space from a retired freezer and a corrugated shipping container unit set in an L-shape.

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