Green roofs can improve air quality inside buildings

April 15, 2019 by  
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A new study has found that green roofs do a lot more than just provide extra space to grow plants. These eco-friendly roofs can also enhance air quality inside of buildings by reducing the ozone levels that come in from the outdoors. Scientists at Portland State University conducted the study at a large commercial building in Portland. Researchers installed devices on the roof, which was split between a traditional membrane and a green roof. The devices measured ozone levels of the air surrounding the building. They discovered that plants on the roof helped to trap ozone, preventing it from coming into the building. Related: 9 ways to add more houseplants to your home The new study adds to the growing list of green roof benefits. According to Phys.org , this includes the ability to filter carbon dioxide, cut down on excess water runoff after big storms and reduce heat in urban environments. Not to mention all of the veggies and plants that can be grown, cultivated and even shared with the local community. But how does the vegetation trap ozone and remove it from the air? The process of trapping ozone is called dry deposition, where particles in the air accumulate on solid surfaces. The process of dry deposition is completely natural and has been proven to be an effective way of filtering air. Prior to the new research, however, scientists did not know that a green roof could actually improve air quality indoors. It should be noted that the study, which was published last month in Building and Environment, only took place over a few days. The scientists who led the research effort have admitted that more studies that measure pollutants trapped over a long period should be completed. They also want to look at other pollutants other than just ozone. Once this happens, we will better understand the broader benefits of green roofs and just how much they can contribute to better indoor air quality. + Portland State University Via Phys.org Image via Urformat

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3GATTI hopes to land a ‘green spaceship’ in Madrid

April 15, 2019 by  
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3GATTI Architecture Studio has unveiled a spectacular design for a new public library in Madrid. The firm envisions an eye-catching “green spaceship” for the public space; it is a building almost entirely clad in lush Virginia creeper vines. As well as creating an attractive landmark for the community, the building’s expansive greenery will act as a passive feature that will help to insulate the structure in winter and cool the interior spaces in the hot summer months. The international firm has proposed landing the green spaceship in the Villaverde district in southern Madrid. According to the architects, the library’s unique design was inspired by the desire to create a recognizable landmark in the community, a vibrant public space that will attract local visitors and forge a strong bond between residents and the neighborhood. Related: This canopy walkway elevates Shenzhen library-goers into the treetops The base of the two-story building will be comprised of a simple concrete and brick construction clad in a dark plaster. The first floor of the building will be completely transparent with floor-to-ceiling glass facades. This bottom floor will house the public areas, which will contain the ‘noisy’ functions. On the top floor will be the quiet zones, where visitors will be able to study and read. From the outside, this level will be completely covered in Virginia creeper vines planted on the roof of the building. Contained with red tubes and metallic netting, the lush greenery will look like it is floating above the street, giving the library a surreal, spaceship vibe. However, in addition to being eye-catching, the concept is also very practical and optimized for the city’s climate. Green walls and rooftops always add an extra level of insulation. In this case, the vines will help cool the interior spaces during the hot summer months by shading them from direct sunlight. Adding to the building’s abundance of green spaces, the structure will house several courtyard spaces that let in air and light into the interior spaces. At the eastern side of the building will be enough space to plant an urban vegetable garden . Attached to the youth library rooms, these gardens will be used to teach children about the benefits of healthy living. Through the community gardens, workshops and various activities, the library will have a strong connection to the neighborhood. + 3GATTI Architecture Studio Images via 3GATTI Architecture Studio

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The biggest supermoon in nearly 70 years is coming this month

November 4, 2016 by  
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In just a few days, we will be treated to the largest supermoon to grace the night skies since 1948. For many, it will be the biggest they have seen in their lifetime, despite the fact that the supermoon phenomenon is not that uncommon. The next one this size isn’t expected to come along until 2034. Supermoons are not all that rare, but they are quite an incredible sight when they do roll by. The event takes place when the moon is closest to the Earth in its egg-shaped orbit called the perigee. If this happens at the same time the moon aligns itself just right with the Sun, a perigee-syzygy effect takes place and we see the satellite as an enormous presence in the sky. Related: Everything we thought we knew about the moon’s origins is probably wrong There was a large supermoon event in October, and another is projected for December, however neither are as large as the one taking place on November 14. In fact, the supermoon expected on December 14 will block the Geminid meteor shower – one stunning cosmic event obstructing another. Make plans to witness this month’s supermoon, because you won’t have a chance to see another one this massive for quite some time. Via Independent Images via Wikimedia , Bigtallguy, and Jonny White

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Spiky URCHIN pavilion is made from hundreds of recyclable plastic chairs

November 4, 2016 by  
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Located on the Cornell University Arts Quad, URCHIN follows the 2016 CCA focus on the “cultural production of empathy.” The spiky, donut-shaped pavilion was designed using 3D-modeling software . The porous structure measures 37.5 feet in width, over 7.5 feet in height, and has a round seven-foot opening in its center. The seats are held together with metal connectors and are carefully positioned to maintain a stable form that can withstand strong gusts of wind. Related: Simple Wheelchairs Made From Reused Plastic Chairs Help Injured People in Rwanda “Due to its aggregation and rotation, the object loses its familiar and functional relationship with the human body, so that its other qualities and implications can come to the fore,” says CODA. “URCHIN plays with the question of usefulness and uselessness by the manipulation of the simple chair, and consequently our perception of the chair and the connection between our bodies, the chair’s components and their orientations. The question of use as a primary perceptual phenomenon is a product of James J. Gibson’s Theory of Affordances in his Ecological Approach to Visual Perception.” None of the chairs were damaged in the making and will be reused after the pavilion is dismantled. The pavilion will be displayed until December 22, 2016. + CODA Images via CODA , Joe Wilensky, John Lai

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5 Reasons Camping At Home Is As Good As The Real Thing

June 26, 2015 by  
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I am quick to say that I enjoy camping, but I think when you get right down to it I enjoy the idea of camping more than, you know, actually camping. That’s why, when we had the first bonfire of summer a few days ago and set up a little tent in the…

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McDonald’s Japan Launches Tofu McNuggets Amid Chinese Chicken Scandal

August 1, 2014 by  
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It was only a few days ago that McDonald’s Japan announced they were no longer going to import meat from China after the rotten meat scandal, and now they’ve gone one better. The fast food chain will be serving Tofu McNuggets made with onions, soybeans, carrots and minced fish. Served with a ginger-flavored sauce, the nuggets are available for the cool price of ¥249 ($2.44) for four pieces. A spokeswoman says the move is unrelated to the scandal, but we’ll let you draw your own conclusions. Read the rest of McDonald’s Japan Launches Tofu McNuggets Amid Chinese Chicken Scandal Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chinese meat scandal , fish paste , mcdonalds , McDonalds Japan , minced fish , Shanghai Husi Food , Tofu McNuggets , Tofu Shinjo Nuggets

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Clever Cloud Pot Showers Your Flowers with Gentle Rain

May 10, 2014 by  
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Plants need water to thrive, but how much is enough? A few extra seconds of blasting with the garden hose, and you could drown the roots; forget to water them for a few days, and you’ll find shriveled leaves. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just position a tiny rain cloud over your precious plants, ready to sprinkle them with just the right amount of gentle rain, only when they need it? Now there’s a gadget that will do just that! Rainy Pot is a wall-hung flower pot with a cloud-shaped water filter that drips hydration onto the plant below. Follow the link to learn more about this award-winning design! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: container garden , flower pots , Inhabitots , Rainy Pot , self-watering flower pot , wall-hanging flower pot

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How can I “reuse” fresh eggs that we can’t eat?

September 4, 2012 by  
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(Hi! Sorry to regular readers for the stupidly long break in posting – I’ve been reading all the comments as usual as they come in, just not posting any new content myself due to a combination of busy-ness, illness and laziness. I’m hoping to get back to regular scheduled blogging again now though!) This question is a bit like the one I posted six years ago (!!) about ways to use up no longer fresh eggs but this one is a little different. We’ve got our own chickens now so always have super-fresh eggs – but sometimes, like this last weekend, I have to give them medication or treat their coup with things that mean we shouldn’t eat their eggs for a few days. The eggs look perfectly fine but there is a risk of contamination so we can’t eat them. I can’t bring myself to just throw them in the compost though – or even throw them at my boyfriend when he’s not paying attention… 😉 I know egg yolks can be used as a hair conditioner or for a face mask – does anyone have any favourite recipes/techniques? I’ve also heard some people using them as a fertiliser boost for plants – do any plants particularly benefit from an eggy treat (especially at this time of year), or is there any that definitely shouldn’t have it? Any other suggestions? And finally, less on topic but critically important, did you all have a good summer? (Or good winter, if you’re on the southern side of things?)

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(Hi! Sorry to regular readers for the stupidly long break in posting – I’ve been reading all the comments as usual as they come in, just not posting any new content myself due to a combination of busy-ness, illness and laziness. I’m hoping to get back to regular scheduled blogging again now though!) This question is a bit like the one I posted six years ago (!!) about ways to use up no longer fresh eggs but this one is a little different. We’ve got our own chickens now so always have super-fresh eggs – but sometimes, like this last weekend, I have to give them medication or treat their coup with things that mean we shouldn’t eat their eggs for a few days. The eggs look perfectly fine but there is a risk of contamination so we can’t eat them. I can’t bring myself to just throw them in the compost though – or even throw them at my boyfriend when he’s not paying attention… 😉 I know egg yolks can be used as a hair conditioner or for a face mask – does anyone have any favourite recipes/techniques? I’ve also heard some people using them as a fertiliser boost for plants – do any plants particularly benefit from an eggy treat (especially at this time of year), or is there any that definitely shouldn’t have it? Any other suggestions? And finally, less on topic but critically important, did you all have a good summer? (Or good winter, if you’re on the southern side of things?)

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Reduce This: How can I revamp an old kitchen so I don’t need to buy a new one?

February 10, 2012 by  
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Yesterday, I posted a question from James, asking for ways to reuse or recycle a whole kitchen , because he’s getting a new one. Thanks to everyone that has commented about that! At the bottom, I mentioned reducing is the most important part of the recycling triangle. James already seems quite set on getting a new kitchen but other people approaching a similar “new kitchen?” position may want to revamp what’s there rather than starting again. By “other people”, I mean me 😉 Our kitchen is also 15+ years old, is looking rather tired (especially as half the kitchen has one cupboard design, the other half a different one) and the far end is generally pretty dark (as is obvious in the picture!). We did a few things to freshen it up when we moved here two and a half years ago such as repainting the walls a more neutral shade and replacing the very scuffed, dark green hob & sink with lighter alternatives (thanks eBay for second-hand bargains for both!). More recently (as this week – it’s still drying), we’ve had the nasty grease-attracting spiky artex ceiling reskimmed so once painted, that’ll look fresher and as well as redecorating again, we’re going to add some tiled splashbacks (since there aren’t any at the moment – mucky walls a go go!). We’re hoping to find a replacement for the badly fitted dark vinyl flooring too and improve the lighting somewhat. Will it be as nice as a new kitchen? No — but it’ll hopefully be good enough and more practical so we won’t need to decorate again for a good while (I hate decorating). I don’t think I have the skill or space to do an adequate job of repainting the cupboards (which would make the mismatched doors more uniform) but I’m hoping everything else will freshen it up enough. Have you revamped an old kitchen to save replacing it? Do you have any tips or suggestions? Did you include any reclaimed, recycled or upcycled elements in your “new” kitchen? I’d love to hear your stories for inspiration!

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