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Geothermal Makes Celestia Kitchen of the Future Even More Efficient

Posted by Jay Egg

Jun 24, 2014 12:14:00 PM

IN THE HOME OF THE FUTURE, appliances will be linked like hardware on a computer.  Just like a new wireless keyboard, printer or touch screen monitor, you need only place the new appliance into service and it will communicate on a machine to machine basis (M2M), providing useful data for energy and performance optimization. But electronic communication is one part of the equation.  There is also the concept of “Thermal Communication”.

The household appliances in our “Celestia Home of the Future” will prompt, "Do you really want to start the washing machine now, while the shower is on and the dishwasher is running? Please allow me [the smart M2M system] to start this for you later, when energy and water consumption can be optimized, saving 1.3 kWh of peak load energy consumption."  This simple logic and communication between machines, homes and communities will defer infrastructure costs for building of power plants that could be averted.

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This Odor-Free Urinal Works Without Water

Posted by GBM Research

Jun 24, 2014 7:41:00 AM

By Klaus Reichardt

ADMITTEDLY, URINALS ARE NOT an everyday topic of conversation. And when it comes to homes and apartments, they almost never enter the discussion. However, that may be changing and changing very soon.

Home urinals, ranging in popularity, have been found in parts of Asia, Europe, Australia, and even in India. However, the trend in the United States is still in its infancy. In addition, the economy, which has severely impacted the housing construction industry, has slowed things down considerably.

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Cathedrals for Climate Change

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 22, 2014 1:51:10 PM

Wes Jackson, sustainable agriculture expert and founder of The Land Institute, builds cathedrals. Not the kind that are made of stone, with flying buttresses, soaring arches, and elaborate cherub covered domes. His cathedrals are composed of rich soils, grasses that dance gently in the breeze, and thriving symbiotic ecosystems. His cathedrals venerate nature, where every living creature is a perfect embodiment of enlightenment.

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VIDEO: Dual-Flush Toilet Converter

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 12, 2014 9:36:00 AM

SOMETIMES IN A BATHROOM REMODELING JOB, the homeowner wants to keep their current toilet, but would love to have a water-saving dual-flush toilet. Tap-n-Flush is a quick installed, universal flush converter that claims to work on any toilet without leakage. For landlords in particular, this could be a great, low-cost way to help save water and increase money savings. This video shows how to install it on most toilets.

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A Site Better

Posted by Juliet Grable

Apr 15, 2014 12:12:00 PM

Though construction sites can contribute many types of pollutants, including heavy metals, chemicals and oils, sediment is the biggest culprit. As any contractor visiting a job site after a heavy rain can tell you, runoff wreaks havoc when it courses over raw ground or plows through piles of topsoil. What’s more, some areas can stay bare for months, leaving them vulnerable through several seasons.

Fortunately, common-sense measures can reduce, if not eliminate, this problem. Structural solutions include silt fences, sedimentation ponds, erosion control blankets and temporary or permanent seeding. Non-structural practices like picking up trash and debris, sweeping sidewalks and streets, maintaining equipment and training staff and subs can go a long way to keeping pollutants out of any stormwater that runs through the site.

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