IKEA’s Better Shelter is being redesigned due to safety concerns

May 2, 2017 by  
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IKEA ’s groundbreaking flat-pack refugee shelter may have won acclaim and industry awards, but project’s deployment has now been temporarily delayed due to safety concerns. Better Shelter, the social enterprise that produces the shelter, told Dezeen that the existing design has accessibility issues and potential fire risks that need to be addressed. The new model will hopefully be completed and ready to deliver to the people who need it later this year. The improvements will include better ventilation and lighting, as well as a stronger frame and wall panels. Not only will these components be lighter and tougher, but a new process will also reduce production costs. The shelter’s lamp and solar panel will be updated, and additional ventilation inlets will be installed. Hopefully, the redesign will also address the raised sill and narrow doorway that make the shelters inaccessible to wheelchair users as well. Concerns have also been raised that the shelter could constitute a fire hazard to residents. Though the Swiss city of Zurich purchased 62 of the shelters , in the end, they ended up not being used when inspections showed they did not meet national fire protection requirements. Related: IKEA unveils plan to lift 200,000 people out of poverty Better Shelter is addressing these worries by issuing new guidelines on how to improve the safety distance between units so that fires can’t easily spread through potential camps. Though deployment of new shelters has been put on hold, existing homes aren’t being pulled off the ground, so refugees won’t suddenly find themselves homeless. Instead, they’re being redeployed with an eye toward greater fire safety. Hopefully, the new and improved version will be available to replace those existing units soon. Via Dezeen Images via Better Shelter

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Portland plans to replace diesel using waste methane from sewage

May 2, 2017 by  
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Portland is searching for alternative sources of energy in unlikely places – including the city’s sewage treatment plants. New infrastructure at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant will allow the city to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) for use in trucks, instead of diesel . The plan could allow Portland to slash their greenhouse gas emissions by 21,000 tons every year. Bacteria decomposing solid waste at the sewage plant produce methane , a greenhouse gas that can also be turned into a hydrocarbon fuel . The Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant has been capturing that waste methane since 2008, but, until now, have only been able to collect around 77 percent of it, which is used to generate electricity or sold. The other 23 percent is flared off, emitting climate change -inducing greenhouse gases. Now the city aims to recover 100 percent of the methane. Related: Portland commits to 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2050 The captured waste methane will be converted into RNG, replacing 1.34 million gallons of diesel fuel, according to the city. 154 garbage trucks a year are expected to run on that amount of energy. The whole project will cost around $12 million. City commissioner Nick Fish said in a statement, “We are creating a triple win for the public in terms of revenue, climate action , and cleaner air. The renewable natural gas we will produce is truly local and homegrown, a by-product of the waste from every Portland household that we can now repurpose.” The fueling station should be complete by the end of this year, and the fuel will be used in city trucks. Then in 2018 the city will start selling the fuel for distribution through utility company NW Natural . By reusing a waste product and cutting pollution , Portland expects to earn $3 million each year. Via The City of Portland and Autoblog Images via The City of Portland and Wikimedia Commons

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8 amazing homes that are 100% powered by the sun

October 14, 2015 by  
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The Solar Philéas Project Rehabilitates a 120-Year Old Building in France into Solar-Powered Modular Apartments

June 30, 2014 by  
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Green-Roofed Ecohabit Residence Learns About its Residents to Boost Efficiency

July 17, 2013 by  
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U.S. Department of Energy Announces the 2013 Solar Decathlon is Coming to California!

January 26, 2012 by  
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The U.S. Department of Energy has just announced the location of the 2013 Solar Decathlon – as well as the 20 lucky teams who will be competing for green design glory! After being kicked off the National Mall last year, organizers scrambled to find a back up location – and they’ve found a gem in the Golden State. This fall, the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California will be filled with energy-efficient prefab homes as they duke it out to see which house can generate the most solar energy ! Read the rest of U.S. Department of Energy Announces the 2013 Solar Decathlon is Coming to California! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Department of Energy , orange county great park , orange county great park solar decathlon , solar , Solar Decathlon , solar decathlon 2013 , solar decathlon 2013 news , solar decathlon news , SOLAR HOMES , solar news , Solar Power , solar powered homes , U. S. Department of Energy

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night in Quebec’s Hotel de Glace Ice Castle!

January 26, 2012 by  
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Solar Homes Sold 20% Faster, and for 17% More, NREL Study Finds

October 23, 2010 by  
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In by far the most exhaustive and detailed study to date, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that solar homes sold 20% faster, for 17% more than the equivalent non-solar homes, across several subdivisions built by different California builders.

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teamhawai‘i 2011 Solar Decathlon entry is ideal for tropical regions

October 9, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Self-sustaining prototype house powered by renewable solar energy.

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Amphibious 1000 semi-submerged luxury hotel offers the best of both worlds

October 8, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: World’s first semi-submerged hotel resort is a stunning eco-destination.

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