Fractal Structures Could Yield Ultralight 3D-Printable Beams That Are 10,000 Times Stronger Than Steel

November 30, 2012 by  
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If you were to strip away the walls, floors, and insulation, you’d see that most buildings are constructed on a frame of beams. Most beams are made from steel, and while strong, they’re fairly one-size-fits-all. A new study published in the journal Physical  Review Letters  found that fractal patterns could be used to create 3d printed beams that are lighter and up to 10,000 times stronger than typical steel beams! This combination of material science and 3D printing technology could make it possible to customize beams for a specific load and purpose, reducing waste and cost. Read the rest of Fractal Structures Could Yield Ultralight 3D-Printable Beams That Are 10,000 Times Stronger Than Steel Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printable beams , 3D printing , Architecture , building materials , construction , green building materials , green design , Material science , resin , steel , sustainable building materials , sustainable design , UK , University of Nottingham , Yong Mao

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Gary Card’s Electric Christmas Tree is Made from Recycled Chevy Volt Parts!

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The electric Chevy Volt may be a pretty cool green ride – but did you know it also makes a great Christmas Tree ? Engadget reports that Vauxhaull, the British subsidiary of General Motors, is celebrating the holidays this year with a glowing Christmas tree made from Chevy Volt parts! The electric tree was designed by artist Gary Card , and it will light up the Kings Cross Filling Station until the new year. Read the rest of Gary Card’s Electric Christmas Tree is Made from Recycled Chevy Volt Parts! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , electric car christmas tree , Gary Card , green design , Kings Cross FIlling Station , sustainable design , upcycled christmas tree , Vauxhall , vauxhall ampera

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Engaging the Investor Community: ESG Reporting & Metrics

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Please join DNV Two Tomorrows to learn and discuss best practices in aligning sustainability with the needs of the investor community, the first roundtable in our Stakeholder Engagement Series. Hear from Teri Treille, Manager, CSR Reporting at Cisco, Jennifer Mitchell, Director, Outreach & Partnerships at Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, and Dr. Todd Cort, CEO of Two Tomorrows North America as they discuss the metrics ESG analysts are focused on today and how these may change in the future.

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Guerilla Gardening Gift Boxes are a Great Way to Inspire Urban Transformation

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These Guerilla Gardening Gift Boxes from Greenaid Seedbombs are a fun way to inspire urban transformation this holiday season. The fantastic gift pack comes in one of three themed boxes (“Critters”, “Flowers”, “Edibles”) with different seed mixes. Each kit contains: pet forage, wildflower and veggie seed bombs, two wooden slingshots for shooting the seedbombs into the world, a bandana, a mapping kit to track and visualize personal guerilla gardening efforts, a sweet Greenaid Sticker, and easy to follow planting instructions. + Greenaid Seedbombs The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!  

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BiLD’s Re-structured Suburban Split House Pulls In Melbourne’s Beautiful Light

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The Split House is a fantastic new renovation located in Melbourne, Australia, completed by architects BiLD . Taking a typical inter-war period house as a starting point, BiLD replaced various elements of the original house while up-cycling and recycling timbers and other structural elements. Modifying the old fashioned layout, the studio transformed a quaint suburban home into a modern work of sustainable architecture. Read the rest of BiLD’s Re-structured Suburban Split House Pulls In Melbourne’s Beautiful Light Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , bild , gordan matta-clarke , green design , Recycled Materials , renovated , split house , upcycling

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15 Green Gifts That Give Back

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This holiday season, double up on your do-gooding by gifting your loved ones items that that not only do well by the environment, but also give back to the community . There are tons of great organizations and companies out there working hard to bring us products that are not only gentle on the earth, but support important causes and initiatives around the globe. From delicious wines to stylish sunglasses to cute teddy bears , check out these 15 fantastic gift ideas that also give back! GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: altruette , altruette house , charitable gifts , charity wines , csa membership , eco christmas , eco friendly presents , eco holiday , eco xmas , eco-friendly gifts , environmentally friendly gifts , environmentally friendly presents , FEED , feed teddy bear , gifts for activists , gifts for eco consciou people , gifts that do good , Gifts That Give Back , glassbaby , glassbaby glass set , green christmas , green gift guide , green holiday , green holiday gift guide , green presents , green xmas , heifer international , house charm , humanitarian gifts , large paper cranes , MiiR , miir bicycle , miir bike , miir bikes , paws donations , philanthropic gifts , product red , recycled silver bowl , spiral foundation , spiral foundation recycled silver bowl , sponsor a paw , sponsor a paws animal , sponsor a playground , toms , TOMS sunglasses , vik muniz , Voltaic , voltaic solar charger , voltaic solar charger kit

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10-Story Prefabricated Turbo Tower in Chandigarh to be Constructed in 48 hours

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In the town of Mohali, a suburb just outside of Chandigarh in northwest India, a 10-story tower is being constructed in just 48-hours! The visionary behind this project, Harpal Singh of the infrastructure company Synergy Thrislington , says it’s all possible because “the components have been manufactured already, doors that can be pre-fitted, water supply components, wiring, sanitation, air conditioning, ducts and everything else.” Read the rest of 10-Story Prefabricated Turbo Tower in Chandigarh to be Constructed in 48 hours Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: assembling 10 storey tower in 48 hours , building hospitals , building schools , center for industrial and scientific research , Chandigarh , Disaster Relief , earthquake and shock-proof certification , Harpal Singh , India , infrastructure sector , Mohali , prefabricated 10 storey tower , streamlined prefabricated construction process , Synergy Thrislington

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14 Handcrafted Gifts for Everyone on Your Holiday List

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If you’d like to give your loved ones handmade gifts but lack the time to make them yourself, why not check out our  handy gift guide  featuring 14 gifts made by local and global artisans. From a  flawless grass basket  from Uganda,  brazil nut candles from Peru , and a  handcrafted silver plate  from Morocco, these gifts are made with sustainable materials and benefit the craftspeople who produced them. Be sure to step in and have a look at these 14 great green gifts – there’s something for everyone! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: brazil nut candles , buriti palm clutch handbag , candy cane soap , christmas gifts , claybean cooking pot , earth-friendly gifts , eco presents , eco-gifts , ecobota honeysuckle pressed botanical art , gift guide , green gift guide , green gifts , green holidays , green office , green presents , green splat bamboo wall clock , green xmas , handcrafted afghan soap , handcrafted moroccan plate , holiday gift guide , holidays , ikat decorative pillow case , manchoro wood drum , nkuringo wishing basket , presents , scalloped paper lantern , spiral recycled plastic holder , twig terrariums , xmas gifts

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UK Plans to Retrofit Shipping Containers from Amsterdam Into Housing to Help Fight Homelessness

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Shipping container photo from Shutterstock Shipping containers offer a surprisingly versatile foundation for small-scale, sturdy homes – they’re readily available, relatively inexpensive, and easy to retrofit. Now the UK is planning to capitalize on cargotecture by transforming recycled shipping containers from Amsterdam into housing to help fight homelessness. The southern coastal regions of Brighton and Hove have seen a growing incidence of homelessness due to skyrocketing rent and housing prices, so the Brighton Housing Trust and developer QED have requested funding to turn 36 shipping containers from Amsterdam into temporary housing for their communities. Read the rest of UK Plans to Retrofit Shipping Containers from Amsterdam Into Housing to Help Fight Homelessness Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amsterdam , andy winter , apartment , brighton , brighton housing trust , hove , phase one , qed , shipping containers , UK

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UN Offers Prize to Help Bring Power to 3,000 Bosnian Homes Using Renewable Energy

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Photo by Shutterstock To help deliver power to the more than 3,000 families living far from Bosnia’s power grid, the United Nations  is offering a $20,000 prize to whoever invents a relatively cheap renewable energy solution. The winning solution should cost less than $6,500, and it should be easily able to supply an average household with hot water and electricity. Read the rest of UN Offers Prize to Help Bring Power to 3,000 Bosnian Homes Using Renewable Energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , cheap electricity , green design , humanitarian action , low energy lighting , renewable energy solutions , sustainable competition , UN initiative , United Nations , united nations bosnia

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