REPII House offers expansive modular space with sleek design elements

May 27, 2019 by  
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Modular design is nothing new and continues to grow in popularity as well as functionality. The design has been a growing trend in innovative markets such as converted train cars and storage pods. But not all modular spaces feature modern design, fabulous natural lighting and sleek decor. In fact, the REPII House is a stark contrast to many modular blueprints with the idea that the extra space can be close but not attached to the main unit — and stylish to boot. The REPII House can be used as extra office space, a studio, a guest house or any number of other applications, because there is no need to adapt the area adjacent to the existing space. As a stand-alone unit, it can be delivered and set up without inconveniencing the main house or office. Related: This elevated prefab home in Chile takes in striking volcano views Developed by architects Bernardo Vivo and Guzmán Trípodi from VivoTripodi, the REPII House is located in Canelones, Uruguay and is an example of modular expansion focused on privacy and direct contact with nature . VivoTripodi believes that the space in which the unit rests should not cause a disruption of the natural elements around it. Instead, the prefab house was constructed offsite in a closed environment and delivered via truck to preserve the organic state of the site. In other words, there was no need to deal with a construction zone during the build. Instead, the unit was constructed elsewhere and neatly dropped into place. The module is 518 square feet of streamlined interior design at its best. The flowing floorplan moves through two bedrooms, a living room or intermediate space, a kitchenette and a bathroom. A massive wall of windows connect indoors to out , providing an encompassing view. A series of shutters can cover the windows by creating a solid siding. One unique feature of the design is the size, which was determined by the natural length of the boards vertically and horizontally in order to minimize waste and use materials effectively. + VivoTripodi Via ArchDaily Photography by Marcos Guiponi via VivoTripodi

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The final stop for EV batteries from Hyundai, Kia, Toyota, Nissan and BMW? The grid

July 2, 2018 by  
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Automakers are starting to test the long-time vision of giving these energy storage technologies a second life in demand response and other applications.

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Automakers form Audi to Volvo are driving the electric transition

July 2, 2018 by  
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Toyota, Nissan, Subaru and Jaguar Land Rover are also gearing up.

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Sharks and Starbucks: How brand licensees can impact your value

July 2, 2018 by  
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A cautionary tale that’s a wake-up call for the coffee colossus.

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For sustainability, digital infrastructure is everything

February 26, 2018 by  
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The best of live interviews from GreenBiz events. Leaders from GE, Intel and MWH explore smart tech for water and “endless” other applications.

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In search of the next generation of sustainability leaders

February 26, 2018 by  
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GreenBiz’s third annual “30 Under 30” casts a global net for promising talent.

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Nominate the 2018 GreenBiz 30 Under 30

February 26, 2018 by  
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Do you know a rising star in the field of sustainability? We are looking for nominations to recognize the next generation of sustainable business leaders as part of GreenBiz’s third annual 30 Under 30 feature. This list recognizes young professionals tackling some of the toughest sustainability challenges in business — from inside big companies, at the helm of startups or in the nonprofit sector.

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Help NASA and the USGS make use of all their climate data and be in the running for $35,000!

December 19, 2014 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. NASA and the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) have data. Big data! Together the two organizations have amassed a wealth of open-access climate-related data and now they are calling on citizen-scientists to help make best use of it through the Climate Resilience Data Challenge . The Challenge’s goal is “to imagine new applications of climate data to address climate vulnerabilities.” And as if lending NASA a helping hand wasn’t exciting enough, the Challenge is offering a prize pool of $35,000 for the most innovative ideas. Read on for details. Read the rest of Help NASA and the USGS make use of all their climate data and be in the running for $35,000! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: app design , applications , big data , climate change data , climate data , Climate Resilience Data Challenge , competitions , data mining , innovation , nasa , NASA offering $35000 for apps using their climate data , us geological survey , usgs , web design

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Is BEHA the Greenest Plane, or a Kitchen Sink?

December 5, 2014 by  
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Most people thought the triplane was a relic of the past, an ungainly aircraft from the early days, left behind as more modern designs came to the fore.  But the triplane could be getting another lease on life if the Kickstarter campaign by Faradair Aerospace Limited is successful. The BEHA (which stands for Bio-Electric Hybrid Aircraft) is an odd looking design which seems to have everything but the kitchen sink thrown at it.  The design is intended to be a six-seat aircraft with “sports car feel,” with an emphasis on safety.  The cabin is intended to have Formula 1 style crash protection as well as a ballistic parachute recovery fail-safe system.  The electric fans and ducted propeller, along with the lift from three wings, are intended to provide for exceptionally quiet flight. Bio-Electric Hybrid refers to the combination of propulsion systems being used.  This project combines a biodiesel engine (to generate electricity and to run a large ducted pusher propeller at the back) along with twin electric fan motors.  The plane will take off and land using the electric motors, and the biodiesel engine and pusher propeller are for in-flight recharging and aiding in cross-country cruising. But wait, like the late-night commercials say, There’s More! The triple wing provides greater lift for the plane.  It also provides more top surface area for solar panels.  Yes, this plane also has solar panels on all three wings, as well as the fuselage and on top of the duct surrounding the pusher propeller in back.  The solar panels “are not the primary power source for the electric motors, but simply additional trickle charge capability.” Does all of this unusual gear really make it a green aircraft?  Lots of aircraft have tested biofuels , and the performance has been pretty much uniformly acceptable.  Solar panels on the wings are part of the Solar Impulse , but that is a very specialized, purpose-built craft that does use its solar panels to power the craft.  Ducted fans and electric engines are being used in other applications.  Even whole-airplane parachutes are not new.  Does putting all these features together make a very green vehicle, or is it just a rough patchwork of other concepts all put together in a single vehicle? EcoGeeks like us have been intrigued by a host of other unusual aircraft concepts over the years. Certainly other pioneering vehicles seemed ungainly at first.  Whether the BEHA rises to become a star will remain to be seen. Link: Faradair Kickstarter

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9 Fun Things You Can Do During Earth Hour 2013!

March 23, 2013 by  
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