I mentioned Wattvision previously, and the company is now running a Kickstarter campaign to deploy its complete the next generation of hardware, cover more types of power meters, and deploy the new hardware by about January 2013. Wattvision 2 includes a sensor that attaches to your home electricity meter and a gateway that connects up with your internet network. With these in place, a user can check electricity use online or from a smart phone.
If you want to wind up a building scientist, you might mention the topic of insulation. Better yet, mention the advent of expanded cork insulation in the United States from Portugal-based Amorim Isolamentos. The insulation is made from leftover material from cork bottle stopper production which is heated and sliced into boards, according to Alex Wilson of BuildingGreen. Thus, the insulation is rapidly renewable and entirely natural.
Luke Anderson started with a reasonable request for $4,000 on Kickstarter, and he reached funding in 24 hours. Now, with 14 days left, Anderson has $25,000 in support for Alva — The Lightbulb Lamp. It’s 8.5″ wide by 17.5″ tall and comes in brown, white, or black ceramic base options. The lamp is powered by a replaceable LED with a hand-shaped filament. Alva* looks like a classic early Edison bulb, but it’s a lot bigger and will retail after the Kickstarter campaign for $550.