The view from this floating 40-story-high pool will totally freak you out

April 10, 2017 by  
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If you like your relaxing swim to come with a side of sheer terror, we’ve got just the swimming pool for you – floating over the street 40 stories in the sky. The pool at Market Square Towers in Houston cantilevers from the roof 500 feet above Market Square, so you can do a leisurely backstroke literally above it all, assuming you are brave enough. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); Market Square Tower offers a living experience like nothing Houston has ever seen before. Come live the tower life. #luxuryliving #glassbottompool #livethetowerlife#marketsquaretower #tallestpoolintexas Call 713-777-7000 to schedule a tour or visit our website for more information: http://www.marketsquaretower.com. Posted by Market Square Tower on Thursday, April 6, 2017 The pool extends beyond the edge of the building, 500 feet up in the air, with an 8-inch thick plexiglass bottom that lets you see the bustling world below. Market Square Towers showed off their floating pool on their Facebook page , thrilling or terrifying viewers, depending on how you feel about heights. The tower is located at 777 Preston in Houston and, as you can imagine, people have been have an Instagram field day with photos from the hair-raising pool. Would you swim in an infinity pool like this? Freaky!!! #downtownhouston #marketsquare #infinitypool #skyrise A post shared by Lisa Forbus (@blackforestmom67) on Apr 9, 2017 at 6:28am PDT Swimmers high in the sky. #somanybutts A post shared by Traci Ling | HTX (@traciling) on Apr 8, 2017 at 4:47pm PDT Related: Glass-bottomed sky pool will be suspended 115 feet in the air The pool is only accessible to residents, so if you want to swim there, you will have to shell out anywhere from about $1,800 a month for 564 square feet up to $18,715 for nearly 3,000 square feet. And for those who just aren’t feeling the pool-in-the-sky scene, the complex has a more traditional pool on the fourth floor of the building. + Market Square Towers via Chron and Inside Swimming in the sky! This is the view from the balcony of our South Penthouse ??? We have 4 Penthouses available for lease. #MarketSquareTower #luxury #highrise #houston #TallestPoolInTexas A post shared by Market Square Tower (@marketsquaretower) on Apr 7, 2017 at 10:12am PDT

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Signs of a shift in the market for wind

March 30, 2017 by  
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Newcomers such as Japan are gaining ground, raising questions about the future of the market for turbines.

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The Surprising Green Lining at 2017 NAIAS

January 10, 2017 by  
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For an EcoGeek, there were many surprises at the 2017 edition of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). We’ve been watching the emphasis on green cars decline for a number of years. Some of that is in the mainstreaming of more efficient vehicles, with increased fuel efficiency standards, greater numbers of hybrid vehicles, and alternative fuels. But nothing brought home how far things have come quite so much as this year’s show. Last year, we thought , “the days of green cars being featured at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) seem to be over.” Where the “green” cars were once a niche item that were typically highlighted with special displays. This year, green is so mainstream that the 2017 Green Car of the Year is also the North American Car of the Year for 2017. Those awards, along with Motor Trend Car of the Year, all went to the Chevrolet Bolt. And there are many companies with multiple electric drive vehicles. Toyota, Ford, GM, and BMW each have a variety of options available. Some are all electric drive. Some are gas/electric hybrids. Some are smaller, shorter range commuter cars, while others are readily capable of long range trips. It is no longer the case that, if you want an electric drive vehicle, your selection is limited to the one model that a company offers. There are choices, and not just between this manufacturer or that one, but a variety within a company. Even Fiat Chrysler, which has in past years seemingly paid no attention whatsoever to eco-mindedness, has a hybrid Pacifica minivan, which offers an 83 MPGe rating. At this point, it seems that the automotive manufacturers don’t feel a strong need to keep pushing the market to accept electric vehicles or to get them to understand the benefits. That has been established with consumers, and it is now a matter of finding the right vehicles to meet the demand that they have fostered. What is exciting for us as EcoGeeks is that the pursuit of transformative technology continues. The lower level of the show has been an unpredictable sideline to the main floor show. In some years it has been almost like a ghost town. In others, it has offered a driving track with sometimes many different vehicles available to test drive. This year, the lower level was packed with dozens of different booths ranging from second-tier manufacturers (who make components and systems for the automakers), autonomous vehicle technologies, two different folding electric scooters, university racing and design programs, and a row full of developers of automotive- and transportation-related apps and services. As has been the case in previous years, hydrogen-fueled vehicles caught our eye as the next wave to watch in the transformation of the market. The joke about hydrogen fueled vehicles has long been that “Hydrogen powered vehicles are always 20 years in the future.” But now, after several years, that 20 years is starting to feel like it might be inching a bit closer. Where electric vehicles were a decade ago, hydrogen vehicles are today. They are something that some companies are dedicating some of their floor space to displaying. Toyota and Honda both have available hydrogen vehicles on display, and are selling hydrogen vehicles to consumers. In addition, GM, in conjunction with the US Army, has a fuel cell powered Colorado variant on display on the lower level as an investigational next-generation HMMV replacement which is slated for field trials later this year. Completely unrelated to attending the auto show, but perhaps a telling sign, while driving home on the highway on Sunday night, I passed a tanker truck carrying a load of liquid hydrogen. Perhaps it’s the shape of things to come.

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How to find energy-efficient commercial space

August 26, 2016 by  
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Rocky Mountain Institute and the Institute for Market Transformation create standards to help commercial renters understand what a green lease promises.

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12 creative ways to reuse shipping containers

June 1, 2016 by  
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If you’re looking for a new project to work out your creative muscles, take a gander at cargotecture . Shipping containers have been converted into new exciting structures all around the world and can be easily purchased from warehouses, port terminals, or even eBay. Market Inspector created an infographic that explores a dozen different ways to repurpose shipping containers , from food trucks to hotels. Keep reading to see all the ways you can transform an old container into a beautiful, affordable, and sustainable new structure. + Market Inspector

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Chevy’s 200-mile range Bolt enters pre-production ahead of Tesla’s Model 3 debut

March 22, 2016 by  
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Chevy is one big step closer to bringing the $30k 2017 Bolt electric car to the market! Chevy has announced that the first pre-production models are currently being built at GM’s plant in Michigan. These models are the next step in the process to get GM’s plant ready to begin production of the 200-mile range Bolt by the end of this year – a good year ahead of Tesla’s similarly-priced Model 3 . Read the rest of Chevy’s 200-mile range Bolt enters pre-production ahead of Tesla’s Model 3 debut

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BioMason’s bricks “grown” with sand and bacteria to hit the market next year

March 1, 2016 by  
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BioMason is inching closer to commercially debuting its eco-friendly “grown” bricks , which they say could be on the market as early as next year. Since its founding in 2012, the North Carolina startup has been pushing to revolutionize the world of building materials in a way that slashes carbon emissions by using bricks grown from sand and bacteria, instead of firing traditional bricks. An increasing number of architects and builders are looking to sustainable construction materials in response to the growing demand for green buildings, and BioMason’s emission-saving biobricks fill a unique niche in the market. Read the rest of BioMason’s bricks “grown” with sand and bacteria to hit the market next year

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DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe Worthy Of A Spin

February 19, 2016 by  
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Laundry.  The scents, suds and satisfaction knowing you have clean clothes again. Now, there are a plethora of laundry detergents on the market today.  One walk down the aisle of many retailers and the number of choices will make your head spin….

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3 Green Upgrades For Your Eco-Friendly Home

January 29, 2016 by  
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Going green doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your home’s style. From countertops to synthetic lawns, there are many green updates you can make to your home. Many of the materials on the market today are renewable or recyclable, so you don’t have to…

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New super-strain of E. coli resists all known antibiotics

December 21, 2015 by  
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If you’ve ever experienced food poisoning from E. coli , you already know just how unpleasant an infection can be. But what if there were no treatment on the market that could wipe out the bacteria? If a new study out of China is any indication, that might soon be our terrifying new reality. Read the rest of New super-strain of E. coli resists all known antibiotics

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