Tech entrepreneur renovates UK castle into a giant happy office space

January 20, 2017 by  
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When entrepreneur Chris Morling decided to renovate a historic castle into his company’s UK headquarters, he looked for a designer who would think out of the box, and well … that’s exactly what he got. Morling hired famed designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen who teamed up with Interaction to take on the massive task of transforming the “ugly, unfriendly and un-creative” interior into a dizzyingly vibrant office space with plenty of sustainable features for money.co.uk . https://youtu.be/KiSFafxBGpk Located in Cirencester, UK, the 10,000-square-foot Victorian Castle is now filled with a dizzying hodgepodge of colorful paints and quirky design features , from Rolling Stone-inspired toilets and suits of armour to a Star Wars-themed cinema and even an ice cave meeting room. Although certainly flashy, the office space is really geared to the comfort of the employees. There are plenty of distinct areas for team meetings or quiet nooks like the library for a little bit of solitude. Nature lovers can enjoy the large vertical garden wall in the reception area, which is equipped with automatic water release system. Related: Medieval Italian Castle Transformed into Modern Mountain Museum Mr. Morling told the Daily Mail that the inspiration behind the renovation was to make his employees happy, “It is about making this a wonderful place, a productive place to work,” he said. “What we have done is modeled all the design around the needs of the team. Some people want to stand while they work, some people to work alone. Ultimately it boils down to creating a space where you feel comfortable.” Thankfully though, this design isn’t purely in-your-face aesthetics. The castle was installed with a super-efficient high specification energy recovery system that provides fresh air ventilation into every single room in the castle, cutting down on the office’s energy needs. For further energy conservation , each room is equipped with passive infrared sensors that light up when people are in the room and turn off when they aren’t. + Money.co.uk + Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen + Interaction Via The Daily Mail Images courtesy of Interaction

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World’s first robot-run farm to churn out 11 million heads of lettuce per year

February 2, 2016 by  
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A Japanese company is preparing to open the world’s first robot-controlled farm. Designed to produce 11 million heads of lettuce each year, the new farm is expecting to ship its first head of lettuce in Fall, 2017. Relying on lessons learned from their first farm in Kameoka, SPREAD says their new business model will cut labor costs by 50 percent. The company claims sustainability is at the heart of what they do, and that the new 47,300 square feet Vegetable Factory in Kansai Science City will also reduce construction costs by 25 percent and energy demand by 30 percent. Read the rest of World’s first robot-run farm to churn out 11 million heads of lettuce per year

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Christina Page of Yahoo! on Internet firms’ move to renewables

January 28, 2016 by  
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Tech companies like Yahoo! and its competitors are in a great position to push the envelope on moving corporate America to renewable energy.After all, notes Christina Page, global director of energy and sustainability strategy for Yahoo!, such companies are accustomed to moving very fast and defying the laws of physics in what can be done in a given amount of time.”The whole idea of exponential change happening with Internet companies,” makes them a natural a fit for driving exponential change on addressing climate change.

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15 trends conservationists should pay attention to — but aren’t

January 21, 2016 by  
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If artificial glaciers, islands and intelligence aren’t on your radar, maybe they should be.

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3 new ways batteries can keep you going and going and going

September 21, 2015 by  
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Get ready for energy storage capabilities to disrupt the electricity grid.

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How Lockheed Martin helped green the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua

September 18, 2015 by  
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This energy savings project achieved deep energy savings despite a lack of local incentives. Next up: a net-zero project.

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10 new transportation tools that will change how you move

September 18, 2015 by  
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Going beyond Lyft and Uber.

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The Energy Conservation Lists Are Not Complete!

July 1, 2015 by  
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Most of us have seen or read them – energy conservation lists.  But, do you conserve energy by doing things that you don’t read about in all those lists on how to conserve? Over the years my wife and I have made an effort to use those lists as a…

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New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half

January 8, 2015 by  
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A Mexico-based tech company says it can recycle more than 90 percent of any type of plastic without using water. The new method also reduces costs by half without suffering any loss in quality, representing what could be a revolutionary development for the recycling industry. This green technology can also be used to recycle materials that currently go into landfills, such as styrofoam and polystyrene—both of which take more than 500 years to biodegrade. Read the rest of New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cost reduction , energy conservation , mexico , plastic , plastics , polystyrene , recycling , recycling method , styrofoam , water conservation , water issues

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9 Fun Things You Can Do During Earth Hour 2014!

March 26, 2014 by  
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