LeapHome unveils sustainable, super-efficient Frame prefab

June 12, 2017 by  
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LEAPfactory , the Italy -based company known for building gorgeous prefabricated structures in extreme locations , just unveiled their very first LeapHome . Frame is a two-story, 1,400 square foot house built with minimal impact on the environment . The home’s design is super energy efficient , so it can easily go off-grid . LEAPfactory was inspired by the idea of living in harmony with nature to create Frame. The home can be customized and configured according to a buyer’s desires and budget, and includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study area, a kitchen, dining area, an outdoor terrace, and a double height living room. Forest Stewardship Council certified wood , metal sheet cladding, and finishes made with ecological materials comprise the home that includes prefabricated components. Related: LEAPfactory unveils prefab snowboard school at the foot of Mont Blanc The outdoor shell of the home was designed with energy efficiency in mind, so the home doesn’t consume as much power as others do. Solar energy powers the home, which heats water with a solar thermal system. LED lighting and radiant technology electric systems recycle heat in Frame. According to the company’s website , “The structure is designed to maximize air circulation and distribute heat and humidity.” LEAPfactory says the home could potentially be set up in off-grid configurations – sewage can be independently managed thanks to a biological liquid waste treatment system and other sanitation systems. Panoramic openings in the home also serve to connect an inhabitant with nature. Large sliding glass doors, a bay window , a skylight, and a vertical ribbon window can all be part of the design . LEAPfactory co-founders Stefano Testa and Luca Gentilcore said in a statement, “Living immersed in nature represents one of the most important choices to embrace a new style of life. We like to think that we can combine the comforts of a modern home with the profound freedom and the pioneering spirit of a life in perfect harmony with the environment that surrounds us.” LEAPfactory’s process allows them to go from a design to a fully furnished and functioning house “within weeks” according to their website . + LEAPfactory + LeapHome Images courtesy of LEAPfactory

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Jillian Salik Carves Ornate Baroque Frames from Cardboard

August 9, 2013 by  
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The Baroque period is known for its hugely ornate, filigreed adornments in its architecture and interiors. The time and skilled craftsmanship required to create the flowers, leaves, and scrolls is incredible, but the materials can come from a more humble origin than seen in the palaces of Europe. Artist Jillian Salik carves amazingly detailed frames and embellishments from white cardboard . Leaving out the rainbow of colors associated with the style, her high-class decorations are created from a much more common, pedestrian medium. Read the rest of Jillian Salik Carves Ornate Baroque Frames from Cardboard Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adornment , Art , baroque , cardboard , frame , gallery , jillian salik , organic forms        

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Clever Design Has Bike Frame Do Double Duty as Bike Lock

September 13, 2011 by  
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click to enlarge image. Images credit Andrew Leinonen. There is the basic bike rule that the lighter the bike, the heavier the lock. Toronto designer Andrew Leinonen breaks the rule; in his new design, the bike is the lock. It’s really clever; the lock is an integral part of the frame, and without it, the bike is unrideable. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Dirty Diapers? Knowaste Will Turn Them Into Roofing Material

September 13, 2011 by  
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Photo: miguelb (Flickr / Creative Commons) For those of us who wince every time a dirty diaper is discarded, take heart: Canadian company Knowaste can now transform those soiled, disposable nappies into roofing material. That’s right, billions of baby-poop gems and even adult ‘accidents’ due to incontinence, are ripe for the picking and destined for our roofs, thanks to a process that transforms diaper waste into plastic pellets, which can then be made into roofing tiles and tubing. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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5 flying wind generator design concepts to outshine conventional wind turbines

August 27, 2011 by  
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A Dutta: magenn air rotor grabbing the high-wind and churning out energy Imagine the sky all across filled with strange, rotating machines. Well, alternative energy developers are planning exactly that. The wind turbines you see out in the fields or in the backyard might just be rendered useless if these things take to the skies. Planned to be positioned in the skies, sometimes as high as 15,000 feet in the air, these ‘Flying Wind Generators’ are aiming high, and if they manage to harness even one percent of the jet-stream winds, it could be enough energy to light up the whole planet. Here are a few concepts for flying wind generators which might literally blow you away. 1. Flying Wind Turbines Sky Wind Power and Magenn Power are the two prominent agencies rooting to cough up the first of these machines. Sky Wind has in mind a 1,100 pound Flying Electric Generator which claims to be capable of producing power for as cheap as 2 cents per kilowatt hour, while soaring above 15,000 feet in the air. This kite-like structure will be kept afloat with four rotors at the points of an H-shaped frame. The spinning rotors will transmit the electricity through aluminum cables tethered to the frame. 2. Magenn Air Rotors Another company, Magenn Power has something called the Magenn Power Air Rotor in the works. This wind generator is helium filled and rotates around a horizontal axis. The transmitted electricity can be used immediately. While the FEG aims at working at extremely high levels, the M.A.R.S.intends to keep itself based around 600 feet, and turn at speeds ranging from 4 mph to greater than 60 mph. 3. MARS – A wind turbine that is up in air The MARS is not like other wind generators. Instead of being a bladed, two-dimensional structure, it is a closed cylinder. The advantages of being a closed cylinder are its ability to start at low speeds, and have rotors which vary in sizes at a considerably cheaper rate than other wind generators. The MARS can also float above tree lines for getting across great wind and doesn’t need vast amounts of open space to be deployed. 4. Joby Energy tests high-altitude, wind turbine prototype Joby Energy is testing its wind turbines which can produce around 800 terawatts and is powered by a 30KW system which resembles an airplane. The structure is suspended vertically in air with the aid of a channel of turbines. Once set to work, the system moves circularly to come in the path of cross-winds. The tether later transmits the electricity back to the frame. The company intends to unleash trials of a 100KW very soon in the future. 5. Kite farm offers parasailing while producing energy Keeping the high-tech rotors and daunting flying turbines at bay, this is something which promises to engage adventure seekers and, well, in turn, also generate energy. Colombian landscape architect studio Paisajes Emergentes has devised a way which involves kites, a grid, and occasionally, even people. What they plan to do is set up an energy producing kite farm on a beach in Abu Dhabi. Sounds weird? The idea is to set out around 200 kites and tether them across a 60 meter grid. These kites will convert wind into electricity with the help of wind-belt generators, which might light up 600 homes! They’ve estimated an average of 6,200 kw-hours a year of electricity from each kite! The park will be open to visitors who can merrily strap themselves to the kites and go para-sailing above the beach! Do it for the energy!

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What’s next: Vehicle monitoring devices to make driving safe, efficient

August 27, 2011 by  
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Arvind Sundararaman: Vehicle monitoring device Vehicle monitoring device Vehicle monitoring devices use a technology named as telematics that would monitor the way a vehicle moves including the driver’s actions. Apart from providing the exact location of the vehicle, similar to the GPS, this tracking system would even send the minute details such as the condition of an engine belt or even the pressure that is being applied on the brakes. Need for change Most companies invest a lot of money on the traditional vehicle tracking systems such as GPS which can only identify the location of any vehicle and the route of a known destination. But in a scenario where the accidents are so common and auto insurances have become so costly, we need a way which can even identify the small details such as information about an engine, driving habits of a driver, mileage etc. Vehicle monitoring device is one such tool which offers all the above features. Just imagine the results and advantages of such a tool. The companies would be able to monitor all data and would be able to know if the driver is driving under the company guidelines or not. Accidents could be avoided and more importantly, the auto insurances would automatically come down. What’s Next 1. Autoglass envisions the windshield What’s new Autoglass believes that by 2020 we would be having smart windshields that would be displaying all the information required during driving right on its glass. The digital display on the glass would contain navigation details, your music menu, and even the speed at which you will be driving. What difference will it make The smart technology would enable the driver to concentrate on the driving by looking straighter rather than on the dashboard. The Display would also give warning messages if there are any pedestrians or other objects on the line of passage. That would automatically prevent a lot of accidents. 2. Galileo labs: Better positioning with concept What’s new Although GPS has been used for a variety of applications these days, the precision remains one of the concerns. With the launch of first four satellites, of the GNSS , into the orbit the Galileo would improve the current global positioning by leaps and bounds.The Galileo supported Global positioning system would become more reliable once it comes into existence. What difference will it make The current GPS system does not allow the service of checking the correctness of the location that is transmitted by the satellites. With the inception of Galileo based positioning system, the authorities would be able to verify the correctness and precision of a location. In case of any natural disasters such as an avalanche, victims can be located with a high precision of just a few centimeters and this was proved through an experiment conducted by Galileo labs. 3. Digital Fuel Mizer What’s new GI Engineering has developed a new vehicle monitoring device that helps to monitor the driving habits of a person. The device has been named a Digital Fuel Mizer , by the company which carries an internal accelerometer and software that would receive the information on how a person is driving a car. What difference will it make Fuel efficiency depends a lot on the person who is driving a vehicle. Some people generally drive rash using the brakes and accelerators more often than others. Fuel consumption is generally more in such cases. Digital Fuel Mizer aims to help such person change their driving habits by being more efficient. The device has been designed to give out warning signals when the software detects inefficient driving skills. 4. Acura RDX Navigation System Manual What’s new The Acura RDX navigation systems provides an efficient way to locate your destination and reach there, without any delay, by using updated traffic information from the satellite. Apart from the satellite communication and a map, the navigation system also uses a voice based control system that helps you to steer your way to the expected destination without any hassles. What difference will it make The Acura RDX navigation system manual gives detailed information on the controls, features and ways to communicate with the navigation system. Using the manual, the driver could easily setup a profile and customizations can be done according to his preferences.

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How can I reuse or recycle a futon?

February 25, 2011 by  
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We’ve had an email from Nicki: How can I recycle a futon? I think I’ve got a friend who will take the frame but she doesn’t want the mattress

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Italian Green Frame Home Explores Sustainable Container Housing

September 30, 2010 by  
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Read the rest of Italian Green Frame Home Explores Sustainable Container Housing http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green frame house , italy , shipping container architecture , shipping container house , shipping containers , studio astori de ponti associati , Sustainable Building , sustainable design

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Chinese Train Smashes World Record for High Speed Rail Travel

September 30, 2010 by  
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In another triumph for green transportation , Shanghai’s latest bullet train has obliterated the previous record for the fastest high speed train in the world by 21km/h. The lightning fast train was able to reach a speed of 415km/h , and come late October it will service lucky commuters traveling from Shanghai to Hangzhou (which are approximately 202km apart)

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