Net-zero Acacia Avenue House saves up to 90% of heating and cooling costs

March 2, 2017 by  
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This energy-efficient home in Oakland Hills features a patented steel construction technology inspired by the aerospace industry. The house, designed by BONE Structure , features state-of-the-art sustainable technologies and materials which make it not only highly ecological, but also built to last. The house has a soy-based polyurethane thermal envelope that provides optimal insulation. This technology patented by BONE Structure allows homeowners to save up to 90% of their heating and cooling energy costs . All BONE Structure homes are open-concept living spaces without load-bearing walls and have large windows that let in ample amounts of natural light . Related: Low-impact Cape Cod house is designed to provide all its energy on-site The house that is currently for sale features bay and canyon views, floor-to-ceiling windows and a bright open interior. It boasts five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, a living room, home office, gourmet kitchen and a two car garage with interior access. + BONE Structure

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Cambridge researchers are growing bone for greener buildings

June 27, 2016 by  
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Concrete and steel make up the bulk of today’s skyscrapers and city buildings. But both materials require huge amounts of energy to process, accounting for nearly 10 percent of global carbon emissions . University of Cambridge researchers led by Michelle Oyen are pursuing a solution in the lab: they think materials like bone and eggshell could offer a greener alternative. Knowing that the production of steel and concrete results in more carbon emissions than air travel , Oyen, a bioengineer, decided to tackle the problem from a new angle, drawing inspiration from nature for new building materials . She works in the field of biomimetics or “copying life.” With US Army Corps of Engineers funding, she’s made artificial eggshell and bone in the lab, materials that could be used for medical implants – or for constructing buildings. Related: Michael Green on Why Wood Skyscrapers are Better than Concrete and Steel Towers In a press release Oyen said, “What we’re trying to do is to rethink the way that we make things. Engineers tend to throw energy at problems, whereas nature throws information at problems – they fundamentally do things differently…Constructing buildings out of entirely new materials would mean completely rethinking the whole industry. But if you want to do something really transformative to bring down carbon emissions, then I think that’s what we have to do. If we’re going to make a real change, a major rethink is what has to happen.” The process to fabricate bone and eggshell happens at room temperature, and thus requires far less energy than processing concrete and steel. Proteins and minerals lend hardness and toughness. The researchers are also working to incorporate natural properties of bones – notably the fact that they can heal themselves – into the lab-made materials. According to the team, their process could be easily scaled up. But we probably won’t start building with eggshells and bones tomorrow. Oyen’s team is still using animal collagen to make bones and eggshells, though they are looking for a way to use synthetic material, perhaps a polymer or synthetic protein, instead. The construction industry would also have to rewrite building standards to accommodate the new materials. Via Engadget Images via eVolo and Zhang Yu on Flickr

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Man Has 75 Percent of His Skull Replaced with a 3D-Printed Implant

March 8, 2013 by  
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Feel like you have lost your head? No problem, simply print yourself another. An unnamed man from the US was able to do just that, courtesy of Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) in Connecticut. He had his cranium scanned by a 3D scanner before the prosthesis was formed to fit his features, and the resulting plate was surgically implanted earlier this week. The technology, called the OsteoFab Patient Specific Cranial Device, received FDA approval on February 18 of this year, and it’s now ready to take the field of medical 3D printing to a level that is literally head and shoulders above the competition. Read the rest of Man Has 75 Percent of His Skull Replaced with a 3D-Printed Implant Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printer , 3d scanner , additive manufacturing technology , biomedical , body , bone , connecticut , fda , opm , osteofab patient specific cranial device , oxford performance materials , patient , pekk , polymer , prosthesis , replacement , skull

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Agora Tower: Twisting Skyscraper Wrapped With Vertical Gardens Breaks Ground in Taipei

March 8, 2013 by  
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Philippe Starck and Peugeot Design “Pibal” Scooter-Cycle for Bike-Sharing Program in Bordeaux

March 8, 2013 by  
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Bikes are great for all sorts of situations, but sometimes when you’re maneuvering through heavy foot traffic, you’re better off taking your feet off the pedals and scooting along at a lower speed. For just those circumstances, designer  Philippe Starck and Peugeot have teamed up to design a fashionable bike-scooter hybrid that will be used for a bike-sharing program in Bordeaux, France. The concept was actually proposed by the population of Bordeaux through a crowd-sourced design process, and it was later refined by Starck and Peugeot . Read the rest of Philippe Starck and Peugeot Design “Pibal” Scooter-Cycle for Bike-Sharing Program in Bordeaux Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike , bike sharing , bike sharing program , bike-scooter , bordeaux , City PIBAL Streamer , france , green transportation , Peugeot , Peugeot bicycle , Peugeot scooter , Philippe Starck , Pibal bike , Pibal scooter , PIBAL Streamer , Scooter , scooter-cycle

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