Net Zero Prefab Home Built in California


Mark Jacobson, a professor at Stanford University, California recently commissioned the Canadian firm Bone Structure to build him a prefab net-zero home. And the result is shaping up to be quite astounding. He chose the company because of their proven ability to minimize construction waste, dust and disruption to neighbors, as well as the flexibility and versatility of its steel frame construction method. (more…)

By |August 20th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments

Thinnest and Lightest Solar Cell Produced


Researchers at MIT have successfully manufactured the world’s thinnest and lightest solar cell. This cell is so tiny that it could be placed on a soap bubble without popping it. That’s quite a feat and it also means that such cells could be attached to virtually any surface where they could then generate clean, renewable energy. (more…)

By |August 15th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

A Thermophotovoltaic Cell That Can Generate Electricity Even in the Dark


Claiming that a solar cell can produce energy even in the dark sounds a little like the beginning of a joke, but I assure you it is not so. A team of scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) have successfully made a prototype of a device, which can become a part of super-efficient thermophotovoltaic cells. Such a cell could generate electricity even if it is not placed in direct sunlight. This cell would absorb infrared radiation and convert it into an electric current, and this can happen even in the dark. (more…)

By |August 11th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

Dignified Disaster Relief Housing


There is always need for disaster relief housing, and the recently introduced Hex House is certainly one of the more dignified ones. It was created by a non-profit design practice Architects For Society, which is a joint effort of professionals from the US, Europe and the Middle East. Their aim is provide easy to deploy housing, which is both affordable and provides a dignified way to live to refugees, and those displaced by natural disasters. (more…)

By |July 26th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

Wooden Tower Planned in Holland


Building wooden skyscrapers seems to be gaining in popularity, and now one is going up in Amsterdam. The so-called Haut tower was designed by the Dutch firm Team V Architecture and they plan to begin construction in the later part of 2017. (more…)

By |July 24th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Off-Grid Foot-Powered Washing Machine


Washing machines use up a lot of energy and water, so having one when you’re striving for off-grid living is not a convenient option. But the so-called Yirego Drumi washing machine solves this problem. It is powered by a foot pedal and needs no electricity to operate. As such it would make a great addition to any sustainable home. (more…)

By |July 21st, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments