The worlds tallest wood building was just completed in Norway

April 10, 2019 by  
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In March 2019, the Mjösa Tower became the tallest wooden building in the world at 18 floors (for a total of 85.4 meters tall), followed closely by the HoHo Wien building in Austria (84 meters) and the Peri-S?pân?a Monastery in Romania (75 meters). Because it was made in part with Kerto LVL wood that is both sustainable and green, the building is eco-friendly as well. While both the skeleton and the facade of the building are made of wood, the decks on the upper floors (apartments) utilize concrete to prevent swaying. The bottom 10 floors contain the majority of the Kerto LVL wood and are comprised of hotel facilities and offices. Because the wood is such high quality and lightweight, construction is faster and, in turn, uses less resources. Related: Peek inside the tallest cross-laminated timber building in the US Being a wood building, the Mjösa Tower was designed with fire safety in mind. In addition to a building-wide sprinkler system, each floor is built compartment-style with materials (such as Kerto LVL and glulam timber) with 90-minute fire resistance capability. According to Metsä Wood, when exposed to fire, the untreated, solid wood chars on the outside and provides its own fire-resistant surface. Kerto LVL wood is a laminated veneer lumber, made using thin rotary-peeled softwood glued together to form a continuous chunk of wood. It’s super strong, durable and doesn’t warp, making the wood ideal for adding substantial strength to floors and beams. Additionally, the Finnish company Metsä Wood produces the material using 100 percent bioenergy with little to no waste. The unusable segments of the wood left after the manufacturing process are either used for pulp production or for bioenergy to run the mill. Even better, there is a bio-heating plant next to the mill that’s used to power the wood production, and the remaining energy is used to help power the neighboring town of Lohja. The Metsä Wood company is certainly a large contributor to Finland’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2030. Mjösa Tower is a symbol of changing trends in the construction community. It proves that massive structures can be produced using sustainable materials without compromising quality. The building’s designers at Voll Arkitekter hope the the tower will inspire other architects to build using sustainable materials like wood. + Metsä Wood + Vol Arkitekter Images via Metsä Wood

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Biophotovoltaic Moss Table Generates Electricity Through Photosynthesis

May 15, 2014 by  
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What if your lamp and laptop could be  powered by plants ? Biophotovoltaics ‘ Moss Table is an innovative furnishing that demonstrates the future potential of Bio-Photo-Voltaic (BPV) technology. Here electricity is generated from the electrons captured by conductive fibers inside the moss table . The technology turns energy that would otherwise be wasted in the photosynthesis process into power that can be put to practical use. Read the rest of Biophotovoltaic Moss Table Generates Electricity Through Photosynthesis Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , algae power , bio energy harvesting , biophotovoltaic , biophotovoltaics , BPV , eco furniture , energy generating furniture , green design , living tables , milan design week 2012 , MoSS , moss table , table

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‘Cow Power’ Explores How Vermont Is Turning Turds Into a Treasured Energy Resource

August 23, 2013 by  
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Dairy farms are going out of business all across the United States, but in Vermont, citizens have banded together to support family farms by turning cow manure into a form of renewable energy . Cow Power is a new documentary by Allison Gillette that explores how the state of Vermont is turning waste into treasure by collecting manure and then biodigesting it to generate electricity. So far, the project can generate enough energy to power 400 homes while reducing methane emissions from livestock—and the founders believe the initiative could eventually generate upwards of 10% of the nation’s energy needs. If you’d like to check out this inspiring documentary, you can watch it today on iTunes or Google Play , and it will be coming to Netflix in the next few months. + Cow Power Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Allison Gillette , bio-energy , biodigester , cow power , cow power film , green energy , Poo Power! , renewable energy        

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August 23, 2013 by  
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Dairy farms are going out of business all across the United States, but in Vermont, citizens have banded together to support family farms by turning cow manure into a form of renewable energy . Cow Power is a new documentary by Allison Gillette that explores how the state of Vermont is turning waste into treasure by collecting manure and then biodigesting it to generate electricity. So far, the project can generate enough energy to power 400 homes while reducing methane emissions from livestock—and the founders believe the initiative could eventually generate upwards of 10% of the nation’s energy needs. If you’d like to check out this inspiring documentary, you can watch it today on iTunes or Google Play , and it will be coming to Netflix in the next few months. + Cow Power Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Allison Gillette , bio-energy , biodigester , cow power , cow power film , green energy , Poo Power! , renewable energy        

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Vincent Callebaut’s Zero Carbon Biotic-Arch is a Gnarly Self-Sufficient Skyscraper

September 13, 2011 by  
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Duro Olowu’s S/S 2012 Line Delivers Optimism Through Adversity at New York Fashion Week

September 13, 2011 by  
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If you think your last cross-country flight was grueling, think about what it must have been like for the courageous West Indian immigrants who arrived in England in the ’50s. Inspired by the poise those brave women and men exhibited even in hardship, UK designer Duro Olowu’s Spring 2012 line is a vision in lively reclaimed silk prints and vintage fabric trims. Ecouterre peeked in at Olowu’s spirited presentation at Milk Studios for New York Fashion Week . Read on to see all of our exclusive photos ! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Duro Olowu , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , New York Eco-Fashion Week , New York Fashoin Week , New York Green Fashion Week , Spring/Summer 2012 , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style

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Sprialing Phoenix International Media Center Rises in Beijing

September 13, 2011 by  
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Scientists Turn Crocus Flower Chemicals into “Smart Bomb” Cancer Treatment

September 13, 2011 by  
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Cancer researchers in the UK have discovered a way to turn colchicine from the crocus flower into a new treatment that acts like a smart bomb to target cancerous tumors. Colchicine is naturally toxic to the human body , but it is also well-known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties . The team of researchers created a delivery system that allows the chemical to travel through the body with its toxic properties switched off. Once it arrives at the cancer site , an enzyme in the tumor naturally reactivates the colchicine. The chemical then goes to work cutting off blood supply to the tumor in order to starve it. Read the rest of Scientists Turn Crocus Flower Chemicals into “Smart Bomb” Cancer Treatment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cancer treatment , cancer treatment with no side effects , crocus flower , crocus flower cancer treatment , cutting edge cancer treatment , innovative cancer treatment , natural cancer treatment , new cancer treatment , non toxic cancer treatment

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Researchers Studying How to Increase Fuel Efficiency By Changing Our Behavior

September 13, 2011 by  
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Sure, you can save fuel by making lighter cars and  more efficient engines or by adding new batteries , but what if fuel economy could be boosted just by changing the bad habits of drivers? That’s exactly what researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CERT) are working to do. Using a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Energy, the group of scientists is finding ways to change our behavior when we’re in the driver’s seat to maximize our mileage and improve our fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent. It may seem easy, but we all know that old habits die hard. Read the rest of Researchers Studying How to Increase Fuel Efficiency By Changing Our Behavior Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Center for Environmental Research and Technology , cert researchers , changing behavior to save fuel , changing driver behavior , department of energy grant , drivers waste fuel , fuel economy , fuel efficiency , fuel efficient drivers , fuel efficient routes , gps system , increasing fuel efficiency , Kanok Boriboonsomsin , real time driving feedback , university of california , university of california riverside

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Sleepbox: Weary Travelers Can Take Power Naps Almost Anywhere in This Tiny Receptacle

September 13, 2011 by  
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