Roses Inspire a More Efficient Solar Cell

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Breakthroughs big and small are important in the quest towards greater reliance on renewable power, of which solar power is at the top of the list. And one such breakthrough was recently achieved by a team of scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Germany. Inspired by the rose’s ability to convert sunlight into energy they designed a film that greatly increases the efficiency of solar cells. (more…)

By |July 13th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

Gorgeous Houseboat

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The River Den was built by owner Bonnie and her friend Denis Tremblay, since she wanted a tiny home that could easily be moved. Her ancestors were log-drivers who spent most of their time on the river, so opting for a houseboat was a natural choice for her. The unique tiny home is located on the Gatineau River in the town of Wakefield, Quebec. (more…)

By |July 11th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Tiny Home Made Out of SIPs and Recycled Materials

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At first glance this home would be easy to confuse for a shipping container home, but it’s not. It was built using structural insulated panels (SIPs) by former boat builder and carpenter Jeff Hobbs of Room To Move. He was hired by owner Briar Hale, and Hobbs drew heavily on his experience as a boat builder when designing the home. (more…)

By |July 6th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Trailer Based Tiny Home

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A British Columbia-based homebuilder Nelson Tiny Houses recently completed this unique 380-square-foot house. They used a fifth-wheel utility trailer as the base for it and created a comfortable and spacious dwelling. The home is called V House and it features a comfortable sitting area, kitchen, a bedroom, and a bathroom. There is also a wide wooden deck that successfully extends the living area into the outdoors. (more…)

By |June 29th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

New and Cleaner Method of Recycling Plastic Discovered

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There’s probably no need to remind you that plastic is extremely harmful to our environment, and that the current methods of recycling might be doing more harm than good. So when breakthroughs in the latter are made it’s always good news. This has now been achieved by a team of scientists from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) in China. They have discovered a way to turn plastic into a usable liquid fuel. That’s kind of like killing two birds with one stone. (more…)

By |June 24th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

Modular Home Made of Cardboard

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Nido House is yet another pretty tiny home made from cardboard, a building material that seems to be catching on lately. This home can function off-the-grid, since it’s equipped with a solar power system and a rainwater recovery system, among other things, and it is available in various sizes and designs. It was created by Italian architect Francesca Fadalti and her business partner Michela Romano. (more…)

By |June 22nd, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments